We culled local blogs, checked with style gurus and picked the minds of trendsetters in the Lodi area to bring you the not-so-definitive list on up-and-coming trends for this year. Keep a lookout for these fashions, foods — and maybe some flops. We apologize in advance if hick-hop is really a thing.
Unusual yoga styles
So there’s hot yoga, right? With the tiny shorts and sauna temperatures? And flow yoga, where poses melt into one another. There’s also power yoga, yoga for athletes, naked yoga and even marijuana yoga (medical card required). If you think yoga’s not for you, you just haven’t found your style yet. 2014 is the time.
Specialized gym programs
There’s tumbling and gymboree classes for kids, and chair yoga or gentle aerobics for seniors. Fitness centers are bringing out more classes for their customers outside the standard 20- to 30-year-old gym-rat range. Healthy exercise matters at any age.
Women are learning that working out with weights won’t make them bulk up like Schwarzenegger. More classes and programs using one’s own body weight to build muscle are becoming popular.
In backyard gardens, many gardeners have added heirloom tomatoes to grow next their standard Romas and Beefsteak varieties. Now, foodies are saying it’s time to add heirloom beans to the list. Their vibrant colors and rich flavors make them a favorite for cooks.
Layers of granola, yogurt and fresh fruit? Yes, please. It’s back and it’s delicious. Plus, it’s simple to make this more elegant with a delicate trifle dish or brandy glass.
Eating with your hands
Maybe it’s fun. Maybe no one wants to do dishes anymore. What’s certain is that even high end restaurants are adding flat-ware free dishes to their menus, making a dinner out more creative and casual.
Unless you work on a ranch, there’s no reason to go all in with Wranglers, boots and a bandanna. But western touches, like denim leggings or rugged leather wrist cuffs, are enough to give the impression of the wild frontier. See also: distressed edges, like you work hard all the time.
It sounds a little odd, but it means leaving the bottom few buttons undone on a shirt (instead of the top). The setup makes for a kind of flowy mini-cape from your torso, and works well with lightweight overshirts.
Have you seen those galaxy cat leggings at Target?
Yeah. Get ready for more of that this year.
Huge floral prints along with oddball designs of cats, birds and other shapes are printed in large scale on coats, shirts and skirts.
Venetian marbled-paper prints
Found on the end papers of old books, these intricately swoopy patterns evoke the romanticism of a bygone, pre-digital era. The prints are seeing a renaissance on everything from wallpaper to finely silk-screened linens and gold-leafed porcelain.
Macramé and fiber-art wall hangings
It’s sculpture for your wall that adds texture and replaces wallpaper or fine art you can’t afford. Made of intricate and colorful knotwork, the designs are often simple to craft at home.
The popularity of heavy drapes is drooping. Everyone wants greater transparency and more light. Sheers are no longer granny-ish and polyester. The new ones in linen and wool look rich.
Social TV Takeover
It’s not enough to make sure you’re home in time to watch this week’s episode of “Game of Thrones.” You’re also sitting with your laptop or smartphone with Twitter open, ready to post your reactions to each scene and plot twist with a well placed hashtag.
Fifteen-second videos on Instagram, and six second clips on Vine. It’s the year of micro-videos that reflect a moment in life, without the static nature of a photograph.
Bloggers as paid employees
Sure, your company has a website. But to really get in touch with their customer base, and to maintain an approachable vibe, businesses are going one step further. The same person who runs the company Twitter feed and Facebook page can manage the blog, too, creating a social media guru position.
Everyone’s a DJ
... and a singer, and a recording artist.
Thanks to the proliferation of cheap, easy-to-use software and compact consoles for music creation, every home artist is going to have a shot at the big time by 2014.
Never before has music been so accessible and so sharable. Plus, after Beyonce’s secret album release, other artists are eager to send out their work without the promotional lead up.
Streaming in cars
Streaming technology is growing by leaps and bounds every month and we’re very close to seeing Pandora and other live-streaming digital services in cars. People are pushing the tech sector to find new ways to integrate smartphone technology, with auto technology and there are rumors 2014 will be the year cars will be able to download digitally, anywhere.
Ever heard of “hick-hop?” You will. 2014 will be the year of genre-blending crossover artists, and sounds and genres like country and rap are leading the way. We’ll see more electronic dance and a capella collaborations and other interesting mash-ups that were inconceivable just a few years ago.