We must come to terms with the fact that certain trends in 2016 must rest in peace in order for us to move on in style in the new year. Here’s to ringing in new trends in 2017!
Thrasher Merch: Somehow this tee favored by first by skaters and later models off-duty at the dawn of 2016 led to everyone else under the sun buying their own t-shirt from the beloved monthly skateboarding magazine Thrasher. And that’s in addition to all the celebrities, like Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Sofia Richie, Elie Goulding and even North West (isn’t a skateboard bigger than a toddler?) who wore the magazine’s ubiquitous merch. Please, if you skate and read Thrasher, continue to wear your adored logo tees and hoodies, but perhaps street style stars and other influencers can try out some new humorous tees in the new year.
Athleisure: We love sport-influenced fashion. And fashion-influenced sportswear! Really. But perhaps as 2016 comes to a close, it should take the leather jacket and hoodie + sports bra/crop top + legging/sweat pant/track pant combination with it. Good riddance!
The Choker: In fashion, and in life in general, there can always be a moment for a choker. This year was the year of the choker, from a simple leather cord tied around the neck to a thick band of fabric to the crystal and leather chokers that landed on the necks of Rihanna, Khloe Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner, and that’s just to name a few. Perhaps it’s time for chokers to take a time-out, and let’s all try for a big earring in 2017 instead? Pretty please.
Bucket Hats: Yes, the ’90s were back in a big way in 2016. From the denim to the maligned chokers, the decade was everywhere, but nowhere was its worst influence felt than in the pervasiveness of the bucket hat. Oh, does anyone still wear a (bucket) hat? Yes, god yes. Although in concept they can be charming and sweet and easy to wear, the result usually is not as good as the intention. Unless, you’re Rihanna. Of course.
The Color Nude: Nude is the color (err, non-color?) of the year. Nude as in the Kardashian clan’s go-to color of choice for bodysuits, skirts, knits, and swimwear, most prominently as seen in their dual appearances at Kanye West‘s February and September shows for Yeezy. They even sometimes favor a nude lip. The trend has trickled down to the masses, but as it is not the easiest color to wear, perhaps 2017 will usher in some love for a new hue. May we recommend pink?
Predicting The Fashion Trends of 2017
Wear Color – Because 2017 is about getting out of the comfort zone, and retiring black to the back of the closet. Leading the trend is Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia, whose color-blocked looks (including spandex pants, encasing the shoe), will be a key moment for spring.
Wear Pink, specifically – Despite what Pantone says, pink is the color for 2017. Celine offers a fresh caped dress in pepto-pink for spring, while Chanel, Chloe, Gucci, Loewe, and Valentino weren’t far behind with their take on the true color of the season.
Shoulders – Baring them was very 2016, and a voluminous architectural shoulder and sleeve is the way to go for 2017. Look to Rodarte, Jacquemus, and Saint Laurent for ways to wear this new shape.
Sport – Athlesiure may have defined this year, but sport will determine the next. Put away your loose yoga sweats and try a stronger, sexier take, a la Courreges
Utilitarian – Khaki and cargo pants will reign again, yet it is a polished utilitarian look we’ll see next year. Take a cue from Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Marni, and Stella McCartney.
Stripes – Stripes are never out of style. For 2017, they’ll either take the form of super-skinny pinstripes, or the exact opposite. Keep your eye out from these great wide-striped wide-legs from Derek Lam.
Bows – As fashion becomes more romantic again (thanks to Alessandro Michele at Gucci), a number of brands are turning to their softer side. We’ll wear big, sweet bows from Coach, Fenty x Puma, and Erdem.
Shirting – is still everywhere. How many ways can you wear a button-down? For 2017, get on board with smart and sexy options from new New York label Monse.
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