2017 and 2018 Fashion Trends
So what’s new this [2017 and 2018] season? Padding, protective lines and cosy knits came together on the catwalks, perhaps as a shelter from the doom and gloom of a world in crisis. -Vogue
1980s fashions are back!
Before you groan, take heart; most the 2017 and 2018 fashions have modern, tasteful twists, loose, comfortable shapes, and fabrics that envelop us in comfort – with flashes of fun.
Soft yarns and fabrics like merino, silk, and cotton yarn are in style, as are specialized yarns like eyelash. Faux fur – especially colored faux fur – and ostrich feathers are frequently seen in outer and evening wear. Colors run largely to neutrals like off-white, camel, and shiny silver. Non-neutral colors are dramatic: power red, hot pink, inky blue, stripes of colors that vibrate when together, and bold prints dominate. Double denim is favored.
Blankets have become coats, and scarves and folk art have been transformed into tops, pants, skirts, and dresses. What flows, goes: fits are loose to oversized, poet and peasant tops are “in” again, and pant legs are wide: a flattering look that elongates the legs. Sweaters and tunics run long to dress length. Maxi and shirt dresses are in style, and the boho look remains popular. Multiple layers are a frequent sight.
Hemlines are – for the most part – either top-of-thigh short or top-of-shoe long. Ruffles, tassels, fringes, and pompoms are popular. Tweeds, plaids, checks, and stripes are very popular, as are the big, flannel shirts that many of us who remember the 1980s enjoyed so much. Leopard prints are in. Diamond, trellis, geometric, and cable motifs are dominant – especially in knitwear, and details like embroidery are everywhere.
Get comfy. Take a break.
Be here now. Turn off the phones.
Turn down the lights. Bring out the candles.
Build relationships. Spend time with your tribe.
Give yourself a break from the demands of healthy living. Cake is most definitely Hygge.
Live life today, like there is no coffee tomorrow.
From The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
The predominant trend is soft, cushy comfort with a sort of understated elegance. The word for this is hygge (pronounced“hoo-guh,”). It’s a Danish word (there’s no English equivalent; cozy is the closest but it’s not the same) that refers to a particular quality of cozy comfort that is of a vibrant, cheerful quality and so gives one a feeling of well-being, of contentment.
The seeds of today’s Hygge trend began to sprout in 2016 with publications on understated, comfortable luxury in home design, entertaining, and philosophy. The concept continues to bloom through the fashion world, giving us warm, roomy, lamb-soft designs and fabrics in which to cuddle ourselves.
I did write that most styles have modern, tasteful twists, right? Fortunately or unfortunately the “parachute” look is back with a vengeance.
Yes, sportswear and heavy coats have bright colors and shiny fabrics – including plastics – styled such as to cause one to think of parachutes or hot air balloons quilted into big, puffy bubbles.
And every now and then, Wonder Woman peeked through in runway styles.
All in all, though, there’s much to love in 2017 and 2018 fashion!
Here’s an overview of the fabrics, shapes, and details that are in fashion and exactly where to find them…
Denim tops paired with flared-bottom jeans or relaxed fit, almost flowing jeans whose hems stop above the ankle
Faux Fur, Shearling, and Lambswool
Bright, colorful fur, furs of different colors distinguished through bold graphic shapes, fur combined with other fabrics. Shearling combined with roomy tops of fringed leather and/or suede and comfortable leggings.
Faux fur comes in all kinds of colors.
All-velvet looks, velvet with satin details, and burnout or cut out velvet are in style.
Tops are luxuriously soft and cozy with round, open collars, some of which are reminiscent of the Flashdance trend. Overly-long, dramatic sleeves reach the fingers and hemlines fall below the hips. Pants are roomy and flowing, stopping at mid calf or running long to the tops of the feet. Shoes are pretty and practical flats, full-on fringed, embroidered, or simple, white tennis-style.
Tops & Dresses
The poetic look is back!
Professional & Office Wear Tops
Picture Melanie Griffith in Working Girl and add some ornamentation at the neck, and you’ve got today’s variation on the 1980s fashion. Even the trench she wore with the enormous lapels is back in style.
High collars and turtlenecks are for the office, but they’re oversized and made with soft, breathable fabrics like cotton and silk in whites and neutrals. Polka dots are great, too, as long as they’re black and white. Pleats are popular in both tops and bottoms.
Details like embroidery, a large button, or a high-placed cabochon-style necklace go with the high neck look.
Cable knits are in style, and sweaters are oversized with either wide, round collars or generous turtlenecks.
Oxfords and other high-collar shirts are paired with jackets or cardigans that have shoulder pads. Pinstriped suits are in for both men and women.
Shoulder pads are in again. Not the poorly defined “are those boxes on your shoulders?” shoulder pads of the 1980s that bring Carol Burnett’s drapery skit to mind,
but more intentionally-bold shoulder pads that are tapered and sharp-edged, blatantly but more seamlessly extending the shoulders with no apologies.
Blankets-as-coats is the trend, with puffy, quilted, outrageously oversized looks as if you grabbed a down comforter before venturing out into the frozen tundra.
Leggings are still technically in fashion, but wide-legged pants are predominant, especially they’re kicked up a notch with a scarf or folk print or embroidery.
Modernized shirt dresses and boots, booties, or tennies, maxi dresses, super short or super long hemlines.
Trench coats never go out of style, and the kimono trench is also in for 2017 & 2018.
2017 and 2018 fashion colors include timeless neutrals of sand and camel, deep blacks (like The Matrix) and inky blues, sterling silver, silver, gold, and colored lame’, and rich colors like power red, grenadine, cherry tomato, and rose red, hot pink “rapture rose,”
soft, olive “nile green,” and vibrant “palace blue” for fall 2017 and cherry tomato red, a mauve-like pink, a definitely 80s green that’s a little teal-like, and soft sky blue and navy-like (sailor) blue for spring 2018. (source: Pantone).
Big, bold prints in colorful silks. Tops, dresses, and pants look as if they were made from particularly large scarves. What might have been a scarf in the 1980s is a dress or blouse – or pants – today.
Folk-like motifs are in style, many of which have a spirit of the colorful artistic details found in Scandinavian home design. Sheers are another common theme for 2017-2018.
Stripes and Polka Dots
Plaids, Checks, and Tweeds
Diamond and Geometric Motifs
Fair Isle Knits
Ruffles are everywhere, especially on blouses and dresses.
Fringes, Strings, and Pom Poms
The unfinished look is major this year, with hanging strings and threads. Finishing details like tassels and pompoms are also popular.
Ostrich feathers and crochet/knit motifs of sideways peacock feathers are in.
Embroidery, Applique, and Cross Stitch
Sequins & Shine
Where to Find Top Designers & Fashions
Shop Bluefly for ruffles, statements sleeves, shoes, handbags, and top designers
Shop Kohls for solids, plaids, stripes polka dots, black-to-navy blends, puff styles, tunics, crewnecks, and more