This year was a whirlwind to say the least (read our trip down memory lane here). In terms of fashion, 2017 brought in interesting trends, both old and new. We were met with throwbacks that incited us to dig through dusty boxes in hopes of rediscovering combat shoes, fanny packs and logo-emblazoned bags, all of which It girls have wholeheartedly embraced. On the other hand, we were introduced to fresh fashion-forward designs which breathed new life into our wardrobes thanks to eye-catching pieces such as statement sleeves, clingy sock boots and sculptural artsy earrings. Here, we reflect back on the biggest trends we all coveted and bought into in the last 12 months. See if you own them all, ahead.
9 Trends That Ruled 2017
The bigger the better. Head-turning sleeves—whether structured, amorphous or ruffled—weren't for the faint of heart, and their impact was major. It was the chicest way to dress up simple trousers and skirts this year, and we really don't see them going away.
Ruffle Trim Gingham Trousers
The adorable, picnic blanket print was ubiquitous in spring and summer. We're not kidding when we say it was on everything from dresses, tops, pants, skirts, bags and shoes rendered in an array of hues. It perfectly conveyed the lighthearted vibe of warm weather.
Double Breasted Checked Blazer
Come fall, the style set traded in gingham for another linear pattern but one that reads scholarly, elevated and masculine. Checks iterated in menswear-inspired silhouettes such as double-breasted blazers and roomy trousers made their way into every fashion girl's closet.
Logo Cotton T-Shirt
Remember the tiny logo-emblazoned shoulder bag you had in 2003? Well, you should've kept it as logomania catapulted onto the scene once more with carryalls, tees and even jewelry boasting designer branding.
Wedgie Kiss Off
High-waisted denim in rigid fabrication and straight-leg silhouettes officially replaced the skinny this year. Now offered in contemporary, flattering fits, the mom jean is cooler, unexpectedly of-the-moment and the preferred choice.
Oak + Fort
The slip-on shoe got a modern minimalist makeover. Toe-covered designs in neutral shades and sleek shapes were easy to wear every day.
Elyse Slingback Pump
Kitten heels with slingback straps became a great alternative to traditional pumps. Designer interpretations of the elegant footwear courtesy of Dior and Balenciaga started the craze.
Small Round Handle Bag
The number one accessory of summer was the straw bag. From the streets to Instagram, every fashion girl was toting the vacation-inspired carryall next to aforementioned gingham.
Lera Croc Convertible Belt Bag
You won't call these fanny packs anymore as the latest belted bags are sleek, stylish and created in luxe finishes. Plus, we're predicting the trend will only get bigger in 2018. Now, you can really opt to wear the hands-free accessory without shame.