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Chokers have been replaced by layered necklaces and pendants, styles I remember well from the early 00s.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?