As the end of the year is approaching, too many trends have come and gone at the pace of a refreshing screen. On the screen or the street, more than a handful of you have seen YSL’s infamous glitter boots, Gucci’s statement sunnies, Balmain’s fringed skirts and Dior’s berets.

Given that you want to try those trend-driving items, why not you try these five Insta-friendly trends until New Year’s Eve?



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Bands of fabric pull together, constricting each fold tighter than a pleat. As each fold becomes a drape, it hugs the curves of the body, leaving you to look like you lost five kg. My friends, this is called ruching. As seen on Beyoncé and her ilk, this runway-ready trend can take you from happy hour to New Year’s Eve.



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Be it a top, pants or dress, you can go easy with a million combos from your closet. However, it will take you higher than the Sky at 57 when you pair anything ruched with a textured pump (e.g. velvet or snakeskin) and blinged out bag.


Star motifs


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Twinkle, twinkle little star. Instead of looking up at the sky, rock the galaxy-inspired motif on the streets! You can go easy in small doses (for instance, an earring or a pair of sneakers) or ball out to the max (for example, a printed dress).



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As one of the most underrated runway trends (as seen on House of Holland), the star print can be easily paired with anything: fur coat, sneakers, jeans, etc. Before I forget, you can also try this with a microbag! Pull out your Kirakira+ app and ‘gram your #ootd!


Front slit pants


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Before you clean your closet again, one of your older sister’s favorite 2000s trend is coming back! As a modest cousin to the thigh-grazing Angelina Jolie dress, the front slit pants dares to reveal your gym-toned calves and feet. Initially, it might seem intimidating, but it’s actually super easy to style it with thin ankle strap sandals and pumps!




Socks with high heel sandals


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Socks and sandals are the bread and butter of the decade. While it’s best known as a combo worn by dads and rappers, the look gets a ladylike makeover when paired with open-toe heels (think Valentino Resort 2018).



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Sheer or opaque; printed or plain, your socks are the key to anchoring the look. Try this trend at a party, girl’s night or brunch! Never will you ever have to worry about going out with un-pedicured feet ever again.


Contrast straps on shoes


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Your English teacher’s definition of compare and contrast are taken to the next level in the most literal form. Unlike its “rah-rah!” bedazzled cousins, the contrast strap is like a silent bidder ready to take the top price of a treasured artwork. Whether it be on the shaft, ankle or on top of the toes, the strap draws attention to your feet regardless of any silhouette.



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From Malone Souliers’ elegantly refined mules to Off-White’s streetwear-friendly “For Walking” ankle boots, the “It” trend of footwear is here to stay.