From throwbacks to the 1980s and 1990s to updates of last season’s favourites (read: off shoulder 2.0) and colour staples you need to own, you’re gonna have fun dressing up this spring! CSL breaks down Spring 2017’s top trends.
1/ CHECK PLEASE
Make a Statement with the check pattern. Once reserved for the picnic table, this grunge staple takes a turn with a feminine silhouette.
2/ TRICK UP YOUR SLEEVE
Pump it up! A nod to the puffy sleeves of the 1980s, this season’s focus on the arms includes bell sleeves, oversize cuffs, and bubbly blousons. Balance all of this volume with skinny pants, or an abbreviated hem.
3/ COLD SHOULDER
The off shoulder trend is here to stay. Showing off your shoulder(s) may just be the least obvious, but oh, so effective way to add a flirty touch to your wardrobe.
4/ DO THE WAVE
This season’s ruffles are girly but unexpected. Think ruffled leather bags, shoes and random rows of ruffles on sweatshirts and Spanish inspired details. Olé!
5/ SHIRT DRESSING
Take this standard office staple to the next level. Update the classic oxford shirt with new construction – bell sleeves, pockets, off shoulder, one shoulder, and layered over a dress are the way to go.
Graphic meets performance wear to get your heart racing. Zebra pants, dresses, jumpsuits and sports bras all came in elongating vertical stripes with a hint of athletic wear. While crop tops in primary hues sported horizontal stripes. Keep it modern with flatforms or sneakers.
7/ GLOBAL TRIBE
One part Boho, one part modern tapestry, vintage-inspired robe dresses adorned with oriental embroidery, rich velvet, tassels and vibrant hues are all go-tos.
8/ MILITARY GRADE
March onto the streets in army inspired utilitarian gear. Think multi-pockets, animal prints, and an earthy colour palette. Accessorize with natural leather accents, and flat sandals.
9/ FIT AND FAB
All the cool girls are wearing it– even the ones who skip the gym. Windbreakers, sneakers, and even a nod to the head-to-toe matching tracksuit (yes, it’s true!) were all over the catwalks. Show a little skin, keep the hair straight and makeup simple to give this look a go.
10/ GREEN MACHINE
Yes, it’s easy being green! Pantone colour of the year, greenery, is having its moment. Think rich emerald, jade and Amazonite – all equally eye catching and sure to make you stand out in a crowd.
11/ COMING UP ROSES
Pretty as a picture. Whether fuchsia, dusty rose or delicate blush, get romantic this spring in shades of this forever feminine colour.
12/ ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
This fabulous shade is a mood booster. Yes, it is the new black. From rust to neon this is one of the most universally flattering colours.
13/ NEUTRAL GROUND
Anything but basic, off white and cream look fresh and modern when paired together. Think modern safari-khaki.
This original fashion article first appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.