With 2016 quickly approaching, we at Fashionista have spent much of the past few weeks reminiscing about the year come and gone. These 12 months have introduced many crucial "It" pieces we can no longer imagine our lives without: Gucci's fur-lined loafers, Saint Laurent's so-called "Grunge Tiaras" and Chanel's quilted luggage, among others. As exciting and unicorn-like as these items may appear now, it's only a matter of time before they, too, lose their "cool" factor and reach an oversaturation point previously seen with the likes of Valentino's Rockstuds — and Lauren Conrad. Soon, knockoffs of said items will hit the bootleg market on New York City's Canal Street and before you know it, they'll be deemed, well, basic. It's the circle of retail life.
This year, the following items became (almost) as ubiquitous on the street style scene as a coat worn draped over the shoulders. Do we care if you genuinely enjoy wearing one of these pieces? Of course not — in fact, we continue to wear a number of these ourselves. But will you soon be able to find a much less pristine version being sold at a Forever 21 near you? Almost certainly. Read on for the 10 street style staples that entered "basic" territory in 2015.
As an informal alternative to the evening minaudière, these phrase-embellished clutches were first popularized by the street style set during Fashion Month. The bags are cheeky, entertaining and, as is the case with so many peacocking staples, a conversation starter. We're not the only ones who appreciate them, of course, and now they've become an inescapable staple in the hands of editors and bloggers alike.
Adidas's Stan Smiths
We're all for the enduring sneaker trend — especially since it's made it acceptable for us to retire our painful five-inch stilettos for a bit — and last spring, Adidas's Stan Smiths became the industry's go-to shoe of choice. With a boxy silhouette, a minimal sensibility and little to no color, they can be worn with virtually everything. On account of this, they've cropped up in every street style slideshow we've seen over the past three seasons. Our query remains: How do some editors keep them so squeaky clean?
Bright, Patterned Fur
After the wild success of Shrimps's fall 2013 collection, electric fur coats — faux or not — were just about everywhere during the winter months. (Candy-colored furs were a major spring 2015 runway trend, too.) But in July, we spotted the kiss of death: a Michael Michael Kors jacket that bore a blatant resemblance to Shrimps's original topper, only the purported knockoff rang in at nearly $600 cheaper. With the British label's impressive popularity, this was inevitable, right?
Fendi's 'Mini Karlito' Bag Charms
As soon as Kendall Jenner was photographed with this lil' guy — introduced for fall 2014 with a $1,685 price tag — it immediately became a hit among Insta-famous bloggers and Karl Lagerfeld fans alike. We haven't seen Jenner toting the fur charm in a number of months, but Fendi is still laughing all the way to the bank: As of July 2014, it had already made the Italian house more than a million dollars.
There is no logistical way these were ever comfortable. We'll be happy to see them go.
Céline's Luggage Tote
When Céline's Phoebe Philo first debuted the blocky tote (and the similar Trapeze Bag), it instantly became a status symbol ranking just below an Hermès Birkin on the "It" bag totem pole. With prices well into the four digits, it physically hurts to know that such a special, expensive accessory has now made its way to the very top of fast-fashion demand. If there's one bag that's taken over Canal Street this year, it's this one.
Birkenstock's 'Arizona' Sandals
Much like Adidas's Stan Smiths, these old-fashioned slides have been paired with every article of clothing under the sun. We get it: They're unexpected, practical and, in their very design, highly versatile, but as fashion's normcore movement began losing steam, so too did Birkenstocks. It's a real bummer — we still love how they look with a femme dress.
Statement Heeled Sandals
While mildly ridiculous heels have maintained a prominent role in both fashion and pop culture since the Carrie Bradshaw days, only recently have they reached a boiling point on the street. Created in funky designs and colors, these sky-high sandals — largely popularized by Aquazzura, Sophia Webster and others — are especially prevalent when paired with frou-frou skirts and dresses. All this is to say: Bloggers still dig 'em.
Dior's 'So Real' Sunglasses
As the nonofficial-official eyewear of Fashion Instagram (aside from, you know, these), Dior's mirrored sunglasses became impossible to avoid during the spring 2016 shows. They are very nice, but would you spend $545 for a pair of shades worn by everyone and their mothers and grandmothers and aunts and cousins and sisters?
Hand-Holding Girl Squads
Best friends were Fashion Month's most popular street style accessory this season, as we previously discussed, and we attribute it all to one Taylor Alison Swift. Caroline Vreeland and Shea Marie, forever attached at the hip, were the most obvious perpetrators, but other show-goers and even models (think Bella Hadid and Stella Maxwell) joined in on the fun with their girlfriends, too. What a time to be alive.