Fashion Trends 2017

Moving towards intricacy.
By Suman Bajpai
In 2016, the fashion industry dipped into three decades for explicit inspiration — the ’70s, ’80s, and ‘90s, where roller-disco bohemian, Dynasty opulence, and skater grunge filled the racks of every single store. There was also a more non-gendered clothing, and more statement pieces for women in expanded sizes and ages.

The ’80s Will Be The Biggest Trend of 2017. Designers feel that the 1980s will be huge — everything from power suits and slouchy tailored trousers for office wear, through to off-the-shoulder looks, activewear and ruffles.The trends that have seen the most year-over-year pinning growth over the past year and that seem primed to peak in 2017. Belle sleeve top silhouette will take over the off-the-shoulder look, an even more heated interest in flair.
While pattern-mixing is starting to hit its stride for mainstream consumers, fashion trend forecasting for 2017 will see trendsetters embracing more monochromatic ensembles with small splashes of bright colour for accent. Satin will be important, velvet should make a good showing, and embroidered knits will be everything. Designers are drawning towards intricacy.

Different cuts and style

While the sheer trend has been around for a while now, sheer skirts are the new ‘it’ piece of clothing. Sheer ensembles have been around for a while now, however bringing them into Indian outfits is relatively new. Also, having a net over-coat on the skirt of lehenga, with the net being sequinced or worked on is a trend we love too. Sheer duppatas will also make their debut in this year.

From off-shoulder to one-shoulder, this trend is here to stay and is going nowhere in the coming year. Comfort dressing is what ruled at runway shows. Be it pajama pants, or the new bath robe trend, comfort is what 2017 is going to be all about.

Palazzos paired with tunics, skirts, and crop tops, and saris paired with jackets and shirts will remain the part of fashion. We see in the fashion weeks that designer Urvashi Kaur led the trend with a collection of shirt-dresses paired with ill-fitted salwars, palazzos with spaghetti kurtas, and linen jersey T-shirts worn with saris, and skirts. Apart from her, other designers like Amit Aggarwal, Payal Pratap, Sanchita Ajjampur, Masaba Gupta too incorporated the trend in their fashion line-ups.

Sneakers will continue to be extremely popular in the upcoming year. Because of their versatility, you can never have too many. The sneaker trend made a huge comeback this year. From the runway to the red carpet, designers and brands have incorporated this in almost all their collections and this is going to continue in 2017, too.Clean classic sneakers will not excite anymore. It’s now about sneakers that are embellished or have something like emojis or logos on them. Glitter, leopard, and satin updates to sneakers effortlessly dress up an outfit and give you a reason to buy multiple pairs.

This year designers would experiment with so many different versions of ruffles, drawing inspiration from the classic ruffle. Ruffles are going to be the craze in 2017. So remember to stock up all the ruffles you can gather!

There has been a consistent trend of florals throughout in 2016 and looks like it will stay a trend even next year. Drawing inspiration from the Victorian and Mughal era, florals will rule the fashion trends with embroidered, printed, custom designed.

Weird funky prints were seen a lot on the runway. From garden-inspired looks to designers drawing inspiration from the National Geographic’s instagram page, a lot of bug prints to cactus prints were seen. And this trend would sustain for long.

A fashion stylist says that there was a lot of volume to clothes in 2106 and this year also one very prominent trend can be seen and that is layering. Designers are taking layering to the next level. They are layering in unusual but unique ways, with unusual textiles and unusual colours. Sometimes the clothes were layered to bring more volume, other times they were layered to bring together the festive and modern esthetic.

Psychotropical is an emerging trend

Psychotropical is an emerging trend for 2017-2018 that is a subset of the psychedelic movement. Psychotropical fashions are defined by vibrant palettes, vivid tropical patterns and prints rendered by digital engineering, and warped visual cues borrowed from nature (like sunsets and tropical undergrowth). Psychotropical apparel, beauty, and accessories are denoted by a “hyper-real perception of nature”, underscored by bright synthetic colourways.

Futuristic fashion for 2017 is being described by trend analysts as “post-human”, which is inspired by artificial intelligence and illustrated by tech-driven design and a new generation of technical materials that are made from robust threads and metallic filaments. Properties of post-human apparel are: ultra light, highly breathable, protective, and thermo regulating (capable of regulating your body’s temperature), while futuristic fashion is defined by other worldly aspects like embossed textures, bespoke fabrics, liquid or metallic finishes, and glowing LED lights inside of mesh materials.

Ethnic wear

2017 is going to be an exciting year for ethnic wear fashion Slit kurtas, capes and asymmetric hemlines will make a flattering trend in 2017.

Extended slits are all set to make ethnic wear newer and modern. Adding to this, chic designs merged with the bold slits are taking fashion one step further. Slit kurta is a bold choice for women and is the right combination of modern, edgy, regal and traditional fashion. Slit kurtis incorporating geometric patterns are much in vogue. You can give these a contemporary twist by teaming them up with bottoms such as trousers, a pair of jeans palazzos and even with churidars and leggings.

