Trend Predictions: 2017

The Fashion Weeks have ended, and the stores are churning out the spring/summer styles inspired by the shows, social influencers, and fads. But as fashion trends indulge themselves in past inspiration, we can hazard a guess about where they might go next. Which might be useful in helping you decide what to invest in.

Chokers have been replaced by layered necklaces and pendants, styles I remember well from the early 00s. I think this trend will evolve into elaborate layered but connected necklaces with industrial-style pendants. I think there will be layered necklaces in more mixed metals, and even bejeweled strands. Earrings that dangle and even big hoops will probably make a comeback too.

The athleisure trend is super interesting, and has shown a really cool evolution so far. With retro brands making a comeback, as well as fabrics and styles that had been shunned so recently. I see this trend already tending towards a more polish and tailored look – like the wide leg athletic stripe pants – and I think outer wear will show the most influence from this trend when the fall arrives. I think these loose and baggy pieces will be styled with sharper accents, like wide corset belts and pointed shoes, for a style juxtaposition.

Denim is already all over the place, with patches and cropped flares enjoying their time in the sun. Denim “with flare” seems to be favored, with interesting accents like cutouts, frayed hems, and embroidery being used. Although there was some murmurs of a JNCO comeback, I’m really not sure (or can admit to myself) that this will happen. I think jeans will continue to be less form fitting and more tailored, but as always, denim is such a personal thing I always feel that nothing is really off limits if you like it.

Sleeves are having a moment, first off the shoulder and now flared or with tied cuffs. I love this trend as it still feels fresh and I think a lot can be done. I hope to see it spread to outerwear and blazers, maybe influencing suits too. I think the sleeve trend will evolve into mixed materials, and interesting textures.

As for shoes, what can I say? Much like denim, I feel like it’s a “whatever goes as long as you like it” sort of space. We all know block heels and mules are the styles to have right now, and I am enjoying the broad range of materials on offer like velvet and satin. I think these luxe materials will continue, but that shapes and styles will become a bit more refined and less casual.

Am I right? Well, only time will tell. I will certainly enjoy checking back in a few months and seeing how wrong or right I was. It’s all a guessing game, really! What do you think will emerge as new trends?

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Cyclical Trends

We all know the cyclical nature of fashion, and even enjoy it most of the time. We accept that bad fashion is part of the cycle, a necessary evil to enjoy the good fashion again. The beauty of it, is that this cyclical process is wonderfully personal to each person. A particular style may hold nostalgia value for you, or may be the gateway to you discovering a decade for which you were not alive, and learning about it. What is a beloved style for you,  may be another person’s horror, and that personal attachment cannot be swayed by any number of Vogue articles or “think-pieces”. If you love your 80’s leg warmers, you love them no matter how many essays tell you they’re “over” or even “back again”.

So when I list the following items that I am sick of seeing back again, or ones I hope never do, it is just my opinion. I am sure my own personal favorites are among the most hated on other lists, so on that note, here we go!

Kitten heels had a moment in the 00’s (the “aughts”? the “naughties”?) and in the 80’s too. I specifically mean the stiletto kitten heel, most horrifically styled as mules, with denim uppers, or in white on the feet of women in the opening montage of a 80’s RomCom that I am probably imagining but just feels so right. I am not including short heels or block heels, just those darn wobbly stiletto kitten heels that looked easier to walk in than high heels but still felt unstable or got stuck between pavement stones. Ease of wearing notwithstanding, they also did favors to no legs. I know they are making a slight comeback now, but can we agree that these hard-to-wear and unflattering shoes are not worth the effort?

Skirts over trousers made a weak attempt at a comeback this year, and was happily quickly forgotten again. I am going to include footless tights and leggings under a skirt in this too, as it has a similar look. Again, an 80’s trend that made a big comeback in the 00’s, this look came in a range of neon clashing colors to the first “basic” uniform with black leggings, a denim skirt and some chestnut Ugg boots. I understand the need to be warm while you wear a mini skirt, but only Madonna made this look work, and that was because it was Madonna and she could kind of make anything work.

