Kim Kardashian Is Back — & She's Brought These Trends With Her

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Kim Kardashian West returned to social media on January 1, 2017 — and she wasted no time in reminding us why there are so many Instagram accounts exclusively dedicated to documenting her every outfit.
The thing is, our fascination with the 36-year-old's style isn't because of how relatable it is — because really, it isn't relatable at all. (Calling your closet an archive, getting first dibs on Yeezy samples, and having Riccardo Tisci on speed-dial isn't exactly the everywoman way of dressing.) Rather, it's the fact that Kardashian seemingly dresses for herself: She rarely follows trends or plucks something head-to-toe off the runway, though she very well could. She tries things out, plays around with silhouettes, and doesn't really care whether something's considered "in" or "out." Question an outfit decision of hers, if you will: Like clockwork, the world will still follow in her footsteps (See: the popularity of bodycon, lampshading, and corsets).
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Kardashian doesn't necessarily follow a formula, either — rather, she tests and pivots and makes things up as she goes along. It was true before her hiatus, and it's still how she approaches her style now: Her winter-to-spring wardrobe follows the trope of "elevating your basics" — i.e. dressing up your sweatpants and sneakers — with a distinctly Kardashian twist. For her, the gray sweatsuit reserved for binging The Get Down on Netflix becomes a luxe daytime base layer when worn with an ankle-length coat and pointed-toe snakeskin-print boots; the two-sizes-too-big flannel shirt peeks out from underneath an oversized sweater to dress down a pair of lace-up leather leggings. Before, these outfits existed solely in our lazy-styling dreams. Today, Kardashian is making them capital-F Fashion.
See all the trends Kardashian is stanning for this spring, before they blow up all your #OOTDs.
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All-Black Avant-Garde
In an unlikely twist, Kimberly Kardashian West is the first expected Met Gala attendee to honor this year's theme, stepping out in a Comme des Garçons blazer the weekend before the first Monday in May, according to Vogue. Our expectations for the red carpet just got raised.
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Extra-Tight Bodycon
And in vintage Gianni Versace, no less.
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The Corset Top
This one's an oldie, but still a goodie.
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Dresses That Bare It All
Thigh-high slit? Check.
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Monochromatic To The Max
Forget all-black everything. Kim pushes the limits in head-to-toe eggplant.
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Blazer, But Make It A Dress
We all know KKW has never shied away from an extra-short mini.
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Lace-All-The-Way-Up Pants
We expect nothing less from a member of the family that brought string-adorned clothes back to life.
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Boots That Are Also Pants (Or Pants That Are Also Boots)
It looks cool, so we won't ask any logistical questions.
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Sweatpants As...Pants
Because nothing dresses up the bottoms you lounge around in like a cropped fur coat and a few strands of gold bling.
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Take two...
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...and three.
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No Outfit Necessary
Don't know what to wear? Skip the stress and just wear a coat. Seriously.
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Weird Fabric Track Pants
You know what we're talking about. Those bottoms that look comfy but are actually kind of cold and itchy? Yeah.
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