Capes were a big hit in 2016. While some were sewn into crop-top cholis, others were used as covers up for bikinis. The spring summer ’17 collections of designers Masaba Gupta, Pria Kataria Puri, Mandira Wirk, and duo Pankaj and Nidhi saw a heavy influence of this style. Capes would be in demand this yera also as designers are giving new style too them.

Capes are now making its way in Indian ethnic fashion. Easy to wear, capes can be embraced by every body type. Opt for a simple kurti and a fancy cape to clad in an uber cool Indo-ethnic look. Nothing screams power-dressing like capes, and it’s a trend we want to stay forever. Capes were a huge trend on the runways, not only did we see capes with modern silhouettes, we also saw them on Indian wear.

Asymmetric patterns with distinctive cuts have recently become a personal favourite of designers with more and more up-and-coming artists embracing this style in their new collections. You can team asymmetric kurtis with Patiala, leggings and palazzos for some trendy style.

 Innovations in salwar kameez

Pant style salwar kameez is another thing in fashioned salwar kameez India. A long kameez is an immaculate decision for pant style salwar. This is an extremely pleasant clothing, you can wear this in office and can likewise use as every day wear.

Everybody realises that in past dhoti used to be an unavoidable outfit in men’s storage rooms in India. But today, a salwar kameez has been presented which is affected by a similar dhoti which was made just for men. Presently this is immediately adapted by ladies in India. Even the new pattern is also making a wave that is a palazzo style salwar which is coordinated with a salwar to give an Indo-western look.


Hues are constantly critical thing for saris. Right now a multi-shaded sari is the most recent pattern. This is an extremely decent decision for office wear and easygoing events. A double-colour sari is one of the top patterns in saris. This is additionally accessible in two textures. This can be a great decision for a formal night party. Lace saris will also be in demand. Now, the entire sari made of trim texture is accessible in market. This is an exquisite decision for exceptional capacity like weddings and celebrations.

Styles in kurtis

High-low kurti is an extremely unique sort of kurti that gives a present-day look. You can wear it at many spots like school, events, office and wedding as well. Teenagers are crazy about them. If you need to look more in vogue then you can purchase a kurti having a coat over it. This is much of the time embraced by Bollywood courageous women. Kurti shirt style is a total new test in kurtis. It gives an immaculate Indo-western look. Leggings, pants and tribal jeans are extremely decent decision to combine this kind of kurti. These are a portion of the top patterns that are relied upon to happen in 2017. It is very conceivable that you will observe some of above patterns around you.

Kurtis with a high neck and collar add a formal touch to the attire. You can flaunt this gorgeous style at corporate meetings, conferences as well as at casual gatherings. If you desire for unconventional appeal you can try out high neck kurti with retro prints, hardcore geometrical influences and rough edged silhouettes and make heads turn.


We saw a lot of designers stick to pastel palettes, to minty cool colours. Right now the world is obsessed with pastels, so it comes as no surprise that this colour was a favourite among many designers when it came to choosing their palettes. Cool pastel shades of blues and pinks stood out the most. From full-fledged metallic outfits to metallic accents on outfits, it is for sure that the metallic trend is here to stay. A bit on the edgy side, but the good kind. This 2014 trend is making a comeback.

Ivory is going to be favourite colour among designers; and designers didn’t shy away from displaying their unconventional take on the colour. From handloom saris to sheer frocks, palazzo trousers, and gowns with sequin embroidery, the colour will be part of the collections of designers. So, we are going to see lot of Ivory this year.

There’s going to be a strong shift to wearing a mix of cold and warm colours together. There’s also going to be an overdose of bright jewel tones. Brown, beige, olive green, yellow, bright tones of pink, green and burgundy, grey, red, orange, blue, purple, navy blue and black will be in trend.


Fabrics play a crucial role to define trends in ethnic fashion. With extensive amalgamation of modern silhouettes with the traditional handloom, feminine designs along with light fabrics will be on trend this year. You can expect cotton, chiffon and silk with captivating patterns and playful prints.

There’s going to be plenty of texture on fabrics. Expect to wear rich fabrics with gloss and sheen as well as materials with contrasting coloured embroidery – yellow on red, red on grey, white on black, navy blue on white and orange on rust. Choose copper or silver over gold for traditional and ethnic clothing.


Corsets had such a huge moment in 2016 but in 2017 they will out of the fashion scene. A huge change is coming in the denim world. Skinny jeans with stretch have reigned supreme for a long time but a shift toward contrast denim styles in vintage silhouettes. will be seen. There’s a fresher graphic interpretation of the sweet and romantic trends of 2016.The tulip flare has moved onto a sharper asymmetric hemline, the soft lingerie-dressing look has evolved into strong and powerful corsetry details, and the romantic and luxe velvets of the past are now modernised with an easy-to-wear attitude.