The end of the year is always a good time for reflection. We look back on the things we’ve accomplished, things we’ve perhaps failed at and envision plans we are committed to accomplishing next year. Although the anticipation of January 1st fills us with an inexplicable amount of positive energy as we prepare to leave yet another year behind and hope that the grass will be greener on the other side, there is no denying that every year we leave behind had its upsides. One of them is definitely related to the realm of fashion, and 2017 has been, undeniably, a great year in terms of style, so taking one final glance at all the things we loved about the year is certainly worth our while. Who knows, maybe we’ll be taking some of those precious moments with us as we march towards the future.
As the mighty Anna Wintour has already said when reflecting on the collections presented on this year’s runways, many of them have been experimental, bold, rule-breaking, playful but never silly. One trend that has been here for perhaps decades, but this year was taken from indie to mainstream fashion is the fangirl trend. Almost all of us have owned and rocked a tee with a print of our favorite band at one point in life, but now this love of bands, as well as TV shows, has been celebrated and runway-approved. So, if you loved Stranger Things or have been obsessed with Blade Runner, you go shopping online and research the sleekest of fashion pieces, such as stripe knit top from Calvin Klein in Australia, and pair it with the perfect heels.
The playful couture
For all of us who secretly (or publicly) have a soft spot for Great Gatsby and the fashion of the roaring ‘20s the fringe trends definitely took us back to that era of repressed decadence, we weren’t alive to experience. From the dresses almost fully covered in soft fringes to playful outerwear that brought the air of that old chic to every outfit, this is most certainly a trend all the ladies with a flair for the dramatic will carry in their hearts long after the year is over.
Still mad about plaid
If there is one trend that will certainly make a smooth transition from 2017 to 2018, it’s the plaid trend. The retro ‘70s vibe and the unshakable casual sophistication of this pattern has proven to have a timeless quality to it. So, whether it will be high rise pants by Tome, an oversized suit by Stella McCartney, or one of the countless plaid coats that have taken over fast fashion retail stores, you have to own something in the pattern. It’s safe to say that this trend is bound to stick around long after the year is over.
All that glitter
When getting ready for all those Christmas and New Year’s parties, sequins and sparkles usually find themselves on the top of the list. This has been a truly glitzy year, from the already famous glitter boots to larger-than-life dancing queen neck-to-ankle sparkly dresses. Many of us will be dressed like a disco ball to a certain extent, but sadly, not every eve is New Year’s Eve so, regardless of how much we love our glitz and glamour, we have a sneaking suspicion that after the clock strikes midnight, January 1st will be the time when we put those dresses away and leave them be until the next festive season.
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Americana will always have a special place in our hearts. Minimalists may not be crazy about this trend, but hey, there are plenty of boho and statement dressers that will miss the Americana vibe and the patchwork garments once they’re out of style. The reason we love this trend so much is simple – it gives a sense of warmth, it reminds us of simpler times, cozy quilts and fills us with a sense of playfulness. In addition to that, it provides more than a little wiggle room to mix and match different prints without apologizing for it or being cautious about it. As much as we hope the patchwork sticks will stick around, there is a good chance it will be swallowed by shades of millennial pink and the already forecasted pastels, so rock your Americana while you still can.