This year alone has been a pretty progressive one in the fashion world. Both men and women have been stepping out of their comfort zones and truly expressing their individuality. Here we take a look at some of the most notable trends that made a statement this year.
Hate them or love them, chunky sneakers aka "Dad Shoes" were flooding everyone's Instagram feeds this year. From the runways to the streets, almost every major brand and designer had their own iteration of the chunky silhouette. High-end designer brands like Balenciaga debuted their Triple S sneaker earlier this year on runways during Paris Fashion Week, while more affordable sneakers like the Skechers D'Lites flew off shelves, which has never happened before in the brand's history. Also influencers like Kanye West have released their signature versions of chunky sneakers throughout the year, like the Yeezy Waverunner 700, a new favorite amongst hypebeasts.
Balenciaga's Triple S sneaker
Yeezy Waverunner 700
Another staple in everyone's wardrobe as of late, the track pant. They have made a huge comeback out of the 80s and into 2017. Adidas is probably the first brand that comes to mind when thinking of track pants, however these comfy pieces of apparel have also been a hot item produced by higher-end designers such as up-and-coming Rhuigi Villaseñor (Rhude Design) and Francesco Ragazzi (Palm Angels), who have taken what was known most recently as loungewear and brought it to a luxurious level of design.
Traxedo track pants by Rhude
Rainbow track pants by Palm Angels
Checkered track pants by PLEASURES
Jewelry, rings in particular, have been really popping lately. More rings are appearing on the fingers of not only women, but more so the men of fashion. It has become more than just a simple accessory to compliment an outfit; for some people, the ring(s) is the statement piece that completes the entire fit.
Magnus Ronning's hands full of rings
WHOISJACOV x Fernando Rangel "Yeah" Ring
Elias Riadi's rings
There has definitely been a resurgence of vintage clothing. Thrifting is bigger than ever as well as the revival (or "upcycling") of vintage clothes. Labels like Bandulu or Frankie Collective have been known to rework old pieces and transform them into something totally different, giving each old garment they touch an entirely new life.
Vintage Fendi reworked into a pair of pants
Paint-splatter embroidery on vintage Champion sweatshirts
Vintage Polo reworked into a side bag
Another accessory that has made numerous appearances on the streets, fashion weeks, and runways is the infamous side bag (aka the man-purse, bum-bag, cross-body bag, etc.). This piece has become the staple of fashion with function. It's minimalistic style and design is perfect for carrying all your daily essentials, such as your wallet, keys or phone. Brands like Supreme, Places + Faces, and A-COLD WALL* have released some of the most sought-after side bags in the game today.
A-COLD WALL* utility side bag
Places + Faces' infamous side bags
People in fashion have been leaning towards a more loosely fitted pant in the past seasons. Slacks, trousers, and straight-leg denim that lay over a good portion of your footwear has been the go-to look lately. A few notable brands that have pushed for this look include the newly founded STAATSBALLET by Avery Ginsberg and Kailee Mckenzie, the highly acclaimed Off-White by Virgil Abloh, and of course the well-loved ASOS for the more affordable pairs.
Avery Ginsberg in Raf Simons trousers
Off-White s/s men's collection entitled Temperature
Big Baggy Jesus
Puffy Jackets (or down jackets) are 2017's outerwear of choice, especially this time of year. They are a great comfortable piece that could either be dressed up or down. Hyped releases like the Supreme x The North Face collaborations have flooded the streets. The great thing about these outerwear pieces is that there are so many affordable and stylish alternatives.
Supreme x The North Face leather down jacket
A$AP Rocky in a Balenciaga down jacket
Cult artist / designer Ava Nirui in a down jacket from Ssense
It's real if it's fake. Bootleg clothes have been gaining a lot of popularity in the past year. Brands like Chinatown Market revolve entirely around bootleg culture. Even fake Gucci and Chanel go for quite some money and places like Round Two. After all, it's not about what you wear, but how you wear it.
Bootleg Nike coveralls by ALCH
Canal Street Hoodie by Bandulu
Bootleg Gucci tee by Chinatown Market
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