With the top Fashion Weeks already over, we have noticed many a trend hit the runway for the coming season of spring and summer in 2017 and we are certainly excited. What is truly great is that many of the spring/ summer 2017 fashion trends that are top of the list are also those that were huge on the streets throughout the year, from the more summery styles to the closed up, warmer creations. And since we have already invested in wardrobes to reflect the top trends of 2016, it is really great to know that we’ll be able to recycle the pieces that were favorites and pair separates in a slightly more up-to-date fashion without breaking the bank.
The spring/ summer 2017 fashion trends are fun and speak of comfort along with an individualistic nature that we have thoroughly fallen in love with. The newer trends are also quite spectacular and worth buying into, particularly since many appear on the shelves early due to the designers’ “see now, buy now” mentality.
We’ve seen everything from the bold and bright to the classic and more restrained designs, but there was one thing that all seemed to show a certain appreciation for and that was the straight and narrow looks that appeared in plenty on the catwalks in Paris, Milan, London and New York City.
The top spring/ summer 2017 fashion trends fresh off the runways include but are not limited to:
#1: Military Fashionable
One huge trend that we have seen on the runways throughout has been the military meets chic feminism look that can combine the strict with the totally street-worthy. At Dsquared2, this takes on the form of a military jacket spruced up to be gothic girlish, worn with denim that has seen a bit too much in pant splatters.
Even those attending the shows were donning these awesome jackets, looking very much ready to go to fashion war, the designers being quite inventive in the manner in which the pieces were decorated with epaulets, gold buttons and lots of passementerie.
Roberto Cavalli’s combinations of military fashion trends for spring 2017 were simply to die for. And since fashion never seems to tire of this particular trend, we should enjoy the Versace cropped bomber jackets paired with suede skinny pants and aviators to the fullest, along with J.W. Anderson and Mulberry designs straight from the world war days.
#2: Sassy Sequins
Who does not love to be flashy and gorgeous, catching all eyes as she walks down the street or red carpets? Sequins are not normally the edgy type but it seems that designers have really gotten the hang of it and the sparkly nature of the embellishments have been used freely to showcase a cooler creation, the body-cons especially appearing incredible in their shiny silhouettes.
Monse’s off-the-shoulder design with the over-the-knee side slit in an amber look was certainly a sexy look that we’d love to be wearing during our upcoming soirees. Simple and beautiful is how Alexander Wang made it, while Dion Lee’s sequined dresses took on an athleisure attitude. It is totally okay to be shimmering like a disco ball during the day it seems and we expect every day to be a party come spring 2017.
#3: Underwear Worn Out
Once upon a time, it was a fashion crime to allow anyone to see any form of underwear. Sleepwear has become a top trend to wear out lately, but the underwear as outerwear theme is still a bit foreign. Of course, celebrities seem to be easily adapting the style for videos and entertainment, but it would be a rare sight to have someone in a gorgeous transparent golden Dior dress walk out, bralettes and high waist body contouring underwear shown off.
Giambattista Valli’s black ensemble is even bolder and Nina Ricci ensures red looks great with an added bra shown underneath. Of course, we have the sheer nightgowns as well, but this particular trend really focuses on showing off the high waist or skimpy little pieces that cover those more private areas, effectively leaving you mostly naked before a crowd.
#4: Athleisure and Sportswear
If there is one spring 2017 fashion trend that reared its head in nearly every show, it’s the sporty effects of athleisure garments, particularly prevalent in Milan. Versace was really rocking the style with nylon parkas and leggings, but we have seen the look throughout the Fashion Weeks, from the translucent DKNY designs to the gorgeous Max Mara that can double as comfortable office wardrobe.
There is little not to love about this trend because it’s all about showing off or hiding your body in what is most comfortable, allowing for easy movement and major style all at the same time.
These silhouettes were especially mixed up with the couture on the Paris runways, with Sacai, Off-White, Margiela and Fenty x Puma by Rihanna playing athleisure mixes with gowns and corsets. It certainly makes for an interesting show to say the least.
Something became clear throughout all the shows featuring this trend: not every sport-inspired look needs to look like you are about to hit the gym before brunch. On the contrary, the street looks are all the more intriguing, especially when those that do appear more gym-oriented are paired with peep-toe sandals or flats like the creations at Courreges instead of the runners we noticed at Christian Dior.
We have to admit that the game-ready silken combination of t-shirt and shorts from Dolce & Gabbana is simply too good to pass up.
#5: Rolls of Ruffles
Layers upon layers of ruffles have become some of the most commonly seen spring/ summer 2017 fashion trends on the runway, the look sometimes making the dresses and tops look like a cake topper. Cascading frills are a common feature and while it counteracts the sleekness of many of the other designs, it certainly adds a good amount of fun to the whole thing, playing with texture and dimensions throughout.
