New year, fresh start! As we welcome 2017, it’s a great opportunity to take a look at the state of streetwear fashion and see where it might be headed over the coming months. Street style is always constantly changing as it is infused with innovative ideas from designers and brands that have their finger on the pulse of the street. Here are just a few of the trends we’ll be keeping tabs on in 2017.
Puffer jackets have successfully crossed over from the realm of streetwear into high fashion and right through into the mainstream as well. Demna Gvasalia has created a chic puffer jacket for Balenciaga that is as elegant as it is expensive. Meanwhile, video game fans can don street-inspired outerwear that looks like the Supreme x The North Face collaboration puffer jacket in GTA: Online. With all the intense attention still being paid to this iconic winter garment in several different spheres of fashion, you can expect it to remain a big trend for 2017.
Graphic tees were all the rage last year as 80s nostalgia was felt throughout the fashion world. Reflecting their diverse street origins, graphic tees can go in a lot of different directions: from punk rock and metal to cute and kitschy. Graphic logo tees were also tremendously popular in 2016, and now slogan t-shirts are poised to pick up where they left off. Slogan tops with empowering messages like “We Should All Be Feminists” (inspired by the recent book from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) ruled the spring 2017 runways. Expect to see more instances of that trend taking hold this year.
Sneakers will be big again in 2017, but designers are moving beyond the simple white shoe. Sneakers and other footwear will likely be decorated this time around, sporting casual looks with catchy designs like emoji and logos and creating elevated, dressed-up styles featuring glitter, leopard, or satin.
Embellishment was a big trend in 2016 across the board, in fact, as celebrities and fashionistas sought to personalize garments and make them uniquely their own. Patches appeared on everything from jackets to bags to sneakers, while gorgeous embroidery appeared on outerwear and caps. Expect embroidery in particular to take off; we may also see patches continue their ascent in 2017.
Gucci has created a sneaker that combines the dressed-up style mentioned previously, and the gorgeous embroidery that you can expect to see everywhere. This is simply the confirmation that streetwear has and is successfully being incorporated into mainstream, and high-end fashion.
So that’s a quick sampling of the street trends we see continuing to impact fashion in the coming year. What are your favorite streetwear trends at the moment? Are there any that you expect to make a splash in 2017? Let us know! We’d love to hear what’s inspiring you now and where you envision street fashion heading in the future.