Banish your January blues by embracing the new season trends right now. It may feel like a lifetime until spring rolls around but you can adopt five of SS17's style rules immediately, however gloomy the skies may be.
So, the tree has come down, the festive glitter twigs have been packed away and you’re staring wistfully out of the office window as you watch the rain tumble from the sky. It’s January, which means that you’re being bombarded with information on how to ‘boost your mood’, which berries are best for ‘detoxing’ (now a verb) and which stretches will make you look like Gigi Hadid overnight.
If you feel like signing up for the one-way mission to Mars, hold on for one second. Because we, like most other rational human beings, believe in the restorative power of fashion. And guess what? You can have an interest in fashion and other things simultaneously! And no, it does not undermine your brain power. See: Michelle Obama and her impressive collection of Jason Wu for proof.
Anyway, the point is that any new purchase or style switch-up, however small, can have an instant and profound effect on your mood. Take your eyes off that grey sky and instead pore over the SS17 trends that you can incorporate into your everyday outfits right this minute. Whether you wait until payday to invest in something new or simply repurpose an old classic already hanging on your rails, we guarantee that this little lot will put a smile on your stylish face…
It may seem unlikely that these crop tops were a catwalk hit but we spotted them everywhere from Miu Miu to McQueen. The great news about them is that, at Prada and Miu Miu, they were used as a canny layering tool, so in no way are we suggesting you shed clothes. If anything, put more on. We’ll do anything Miuccia Prada tells us.
Layer over a polo neck or even a buttoned-up shirt; tailoring suits this trend and cigarette pants or midi skirts will work well with a layered bralette on top. You’ll be an office icon in no time.
They may be somewhat divisive but, love them or hate them, kitten heels are one of the most prevalent SS17 trends. Loewe, Prada and Céline all gave these micro heels a new lease of life but it was Dior’s ribbon-adorned shoes that really captured our hearts. Wear with cropped jeans and cosy knits or long-sleeved midi dresses and fishnet tights to combat the cold weather. They do look surprisingly great and, in even better news, they’re super comfy.
From slingbacks to mules to strappy sandals, the catwalks reinvented the kitten heel in every shape and size. Get your own pair from H&M- we’re entirely smitten with these grey, patent slingbacks, which were made for your denim staples and oversized jumpers.
When London-based designer Molly Goddard graduated from Central Saint Martins less than five years ago, she had already caught the attention of some of the industry’s most powerful. In fact, only a year after her graduation came a collaboration with ASOS and, since then, Molly has gone from strength to strength. For SS17, it seems her signature designs have inspired some of fashion’s most famous houses, for everyone from Dior to Rochas appropriated that fairytale fabric so prevalent on Molly Goddard’s own catwalk: tulle.
Oversized, boxy dresses, ballerina skirts, sheer layers… tulle was the textile of choice for spring/summer, evoking a romantic, bold spirit. The high street has also cottoned on to Molly madness, meaning there are tulle treasures galore from which to choose. Try a sheer dress over a basic white tee, jeans and heels for your new season take on dressing up.
We’ve had at least a season to get used to these flouncy friends and ruffles ain’t going nowhere for spring. Erdem, Mulberry, McQueen, Jacquemus, 3.1 Phillip Lim… the list goes on. And on. From details on dresses to statement blouses, we never met a ruffle we didn’t like- great news for our SS17 wardrobes, then.
The high street has ruffles aplenty already and, thankfully, a lot of them are appropriate for winter weather. From tailored trews to pretty day dresses (layer over fine knits now) and pencil skirts, take your pick and enjoy the casual drama a ruffle brings to your wardrobe. One of our favourite SS17 trends, it has to be said.
The Shirt Re-Work
One of the standout stars of the spring/summer runways was undoubtedly the shirt- but not as you know it. Whether it was deconstructed as at Monse or worn off-the-shoulder as at Marques’Almeida, the humble shirt was elevated to new, stylish heights thanks to the ingenuity of designers.
From Bardot necklines to balloon sleeves, some of our favourite shopping haunts are following suit (there’s a pun in there somewhere) with statement shirts guaranteed to make getting dressed entirely more interesting. Dress down with denim or wear oversized with mini skirts (and tights while the weather is still grim). Consider this your sartorial secret weapon.