2017: What’s In, and What’s Out?

What's in and what's out for 2017?

In: “athleisure” and big bags. Out: super-high heels. Photo: Shutterstock

With Fashion Week coming up next month, now is a great time to look at some predictions about what would be hot—and what would not—for this year. At the end of 2016, magazines were making lots of predictions, and in just a couple of weeks, we’ll have the chance to see if they hold true for the fall fashion season.

In: Stripes

Whether they’re broad or narrow, matching or mismatched, or in shirts, dresses, pants, or socks, stripes were predicted to be a Big Thing this year.

“Stripes are the equivalent to what a white t-shirt used to be back in the day,” Roopal Patel, fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue told Elle. “They have nine lives. We’ve seen the trend now for two to three seasons and it will continue to carry forward.”

In: Sneakers

But not just any sneakers. The old utilitarian run-to-the-grocery-store sneak is out, eclipsed by glitter, print, satin, and high heeled-models. “I think we’re starting to see that clean classic sneakers are not as exciting anymore,” Patel said.

In: Denim, but not how you expect

Jeans are a perennial fashion favorite, and with good reason. They’re a fantastic item of clothing that can be dressed up or dressed down. But “a huge change is coming in the denim world,” Brooke Jaffe, Bloomingdale’s OVP and fashion director of ready-to-wear, told Elle. “Skinny jeans have reigned supreme for a long time but we anticipate a shift toward contrast denim styles in vintage silhouettes.”

On the other hand, designer Alexa Chung predicts a return of the super-low-rise jean. “It’s not now,” she said. “But in a year, those will be back. It’s the only way forward.”

Out: Super-high heels

If you’ve been breaking your back and killing your feet teetering around on four- or five-inch heels, relief is in sight. Super-high heels are becoming rarer and rarer, with women more in favor of mules, low-heeled boots, or sneakers.

“Women nowadays are way more focused on comfort and practicality (and value investing in a shoe that is both stylish and comfortable enough to walk or commute in),” said Sean Kirschenbaum, co-owner of The Shoebox.

Out: Twee romantic

Last year’s soft, romantic fashions have acquired some hard edges for 2017. Soft designs like the tulip flare have given way to sharper, more asymmetrical edges. The lingerie look has grown up and become stronger and more powerful with architectural corsetry details. Look for baseball caps, briefs, or in-your-face heart motifs, according to InStyle.

What do you think is going to be in or out this year? More importantly, what do you hope will be in or out? Sound off in the comments!

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