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1. Chunky Plastic Rings

Made from plastics, resins and metals, these colourful and chunky rings are starting to nudge their way into everyday jewelry collections despite their purely-novel appearance. The bright colours and simple bulky shapes reference ‘play’ jewelry from the late 90’s and early 2000’s, evoking a fun and playful feel. These rings are a fresh and bold alternative to ornate cocktail rings that can sometimes feel too mature and outdated. The Barcelona based brand La Manso has become a favorite of many influencers and celebrities, while Blobb truly captures the child-like nature of this trend. There are also some great vintage and second-hand listings on Etsy. If these brands are not in budget or there isn’t a style you love, you can craft your own chunky ring using materials like polymer clay, gems and beads. This TikTok might give you some inspiration and show you how to craft your own ring using polymer clay. 

2. Faux Fur Trimmed Cardigans & Jackets

Cardigans are a classic staple in every closet. But from those looking to elevate their cardi-collections, faux fur trimmed options are the way to go. A fur trimmed collar and cuff can really transform a look and give it a more dramatic feel. The sustainability-conscious brand, House of Sunny, has recently garnered attention around their Peggy Cardigan and has many other brands imitating the piece (Zara offers a similar piece with a tie rather than buttons in a pastel purple). Faux fur trims also translate well onto jackets and outerwear, as exemplified by the craze surrounding Saks Potts’ Foxy Coat and dupes by brands such as H&M

3. Printed Flare Pants

Flare pants are already loved by many because they are extremely flattering and can help create the illusion of length for those of us with shorter legs. While plain black flares are certainly a staple piece, they can be a bit of a bore. These I.Am.Gia pants are sure to spice things up with a daring cut out and unique swirl pattern. These zebra printed trousers from Motel Rocks stay true to the flared fit while giving a more structured silhouette. If printed patterns aren’t your thing, you might want to try faux leather flares instead, for a more chic and elevated look. 

4. Mixing Funky Patterns

Mixing interesting patterns is a great way to switch up your look without having to spend on new clothes. You can mix and match pre-existing pieces in your collection and give them a new life. Patterns that you might be afraid to mix because they might clash often complement each other well and create a funky new look. Some examples of combinations are horizontal stripes with vertical stripes, subtle tie-dyes with animal prints, or gingham with florals. If your wardrobe is on the minimalist side, these grey gingham culottes from Misguided are a great way to introduce patterns into your collection without straying too far from your comfort zone. 

5. Anything Chartreuse

The deeply loved brown trend has met its match with chartreuse green. Chartreuse is a stand-out colour on its own, but when paired with brown, the two compliment each other well and create an earthly vibe. If you love a good balloon sleeve, this Zara dress might convince you to try out the stunning colour. Or, if you prefer something a little more casual, this cropped cardigan from Urban Outfitters is much more muted.

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Kaede Kusano

Western '23

Kaede is a second-year student at Western University studying Art History and Business. She enjoys art, fashion and philosophy.
Disha Rawal

Western '21

Disha is a fourth year student pursuing an Honours Specialization in Neuroscience. She has been on Her Campus Western's editorial team for the past two years. This year, she is one of the chapter's Campus Correspondents. In her free time, Disha enjoys journaling, painting and watching Youtube videos.