The Tome collection featured some black and red looks that almost seemed to have a place at the court of the Queen of Hearts, while it was simply delectable to see the gorgeous ruffled lace that was tiered and translucent on the Zimmermann runway.
Some looked really outstanding in terms of color combinations and overall cuts, with Altuzarra being a top house to successfully showcase this particular trend in good light.
See also: Spring/ Summer 2017 Handbag Trends
Lots of ruffles appeared on the runways as we just mentioned and nearly all designers make use of the trend at one point in their collections or another. However, there is one particular look to the ruffles that needs its own category and that is the look, where the pretty additional embellishments come down in a diagonal manner, adding a bit of spice to the creations.
They might be easily spotted or hidden among the folds, but the elegant angle really looks great and should certainly become a spring 2017 wardrobe staple. Isabel Marant’s shiny mini dresses sport the trend wonderfully, while Emanuel Ungaro uses the diagonal effect to give his dress a little side slit.
Alexander McQueen, on the contrary, prefers the added bounce along the chest, and Ellery has fun with ruffles on suiting.
#6: Still Trending Transparency
Remember when the transparent looks came into play two years ago? They are still here and going strong it seems, but without the excessive show of nipples, instead playing subtly with showing off skin and hiding at the same time.
The cargos at DKNY were interesting to see and showed off quite a bit of what was underneath, but when we looked at the Zimmermann dresses and their lacing, there was everything to love about the subtle presentation of limbs underneath, without showing off too much.
There is a certain sheer modesty style happening as a top trend for the spring and summer of 2017, with silhouettes that would normally provide full coverage appearing in sheer materials instead, revamped and matched with pieces worn over or under, as seen at Coach.
It appears that seeing panties under skirts is still in style, à la Anna Sui and Rodarte. And then there are no panties in sight when we stare at the sheer dress the model walks onto stage with at Jason Wu. All in all though, sheer lace or anything that allows the body underneath to show majorly is in style at the moment, so free the nipple or cover with bralettes it matters not.
All that’s required is for you to show as much skin as possible while still covering up. This is a trend that is not showing any sings of disappearing anytime soon, so we might actually start seeing more people with sheer tops and dresses and skirts on the streets soon enough.
#7: Deconstructed Shirting & Other Modern Shirt Variations
This is a huge trend on the runways for spring 2017 and it has gotten us wondering if we have entered an alternate dimension, where tailors intentionally sew things askew or entirely without matching the pieces. Nearly every designer seems to be tired of their job and decided to just cut and paste randomly, only to discover that this wacky idea might actually have a place on the fashion runways.
Whether we are looking at the denim based Concept Korea looks that somehow include an intact collar and then appears to have two different halves of shirts sewn together while entirely cutting out one shoulder, or the lovelier deconstructed shirtdresses from Alexander Wang, not to mention the total mess of a collection by Monse, it is hard not to keep noticing that the Mad Tailor has come to town.
Button down shirts are a classic, without a doubt. We love seeing them, even when they appear in denim, which is also in style it appears. We love them purely white and with pinstripes.
What we were not expecting was seeing them cropped really short with long sleeves that are certainly longer than the usual, something we noticed at Alexander Wang, nor were we considering the wraparound shirts that actually look super awesome and perfect for the modern woman this coming spring, as per Elizabeth and James.
We could, of course, go for the half and half mismatched single shoulder shirtdresses seen at Monse, but that’s a little too different than our general shirting preferences.
#8: Classic Crop Tops
It has been a while since the open midriff was heavily in but it seems to be making something of a comeback with relative ease if the past seasons are to be taken into consideration. This was a huge trend in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but later switched over to lengthening the tops.
It appears we are going to be enjoying cropped sweaters as seen at Alexander Wang, while cropped heavily distressed denim tops appeared with matching skirts at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi.
#9: Bust-Focused Bralettes
While crop tops were to be expected, the bralettes were an interesting addition that we find absolutely no fault in whatsoever. They scream athleisure and spring/ summer all at once, while the gauzy materials thrown over them, such as at Wunderkind only add to the appeal of showing off your midriff entirely.
Bralettes paired with high fashion robes as seen at Alexander Wang only increased our desire to throw up our feet and enjoy a night of awesome Good Wife reruns. Here, the bras and bralettes are the layering piece, worn under or over the clothing, as seen on Kenzo and Carven respectively.
Black ones especially have become more than just undergarments, as we noticed in a trend listed above, and it’s a green light now for us to really show off our bodies in these pieces, proudly and in high fashion.
#10: Square Shoulder Hipster
Remember when padded shoulders were huge? Yeah, we sure enjoyed the ‘80s and their squared shoulders with the totally retro looks. There is just so much fun in the angularity and Saint Laurent totally proved it can combine modern with the retro as it showed off Le Smoking, a tuxedo jacket with nothing underneath the silken lapels, and certainly no pants. As for the hair, the square shoulders were made bolder with the straight cut to the top of the head.
