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What’s it going to look like in 2017?

At the start of every year, fashion gurus across the world predict trends, colours and more for the world of fashion. After reading up on a lot of fashion advice from publications in Europe, Asia and America, we’ve put together a list of likely trends that might make an appearance at a party near you

04th January 2017, 12:00 Hrs

Pink will reign supreme

Pantone’s colour of the year is green but there’s a big chance that designers may concentrate on another colour this year, especially in the spring. Pink certainly made its presence known among beauty products and accessories in 2016 and we're willing to bet that the bubblegum shade will continue to reign supreme in 2017. Brands like Céline, Valentino, Gucci, Loewe, and more sent out an assortment of rose-hued ensembles for spring 2017, solidifying the color's "It" status among the fashion set for many more months to come. There are strong rumours that even Bollywood will take a shine to pink, so you just might see a slew of Page 3 parties with a heavy pink tone soon.

Activist chic

Slogan tops with empowering messages were all the rage on the spring 2017 runway. Designer Stella McCartney, best known for her sustainable ethics, sent down versions that read "Girls Thanks, and No Fur, No Leather," while Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri received praise for her "We Should All Be Feminists" tee. Even here in Goa in the lead up to the New Year, there were many girls and some guys with strong messages on their tees. This looks like it’s going to become the rage in 2017. The message is loud and clear: Let your shirt do all the talking!


When it comes to men, layering may be a new trend, even in Goa where it will start to get warm come March. A jacket on an oversized tee, a cardigan over a shirt, we see all of this even now, and it’s going to get more common as the months go by. Funny how even certain necessities in Europe that evolve into trends over time start making a fashion statement in places like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Goa where temperatures the year round drastically differ from the mostly cool climes of Europe.

Stripes galore

Who doesn't love stripes? Fashion's favorite print is timeless and totally wearable. Get ready to see stripes in all sizes and colors on everything from chunky sweaters to knit dresses and oversize shirts. Yes, the oversize trend is not dying off, in fact there’s a chance that more 80s looks and styles will make it into fashion vocabulary in 2017. Stripes are just another great style statement, a must have in your wardrobe. Boys, check out some cool polos or boat styles. And if you find a great pair of blue striped white pants, go for it!

Flared up

It's well-known that fashion recycles itself, and while we turned up our noses at flared pants over the past decade or so, wide-legged bottoms are making a comeback. While skinny cuts aren't necessarily obsolete yet, designers are bringing back bell bottoms from the early 2000s and the mid-'70s. Diane von Furstenberg, who introduced the iconic wrap dress, has always emphasized simple, elegant silhouettes that skim a woman's curves just the right amount—like the flared leg does.

Sporty wear

Sporting attire started creeping into mainstream wear years ago, perhaps even decades, thanks to the rap community in the 90s and now the prominence of European football in Asia. But with brands now creating attire and footwear that one can wear on an evening out and more, it’s fair to say that there will be a blurring of the lines in certain aspects of fashion. Footwear is an obvious area but there are others as well, from accessories to topwear. Expect to see a lot more sport logos around in men’s fashion, for the most part.

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