The new year is always a good time for reinvention.  The idea of beginning a new year focused and generally being an improved version of yourself is almost addictive.  From trying to stick to that pesky diet that you inevitably give up on after a week, to revamping your look by de-cluttering your wardrobe; it’s a great excuse to do all the things you’ve been putting off for the other 11 months of the year!

But wait, before you frantically run off to throw out clothing you’re 100% likely to regret later, read on to see my guide of some of the of some of the 2016 trends that will live on into 2017.


The Off Shoulder

Whether you call it the bardot or the off shoulder, this style is one of my personal favourites.  Truly a wardrobe staple, it was named after Brigitte Bardot, the iconic French actress who was renowned for favouring the style in the 1950’s.  Available in a multitude of variations, off-shoulder styles look just as good when teamed casually with sweats at the weekend, as they when worn more formally.  Reemerging on catwalks in 2014, you can rest assured that the LBD of tops is not going anywhere soon.

2016 Fashion Trends you Can wear in 2017 - The Off Shoulder - The B&F Collective via Guardian Life

1. Ejiro Amos Tafir @ Grey Velvet Online ₦40,700
2. Fashpa @ Fashpa Online ₦62,5000
3. Frankie & Co @ Grey Velvet Online ₦23, 565


The Sheer

Even though in Nigeria we can’t go as sheer as our international counterparts, you can be sure that our interpretation of sheer isn’t going anywhere soon.  Be it lace, chiffon or macramé styles, anything that gives a tantalising glimpse of skin will remain a key style choice in 2017.  And best of all is that you can be as risqué as you dare by donning anything from a keeping-it-safe chiffon top, to going all out and wearing a sheer lace dress!

2016 Fashion Trends you Can wear in 2017 - The Sheer - The B&F Collective via Guardian Life

1. Fashpa @ Fashpa Online ₦52,400
2. Iamisgo, Price Available On Request
3. Maju @ Maju Online ₦12, 500



The Culottes

Another one of my favourites, culottes have been making a style come back since 2014.  Culottes, the modern definition of which means “knee length trousers or shorts”, have taken many forms with their revival. Varying from super wide-leg above the knee styles; to 7/8 styles that almost resemble too-short trousers, one thing they all have in common is that they are uber comfortable to wear. Amen to that!

2016 Fashion Trends you Can wear in 2017 - The Culottes- The B&F Collective via Guardian Life

1. STYD ₦6,800
2. Maju @ Maju Online ₦8,500
3. STYD ₦4,000


The Co-Ord

A no-brainer when it comes to dressing up, the Co-ord is a modern-day woman’s dress.  Perfect when you don’t want to put too much thought into dressing up, co-ords are not only easy, but are extremely fashion forward. The best part? The variations are endless. From long sleeves, short sleeves and halters to shorts, trousers or skirts; you can choose the co-ord style that suits you. Here’s to continued easy dressing!

2016 Fashion Trends you Can wear in 2017 - The Co-Ord- The B&F Collective via Guardian Life

1. Fashpa @ Fashpa Online ₦101, 500
2. Isi Brown @ Grey Velvet Online ₦32,130
3. Maju @ Maju Online ₦12,00


The Palazzo Pants

Perfect for our tropical climate, the palazzo style is a staple piece that should be in every woman’s wardrobe. Generally lightweight and loose, they look great in both plain and printed fabrics and are ideal either dressed up or when part of a low-key look.

2016 Fashion Trends you Can wear in 2017 - The Palazzo Pant- The B&F Collective via Guardian Life

1. Sisano, Price available on request
2. Maju @ Shop Maju, ₦9,000
3. Sisano, Price available on request


So, there you have it, 5 trends that you can continue re-rocking in 2017.  You can thank me later!

This article was originally published in The Guardian Life Magazine


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