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Fashion trends for 2017, decoded

In Fashion

REWORKED SHIRTS

Shirts are no longer just your go-to formal workwear piece. Today, they have taken on the form of statement pieces for your wardrobe. Stock up on shirts in colours such as the classic blue or white, in a crisp cotton, and then style these in a variety of ways. For something bolder, dabble in reworked shirts, which have exploded this year, whether it is having exposed shoulders and wide neck silhouettes to slouchy with tulip sleeves.

FAUX FUR

When you think of fake fur, do images of tacky polyester coats come to mind? Banish those thoughts right away, because faux fur is all grown up. Over the years, the quality of the fur has improved, giving you chic, grown-up versions to pick from, and in fun colours, too. If you’re still wondering why it beats the real deal (apart from the fact that it is more responsibly made), remember that it is just as soft and warm, holds colour better than real fur, and doesn’t gather dust. Look up the Aje crop ‘fur’ jacket, which comes with a lovely oversized lapel, or even the charcoal ombre jacket from Unreal Fur.”

JUMPSUITS

Jumpsuits continue to reign supreme in 2017, with everyone from Roksanda and Roland Mouret to Peter Pilotto coming up with sassy versions of this easy-to-wear wardrobe staple. What makes jumpsuits so special is the fact that they are incredibly versatile: they can be worn to parties and work, with a few minor tweaks. Moreover, they are fun and playful, yet very classy.

STATEMENT SKIRTS

Come summer and statement skirts are going to sweep the runway (and be big even off it). This year, the emphasis will be on tiered hems and dramatic ruffles. For interesting examples, search for Alexander McQueen’s whimsical skirts, and the flirty ones by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini.

HERITAGE BLAZERS

Heritage blazers take you back in time with their classic plaid and herringbone patterns. On its own, it can lend an air of sophistication to your look, but, for a modern take, pair it with denim or a flowy silk dress. Think of a heritage blazer as a vintage design being given a contemporary flair.

WICKER BAGS

Wicker bags are getting a stylish upgrade this year, with pieces that look less like picnic hampers and more like they belong in the sophisticated French Riviera. KhoKho, a socially responsible accessories brand, creates beautiful and one-of-a-kind bags that are handmade by artisans in Swaziland (Africa). The bags are modern, yet keep the artisans’ heritage intact.

RETRO ELEMENTS

Prints from the seventies seem to be making a comeback. Moreover, the eighties’ puffball shoulders are popular, with cap sleeves making way for these oversized, dramatic sleeves. Apart from this, it is also the biggest revival denim has ever seen since the nineties, in addition to the reappearance of windbreakers in bright, retro-inspired colours.

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