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Fashion-related events during the 2010s:

  • The 2010s were characterized by hipster fashion, athleisure, austerity-era period pieces, swag-inspired outfits, 1980s-style neon streetwear, and unisex 1990s-style elements influenced by grunge and skater fashions.

  • Social media influencers promoting fast fashion brands became increasingly important in the latter years of the decade.

  • Popular global fashion brands of the decade included Abercrombie and Fitch, Adidas, Gucci, H&M, Louis Vuitton, Nike, and Topshop.

  • Leading European and American designers of the early 2010s included Nicolas Ghesquière, Miuccia Prada, Frida Giannini, Marc Jacobs, Phoebe Philo, and Karl Lagerfeld.

  • Notable Asian fashion designers include Louie Mamengo and Michael Cinco.

  • Top female international models of the decade included Gisele Bündchen, Karlie Kloss, Adut Akech, Joan Smalls, Liu Wen, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner.

  • Top male international models of the decade included Sean O'Pry, David Gandy, Clément Chabernaud, and Marlon Teixeira.

  • Early 2010s fashion trends included neon colors, tunics, oversized cardigans, western shirts, floral camisoles, and sundresses.

  • Tribal fashions, 1990s revival, and high-waisted bottoms became popular from late 2011 onward.

  • Monochromatic clothing trends, choker necklaces, and onesies were popular in the mid-2010s.

  • Grunge and bohemian fashions made a comeback in the early to mid 2010s.

  • The 1970s revival became popular from 2017 to 2021, with sheepskin coats, flared trouser suits, and tie-dye skirts among the popular fashion items.Fashion Trends of the Early to Mid 2010s

  • The early to mid 2010s saw a variety of fashion trends, including hipster mismatched styles, normcore, and 1970s Americana.

  • Popular clothing items for women included tights, denim shirt dresses, distressed jeans, neon-colored midi-dresses, leather jackets, and oversized handbags, among others.

  • Men's fashion in the early 2010s included neon colors, studded belts, and graphic print hoodies, while the mid-2010s saw trends such as workwear and luxury sportswear.

  • Business casual remained popular in many parts of the Americas, while more formal Mad Men-inspired business clothing made a comeback in Britain, Italy, Europe, and parts of the US.

  • In Africa, the mid-2010s marked the beginnings of the continent's own haute couture, with designers using indigenous fabrics in contemporary styles.Fashion Trends of the 2010s

  • Traditional African attire such as wooden jewelry and Dashikis were worn by expatriate Africans in the West, African Americans, and some liberal white Americans

  • Dandies in South Africa and the Congo began imitating the wardrobes of the previous colonialist regime by importing expensive modern three-piece designer suits and customizing them with vintage accessories

  • Fashion designers in the US and other countries began to move away from slim fitting casual attire and frequently combined business casual pieces with sportswear

  • Brown replaced black as the most popular color for leather jackets and common accessories included orange hoodies, black track pants, faded jeans covered in iron-on patches, black or white leather hi-tops, Timberland boots, navy blue wool coach jackets, graphic print tees featuring a small statement design, dark flannel sportcoats, cambric shackets, or camouflage jackets layered over cardigans or Alpine patterned sweaters, and white Adidas sneakers

  • Wide neckties replaced the thin styles of the mid-2000s, and polo shirts or turtlenecks became an acceptable substitute for dress shirts

  • Clothing inspired by 1990s Britpop, mod revival, and 1970s fashion became popular among young men in several countries, especially in beige, cream, sand, orange, blue, brown, dark green, ecru, red, pistachio, and complementary neutral tones

  • Preppy guys moved away from the hip-hop influenced fashions of the 2000s and begun to dress in a more classic 1950s Ivy League style with sweaters, Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes, Aran sweaters, cardigans, Oxford shirts, Cricket pullovers, wingtips, stripy polo shirts with layered shirts underneath in cooler weather, hats like the fedora, khaki or pastel colored Vineyard Vines, Nantucket Reds, white or bright pastel color socks worn with sneakers and Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes, white casual sneakers especially from Vans and Sperrys brands, colored jeans, white Nike Elite crew socks, baseball jackets, and khaki shorts