See also: Spring/ Summer 2017 Shoe Trends
#11: General ‘80s Theme
We have mentioned multiple spring/ summer 2017 fashion trends that are all about the time that still feels like it is only 20 years ago but in reality, it’s nearing 40 years in the past. This includes the square shoulders and the sequins and the poof sleeves, but it also includes so much more.
There is something very flashy about 2017 and it has brought in the flair of the ‘80s with absolute gusto, with Paris designers especially interested in this particular decade. Ruching, puffy sleeves, single-shoulder dresses, body-tight pants and lots of embellishments along with sequins and colors made everyone from Louis Vuitton to Chanel to Kenzo and Emanuel Ungaro feel like they belonged in an ‘80s movie remake.
Add in some hot pink and purple, which are the top spring/ summer 2017 color trends, and the ‘80s glamour is brought right to your front door and into your stark life.
#12: Off the Shoulders
Décolletage is gorgeous to show off no matter what and when you add the shoulders and tops of the arms to the mix, it only gets lovelier as we have seen on the runways throughout the past few weeks. It’s been used extensively throughout, mixed with other top spring/ summer 2017 fashion trends constantly, including paneling with Proenza Schouler, asymmetrical skirts and extra-long sleeves at Diane Von Furstenberg.
At David Koma, the trend was paired with puffed-up sleeves and a short skirt, bringing a modernized Elizabethan theme to mind. Off-the-shoulder voluminous sleeved cropped tops certainly caught our attention in their blush coloring on the Blumarine runway in Milan though!
#13: Sexy Side Slit
We’ve been seeing slits up the center and up the thighs for a while now, some with a more modest cut while others barely covering up the treasures underneath. Legs are shown off beautifully no matter how the slit is placed and the final product is one that is thoroughly enticing, appearing on sequin gowns, such as that at Monse and lovely revealing day dresses with plunging necklines and side slits such as that found on the Alexander Wang runway.
Versace played with ruching and slits with her collection, giving us some totally lovable casual-appearing dresses to put on.
#14: Presenting Plunging Necklines
Like transparency and side slits, the plunging necklines have been a staple of the runways for the past few seasons, making the trend one that seems to have bought a slot for itself on this list offspring/ summer 2017 fashion trends for good.
Some designers like Altuzarra played with longer hems and sleeves, flouncy layered ruffles and cinched waists to give the plunging Vs a more demure outlook, while it takes on a whole different dimension when we look at the ironic workwear offered by Hood by Air.
Add in a side slit up the thigh and you get some pretty cool Alexander Wang looks to check out this coming spring. We can easily say that this is a top spring 2017 fashion trend to enjoy in all manners.
#15: Sweatshirts Everywhere
It may be for spring and often paired with short skirts or cropped pants, but there is one thing that we see a whole lot of and that is sweatshirts on the runway. We particularly see a lot of crisp white ones on the New York Fashion Week, from DKNY, Ryan Roch, Vera Wang, Yeezy and Baja East.
See also: Spring/ Summer 2017 Nail Trends
It is a classic athleisure staple but deserves its own category because it appeared so many times throughout the shows. Some even added in the elongated sleeves trend, whole apparent with the miniskirt combination at Vera Wang.
#16: Western in Classic
We see a whole bunch of the more classic looks of Western designs appear on the runway, gorgeous in white at Rodarte with the fringed and dotted embellishments. Anna Sui brought in the leather and cowgirl hats, while Coach gave it a punkish modern edge.
#17: Sleepwear as Outerwear
When pajamas and nightgowns appeared as a viable outerwear dress code a few seasons back, we were shocked. Then we were pleased. Now we are wondering how long this trend is meant to last. After all, wearing head to toe pinstriped pajamas would never have been a top choice in workwear.
The baggy pieces seen at Adam Selman are pretty interesting to say the least. Milan really emphasized this spring 2017 fashion trend, but it was equally seen in London and New York before that and Paris afterwards.
Prada’s pajamas were trimmed in feathers and it was all prints at Dolce & Gabbana, while the color patchwork at Ports 1961 was intriguing. Add in some high quality fashion robes as seen on the New York runways and you are all set with this trend.
#18: Especially Long Sleeves
Gorgeous sweaters are a common look on the catwalk these days but what makes them special more than the fact that they are cargo is the fact that their sleeves are so long, it appears that the tailor merely forgot about that detail.
Whether in gingham like with Pringle of Scotland or paired with a gorgeous thigh split skirt as seen on the David Koma runway, the truly long sleeves have been a very strange commonality among the Fashion Weeks. Some have taken strangeness to new levels as well, with Ryan Lo’s designs often reminding us of clown nightmares from our childhoods.
