This is shaping up to be a pretty bad year for pretty much everything. In these dark times, take a bit of solace in the fact that the fashion world is offering some surprisingly lovely trends. From enormous, colorful dresses to actually comfortable shoes, the once elitist, stilettos-only world of high style is becoming more egalitarian, and more accessible, than ever before. And in this new, democratized world of style the biggest rule is that there are no rules. You can wear a princess gown with sneakers! A bath robe to an evening event! Even slippers to the office! Your gym clothes are now your work clothes and your party outfits are your weekday pick-me-ups. Everything’s topsy turvy and that’s not all that bad.
So, for those looking for something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, we present 8 of-the-moment trends that will make our lives easier—and chicer—for the rest of 2017 and beyond.
Fangirling Isn’t Silly, It’s Celebrated
Fangirl culture is no longer the stuff of reddit forums and is now something that’s celebrated out in the open. Love Stranger Things? Wear it on a Louis Vuitton t-shirt! Can’t stop thinking about Blade Runner? Neither can Raf Simons! Desperately into German techno? Channel Demna Gvasalia at the CFDA Awards in the Rammstein tee or head to Idea Books and buy a shirt that simply reads TECHNO. Wearing your obsessions—no matter how niche, how weird, how secret—on your sleeve is not only acceptable, but it’s celebrated. Meaning there’s never been a better time to be yourself.
“Business-Appropriate” Dress Codes Have Gone the Way of the Fax Machine
The trickle down effect of this trend might take a while, but on the runways, office-appropriate clothing got a serious makeover. Blazers were paired with embellished short shorts at Prada and loose, ’90s-inspired trousers at Tom Ford. At Céline, daywear was rendered in sherbet colors while Michael Kors topped off plunging tops and sarong sequin skirts with wide-cut blazers and flip flops. Just because you’ve gone corporate doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.
Prohibitive Platforms Are Out, Funky Sneakers, Flip Flops, and Crocs Are In
The days of teetering around on 85mm heels are over. Now you can slouch around in Christopher Kane fur-lined Crocs, Balenciaga Tripe S sneakers, and fuzzy, Alexander Wang slippers with silver studs. The pump still has power, but for every day, the options for being comfortable and stylish are endless.
Rain Gear Has Become Surprisingly Fashionable
When Raf Simons and Karl Lagerfeld agree on something, you can bet it’s going to be a big trend. Such is the case for rainwear. At Simons’s Spring 2018 menswear show, the designer accessorized every single look with an umbrella and almost all of them with a rain hat or head covering. Over at Chanel, Lagerfeld remade rain ponchos, boots, and bucket hats in clear PVC for Spring 2018—all the better to see his tweed suits underneath. Welcome to the world of looking cool while you’re staying dry.
Sports Bras for Evening Are Officially a Thing
Thank Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli for this one. At the brand’s Spring 2018 show he layered velour sports bras under some evening dresses for a look that’s as comfortable as it is posh. Goodbye Spanx, hello Valentino sport.
The Fashion Schmatta Is the Sheath of 2018
Take the monasticism of The Row and the chicness of Céline, mix together with a sprinkle of Rachel Comey and Lemaire, and add a pinch of Batsheva, and you have a new uniform for 2018. It’s printed or brightly colored, it’s away-from-the-body, it maybe even has a weird ruffle—it’s the fashion schmatta! And it’s the new favorite of New York’s coolest women, so expect to see it everywhere come March.
And the Bevy of Spring 2018 Hats Means You’ll Never Have a Bad Hair Day
From Jacquemus’s enormous sun hat to Loewe’s gardening toppers to Arthur Arbesser’s Sou’Westers, there’s a hat for all seasons this Spring. As such, you’ll never have to worry about a bad hair day again.