Let’s take a look at some warm weather fashion trends that are primed to hit it big. Some are re-dos of years’ past, and others are ones that have been a little under the radar and are making big splashes in the new year. If you are looking for a few key pieces to keep your wardrobe one that is of-the-moment, here are trends we are forecasting as hits.
Sleeves emerged as a fashion darling last year, and they are hitting their stride big time. Think big, billowy sleeves. Think ornate sleeves. Think pretty sleeves. Think slashes in sleeves. Sleeves are definitely looking to take center stage this year.
Sneakers. Lots of pretty sneakers.
Sneakers are still “in”? YAY! Once women realized they could pair sneakers with jeans during the week and look elegant and stylish … let’s just say the cat’s out of the bag and it’s going to be hard to put it back in. But, that doesn’t mean that sneakers won’t change and evolve. Look for pretty ones with leopard prints, fancy laces, glitter and more as designers are finding that sneakers are places to have fun, and women are buying them up!
Mules make a comeback.
The sterile workhorse lends its name to this workhorse of a shoe. Actually, the word mule means “But, there is something particularly sexy about a mule shoe. Have you noticed you walk a little differently because the back is not attached? And, it’s a total throwback to the late ’90s when mules dominated footwear. The mule style is found in flats, mid-heel and high heels. Whatever your preferred shoe height, there will be a mule waiting to seduce you. And yes, mule sneakers do exist!
Stripes, stripes and more stripes
When are stripes not in? I know, I know. Spring brings florals, stripes and nautical EVERY YEAR. But, stripes do have seasons when they show up on pants and dresses and tops more than in others … and this is THAT season. Striped bags, shoes, coats, dresses … if stripes are your thing, get buying.
Men’s shirting fabrics
With stripes being so en vogue, it’s not surprising that shirting fabrics are a huge trend. Yes, we love a shirt dress, but this season’s will look more like an actual shirt than ever before, simply because of the fabric. Think oxford blue, oxford stripes and gingham.
Ruffles and bows and all tied up
Those shirt dresses we were just talking about? One way to differentiate them from simply a longer men’s shirt is the ruffles and bows that many will sport. Or, perhaps they’ll be all tied up in an unexpected way. One thing is for sure, whether it’s ruffles on those big sleeves, or tied up blouses and bows on the backs of shoes, that feminine touch is alive and well in 2017.
Show off the shoulders
Shoulders were practically over-exposed in 2016. The shoulder-less top (aka the “cold-shoulder” look) was probably 50% of all fashion bloggers’ Instagram feeds. With that amount of over-exposure, you would expect that perhaps women and fashion designers alike would say “no more.” But, that is not the case. You see, women look good showing off their collarbones, and this is true no matter your size, so it’s friendly to age and size, and all generations bought in. This year, you may see more adaptations to the shoulder-less top — with even bigger sleeves, for example — but get the ones out you wore last summer as you’ll want to wear them again. And, if you didn’t buy any, you just may want to.
Spring is coming, and we can’t wait!
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