How To Work FW17 Runway Trends Into Your Wardrobe

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The fashion gods have spoken and given us a new set of trends to fawn over for the next four months. Once again, the streets of New York, Milan, London, and Paris were brimming with the biggest and best designers, models, and influencers in the industry. There were many trends to love from the Big Four Fashion Weeks this fall, but below are five of our favourites.


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Plaid is back! Burberry revived the iconic print at this year’s See Now Buy Now 2018 show at London Fashion Week. Nearly every model walking down the runway was wearing some iteration of plaid, from cigarette trousers to baseball caps. This classic fall print can be worked into your wardrobe in a number of ways. If you’re looking for a subtle hint, incorporate it through accessories like scarves, be­anies, tote bags, and even shoes. Alternatively, if you dare put your love of the Scottish pattern on full display, consider bolder pieces like trench coats, bomber jackets, midi skirts, and even capes.

Stockings and Sandals

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Whoever said you couldn’t wear socks with sandals was sorely mistaken! This former faux pas saw a major revival (and upgrade!) at Milan Fashion Week, making an appearance on the MSGM , Fendi, and Missoni runways. Far from a chunky wool sock with a ’90s Teva sandal, the new footwear trend uses a dainty stocking (often colourful and sometimes even sheer) paired with a heeled sandal.

This is, for those willing to forgo convention, the perfect transitional look. As we all know, fall typically includes a mixture of cool winter-like days and warmer, summer-esque temperatures, when a pair of booties just doesn’t seem quite right. In those instances, consider the stocking and sandal combo. It looks fab with the right skirt or dress, but could also be worn with trousers for an office-appropriate ensemble.

Ruched Dresses

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Another look we saw all over the runways at the Big Four fashion capitals is sure to reignite your desire for permed hair and shoulder pads (okay, maybe not). The ruched dresses that were all the rage circa the 1980s made a major comeback this season. We saw them on the Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and No. 21 runways. Unlike its cousin, the ruffle, ruching doesn’t add a huge amount of volume to your silhouette, making it a more flattering detail to don for most body types. Plus, the fitted shape contours to the body, making it the perfect piece for a night out on the town. Opt for something sheer and sexy or choose a simpler (and more opaque) version of the sleek yet statement style for casual wear.

Furry Footwear

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Despite the anti-fur protests at the Big Four fashion weeks (not to mention Gucci’s recent pledge to go fur-free in 2018), designers did not shy away from the use of fur — instead, they went faux. In fact, furry footwear reigned supreme on several runways, including Shrimps, Simone Rocha, and Anya Hindmarch, so if you are looking to find a pair of shoes as comfortable as your lux at-home slippers, look no further! Fluffy footwear appears to be all the rage these days, and just in time for the colder seasons. Some versions look more like their slipper brethren and are best worn with casual outfits, while others, which fall into the dressy flats category (with a faux fur detailing, of course), could be worn into work.

Fanny Packs

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For all those who have been in denial, it’s now time to face reality: the ’90s are back and there’s no stopping them! Yet another fashion trend from nearly three decades ago has seen a resurgence, and it is none other than the almighty fanny pack. This casual accessory, previously worn by dads, has been reclaimed by the millennial generation. We’re guessing that this (thankfully) chic spin on a classic will be as commonplace as the crossbody bag by next summer. After all, it’s comfortable, takes the weight off your shoulders, and thanks to fashion designers like Marc Jacobs, Fenty X Puma, and Kendall + Kylie, it’s been majorly upgraded. Flashy details and youthful prints give these bags an extra edge. Though we can’t image you’ll be wearing them into the office anytime soon, a fanny pack could make a great addition to a weekend wardrobe.


Emily Southey
Emily Southey is a freelance writer from Vancouver. Currently based in Toronto, it was during her time studying History and English at McGill and University College London that she became interested in writing. When she's not working, you can typically find her in a museum, baking cupcakes, watching Disney musicals, or Instagramming her new favourite coffee spot.