The beginning of the New Year is already proving to be as bold, sharp and colourful as we surely need to pull us out of the awful 2016. Designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Dior, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Marchesa, Elizabeth and James, Michael Kors, Balmain and more highlighted the trajectory of fashion with varying trends coming to the forefront, some familiar and some more unexpected. Stay ahead of the fashion game with these 30 trends to watch and add to your must-have list!
#1 Mad for Mules
This really came back in 2016 and has stuck around for another year. Backless mules will be big this Spring/Summer, meanwhile we can indulge in some more winter appropriate versions until it’s warm enough for our toes and/or heels to pop out.
#2 Seasonal Stripes
This trend will never go out of style. This year saw the usual Breton stripes as well as mismatching with differing stripe patterns. Bold, wide stripes in varying bright colours also sprang out against the sea of expected favourites.
#3 Sports Luxe Gone Lavish
Similar to #1, sports luxe has been big all year and isn’t going anyway. It doesn’t hurt this one is very comfortable as well, happy days!
#4 Art Inspired Prints
This standout theme pushes you to be more playful with your patterns and graphic prints. For those with strong inclinations towards notably high-end fashion should make this a priority to try, as the explosion of colours, textures, shapes and patterns are a bold statement in themselves.
#5 Trainers Aren’t Just For the Treadmill
Knowing sports luxe was still in the lead, keep wearing your trainers with anything and everything outside of the gym. Transform your fancy pieces with casual sneakers into something totally different and more wearable.
#6 Nude Minimalism
Thank Yeezy for this one – nude hues are back in a big way! Barely there tones that resemble skin tones were catalogued as trending looks, all styled in colour blocking outfits such as these. The utterly stripped back, paired down aspect of this makes it probably the most significant minimalist trend of the year so far.
#7 Garden Party Floral Prints
If you have any floral prints in your closet, which you are sure to given it’s an eternal Spring/Summer staple, now is the time to start hauling them out. Whether they are ditzy, oversized, pastel or a shock of colour, they will reign again in the warmer months.
#8 Serene Sorbets
Don’t be afraid of colour either this summer. If you’re opting for nude, then dare to fully commit to the look, but equally don’t block out striking colours either. Sorbet shades and neons stormed the runway, speaking loudly of summer more than any other trend.
#9 Vampy Vinyl
This is definitely an edgier option for those who like to take a sartorial risk every now and then. Expect to see the high street bring out many vinyl pieces. Wear with something more low key or high necked to keep it from straying into hyper sexualised territory, or style with a statement top for a high fashion appeal.
#10 Nuts for Nautical
Hello sailor! Nautical inspired designs are as common as floral and stripes. Look out for nautical buttons, seafaring shades of blue and navy, stripes, Tommy Hilfiger style jumpers and jumper dresses, with a mix of blue, white and red.
#11 Going on Safari in Khaki
This is one of the simplest trends to pull off. Khaki suits every skin tone, and is so neutral it can be paired with almost anything. Our personal favourite is this street style snap of a classy suede midi… sigh!
#12 Cut It Out
Shoulder details are one of the simplest ways to mix up an otherwise simple outfit. Try it out while it’s still cold, given one of the best ways to do it is with knitwear. Showing off the shoulders is also an unexpected way of revealing some skin subtly.
#13 Sleeve Slits
Similar to the cold shoulder trend, sleeve slits are a creative way to wear originally designed tops and dresses, showing off some skin in a modest manner too. The shape of the split sleeve can vary greatly, but most are bound to add a punch of drama to any outfit.
#14 Meet Me in the Morning
Don’t feel like getting out of your loungewear but also want to look put together, elegant even? This year, the underwear as outerwear trend focused on robes in particular, with Hollywood Siren-esque maxi silk, ultra feminine robes slinking down the catwalk in delicate pink, peach and white hues.
#15 Pink Perforation
2016’s obsession with everything pink has only increased in the New Year. Whereas last year saw a plethora of pinks in muted and mauve tones flooding the market, this year the baby pinks are being joined by shocking bright pinks-bubblegum, cerise and fuchsia. Baby doll with atittude!