#19: Maximal Utilitarianism
Cargo pockets will have their own place on this spring/ summer 2017 fashion trends list, but there is an overall theme happening here as well and that’s based on being able to really use your clothing to its maximum advantage. That means the large cargo pockets to fill up on the go and the bungee cord drawstrings to ease things for you, as well as the hooded nylon anoraks that really do not look as bad as you think they would.
The Paris runways were full of these types of intriguing pieces that are made to make life as easy for the wearer as possible while still remaining fashionable. Many top designers bought into this trend, including Balmain, Margiela, Stella McCartney, Kenzo and Vetements.
We love how each has reworked the concept to fit their own style and the tastes of the house’s top customers and fans. The generally effortless fits are certainly something fashion lovers and the regular folk alike are heavily into, from the khaki to the fatigue silhouettes.
#20: Cargo Craziness
If we had missed cargo pockets, it was not made clear but it seems that we are getting back those oversized beauties whether we want them or not. There is just something that screams comfort about them, as well as total convenience as we tuck extra cash, papers, phones, etc., in those lovely pockets and head out the door with our hands free.
See also: Spring/ Summer 2017 Eyewear Trends
Cargo pants come in some silky shiny looks as seen at Sies Marjan or as transparent creations such as that which graced the runway at DKNY, while the midi skirts with the cargo pockets at A Detacher was definitely found to be appealing by the ladies, who prefer to appear a bit more feminine while fitting in to society instead of standing out due to fashion choices.
#21: Pants on Pants
This is a strange trend but it is undoubtedly one of the newest spring/ summer 2017 fashion trends to be seen on the runway. It has not been featured in any other season, which immediately increases its overall appeal. Layered bottoms have existed in the form of shorts over leggings and similar designs, but the whole full out pant-on-pant style is new and fresh and thoroughly intriguing.
It is a street style staple of late it appears and appears often in the limelight on the Fashion Week shows around the world, literally becoming one of the easiest ways of making an outfit look new again. Tibi decided to layer in such a way that the waistband would be different from the rest of the pants shown off, while Eckhaus Latta opted for a similar pair to appear under one that was slit at the sides, adding additional hues to the designs.
As for Monse, we were entirely too thrown off by the strangeness of some of the stitching, the layered pants instead appearing like Two Face was in the house.
#22: Play on Paneling
We have been seeing a lot of paneling happening of late and it has grown in the numbers available to us in the world of ready-to-wear fashion, one rather interesting trend for spring/ summer 2017. There is a certain Frankenstein effect to it all, with panels of the same shade or the combination of two large pieces of fabric to add to the beauty of a garment, creating additional volume and intrigue around the pieces.
Claudia Li played with pale blue and white paneling, while it looked incredible when seen on the Proenza Schouler show in black and white and off the shoulder.
There is something to be said about the split personality that this trend seems to defer to on a constant basis, from Aalto’s sportier pieces to Lanvin’s partial sleepwear and partial tuxedo top designs. Yohji Yamamato plays on colors as well, adding bright poppy to stark blacks.
#23: Sporting the Logos
To date, we often found it tacky to be wearing the logo of the top brands on your chest but it seems that spring 2017 fashion trends bring that snobby fad where you clearly state to the world that you have enough dough to get yourself a designer outfit. Plus, it seems to be the coolest way to pledge allegiance to a particular brand, making the Versace athleisure, the Moschino bodysuits, the Gucci sweaters and Dolce & Gabbana shirts all the more enticing for the general population.
So pick up those pieces with the logos and head out onto the street to tell everyone exactly how much you love wearing your designer products.
#24: Slogans Speak Out
While many designers opted for their logos, there were quite a few who have causes they support and thoughts that need to be relayed, of a social or even political nature, and the dress became the medium for it. The Stella McCartney campaign is based on removing real animal skin from the fashion front so seeing funky placements of variations of the “No Leather and No Fur” wordings was to be expected.
Sacai sees fashion as a passion and wasted no time showing that off on plain white shirts, while Julien Dossena of Paco Rabanne must have been dreaming of robots when creating his pieces featuring the words “Future Sex” on a white with transparent jumper. As for Dior, simple t-shirts read – “We Should All Be Feminists.”
#25: Play on Crochet
Short skirts and pretty ruffles look even better when the material used is not a simple fabric but lovely knitwear and crochet. It has been a top trend that has been racking up the sales over the past few months and it seems that it will continue to do so come spring 2017.
Crochet was popular in Milan but not only, as people all over have realized that knit products are so much better to own than simple fabrics. Missoni, MSGM, Versace, Attico and many others adhered to this trend and with the gorgeous color combinations added, it is certain to be one of the best received trends of the season.
#26: Sleeve Puffs
Whether we are looking at Simone Rocha, David Koma, Ashley Williams or a ton more designers, one huge look that has made it onto the runway as a well-known spring 2017 trend is the puffed up sleeves that come in jackets, dresses, shirts and even off the shoulder designs.
