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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Spring Summer 2017 Juniors' Fashion Trend Forecast

If you follow me on social media @thekeytochic, then you might've already seen my previews of key Women's fashion trends for spring summer 2017 as highlighted by fashion forecasting firm Fashion Snoops at Magic Market Week. They're featuring three trends for Juniors, and I'll be sharing key details, colors, silhouettes, and retail examples of each trend in this trend forecast.

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Let's take at look at the three trends.

1. Great Expectations is the most romantic, pretty trend of the season with its Victorian influences (and Charles Dickens novel reference). 

Great Expectations spring summer 2017 trend forecast Colors

The color palette is soft, with petal pink, rose and bluebell as the main colors. Materials are transparent, with organza, Swiss dots, jacquard, and eyelet. Graphics are not just about flowers. There are also toile wallpaper motifs (like on this porcelain tumbler). 

Great Expectations fashion trend spring summer 2017 Graphics

More is more when it comes to design details. There are ruffles, tiers, lace-up details that mimic corsets, and higher necklines. Key items are the off-the-shoulder top, mid-calf prairie dress, A-line skirt, matched top and skirt set, the ruffled maxi dress, poet blouse (like this cotton voile style), slip dress with embellishments (like this satin style), ankle wrap sandals (like these wedge espadrilles), saddle bags, and belted waists. See lust worthy brand Zimmermann for more inspiration and examples. 

Great Expectations fashion trend 2017 Key Items

2. Prairie Rose is like Great Expectations, but geared toward a younger, Juniors' market. It's about a sweet country girl. It's a pretty, bohemian way of dress with romance, Western roots, and a hint of Victorian inspiration. 

Prairie Rose spring sumer 2017 fashion trend forecast

The color palette is light and grounded with earth elements like rose, periwinkle, chili powder, bisque, and ivy green. 

Prairie Rose spring summer 2017 fashion trend color forecast

Materials are eyelet, washed silk, crochet, cotton voile (like this dress), suede, and vintage denim. Graphics are floral, patchwork, toile, folkloric, and dainty prints. 

Prairie Rose fashion trend forecast Graphics

Details are sweet but subtle: peasant sleeves, high necklines, low backlines, and off-the-shoulder silhouettes. Key items are the slip dress, dirndl skirt, midriff top, boxy jacket, poet blouse with high neckline, overalls, A-line skirt (see this chambray style), A-line prairie dress, saddle bags (like this popular designer style), patchwork cowboy booties, and square-frame sunglasses (such as this style by Miu Miu). See Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply for more examples of this trend.

Prairie Rose Fashion Trend KeyItems

3. Boot Camp is influenced by the athleisure and fitness trend. It's competitive, with a rough, girl-squad feel. It's sporty, street-minded, and hardcore with urban inspiration. 

Boot Camp spring summer 2017 fashion trend forecast

The color palette is utilitarian inspired: olive and sludge/murky brown, with accents such as carrot orange, navy, and chartreuse. 

Boot Camp spring summer 2017 Color forecast

Materials are technical: mesh, netted techniques, twill, leather, and nylon ripstop. Graphics are: graffiti prints, black and white, dripped techniques, numbers/letters, and colorblocking. Design details are functional: zippers, hoods, drawstring closures, and grommets. Key items are the bomber jacket in satin (like this style by Topshop), the slip dress, the wrap skirt in mini length, the sleeveless parka, midi skirt, crossover top, overalls, paper bag waist shorts (like this striped style), sneakers, chain link earrings, and baseball caps. The Ivy Park collection is a great brand to reference as inspiration.

Boot Camp spring summer 2017 Key Items

See four more fashion trends for spring/summer 2017 on my other blog The Key To Chic.

For more fashion, catch up with me on my Facebook page and Pinterest trend boards, where you'll see trend photos, fashion inspiration, and retail reports. For additional trend forecasting inspiration, read my spring and fall 2016 footwear trend report, my Juniors' spring 2016 trend report, my feature on mule shoes for spring 2016, my spring/summer 2017 denim trend report, and my 2016 denim trend report.

Get more trend inspiration below.

