Lifestyle Trends to Watch in 2016

Iconic street style photographer Scott Schuman (aka The Sartorialist) shares his insights on what's ahead in colour, cars and clothes. 

Scott Shuman is the arbiter of international street style, credited largely with beginning the trend of photographing and blogging 'real people', wearing contents of their own wardrobes, thanks to his  blog The Sartorialist.

On his recent trip to Australia, Scott shared with us his take on Australian and global design trends.

"Australian style is very good," Scott enthuses. "The personalities and individualism of the people are reflected in what they wear. The world is getting smaller too," he adds. "So I think a lot of people internationally are looking to Australia for style inspiration."

Above all else, Australian style is apparently “ sexy with good humour”.

When it comes to international bites we take from our global cousins; Scott says that Europe remains a huge influence.

"Paris is still very directional," he notes, "whereas Milan is about beauty and craft and London is synonymous with quirky, fresh fashion.”

Our trends in lifestyle, fashion, beauty, interiors and even cars are strongly influenced by Europe too, he adds.

“It's the home of directional design, colour and culture which therefore affects Australia and America alike."


Pantone colours of the year in 2016 are 'Rose Quartz' and 'Serenity' (in layman's terms, dusty pink and baby blue.) These shades are reminiscent of muted, mid-century sorbets and are being spotted everywhere from soft furnishings to fashion, art to cosmetics.


Metallic tones and pale timbers are big news. Overtaking traditional gold and silver finishings, gilt and brass or pale wood door handles, frames, lamps and even furniture are a strong trend. As these finishes are a statement unto themselves, it’s best to work them back against a white, light space.

1. Uashama gold paper bag

2. Tim Webber candle holders

3. IKEA 'Janso' lamp


Elegance and event dressing is back in a big way, seeing a gradual phasing out of the ‘sports luxe’ trend of active-wear. Although it has its place (in the gym or a spin class) if you’re not working out, your wardrobe is more refined and considered. Women are wearing dresses again, pants are elegant and fluid and blush tones are taking over where neon has left off. 

1. Trenery Printed Spot Dress

2. Seed Cut Work Culotte

3. Dorothy Perkins Botanic Pleated Maxi Dress


Think long and languid. This year, earrings and necklaces are not as fine as 2015, nor are they baubly and bulky like 2014 trends. Earrings are long, gently caressing the shoulders, and necklaces are double-looped gold or silver chains. The tip here is never to mix the two. Only choose one statement accessory and pair it back with a minimal outfit.

1. Anthropologie Manali Threaded Earrings

2. ASOS Designsix Exclusive Party Earrings Pack

3. ASOS Gold Feather Drop Earrings


According to Scott, fashion and cars are not dissimilar. “What you wear and what you drive are all about how it makes you feel and what you are saying about yourself," Scott says. 

“Many Australians have European roots and you can see this coming through in quite a feminine sensibility – but with the bravery and freshness of the new world. For me, Australian style is very 'Paris on the Beach'. So when it comes to shopping your next drive, think chic!

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