By Raquel Parks

With warmer weather and longer, sunny days nearing, a fashionista can’t help but anticipate fresh wardrobe choices to dive into. As a response to this seasonal change, fashion designers have created a compilation of easy-going, bold and imaginative- looks to step into spring. What was once old has become new.

Bright colors, familiar prints and amped-up updates to classics are just some of what can be expected this spring. Here’s a run-down of a few top spring 2017 fashion trends. Nothing says spring like a blooming, floral print. And this time around, they are more playful and in-your-face. No need to mix a floral with a color; a single floral design is being embraced from head to toe.

Florals are not the only pattern getting some serious attention. Simple patterns, such as stripes and polka dots are also having a major moment for the season.

Designers are implementing color into stripes and adding feminine touches like ruffles, cut-outs and draping to make stripes pop. Stripes can also be seen in many new styles of menswear-inspired, buttoned shirts. A striped shirt has gone from just work-wear to become ruffled, off-the shoulder blouses and even full dresses.

The basic stripe is going beyond the everyday office look while polka dots are adding elegance and spontaneity for spring. Dolce & Gabbana, for example, layered polka dots against other prints and was the focus of many separates and gowns for the luxe collection.

With all the emerging graphic prints, a seemingly-ordinary print may seem unappealing but simple touches are making them a stylish ready-to-wear option. Color is also a highlight. A burst of color is a refreshing-favorite to spring and the 2017 trends do not disappoint.

Two vibrant colors are edging out the rest this year. Blush and fluorescent pinks and golden, citrus yellows have dominated many designer collections. These bold color choices provide an energetic and jovial vibe after a cozy and bundled-up, winter.
Color is not the only focus. A fresh interpretation of something old and familiar is a great way to enjoy a classic item in a new way. Robes is receiving this unexpected, treatment by designers everywhere for this season.

Traditionally worn at home in leisure, robes have now been dolled up for an evening out on the town and a modern-day look. Robes are being styled to be worn whenever the occasion.

Kimono and wrap-style robes are specifically what makes this trend work. Slip a satin robe over a cocktail dress or a floral robe with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt for a cool look.

Out of all of the trends for spring 2017, a basic outwear piece is making one of the biggest statements in fashion right now. The trench coat has always been a reliable, coat. Yet designers have cranked up the appeal of the average trench.

Khaki has been a typical color choice for the trench coat with a few exceptions here and there. However, designers have ditched tradition by choosing more color and print options.

Also the varied silhouettes, belt sizes, hem-lengths and embellishment choices have provided new chic versions of the coat. Needless to say, a trench is a must-have to stylishly weather any elements this year.

Whether it’s pulling out an old print or wearing something old as new, spring 2017 offers a fun and effortless approach to dressing for the season. Creative styling and a few shopping trips can will get you fashion-ready.

Raquel is a Michigan native with a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Michigan. She loves fashion and writing about life’s everyday stories. She has written for various local publications that include Dearborn Press & Guide and Detroit Fashion Pages. Raquel also writes for her own local events blog, Metro Diva Pages.


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