5 Fashion Trends That Peaked in 2017

2:25 PM 12/15/2017

by Sam Reed

Is the off-the-shoulder top the fedora of our time?

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For better or for worse, this year is fading into the sunset. 

Here, a look back at five fashion trends that peaked in 2017 — a few of which will likely carry over into 2018, and a few which we believe should be laid to rest. And you can be sure that Rihanna's worn them all.

  • All-Occasion Glitter

    Glitter used to just be for disco balls and New Year's Eve, but in 2017, sparkle and shine and crystal-covered everything was deemed appropriate for even the most laid-back occasions. See above: Kendall Jenner in $10,000 Saint Laurent boots at a Los Angeles Clippers game in November. 

    Head-to-toe shimmer has been a theme on the red-carpets, too, with designers like up-and-comer Michael Halpern whipping up sequin confections accented with feathers and, well, more glitter. 

  • Feminist Tees

    As much as we love pink pussy hats, from a sartorial standpoint we were happy to see that feminist t-shirts became the go-to fashion piece for women seeking to make a political statement in their everyday lives.  

    After Dior gave the plain white tee its high-fashion stamp of approval by sending a "We Should All Be Feminists" shirt down the runway at the spring 2017 show, plenty of other designers — including Prabal Gurung, Jonathan Simkhai and Christian Siriano — followed suit, doing their own version of the feminist tee. Plus, it's always a bonus when proceeds from the tops are donated to women's charities. 


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  • Deconstructed, Off-the-Shoulder Shirts

    We thought the era of the off-the-shoulder top takeover was behind us after 2016, but alas, they found their way back through another trend — the deconstructed shirts. 

    Somehow, designers found a way to make shirts even more complicated than just a twisted collar here or an asymmetrical neckline there. Monse, Self-Portrait, Alexander Wang and Milly are among the designers who continuously churned out tops that require a small team (or animals, depending on whether or not you're Cinderella) to put on in the morning. 

    Not surprisingly, the styles were most popular among street-style bloggers. 

  • Itty Bitty Shades

    Forget diva shades. In 2017, celebs favored itty-bitty, Matrix-esque sunglasses. 

    Brands like Roberi and Fraud and Le Specs were worn obsessively by Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and other street-style starlets wishing to protect their peepers from the aggressive flashes of the paparazzi. 

    From the looks of the supermodels' Insta feeds, we have a feeling that sunglasses are going to get even smaller in 2018 before they get bigger. 


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  • Fanny Packs

    Fanny packs — the underdog of the fashion world — made a surprise comeback in 2017 that only '90s moms could have anticipated. 

    Once the butt of countless tourist-goes-to-Disneyland jokes, the butt bag bit back, given new life by the likes of Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

    But our hats go off to those stylists and street-style stars who invented new ways to wear the notorious but oh-so-practical accessory, including as both a shoulder bag and a crossbody. You are the true heroes.