#16 Midnight Sky in Velvet
Don’t fret, before the weather heats up you will still get a chance to get your hands on more velvet, specifically in a midnight navy blue shade. The rich tone corresponds so well with the richness of the fabric texture.
#17 Tudor Time Sleeves
Once again, fashion in 2017 has made the declaration if you want to embellish and add drama, don’t do it by half. Sleeves have become the focal point of innovative design and the centre of drama license as seen with the trend for big, puffy sleeves. Whether you’re inspired by flamenco dancers or Elizabethan actors, get yourself some wings.
#18 Eastern Influence Origami
Influence from the Far East has taken hold of fashion once again, with origami-inspired shapes and striking silhouettes bringing some extravagance to future months. More toned down, wearable versions will surely sift down the high street.
#19 Born in the 80s
For any of us who missed out of the decade the first time around, or at least the adult fashion of the era, now is our chance! Exaggerated shoulders, sequins, lamé, pouf details and structured oversized suits are back.
#20 All That Glimmers
Most of us associate glitter with nightwear, but this season’s release proves it can easily altered to suit the day just as easily. Pairing a metallic or sequined skirt with a band t-shirt and some flats will ground it as something more wearable and less reserved for big events, whereas plain black and classic courts will up the ante without being too flash.
#21 Bound by Rebellion
OK, at first, this trend may seem positively scary, uncomfortable and decidedly not feminist. Right? Wrong! The corset revival is provocative undoubtedly, but it is also rebellious underwear as outerwear, not hidden restrictive undergarments meant to ‘improve’ the female form. It has been revamped, manipulated from something once oppressive into a sassy retort to the old way, the outdated and overly conservative.
#22 Bank on Pinstripes
This is a version of menswear as womenswear, as seen with the ‘bank pinstripe’ favoured by various designers Lanvin, Jill Saunders, Chloe, Aquilano Rimondi and ADEAM all offering up their versions of this tailored trend.
#23 Fringing Fanatics
This is one for the rebel without a cause. Nothing screams biker chick quicker than a fringed leather jacket in particular. Leather fringing on bags and midi skirts will also grip the Spring/Summer market, so if you want hints of biker chick while trying something a bit different, opt for the latter.
#24 Space Style
It’s silver, it’s shiny and it’s definitely out there. High fashion that will certainly alienate many onlookers as it has in the past, but remember it does not have to always take an extreme form. The Yeezy-esque oversized hoodies and dark raingear will give a light-handed futuristic effect.
#25 Crazy for Crops
Whether you’re holidaying on the riviera or having a staycation this summer, crop bralette tops are a must have. ‘Vacation prints’, as they’ve been called this year, are being produced by House of Holland to Tibi Spring, Chloé and Balenciaga. They hark back to Brigitte Bardot, which is enough reason for us to buy into it. Clean monochrome basics with strap details give a streamlined look with some sex appeal.
#26 Loved Up for the Laced Up
A version of this was popularised in 2016, the lace up top, but this year this trend is expanding to include more intricate lace up details as well as lace up sleeves. While it looks intricate, the detail doesn’t get in the way of comfort in the quality pieces at least, so don’t be put off by the thought of feeling caged in.
#27 Ruffle Renegade
This trend can be part Victoriana, part modern business woman, part flamenco dancer, part girly. All we know is this year we want a ruffled version of everything – from shirts to dresses and skirts.
#28 Waist Not, Want Not
This is one of 2017’s curveball trends that came out of nowhere, unless you’re in the fashion inner circle. It may seem a bit obscure and maybe a bit too trend driven but in fact it is totally wearable and figure flattering for most body types. For those who are a tad self-conscious of the stomach area, this is a great way to subtly cover it while adding an interesting detail to your outfit.
#29 Very Victoria
All things Victoriana and romantic will be on the fashion circuit during this year, not just tie details and ruffles but lace, high necklines, crochet style patterns, billowing material, puffy sleeves and maxi black or monochrome skirts. Match with something blatantly modern to keep it from veering into costume territory.
#30 Heart On Your Sleeve
Don’t fret that this will make you look like you’ve been doodled on by a pre-teen with a new crush, this heart motif trend is a cute and quirky design that moves away from the staid and overdone star print.