2016 has been a phenomenal year for fashion, but probably because of all the heart-wrenching celebrity deaths we experienced, I’m SO ready for 2017.
With every new year comes more new styles. Whether you’re willing to rock these top 5 looks and let go of the 5 others, here’s what you’ll be seeing afresh and what you’ll be saying goodbye to…
- Bell Sleeve Tops
Bell sleeves are the new “cold shoulder” trend. With tons of fabrics, colors, and fit options, stock up on this cold-weather, arm-friendly trend now and it will take you into spring in style.
- Pins & Patches
What an easy and inexpensive way to up your fashion game?!? Just slap on a few of these tiny accesories on anything from purses to sweaters to jackets and remake your style statement.
- Backless Shoes
It’s more than a mule… Everything from loafers to wedges to flats have become top-of-mind and tip-of-toe trendy.
- Multiple (and sometimes unmatched) Earrings
The stack is back with edgy ear climbers… The more the merrier in 2017!
- Painterly Prints
Whether directly inspired by a particular artist’s work, painterly prints and patterns with strong art references are here to stay in 2017. Which means your SS17 Wendistry handbag will keep you in strong style!
- Skinny Jeans
WHOA! A big change is coming in the denim world. We’ve had skinny jeans in our closets for the past 8+ years as they’ve been a staple in the IT girl’s wardrobe. But, I’m anticipating a shift toward more vintage silhouettes… loose/boyfriend cuts, bell-bottoms, high-rises. Get ready to BREATHE as you move!
- Heels 4 to 5 inches or Higher
Your chiropractor and your back are thanking you already. Let’s get way more focused on comfort and practicality. Yes, let’s still be pretty, but think about the investment value of your shoes in their longevity. Block-heels in a 3-inch or under height are stylish AND easy to wear all day (or all night) long.
- Peep-toe Cork Wedges
- Shrunken Denim Jackets
With all the good-looking, high-quality, made-to-last jean jackets on the racks, there’s no reason to ever own a cheap one that will stretch out and rip before the season’s over. Invest in a nice dark blue wash in a classic, blazer-style cut for years of layering amazing outfits.
- Jogger Pants
Throughout 2016, jogger pants still held court within the commercial kingdoms: Uniqlo, ZARA, Urban Outfitters, H&M. The elastic-cuffed, trouser/track pants DO show off your precious shoes, but there are other bottoms (cropped pants, jeans, skirts) out there which will give you the same effect without looking like a seven-year-old who should be sporting a pair of light-up tennies. Here’s to this trend’s demise in 2017!
Yes, a look ahead means also taking stock at where we are now. In 2016, the fashion industry dipped into three decades for explicit inspiration — the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, where roller-disco bohemian, Dynasty opulence, and skater-grunge filled the racks of every single store.
There was also a strong theme of “you do you” outside of whatever norms society expects of you, which meant more non-gendered clothing, and more statement pieces for women in expanded sizes and ages. Though 2016 was a singular year because of the tragedies that marred it, the fashion was purposeful, defiant, and more often than not, optimistic.