Feel-good fac­tor is back in style

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Front Page -

Fea­tur­ing bold colour, re­laxed shapes and witty re­works of the clas­sics, has fash­ion fi­nally truly learned how to en­joy it­self? Stephanie Smith picks out key trends.

Fash­ion has de­cided not to take it­self too se­ri­ously for 2017, which is prob­a­bly just as well. What with all the sur­prises of last year and the ad­just­ments we will no doubt have to make this com­ing year, the last thing we need to worry about is “se­ri­ous” fash­ion.

There­fore, it is some­thing of a re­lief to re­port that “re­laxed” and “easy-go­ing” are key en­com­pass­ing themes for spring/ sum­mer 2017. Flat­ter­ing long sil­hou­ettes, clean lines and fluid fab­rics are at the heart of the sea­son, al­though there are state­ment de­signs and dec­o­ra­tive de­tails to add per­son­al­ity, pol­ish and el­e­gant flair.

Some trends evolve, some are the re­sult of a back­lash, and oth­ers comes from who knows where. The Eight­ies re­mains a key in­flu­ence (shoul­ders, ruf­fles) and ath­leisure is still with us, with the anorak in­spir­ing jacket and coat shapes. There’s lots of boy-meets-girl looks too, given a sex­ier edge with cropped tops and bralettes. Util­ity re­mains a ma­jor theme in nude tones and khaki but is given clean ex­ag­ger­ated sil­hou­ettes, while the nightwear-is-any-time trend evolves to ref­er­ence gen­tle­manly silk dress­ing gowns.

Colour is bold and rich, with the fo­cus on yel­low from mus­tard to prim­rose and pink from pale to punchy. Pat­tern is also key, from so­phis­ti­cated flo­rals to stripes. Here’s what to ex­pect:

The new shirt: The work­wear sta­ple gets a makeover with shoul­der cut-out de­tails, over­size shapes and ex­tended sleeves. It’s all get­ting a bit 1980s New Ro­man­tics with ruf­fles, puff sleeves and drama.

Stripes: In­spi­ra­tions are noth­ing but eclec­tic, from the sea­side to Wee

Willy Winky, vin­tage bed­li­nen to city

Emily shirt in white cot­ton, £79, chi­nos in nut­meg, £79, at Hobbs (also fea­tur­ing more sea­son key looks with the ex­posed shoul­der and the re­worked white shirt).

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