Happy New Year Friends!
I don’t know about you, but as every year passes, it feels to me a little like the narrowing of an egg timer; the depleting sand gives the impression of things speeding up. With this illusory acceleration I feel ever more strongly the need to spend time doing things I enjoy, take better care of my body and try to move away from too much routine. Through HøFSisters, I have begun to pursue the latter in a sartorial sense too. Never one to be particularly focused on “what’s in” (when you’re tall it’s often just “what you can get”) I have nonetheless learned to use upcoming trends as inspiration rather than rules to be followed slavishly. We can all too easily slip into a fashion routine, wearing everyday what we are used to.
As an addendum to our light-hearted tall girl’s take on the SS17 designer shows, I wanted to sum up a few fashion trends for 2017 that can be easily incorporated into our wardrobes. So, as our New Year hangovers fade and the reality of another year of goals and resolutions sets in, I hope this might also inspire you to incorporate new things, however small, into your lives. Let us know how you get on!
Utilitarian / Military
Ever feel like you wouldn’t know what else to wear if not for jeans? Yep, me too. Seen on the runway at Stella McCartney and Tibi, amongst others, cargo’s are the trousers to wear in 2017. Tapping into ongoing utilitarian and military vibes, think big pockets and neutral colours. Layering works really well with this look – the neutrality of the trousers allowing for mixing and matching colours, patterns and materials on the top half. Try denim shirts, stripy roll necks and leather jackets. There’s not a huge amount on the high street yet, but expect them to hit the stores in a big way soon. If they’re not long enough wear them cropped with sneakers or mid-tops, or tucked into ankle boots. For a smarter take in black satin, try these in tall from Next.
Hot Pink & Canary Yellow
This is what I love about fashion. On the one hand you have, “it’s all about utilitarian neutrals” and then you have a handful of fashion houses sending models out in colours you need sunglasses to look at. Seen on the runways of Balenciaga, Valentino and Hermès, bright pink is going to be big in Spring/Summer 2017. If, like Zo & I, you’re not a head-to-toe bright colour kind of person, this is a fantastic opportunity to incorporate bright colours into your wardrobe through the use of accessories; think scarves, mini bags, shoes or jewellery. If you’re feeling a little braver try a hot pink coat or a yellow skirt like these two fashionista’s above.
Acceptable In The 80’s (& Forever More)
It’s time to re-watch Miami Vice (we were so ahead of the curve) and reach for those long forgotten shoulder pads, oversized bows, bling earrings and retro, acid-washed denim, because the 80’s are having a massive revival in 2017. Or you can introduce it in a subtle way through bell sleeves and oversized jackets.
Earn Your Stripes
Stripes featured heavily in SS17 shows last Autumn, including in the collection of one of our favourite tall girl-friendly designers, Alexander Wang. We think the best way to easily capture this trend is in the form of knitwear or the classic Breton striped top. You can have your stripes thick or thin, monochrome or colourful but personally we’re big fans of the rainbow knit!
Slogans & Logos
Feminism claimed the headlines at the SS17 shows with Dior proclaiming “We Should All Be Feminists” across his collection. However, slogans and logos were popular across a number of designers with Michael Kors’ “Love” theme, Haider Ackerman’s “Be Your Own Hero” and Gucci’s… Ummm, “Gucci”. This year, say what you are thinking with a statement tee, knit or woolly hat.