If you’re ready to spice up your wardrobe this year, it’s going to be easier than you might think. Many of 2017’s hottest trends are continuing on from last year — and even those that are changing things up should only require a few easy tweaks to be on-point. As always, those classic pieces are still totally in style, so step into your closet before hitting the stores with these trend tips in mind.
Asymmetry we can probably count on the funky one-shoulder fad to carry over into this year from years, and even decades, past. Asymmetrical necklines are a great way for a gal to channel her inner Flash dance diva by rocking the off-the-shoulder look this year.
The 80’s style is back, and it’s not just for sweatshirts. Look for asymmetry in sweaters, blouses — even hemlines. These designs help show off a little shoulder and thigh action and add some dimension to your garbs. Gym-to-street Athleisure wear has been a merciful fashion moment for those of us who revel in comfort wear, and the good news is, that comfy trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Yep, you can still step out in your leggings and puffy vest and look like a modern fashionista. The trick is to just make sure you glam it up a bit to stay in style. Think leggings, stretchy sweaters, and fashionable sneakers or boots. Add a layer of tennis skirts and racer back shirts to add some extra punch to the picture.
For a dressier look, consider ditching drabber tennis shoes and opting for something a little choicer for your feet. Find the flare the 80’s might be informing our off-the-shoulder tops and tights, but it’s the 70’s which are bringing back the flare leg game. It’s been a few years since we’ve seen a big change in our denim jeans. Fitted, skinny shapes have been ruling the pants scene for a while, but it’s time to let our ankles finally breathe again. That’s right — boot cut and flare jeans are back again. It’s good news if you saved all those bell bottom denims from the late 90’s, and it’s just not pants that are getting the flare treatment this year.
Sleeves will also have a less constricting look, so get ready to let those upper arms show and flow. Jacket game It can be hard to be trendy in cold weather, right? Well, here come fun and detailed jackets to the rescue. Among the coat designs that are coming into vogue this year are the kimono-style trench coat, the throwback poncho, and, yes, even those traditional denim jackets that go so well with our leggings. For some extra elegance, though, look to the classy cape to keep cool while staying warm.
Shirt-dresses another classic making its way back to modern times is the shirt dress. The long shirt over leggings look will still be around for this season, but be on the lookout for classic shirt-dresses with special touches like dropped midsections, open necklines, and embellishments. Because the shirt-dress is so versatile, you could wear it anywhere. Pair it with tights and flats for the office, leggings and boots for coffee with friends, or skinny jeans and heels for an easy date night look. Bold details If you love to embrace color in your look, 2017 is going to be your year to shine. This year won’t just be all about denim and trenches. There is plenty of room for fun, eye-catching details. Not only will bright florals be in season this spring, but their boho chic sister accessories, bright bags with bold shapes, will also be all the rage for the new year. We can also plan to do away with those muted tones because this year, it’s going to be all about striking color schemes.
The runways at New York Fashion Week were dominated by fiery reds, deep blues, and golden yellows. Sew the stripes As if the bright colors weren’t enough, this year we’re adding stripes to the mix, too. Designers like Proenza Schouler featured bold color combinations and stripes in their 2017 lines. Go for fine lines or bold patterns. You’ll find stripes on everything from chunky sweaters to sweet skirts. This spring you could try a classic white and navy stripe or go a little crazy with neon colors. Just remember that when it comes to stripes, there are no rules. Wear what makes you feel good. You are the trend Perhaps the most refreshing trend of 2017 has nothing to do with the clothes themselves.
Designers like Rachel Comey, J.Crew, Rebecca Minkoff, and Eckhaus Latta skipped the model call this year and went with real people as models. Their shows featured bloggers, photographers, and event planners wearing this season’s hottest looks. This trend reminds us that we can rock any trend (or non-trend) that we love. Don’t wait until you’re a certain size or shape. Pick your favorite look from our list and make it your own. You are the model, and your world is the runway, so don’t be afraid to work it.