  • Skaters wore designer streetwear such as joggers, hoodies, backwards baseball caps, and tracksuits in addition to the typical plaid shirts, ripped jeans and trucker hats

  • Sneakerheads dress similarly to skaters with common apparel including Nike Air Jordans, Air Yeezys, Converse Moderns, Nike SBs, DC Spartans, Supra Sky-Tops, Vans, designer sportswear, True Religion slim fit jeans, backwards baseball caps, red high-tops with fluorescent or reflective white stars, Skullcandy headphones, leggings, slouched crew socks, and Keds (for girls), Aviator sunglasses, waffle plaid shirts, throwback basketball singlets, tracksuits, Nike Elite socks, cosmic print T-shirts, hoodies, and Nixon watches

  • The androgynous scene subculture remained common in the West Coast United States, Europe, Australasia, parts of Asia, and South America, especially in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza

  • Seapunk, a fusion of scene, electronic dance music, and hipster culture, began as an online internet meme before becoming a niche street fashion in Germany, Brazil, and America

  • Child influencers rose to fame, with parents posting pictures of young children usingFashion and Beauty Trends of the 2010s

Fashion Trends:

  • Hip-hop fashion includes tactical pants, Nike sneakers, strapback caps, True Religion jeans, and goggle jackets.
  • Alternative hip-hop subcultures inspire a "darker" aesthetic involving monochromatic color schemes, skinny jeans with long inseams, and aggressive taper, high-top sneakers, black boots, leather jackets, and tapered sweatpants.
  • Skater culture is prominent in hip-hop fashion with Vans, Supreme, Obey, Thrasher, and Tyler, the Creator's Golf Wang clothing line.
  • Cholo and Chicano subcultures combine hip-hop fashion with Western shirts, charro jackets, Stetson hats, skinny jeans, and cowboy boots with elongated toes.
  • K-Pop fashion includes skull, floral or honeycomb prints, monochromatic shirts, silk jackets, leather skirts, and black and gold jewelry.
  • Jejemon subculture in the Philippines combines trucker hats and their own language through texting and social media.
  • E-Kids and VSCO Kids fashion includes oversized T-shirts, Nike athletic shorts, leggings, mom jeans, scrunchies, tights, retro sneakers, and beach-related fashion.
  • Dashikis became trendy in hip hop and afro-punk fashion.
  • "Sad boy" culture includes bucket hats, skinny jeans, black and white clothes with colorful computer aesthetics, Japanese lettering, or sad faces.
  • 1990s-inspired fashion makes a comeback with tie dye, transparent plastic jackets, and baseball jackets.

Beauty Trends:

  • Women's hairstyles in the early 2010s include simplistic, straight, long and natural colored hairstyles, while volumized curly hair, perms, and crimped hair were briefly fashionable.
  • By the mid-2010s, straight and wavy hairstyles, especially the blonde dyed beach waves, were dominant.
  • Shorter hairstyles for women include the pixie cut, crop, bob cut, or the undercut, while solid colored hair was generally considered the most fashionable.
  • African-American, Black Canadian, and Afro-Caribbean British women favored natural, Afro-textured hair and dreadlocks, opting for natural products to style their hair.
  • Men's hairstyles in the early 2010s include businessman's haircuts with side partings, quiffs, or slicked back hair, and the undercut has been a particularly ubiquitous trend.
  • Mohawk variants of the Afro, the 360 Waves, jheri curl, and the taper were popular among African-American and black men in general.
  • By 2017, the undercut hairstyle and buzzcut began to decline in the United States, partly due to the unintended popularity of these haircuts among supporters of the alt-right.
  • For preteen and teenage girls, and young women in higher education, the bangs and thin headband combination remained popular in the US and Europe for much of the decade.
  • A type of short mullet haircut with buzzed sides and bleached blond streaks became popular among sporty male young people, teenage Irish travelers, and urban youths of Iranian and Lebanese descent inspired by The Combination crime film.


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