Party frocks with these large bells certainly made the list as the runways were full of volume around the arms and shoulders, bringing the attention to the torso even if the legs were bared. Emilio de la Morena’s designs were especially well received in this regard.
#27: Cinched Sleeves
We see different types of sleeves or literally no sleeves appearing on the runways, but one particular trend that appears often enough to be on this list of the best spring/ summer 2017 fashion trends, it is the cinched versions to the longer sleeves that are hard not to notice and add a touch of volume and puff while still staying perfectly professional.
In Paris, this was huge, as the long sleeves were elegantly gathered all the way down to the wrists, creating a dramatic look that went well with slim trousers on Giambattista Valli, while matching beautifully with the mermaid skirts on Ellery’s runway show. As for Jacquemus, we would have been surprised if there was no walk of shame reference, this time the ladies appearing on stage in a lovely shirt and nary a bottom in sight.
Off the shoulders were combined with cinched sleeves that come down to the elbows for a lovely shiny long dress in a candy cultured pink at Oscar de la Renta, while we enjoy seeing this trend take over all across the Fashion Week runways.
#28: Cutouts, Cutouts Everywhere
There are dresses and then there are dresses where it looks like someone was very scissor-happy and chopped off shoulders, sides and random areas. Or he was a really good tailor and took on the dresses David Koma style, placing the cuts strategically to bring about maximum beauty.
Erdem’s long sleeves were the result of no shoulders it seems, while the Christopher Kane looks appeared as if someone was really mad at the fabric. The slicing has certainly been an intriguing spring 2017 trend from all that we have seen.
#29: Simple Shirtdresses
Long sleeves or short, cinched waists or voluminous, long hems or thigh grazing, we see a whole lot of shirtdresses appearing on the runways these days and we love it sincerely. This trend is the perfect mix of casual and somewhat dressy, easy to wear and still totally chic.
It is tomboyish and almost reminds us of the ladies before a walk of shame home, lounging about in their lovers’ shirts. Banana Republic adds major length, while 3.1 Phillip Lim brings the focus to the professional shirt style. You could always go white and a bit on the sheer side or stick to a conventional belted tunic look.
#30: Sumptuous Suiting
There is something especially attractive about having suit pieces as part of your wardrobe, immediately adding maturity and a sense of professional style to the outfits flaunted about on the streets, at work or merely on a day strolling about town.
With the summer 2017 fashion trends, there are several types of suiting available to choose from as well, from the oversized creations that include Celine’s Working Girl blazers matched with miniskirts, alongside Vetements and Balenciaga going all loose and almost manly on us, to the more prim and proper suit looks that could be right out of a style magazine from at least a century before, as is the case at Ellery.
Supersizing the suiting was really fun with all the pinstripes at Jacquemus, while Celine and Sonia Rykiel ensured the ladies had just the right amount of volume and comfort with specific tailoring to ensure that the ready-to-wear collection would be enticing to all.
#31: Mark the Return of the Minis
We’ve been seeing longer skirts for a while now and the mid-lengths are certainly a top trend on the spring 2017 runways, but it is the minis that we are surprised to see appearing so often as well, some of them almost ranging to micros with the shortness of the hems we notice. The modern way to go seems to be a rounded shoulder or puff sleeves, with shiny dresses that have hems skimming the top regions of the thighs quite comfortably.
The looks have been expected at Saint Laurent since the house has been playing with these trends for a while now, though Kenzo was a bit of a surprise and it looked truly amazing in red at Isabel Marant.
#32: Knee-Length Perfection
While minis are certainly seen on the runways, the most common hem length is indeed the knee-length midis, either ending just above, around the middle or just below the caps. This comes into play with voluminous trends as see at Simone Rocha or Bora Aksu, as well as with some crazy psychedelic geometric designs at Antonio Marras and the Prada collection.
It looks incredible in sunshine yellow at Emilio Pucci, particularly on the gorgeous shirtdress that appears, while it certainly is a trend to pair with when we give those sleeves the crazy voluminous puffs, something everyone from Jil Sander to Wunderkind have pegged down perfectly. The skirts can be sleek or fluttery, simple or asymmetrical, but at the end of the day, midi wins the medal for top trend.
#33: Bohemian Modernized
The coolest girls in the crowd during the spring season will be wearing bohemian with a modern twist. The looks are eclectic, earthy and utterly organic, showing off quite a bit of personality, as well as artistic detail, such as that seen at Loewe; the ladies in this category also rather like the handmade oversized knitwear picked up from interesting places around the world, a look prominent on the Acne runway.
Stella McCartney worked on the more vegan designs and proved that you need not include fur or leather in your wardrobe to look amazing, while designers in general proved that modernizing the bohemian look keeps the trend fresh and going steady for the seasons ahead.
