17 Hot Styles to Balance Your Wardrobe in 2017

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It is that time of year when we start to look towards the year ahead and it’s currently our wardrobes that are being given some consideration. We have put together 17 ways you can breathe new life into your wardrobe and stay ahead of the fashion game in 2017.


1.The New Trench


The trench coat is a wardrobe staple for many with its classic look that many use to elevate their outfit. 2017 sees it receive a fresh update thanks to draped fabrics, oversized buckles and a longer silhouette.


2. Fold over Waists


We will be watching out waistlines in a whole new way next year. Forget about wearing a belt and instead adopt the sharp fold over waistline, just make sure that your trousers are well tailored.


3. The White Dress


White dresses were popping up all over the catwalk for SS17 and are an easy staple to slot into your wardrobe. Pick a floaty mini or elegant maxi for a summer’s day. A white shirt dress over black trousers is a stylish way to introduce this trend to your work wear.


4. Cold Shoulder


Cold shoulder tops and dresses were everywhere this year and this looks set to run into next year. Rather than both shoulders being exposed the look has been replaced with just one strategically placed cut out for more impact.


5. Mellow Yellow


Embrace colour and in particular the happiest shade of them all. If you think you can’t wear yellow then think again as there is a shade to suit every skin tone.


6. The Stripes


Nautical style stripes will always be around for summer taking inspiration from the beach with parasols and deckchairs. Pair thick bold stripes with the more classic pinstripe, and even striped footwear.


7. Safari Khaki


Apparently khaki isn’t just for when you’re going on safari. Military style coats and dresses are a great way to bring structure into your wardrobe.


8. Floaty Flares


If you wait around long enough trends come back round again and this is definitely the case with flares. Bell bottoms and a pair of heels are perfect for lengthening your legs and creating a flattering silhouette.


9. Shimmering Sheers


Just when you thought there was finally some escape from the lace and crochet this year, along comes sheer. Incorporate the trend into your wardrobe by choosing pieces with floral embroidery and beading for a pretty, feminine style.


10. The Pantsuits


There is now a pantsuit for every occasion from work to parties and formal events. Consider trying a looser silhouette and fabrics like velvet.


11. Bralettes


Bralettes are essentially a cross between a bra and a crop top. They look great with high waisted trousers or peeping out from underneath suit separates. If you aren’t quite brave enough to flash some flesh then they can also be worn over the top of a simple white tee.


12. Kitten Heels


The advantage of the kitten heel is that it adds a slight arch to your foot and a tiny bit of height without giving you any of the pain that a stiletto inflicts. You can’t fail with a pair of classic black sling backs.


13. Micro Bag  


Handbags have never been smaller, just big enough for your lipstick and loose change. Perfect for encouraging you to streamline your handbag, just wear it slung across your body.


14. Sleeves


Think about investing in a shirt or jumper with detailing to the sleeves. Go for anything with a cropped oversized sleeve, ruffles or flutes.


15. Eighties


It doesn’t all have to be about the oversized silhouette with heavily padded shoulders. Consider a sweetheart mini dress or just a hint of the trend with a vintage style brooch. Add a more masculine touch to your look with a cropped smoking jacket.


16. Uneven Hemlines


Next year choose skirts and dresses with uneven hemlines. Go for asymmetric or handkerchief hems with a layered length. Mix it up even more with both sheer and solid panels for extra movement.


17. Pretty in Pink


Forget about sugary shades, it’s all about packing a punch with fuchsia. Make a statement by colour blocking with a bold dress under a matching coat.

Gemma Dorling
Gemma Dorling
Gemma is a fashion writer contributing to magazines and online sites. She also writes her own fashion blog www.lifesacatwalk.com. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running and finding new places to eat.