2017 Spring Fashion Forecast

Let’s take a break from winter fashion for a day and talk 2017 spring fashion trends!

2017 Spring Fashion Trends for Women Over 40

I am in full-on winter mode here, and spring isn’t even a twinkle in my eye, however, last year I published a spring forecast on the first day of January, and it was my most popular post for months. I take that to mean that while most of us are still dressing for winter, we probably have our winter wardrobes fairly well established and are ready to think ahead to spring.

I will still be featuring plenty of winter outfits, don’t you worry! But for today, let’s look ahead to what’s on the fashion horizon for spring.

Often I focus on wearable trends and forego the crazy ones, but I’m including some that I’m not so much a fan of for the fun of it. I will let you know how I feel. #feelingopinionated #onmy2ndglassofwine

Let’s get this party started. (The pictures below are all clickable, in case you want to shop.)

2017 Spring Fashion Trends

#1. Seaside Stripes

Think beach umbrellas and weathered awnings… Stripes have been big for a while now, but this spring is all about bold colors anchored with black.

2017 spring fashion trends: stripes

#2. Khaki

Not khakis, but khaki… khaki dresses, khaki coats, etc. This is a hard color to wear near your face, so I suggest adding a pretty scarf in the neck in a flattering color palette.

2017 spring trends: khaki

#3. Flashdance Shoulder

I am including this, NOT because I think we should all embrace the trend, but because I’ve already seen it in winter fashion on a lot of popular fashion blogs, and I’ve been dying to say my piece. I think this trend of intentionally “allowing” your top to fall off one shoulder is ridiculous. I think it looks so affected and unnatural and trying-way-too-hard to be sexy. No thank you. (Yes, I realize that some of you may say the same for trends I readily embrace, such as ripped jeans, so to each her own, but you will not see me rocking the Flashdance shoulder, thankyouverymuch.)

2017 spring fashion trends: flashdance shoulder

#4. Off-the-Shoulder and Cold Shoulder Tops and Dresses

These trends are still going strong for spring 2017. I’m seeing them everywhere in spring resort wear. I do like the off-the-shoulder trend, but I can’t be bothered to wear a strapless bra, so I’m more likely to go for the cold shoulder tops that allow you to wear a regular bra.

2017 spring fashion trends: off the shoulder tops and dresses

#5. Statement Earrings

The bigger, the better! Tassel earrings are still a huge trend.

Style tip >> When I wear a statement earring, I either go with a delicate necklace, or no necklace at all, so as to not compete with the earrings.

2017 spring fashion trend: statement tassel earrings

#6. Transparent Skirts

We’ve already been seeing this trend, but evidently it’s still going strong this spring. I’m not a huge fan of this trend, but it can be done in good taste.

2017 spring fashion trends: transparent skirts

#7. Flatforms

Added height without teetering precariously on stilettos??? Yes, please! Flatforms had a moment last year, but I’m excited to hear they’re back this year in full force.

2017 Spring Trends: Marc Fisher Platform Sandals

#8. Bold Florals

I’m not much of a florals girl, but I’m going to try to incorporate this trend into my spring wardrobe for variety’s sake. It gets old wearing solids all the time.

spring 2017 fashion trend: bold floral

#9. Shades of Blue

Who wouldn’t like this trend? Blue is so easy to wear, and it’s universally flattering.

2017 spring fashion trend: shades of blue

#10. Robes

Okay, I didn’t include this until I saw it on three (yes, THREE) lists. I cannot EVEN believe this will be a thing, but I’ll throw it in here so I can say you heard it here first. And we thought yoga pants and pajama bottoms were bad… now you might see BATHROBES at the grocery store, and it will be considered fashion-forward. SMH.

This is the closest I could find at the retailers I frequent, and if this is the more mainstream take on the trend, then I can see how it might be a fresh take on the cardigan. I’ll reserve my judgement until I see how this one plays out.

2017 spring fashion trend: the robe as streetwear

#11. Neckerchief (small square silky scarves)

I love this ladylike trend, and it’s a much easier type of scarf to wear for those of us who don’t like the bulk of blanket scarves and large wrap scarves. Plus, it hides neck wrinkles. YAY!

2017 spring fashion trends: small square scarf aka neckerchief


What do you think about the 2017 spring fashion trends? Which is your favorite?

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