#34: Free the Nipple
This hashtag has gone viral in the last year or so, but the trend itself seems to have a harder time being caught up with in most parts of the world where it’s a bit on the insane side to show off your breasts. The underwear worn as outerwear is almost easier to swallow because parts of the body deemed too private to show off are covered up, while this particular trend revels in bringing attention to the female nipples.
It wasn’t as commonly seen for the spring season as we noticed it for 2016, but it has made it back onto our list of the top spring/ summer 2017 fashion trends and it might be worth a try.
Lanvin loved to show off everything under sheer dresses, while Alexander McQueen played on sexy and bustier combinations, leaving Balmain with some rather interesting designs that we might decide to pair with a black bra instead of freeing the nipple for now.
#35: Single-Sleeve Masterpieces
For the ladies who suffer from the need for perfect balance, also known as some form of OCD, this trend drives us crazy and we would not touch it with a ten-foot pole. Actually, we would probably even avoid hanging out with those that do wear the single-sleeve masterpieces by different designers meant for the coming year.
Seeing gorgeous long sleeves on one side and open shoulders mixed with colorful over-the-elbow gloves on the other as seen at Rochas is enough to drive us mad, while the Vetements design in total black velvet that encases one arm fully in the material, down to the fingers but leaves the other arm fully exposed is enough to send us running in the opposite direction while feeling like one side of the body is way too hot and simply cannot breathe!
For the ladies who have no problems though, this is an awesome trend to enjoy, particularly with lots of prints such as at Isabel Marant. From what we have seen on the runways in general is that wearing something in sheer and black combinations that really shows off the nipples is creating a masterpiece.
#36: Ruching Reactions
Athleisure is a top trend of course, but seeing the ruching itself makes us very happy as it appears on every type of trend on this list as well. Printed and pleated fabrics are a top priority it appears for the spring season and Marni’s designs including the hoodies and drawstrings certainly are appealing, while the body is hugged lovingly in the Versace thigh slit drapery in outdoorsy nylon.
MSGM went crazy with this trend though and gave us windbreaker style tops to be worn over knee-length cropped pants, looking rather intriguing overall.
#37: Ready the Robes
Akin to wearing sleepwear outdoors, this robe-influenced trend is quite lovely and brings the comfort of the home to the outside world. Once you add in the bralettes and the printed khakis, as seen at Alberta Ferretti and Roberto Cavalli respectively, the robes take on a new meaning.
The looks are interesting to say the least, with lovely coloring and a comfortable edge, making them just the thing one could wear in and out, no matter her mood at the moment. Combining the robes with Chinese style printed dresses is just as easy and even expected, since many designers have opted for something similar, as per Vivetta.
Robes in general are seen on everything from the more home lounging effects to the single piece swimsuits to being a cover over the sheer clothing underneath, something that Jonathan Simkhai really pushes towards us.
#38: Velvet Variance
We do not see this material appear as much as we would have loved to, but velvet does show itself often enough for us to give it its own category on this list of summer 2017 fashion trends. The fabric is luxe, the holiday season seems to continue for the spring as well and Victoria Beckham made the runway look really good with her warmer material cut into warm weather worthy designs.
Whether we are looking at really short dresses on Marc Jacobs or shiny blush colored midis scrunched up at Sies Marjan, the velvet creations are undoubtedly a favorite, even if they are not as prominent for the spring season as they have generally been for the fall and winter.
#39: Vast Volumes
Voluminous sleeves, voluminous skirts and voluminous just about everything is what we see on the runways, with the London Fashion Week especially full of the sheer materials that cascade in layers and lots of poof around the models’ bodies. Bigger is certainly better it seems and the spring 2017 fashion trends will be taking to the streets easily as the ladies show off as much volume as possible while still appearing chic and desirable.
Molly Goddard played on the tutu classic, brought to the knees and paired with ballerina style sandals, while Bora Aksu very much enjoyed the pink confectionaries, presenting some gorgeous numbers that are perfect for the evening, in contrast to the more polished effects of the Simone Rocha half-and-half designs.
#40: Asymmetrical Skirting
We’ve been seeing this a lot lately, and while not at the very top of the summer 2017 trends list, it certainly does appear on many occasions and looks pretty awesome, especially when paired with total contrast trends such as the military styles of Mulberry and J.W. Anderson.
Paneling certainly helps create the longer dress asymmetrical effect at Loewe, while we see some really incredible hot pink pieces appearing at Kenzo with a multitude of trends taken into consideration. As for adding something fun to the creations, the asymmetrical bubble skirts at Sportmax certainly fit the bill with ease.
#41: Purely Statement Sleeves
We have mentioned a whole lot of different types of sleeves that appear on the runways until now, but we can lump them all together and add a few more to create the style of the statement sleeve that still is a top contender in the trends department for 2017. High volume sleeves are not showing any signs of disappearing anytime soon while slashes, ruching, frills, single shoulders, voluminous shoulders and lots of appliques all make it onto our list.
