The SS17 Trends to Master Before Everyone Else
Yes, Jan and Feb are without doubt the two coldest months of the year, but ask any fashion insider and winter’s something that ends at Christmas… pea-size head emerging from a swaddling of knits, throws and scarfs, or not. Besides, we for ones are more than happy to start thinking about those warmer months ahead; sun-drenched city breaks, mud-splattered festival weekends, long balmy evenings sat sipping beers in the park? There’s nothing quite like it. And so, today, we’re looking at the SS17 trends set to totally take over. From oh-so-romantic ruffles to pretty pastel hues, the time to prep your spring/summer wardrobe is now!
As if provoked by last summer’s off-the-shoulder craze (DW, bardot tops aren’t going anywhere!), sleeves have come back fighting for SS17. We’re talking bell cuff dresses, balloon sleeve shirts, and bold, bright and brilliant blouson blouses. These stand-out styles offer a femme-twist on the oversized trend, but that’s not to say you can’t mix-and-match the look with grungier pieces (say, a slogan tee over-top) for a so-now style mash-up.
Frills, ruffles and bows
Arriving hand-in-hand with the shift to statement sleeves, SS17 takes cues from the eighties with a focus on frills, ruffles and bows. Shirts are first to receive the new-romantic makeover, as Victoriana collars provide distinctive detail, but rest assured, tees, dresses, smock tops and miniskirts will be joining the maximalist-movement in no time.
Sugary-sweet-shades were lapped up during the SS17 shows, and now provide the perfect palate-cleanser following winter. Think bubble-gum blues and pretty-pastel pinks in semi-stiff poplin styles, be it a ruffle neck shirt or frill yoke top. These barely-there tones work wonders with washed-out denim for casj-cool summer dressing.
While winter favoured its oversized cuts and super-slouchy styles, SS17 heralds the return of a more structured shape. Crisp cotton shirts are everything right now (if you hadn’t guessed already!), while poplin summer dresses will slowly move to the forefront as warmer months approach. Trendsetters will want to look out for peplum hems and tie-sleeve-detailing for an edge on the rest.
While layering’s still key this season, it’s time to step things up. Roll neck under a cami? Sure. Slogan tee over a hoodie? 100%. But if you really want to nail SS17, you’ll want to throw mesh over-top. Netted slip dresses, worn over jeans and a crop top, tap into a 90s club-culture vibe ideal for Saturday night. As for a midweek-friendly take on the trend, upscale your ruffle shirt with a macro-mesh cami overlay.
What’s top on your style agenda for SS17? Let us know in the comment box below before heading on over to our wardrobe detox guide; from never-ending sleeves to an overspill of ruffles, frills and bows, you’re gonna’ need the room!
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