Feel-good factor is back in style
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).