Whether it is high necks and big sleeves matched with tiny little skirts like at Marc Jacobs or the deep V open chests of the square shoulder shiny golden tunics found on Saint Laurent, the trend is majorly styling and street fashions have embraced the look fully. If you have any funky sleeved tops lying about the home, now is the time to show them off it appears.
The focus on sleeves continues with the slits on the insides or outsides, giving us the option of wearing long looks without overheating in the spring season of 2017. Elegant bell-shaped silhouettes appear on stage thus, though we don’t know if all of the creations look as good with the slit effect.
Custo Barcelona certainly seems to nail it though, while Hellessy has the sleeves appearing all too lovely in the more professionally tailored outfits. We are not sure about the multi-layered effects seen at Michael Kors though. As mentioned, not all slit sleeves turn out amazing for all fashion lovers to wear.
#42: Swimming Fashionistas
Normally we would be waiting for the resort collections or the specifically tailored swimwear ones, but it seems some of the designers are opting to give us a preview of what our days on vacation fashions should look like, especially since they are way chicer than your average string bikinis you have been donning to the beach for a decade now.
Stella McCartney gives us some simple single-piece ones with ruched high-waist voluminous pants to seal the deal, while Gucci is all about wearing bikini tops around town, with jackets and comfortable high-waist pants to benefit from the mismatched patterning. As for a big lesson we learn from Fendi? Always keep a sheer slip on skirt around to pull over your ruffled single-piece swimsuit.
Some designers opted to dress their ladies in only their suits as well, like Chromat with the deep V neckline to the athletic creation, or Baja East with nothing but a robe thrown over the military print sexy lineup. As for those who love a bit of the ‘80s chic, Anna Sui has a bunch to choose from.
#43: Bras and Jackets
It’s like playing a fashion game here and trying to mix and match so that you get creative answers that will appeal to the mass public. It appears that playing with bra designs might actually do the trick and adding a jacket over the pieces that normally would be made to be hidden just adds to their allure, particularly when it is Victoria Beckham style matching designs.
We see prints and frills and more bikini style perfection, some on a dominatrix basis and some that are just too pretty not to wear out, but it is the addition of a jacket over the tops that gives the look a more professional flair, despite its major show of skin. It is no surprise that this is Kendall Jenner’s favorite look, with bra and bomber over a pair of pants or skirt.
#44: Dress and Pant Pairings
We already saw the pants on pants look appear on the spring/ summer 2017 fashion trends list, so it almost makes sense to see the dress over pants layering as well. It is a strange one to be sure, but seems to take its inspiration from Asian countries that seem to enjoy similar pairings to add fashion to full body coverage.
Of course, this trend is a major contrast to the transparencies and bras worn out, something that the spring 2017 season seems to excel in. We fell in love with Rosie Assoulin’s ground-grazing shirtdress over the slouchy jeans, while asymmetric hemlines to the pleated skirts accentuated the starkness of the white dress pants at Banana Republic.
For those who wish to take it to the gala night level, Adeam had a few designs that you might find very interesting.
#45: “Oh Dear, My Top is Slipping Off”
This is an interesting trend and a fun one really that is all about being flirty and utterly sexy, particularly if you have a shoulder slipping on a dress that already has a plunging neckline, such as the absolute beauty we noticed at DVF. The ruffled and ringed skirting at Self-Portrait was certainly lovely as well, while this trend itself appeared best when paired with a shirt or a shirtdress, the combination of professional and casual with a touch of date-style flirty really appealing for the ladies to wear out on the streets.
This more ‘80s look has been seen all over, from Monse’s sweaters to Prabal Gurung’s sheer tops to Rodarte’s gorgeous dresses.
#46: Cozy Corsetry
Corsets have been making a comeback of late and we are curious as to how we shall be wearing them without causing our innards any harm. As with the rest of the season, it appears that here again we have a battle of two opposites, the wardrobes including the corsetry also having voluminous sleeves and wide pant legs to go with it, something easily noticed at Cinq a Sept.
The corsets seem to generally be worn over blouses to enhance their features, accentuating the waist and selling sex all over again. We are not going to lie though; it is a lovely trend that looks great when seamlessly matching the rest of the outfit, such as at Alexander McQueen, Sally LaPointe or Tadashi Shoji. We will certainly be adopting these looks for our spring outfits.
#47: Chic in Prairie Fashions
There has been an interesting trend surfacing of late where prairie pioneer looks have been modernized, recreated and brought to the Fashion Week runways beautifully done up. It is all about the delicate, the feminine and the dashing charm that is available only through the prairie chic.
Anna Sui loved the red and white combinations, the short hems and frilly creations meant for the more youthful populace. For the more mature pioneers, Oscar de la Renta offered some pure white rocks that played on the transparency levels and added black belts to create just the right amount of contrast.
