There are a lot of reasons not to be nostalgic about 2016. However in fashion, where we tend to look back while looking forward, there’s a movement to be thankful for: dress for yourself. Just like every other year, trends have come and gone, but this time it was the notion of breaking the rules and adopting new ones that really stuck with us. So we decided to look back on this year with a new set of style rules, or resolutions if you’re into that kind of thing. Over the year we’ve been quizzing our favorite people – designers, boutique owners, and most importantly the friends that are cooler than we are – on the best style advice they have ever received. They may not have realized they were giving us ours at the same time. Here, six of the best style rules we’ll be taking into 2017.
“Opt for a coat in an unexpected color and then wear that color from head to toe.” – Sissy Sainte-Marie
This has been a year of stepping out of our comfort zones and being bold. Choosing colors we’d usually veto or going for a statement coat instead of a basic one. So don’t hold back, pick something unexpected and roll with it. The past year laid the foundation for expressing yourself with bold colours and a matchy-matchy palette. Amp it up in 2017.
“Less is always more. I’m a fan of pulling casual elements together with one great accessory or footwear.” – Sanam Miremadi
Minimalism never fails us. Put together a few simple pieces and bam you’ve got a beautiful outfit without having to try too hard. But accessories, that’s a whole other story. Whether it’s a pair of interesting shoes or a colorful bag or unique jewelry, small impact statements took on an important role. Adding one great, wacky and bold accessory to your outfit is the perfect way to add your own touch without feeling like you’re on display.
“Reveal and conceal. Thoughtfully choose a garment that reveals only your favorite zones – clavicles, back, leg or face – and leave the rest to the imagination.” – Sissy Sainte-Marie
The past year was about bringing sexy back in your own unique and comfortable way. We’ve said goodbye to mini dresses you can’t move in and low-rise jeans you can’t bend in, and welcomed in open back dresses with high necks and off the shoulder tops with flared pants. A hot look doesn’t have to mean hot pants. Reveal what makes you feel good and it will make that much more of a statement.
“Be mindful of fabrics. It should look and feel nice.” – Anna Gray
When choosing to invest in that new piece, we’re all getting more educated on fabrics. There are so many beautiful options that are made responsibly or are sustainable. And we all now the benefits of shopping vintage. Plus, more and more amazing things are being done with natural fabrics like linen and cotton. Now when we’re picking that perfect jacket or dress, we’re picking the fabric too. We know this attitude will only grow stronger in 2017.
“Let your skinny jeans go, unless you’re one of the few people they flatter.” – Sissy Sainte-Marie
Let’s be honest, skinny jeans aren’t that comfortable. Aren’t we all ready to leave the hours we have spent yanking up skin tight jeans behind us? Well, this past year the silhouette of jeans changed drastically and for the best. They got looser, wider and flared, and way more interesting. None of us really look the same in our jeans anymore and it’s awesome. Watch out for 2017, where more rad denim is coming for you. Hint: we’ll be channeling our dad’s pants.
“Be comfortable. Confidence is sexy and I think it’s important to be comfortable and feel good in what you’re wearing.” – Elise Joseph
You’ve heard it before: looking good means feeling good. It’s not a cliché it’s gospel. Be comfortable, express yourself and most importantly, channel your independence. Cheers to the new year! We’ve got your back.