Great Expectations:

Prairie Rose:

Boot Camp:

Trend Inspiration:

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Best Spring 2016 Sandals Under $150

Spring has arrived, and so has sandal season! As much as I adore my ankle boots, it's time to set them aside, show off that pedicure and put some stylish new sandals into rotation. When it comes to my favorite sandals, I tend to reach for flat and embellished styles over and over again. Most importantly, they're comfortable, but they're also effortless to style with all my wardrobe staples: skinny denim, printed day dresses, floral rompers, and lace shorts. This spring, I'm eyeing all the top spring 2016 footwear trends, including mules and slides, lace-ups, and studded gladiators. Here are eight of my must-haves under $150.

stylish Sandals for Spring 2016, spring summer 2016 shoe trends for less
1. Merona 'Elani' sandals, $22.99 (also in black or white)
2. Sam Edelman 'Gretchen' sandals, $129.95
3. Mossimo 'Kurin' studded sandals, $22.99
4. Sam Edelman 'Eavan' studded sandals, $130
5. Mossimo 'Kira' sandals, $22.99
6. Sam & Libby 'Arianna' lace-up sandals, $29.99 (I have last year's version in two colors and wear them constantly)
7. Steve Madden 'Slidur' sandals, $69.95 (also in black or white)
8. Sole Society 'Cady' lace-up sandals, $69.95 (also in olive)

See more spring, summer, and fall 2016 shoe trends in my trend report. 

Sam Edelman favorites:

More shoes I'm eyeing:

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Look for Less - Mule Shoes

If you're a fan of the '90s, then the resurgence of mule shoes may be music to your ears. With Mansur Gavriel's soon-to-sell-out minimalist suede versions and a multitude of similar styles under $150, there are plenty of ways to dip your toes into the trend. Sleek suede styles are perfect for warm weather ensembles. 

My top style tip for how to wear mules: to show them off, pair them with of-the-moment culottes, cropped trousers, midi skirts, or frayed-hem denim (like these and all of these styles). 

Need more mule shoe inspiration? Below, my favorite bloggers style their mules with a crisp and sophisticated palette of black and white. This is modern minimalism at its best. 

Mule Shoes Blogger Street Style Outfits, how to wear mule shoes

images via Pinterest

Mansur Gavriel mules shoes look for less, mule shoe trend 2016

1. Mansur Gavriel suede platforms (also in tan), $625 (shop similar in faux suede under $35)
2. Jeffrey Campbell suede mules, $135
3. Steve Madden platform mules (also in black or blue), $109.95
4. Jeffrey Campbell leather mules, $150
5. Vince Camuto 'Jevan' leather mules, (in three other colors), $118.95
6. Mansur Gavriel suede platforms), $625
7. Mansur Gavriel flats, $395
8. Splendid 'Baron' leather sandals (also in gold), $107.95

Shop mules under $50:

Shop mules:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Look for Less - Chloé Faye and Drew Saddle Bags

With the recent resurgence of '70s-inspired styles, it's no surprise that retro accessories like the Chloé 'Faye' and 'Drew' saddle bags are dominating the street style scene. They come in a wide variety of sizes and colors, and their minimal design makes them an effortless choice for wearing with both casual and dressy ensembles. Celebrities such as Jada Pinkett Smith, Blake Lively, and Chrissy Teigen are fans. While the real deal could cost from $795  to $2400, there are a multitude of options to get the Chloé handbag look for less. Case in point: this Topshop version is almost a dead ringer for this Chloé style and this one.

Here's a look at how bloggers Something Navy, Viva Luxury, and Sincerely Jules wear their Chloé Faye and Drew bags.

Chloe Faye Drew Bag Street Style Blogger Outfits

photos via Pinterest

Chloe Faye Drew Bag Look for Less, Chloe Faye Drew bag look alike
1. Chloé small 'Faye' bag, $1390
2. Chloé small 'Drew' bag, $1650
3. Topshop saddle bag (also in black), $60
4. Chloé small 'Marcie' bag, $795
5. H&M shoulder bag, $24.99
6. Sole Society 'Thalia' bag (also in black), $49.95 
7. Forever 21 studded bag (also in tan or black), $27.90
8. Jessica Buurman suede braided bag, $95 (looks like the Chloé 'Hudson' bag)

Shop the real deal:

July 25, 2016 update - Shop the look for less:

May 28, 2016 update - Shop new styles for less:

Get the look for less and see more options: