With 2016 behind us, we can wave goodbye to the fixation on the seventies, and hello to fashion’s new obsession: the eighties. Trends are always being recycled, and 2017 will be no exception. Spring fashion on the runway has been loaded with 50 shades of pink, denim, neon prints, and geometric patterns. So here’s a breakdown of 80’s trends you should expect to see this year from head to toe.
2017 is bringing back one of my personal favorite hair trends, beach waves. All we will need to do is spray with a little sea salt spray and be on our way! This trend is great because it means not as much curling and straitening, so less heat damage on the hair and more use of oils healthy for our locks such as coconut, argon, Moroccan, etc. If you are going out and are looking for a more sophisticated look, according to Christian Dior, this year it’s all about tight, slicked back buns. With a little hairspray, the messy bun transforms into an elevated and quick up-do without spending hours in front of the mirror.
Moving onwards to makeup trends, we’re ditching the obsessive highlighter and faux freckles and transitioning to eye makeup inspired by the harlots of the eighties. Spring 2017 runways were covered in models with bold eyes and bold lips. Thought you couldn’t pair the two together? According to designers like Sabinna, Carolina Herrera, and Dolce & Gabbana, bold makeup is now a thing of the 21st century.
Also making its debut in the 2000’s are big jackets and graphic tees. In the 80’s, seeing a jacket with two inch thick shoulder pads was no rarity. Yves Saint Laurent has taken the big leather jackets of the 80’s and tailored them for the 2017 woman. Graphic tees were huge in the 80’s, but Milan fashion week goers were surprised to find out they were back in style. Dolce and Gabbana, Michael Kors, Dior, and Gucci are all on board with the long awaited return of the graphic tee shirt.
And what are we to wear with the crazy t-shirts we’re sure to see in stores near us very soon? Tailored pants, and if we’re bold enough, a matching coat. The rise of the pantsuit was evident in many collections, including those of Michael Kors, Balenciaga, and Gucci. What’s great about tailored pants is that, if they fit correctly, they can make any body shape instantly ten times more flattering. Not everyone can leave the house in skinny jeans with confidence, so have no fear, the pantsuit is back and better than ever!
To tie everything together, runways tell us this year’s shoes feature wrapped up ankles and mile high platforms. Jason Wu, Jaquemus, and Yves Saint Laurent put their models in shoes with the new wrapped style, which gloriously elongates the leg. With the 80’s making splash this year, platforms have returned and designers like Balmain, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Miu Miu are taking advantage of it. Platforms add height (short girls rejoice!) whilst maintaining comfort and a sense of causality.
The styles we’re seeing debut in 2017 have displayed comfort with a feminine and elegant twist. We’re excited for the deep breath fashion is letting us take, in times where politics have everyone on edge. All in all, 2016 was good to us, but as we move on to bigger and better things in 2017, millennials can raid their mom’s closet, and maybe the rest of us can pull out that dress that’s been sitting at the back of the closet for thirty years and put it to some good use.