These days, there are fewer fashion rules than ever before — and that means adults aren’t as limited when it comes to expressing themselves through their clothes. In many cases, children’s fashion was the place where you would see the boldest colors, prints, and textures, but in the case of adult fashion, there were often fewer chances to take risks and experiment.

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Gone are those days, thankfully. Across retailers and designers, there has been more crossover across age groups than we’ve ever seen. Trends you wouldn’t normally see adult consumers wear are now flooding the racks.

If your wardrobe could use some fun, take a look at these trends. They’re not just for kids anymore.

Tie-Dye Everything

Tie-dye became one of the biggest all-ages trends recently, with more adults dawning cute and comfortable loungewear or incorporating items like a pink tie dye crop top into their everyday outfits. Tie-dye used to be known primarily as an arts and crafts activity for kids and would mainly feature bold primary colors. These days, tie-dye has become a stylish option for adults, too, with a variety of colors and shades available to suit every aesthetic.

Slip-On Sneakers

As kids, there’s nothing more convenient than being able to slip on your shoes and go out with friends — but that doesn’t have to end with childhood. Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you have to wear shoes that always prioritize fashion and never function.

These days you can have it both ways, thanks to the growing inventory of chic and comfortable slip-on sneakers. Sure, there are still classic brands like Vans around, but many retailers have taken this style and added stylish patterns and metal accents to elevate their customers’ casual ensembles.

Fun and Eclectic Prints

Who says you can’t have fun with fashion as an adult? There’s no denying children like to have fun with their clothes and aren’t often concerned with the so-called rules of fashion that adults have absorbed over the years.

The best part about adding color and prints to your wardrobe is that you have complete control over how little or much you incorporate. If your style falls under neutral tones, simply adding a bold necklace or a patterned scarf could be just the pop of color and personality your outfit needs without feeling like you’re losing your authenticity.

On the other hand, if you have fewer hesitations when it comes to adding color, there’s no limit to how much you can incorporate. Try a bold color-blocking option and, if needed, pair it with a neutral coat or shoes to let the outfit stand on its own.


Forget what you thought you knew about backpacks because they aren’t just for the school year. Many retailers have opted to design sleek, compact backpacks for adults as a way to combine function with fashion. There are plenty of neutral and printed options to choose from for those days when you’re on the go and need a hands-free way to carry your belongings.