As for those who wanted a little more native to be included in their wardrobes, the Vivienne Tam designs were perfect to see sashaying down the catwalk.
#48: Dressed Up in Denim
Denim is one of those things that you cannot help but love, whether it’s a simple jean pant or something more embellished like those found on the Faustine Steinmetz runway in London.
Distressed denim in particular seemed to be big on the London runway, with stars such as Marques’Almeida, and Versus featuring some rather cool outfits, either with jackets, pants, or coming in as ensembles. The frayed ends were pure rock ‘n’ roll from what we could see.
#49: Adding the Anoraks
Just do not ask if these strangely stylish pieces are actually rain resistant. Chances are, they clearly are not and you will end up getting home drenched to the core. But, they certainly do give the right impression, with Baja East donning on some crazy patterned layers and Concept Korea really taking a liking to the outerwear itself.
Whether we are looking at the sheer or the cropped over the oversized or color blocked, anoraks appeared on many a designer runway show, focusing on adding warmth to the otherwise sandal-clad Dion Lee fashions, or simply adding a whole lot of extra-long sleeved style to Nicole Miller’s ready-to-wear outfits.
As for DKNY, they reveled in some funky anoraks, particularly adding to the transparency trend, something that fans might enjoy themselves with nothing but a bra underneath.
#50: Shining Metal
It is more of a color trend, but we are adding it here as well because that metallic look and feel is very much in right now and even without sequins, it is simply something from the ‘80s that has been adopted for 2017. Glittering pants and skirts are all over, short little dresses and funky cut designs often have the metallic aspect to it, from playing up animal skin in metallic as at Area, or going all futuristic on us with volume and major coverage as per Creatures of the Wind.
It is not just silver we see either, but a good amount of bronze as well, something Cynthia Rowley seems to excel in using for her collection.
#51: Not Yet Tired of the Trench
Trench coats have been around since the First World War, a legacy from Burberry really that has developed over the years to be a top trending jacket design for the fashion lovers in the world. Made for men and women, for the young and the old, in winter and spring designs, trench coats are a fan favorite and not about to disappear from the racks in your favorite stores.
For the spring season, everyone from newcomers to veterans on the Fashion Week shows brought out their creations, from Dion Lee’s nudes that fall to the knees to the volume in the shoulders and center openings at Carolina Herrera. You can play with bright colors or go for the classics, it matters not. Trenches are in!
#52: Accent on the Waist Line
We have seen some fun spring/ summer 2017 fashion trends on this list, but one that really is quite interesting is the banishment of boring waistlines and the bringing in over fold over fabric instead. Generally, there was lots of focus placed on waistlines, whether through the use of waist cinchers or some design techniques.
Fold over waists are not meant to be worn with belts so should be made to fit you perfectly, but you can enjoy this trend on skirts or pants, with side slits or center on the former, and even major cuffs on the latter. They look great with some shoulders showing off and designers such as Rosie Assoulin, Diane von Furstenberg and Monse really seemed to enjoy playing with this.
#53: The Look of Romance
It was actually commonly seen in 2016 as well, but it appears that throughout the spring and summer months, we will be treated to a lot of the more romantic designs that the top houses can come up with. This means that we seen a lot of pretty, a lot of flowing skirts, a lot of florals and soft ankle-length fabrics with frills and ruching and ribbons all about.
It is all feminine and all perfect to wear to a spring wedding. You can opt for Simone Rocha puffed sleeves, or the full coverage translucency of PPQ, the very 1800s looks from Mother of Pearl, or the ribbons and bell sleeves of Erdem when picking up your romantic dress collection.
#54: Straps and Ties
There are harnesses and straps and ties that appear all over, some that are floating around, but many more that have actually been pulled tight against the body and make for some very interesting accessories if they didn’t become such an integral part of the outfit itself.
They are statement pieces that appear everywhere from Rag & Bone to Alexander Wang, worn over the dresses or as part of the tops that barely cover the midriff. They can be just small additions to the outfits as seen at ICB, or strapped across chests as mock corsets like those on the Creatures of the Wind runway. No matter how you wear it, being strapped in or tied up is in total style.
#55: Slouching Everything
Loose silhouettes are the most commonly seen spring/ summer 2017 fashion trends on the runways of late and we love the comfort that brings in, as well as the fact that it easily hides any excess fat we might be overly self-conscious about. The spring 2017 trends are looking at a whole lot of exaggerations, including oversized tops, trousers, dresses and all.
Some of the athleisure is also in the slouchy business so we get to see this trend matched with quite a few others on this list and love it immensely. Neutrals look especially good in slouchy materials as seen at Elizabeth and James, while we can totally be running about town in some of those Band of Outsiders designs. We even see some rather awesome banana yellow slouchy Zimmermann suits to wear to work!
Photos courtesy of Vogue, Livingly