I’m now going to mention rompers but will first say, that it is only the process of wearing them that puts them on this list. I am always seeing fabulous body suits and rompers on people, who look beautiful, but the effect is sometimes ruined in my mind when I think about the process of using the bathroom wearing one. You effectively need to undress your whole top to pee, and it feels rather unpleasant when using a public bathroom. However, there is not workaround for this problem, because then it wouldn’t be a connected-all-in-one romper. Can science help out? Hm, I think they have better things to do.

Oh, there are more. I mean, I could go on about the horror of wallet chains, JNCO jeans, fishnet tops, belts that do nothing, anything that was “hot” in the 00’s, patchwork, peasant skirts, denim skirts (both mini and bible-camp midi), sweater vests, overly distressed jeans, and plastic jewelry. But perhaps that is another post for another day. Do you disagree with these trends as bad? As I said before, this is my opinion and if you love these, I am not judging you. I love how trends do cycle, which ones do so more often and which are never seen again like ladies wearing poodle skirts and gloves!

Fashion – and art – tends to get creative during unstable political and social times, when designers sometimes include their commentary within designs or reflect by bringing back certain trends from eras of similar turbulence. I shall be keeping a close eye of Fashion Week this year, as I am very curious to see what is trending for 2017/18.

Fashion Week: Spring 2017

 

Thanks to digital media and many designers who have embraced the ‘buy now from the runway’ approach to fashion week, it almost silly to pretend that we must wait until spring to embrace these trends. Obviously, we still must deal with weather and some pieces not being put out yet, but where there’s a will there’s a way. High street stores will have ‘inspired’ pieces in before Halloween, and we can always layer spring pieces now.

I think this has lead to a lot more fluidity with trends and the offerings at Fashion Week (New York, Paris, London and Milan, particularly), and it’s been interesting to see which designers are flourishing in this new atmosphere. However, we are here to discuss some trends and if they are worth investing in!

 

First of all, I am so glad that big, furry (faux, obviously) coats are still popular. I love this look and glad to see it going strong. The other return is the bomber and athleisure look, but in unique materials such as silk, sequins or metallic-looks. There was also a lot of shearling jackets, in various hues and material types. Dusters and military coats are also popular, especially in neutral tones with intricate detailing or in velvet.

Those neutral tones are not just for coats, with an overwhelmingly earthy feel to many collections’ colors. Tan, brown, navy and olive were popular, and other colors to mention would be pink (dusty, ‘Tumblr’, rose shades), and yellow (deep, rich shades). Notable patterns include ‘dark florals‘, plaid and brocade.

Clothing trends worth noting are ruffles (on pants, skirts, tops, anything!), mock turtle necks (I will probably abstain from this one), off-the-shoulder tops (going on strong since spring, they still look impractical) and cut-outs (to achieve the same skin look as off-the-shoulder tops, but presumably more wearable). Main themes include: bohemian, romantic, victorian, goth and voluminous. 

We also saw pantsuits (perhaps a cultural commentary on the American election), pajama suits (most often in silky materials), layered slip dresses, and jeans still deviating from skinny denim. For example, the odd cropped bootcut is still popular (although I am yet to see someone wearing them), and wide leg, embroidered materials, corduroy and velvet looks going strong.

There didn’t seem to be anything innovative for footwear, honestly. Sneakers are still popular, as are chunky combat boots, velvet, lower heels and thigh-high boots. We are seeing the embroidered and velvet trend expanding to footwear though, which is nice.

As the world of fashion and trends adapt to immediately available stock, copycats, Instagram-influenced fads and more, it’s true that designers must walk that fine line of disrupting and accessible. Personally, I adore the Haute collections due to their purely artistic aesthetic, but I am appreciating how the traditional runway is evolving in the modern world in an artistic way of its own. As I get older, the idea of buying into trends is less appealing, and selecting or predicting classics much more my thing.

That said, as the 70’s and 90’s return and saturate styles with their boho and grunge, respective looks, I do enjoy finding pieces that look like better versions of the things I once used to wear.