Hemlines rise and fall, waists cinch and drop, and shoulders go big and go home. The shapes that women’s clothes take on are one of the defining characteristics of an era. Just try describing the ‘70s without talking about peasant sleeves and bell-bottom jeans, or talking about the ‘80s without thinking about cropped jackets with massive shoulders and poofy peplums on absolutely everything. Like everything, trying to think about what’s going to be the defining shapes of tomorrow is a lot harder — but, with the help of a few designers, we can see that we’ve got a lot of compelling silhouettes on the horizon.
These shapes are brutally bold, and not for the classicist — in fact, some of the them are so deliberately new that they might not even read as clothes to you at first. Others are throwbacks to past decades, but they’ve been given a 2015 twist that makes them feel more relatable than retro. These are the shapes the fashion industry has been toying with. Click through to see the strongest nine of the season, and hedge your bets below for the ones that’ll actually last.