The top 5 fashion trends we loved (and ones we didn’t) from 2017

Alexandra Hourigan 30 December 2017

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2017 was a big year for fashion! Let's take a look back at some of our favorites – and not so favorite – trends from the past year.

There were some ups and some downs but all in all, 2017 was a pretty good year for trends that were new, fresh and exciting. Some were a little bold in a good way while others ... not so much. However, it's safe to say that for shopaholics like me, we got a lot to sink our teeth into!

Scroll down to look back at our favorite fashion trends of 2017, and also the ones we hope don't quite make it to 2018.

The trends we loved!

I'm not even going to lie. Choosing only five trends from 2017 that I loved was actually hard. We had a pretty good fashion year and that's something to be proud of. While I can't sit and name all of them, these five fashion trends definitely deserve a shout out and I honestly hope they stick around for 2018.

1. Gingham

It felt like this trend came a little out of nowhere but it was BIG in the high street fashion stores.

Gingham was loud and, at first, a bit overwhelming for some but it quickly became popular and was featured on loads of clothing items like dresses, pants and even swimwear!

2. Linen

Linen was definitely a fashion trend we loved this year. It's simple yet elegant, and that's something we can get around.

The light and easy-to-wear fabric came in an array of colors that meant we had something for every occasion. Getting yourself something linen is probably in your best interest because we don’t see this trend going away any time soon!

3. Red

Hands-down my favourite trend of 2017 by far. Red.

I’m an offender for wearing black or denim for practically everything so this trend totally put me out of my comfort zone and let me experiment with something bright, bold and beautiful. If you haven't jumped on this bandwagon yet, then seriously, get on.

4. Polka dots

In 2017 we said goodbye to stripes (finally) and hello to polka dots.

It was a big year for bright colors and bold prints, so it was only fair that polka dots came back for another fashion go in 2017 and it's safe to say we loved it.

5. Mules

I'll be honest – mules were something I didn't wholeheartedly love at first. However, I bit the bullet and tried a pair on and there was no going back.

These babies take a simple outfit from drab to fab with little effort and with a range of heel sizes, there is something for everyone.


The trends we definitely didn't love

Now with the good will always come the bad. I mean, life's full of tough choices and picking the right fashion trends can always be hit or a miss. However, these trends, for us, were definitely strong misses and we will be quite content to see them stay in 2017.

1. Fur slippers

This one I just did not get. It looks like you're walking around with dust bunnies on your feet.

When there are so many cute options out there for slides, these ones can stay in 2017 – please and thank you.

2. Real fur

In 2017 there was a strong theme of rallying against real fur and it was fabulous. Massive brands like Net-a-Porter went fur free, Gucci vowed to go fur free and recently, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo committed to going fur free too.

The final verdict? 2017 decided real fur was a trend no more and we are glad to see it gone.

3. Unicorns

Yes, I'll admit unicorns are totally cute. However, are they cute to wear in everyday outfits in the form of clothes, skirts, handbags, shoes and the abundance of other unicorn fashion items thrown in my face? Probably not.

The whole unicorn trend was okay to start but it just took off to a level that absolutely no one needed.

4. Latex

The latex trend. My first question was always "why?", quickly followed by "how?"

Not only do these latex fashion items look ridiculously uncomfortable, they just aren't flattering unless you're a size 2. I'm sorry but it's a no from me.

5. Clear boots

On the trend of totally uncomfortable and completely unnecessary... clear boots.

Have you ever actually seen anyone wear these? The thing is, they have no ventilation so they start fogging up, your feet get sweaty and, plain and simple, they absolutely need to stay in 2017.

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