These Are the Best and Worst Streetwear Trends of 2017
According to our favorite influencers on Instagram.
From fishnet stockings and fanny packs, to dad sneakers and everything DIY IKEA, a lot of style trends have come and gone within the past 12 months. Between the surprisingly cool and the downright ridiculous fads — depending on how you look at them, really — we’ve certainly got so much inspiration from the ever-evolving streetwear community. And what better way to recap the good and the bad by asking some of our favorite influencers about their most-loved and least favorite trends of 2017?
Alexandra Hackett / @miniswoosh
A streetwear trend that should stay in 2018: Sneakers designed by women.
Not sure if this is a “trend” yet, but there needs to be more sneaker collaborations with women that get publicly released in both men’s and women’s sizes. I think it’s really encouraging and inspiring to see brands giving women in streetwear more of a voice and presence in the design process. Aleali May‘s Nike Air Jordan 1 from this year really resonated with me as a female in the industry, and I feel a great sense of empowerment every time I wear my pair.
A streetwear trend that should leave with 2017: Inauthentic celebrity endorsements.
Celebrity brand ambassadors that have minimal knowledge or passion about the brand they’re representing. I know “celebrity sells,” but I also think authenticity is integral, and often undervalued on social media.
Ginney Noa / @ginneynoa
A streetwear trend that should stay in 2018: Comfy track pants.
I love the ’90s look. You can wear tracksuit pants in so many different ways, and most of them are unisex so you can share it with your bae.
A streetwear trend that should leave with 2017: The Off-White™ Industrial Belt.
It’s a bit overdone by now, and I personally think that Off-White™ has some better pieces in its collection. The belt was dope when the hype started, but so many brands are now copying it.
Sabreena Diamond / @fuhzz
A streetwear trend that should stay in 2018: Chunky sneakers and custom kicks.
I’ve always loved chunky shoes or shoes with thick soles, so to see shoes like the Balenciaga Triple-S, Gucci Rhyton, Nike Air More Uptempo, Air Force 1 and FILA Disruptor stay in the new year would be sick. I feel like they stand out more and make more of a statement which I love. And of course, custom shoes.
I adore the denim items but the red items are just too much. I liked them at first, but now I think they’ve had their moment. It’s just not something you’d wear regularly. Once is enough for me.
Aude-Julie Alingué / @aude_julie
A streetwear trend that should stay in 2018: Office attire mixed with streetwear.
I love seeing office wear in streetwear, like how it can be completely transformed thanks to sneakers, accessories, layering and oversized pieces. I hope it will continue in 2018 with even cooler fabrics like denim, polyester and colorful, crazy prints.
A streetwear trend that should leave with 2017: Bike shorts.
After Kim Kardashian wore them, they’ve started to be everywhere on runways and on the streets. It’s just something that I don’t really understand and dig. For me, bike shorts need to stay on cyclists and people doing sport.
Merys Berrada / @merystache
A streetwear trend that should stay in 2018: ’90s streetwear.
2017 is marked as the great return of ‘90s streetwear. I think this trend will last for a few more years thanks to collaborations between luxury and streetwear brands. There’s no more barrier between brands. Streetwear has a huge influence on luxury, and that will continue into 2018. We should keep the strong parts of this movement: hoodies, coach jackets, fanny packs, long sleeve T-shirts, bombers, caps — not to mention sneakers that will always remain an essential element of a trendy look.
A streetwear trend that should leave with 2017: Logomania.
I’m going to ignore looks that are too “street” with big logos. I prefer a more minimalist silhouette paired with one strong, urban piece. The ‘90s sports brands need to change directions in order to stay in people’s wardrobes in the future. They are already starting to become outdated.
Amalie Gassmann / @amalie_gassmann
A streetwear trend that should stay in 2018: The monochromatic look.
It started with an all-red look and then moved into all-yellow. I also applaud the Canadian tuxedo jean-on-jean fit. And P.S., chains on everything please.
A streetwear trend that should leave with 2017: Camo pants.
I’ll have to say the camo pants. I am guilty of doing it myself but it is so overrated now. Next!
Barbara Malewicz / @malebitch
A streetwear trend that should stay in 2018: Custom sneakers.
Puffers, berets, co-ords, gothic letters — there are so many cool trends that made it in 2017. Yet to just keep one in 2018, I’ll go for DIY sneakers. I hope the trend will expand so that people can show their ideas and themselves through personal creation on their white sneaks.
A streetwear trend that should leave with 2017: Vinyl pants.
The one trend I think we should forget about is vinyl pants. I mean, it’s super cool for the eyes but so impossible to wear for a full day or a night out because you are constantly making noises when walking. And let’s be honest, you’re sweating like hell in these. Tell me off if you still see me wearing these in 2018.
Lauren Tsai / @laurentsai
A streetwear trend that should stay in 2018: The crossover between streetwear and luxury brands.
It’s interesting to see high-end and luxury brands getting involved with streetwear, or at least making their attempts to do so. Whether it’s collaborations with streetwear brands, replicating shoe silhouettes, etc. I’m interested in seeing how high-end brands will continue to enter and transform the streetwear scene next year. There is a unique line between streetwear’s heritage and the mainstream, so seeing how these various brands collaborate or compete in the near future will be intriguing to watch.
A streetwear trend that should leave with 2017: Excessive hyped sneaker drops.
Something I’m finding is getting out of hand, last year especially, is the volume of mass-hype shoe releases. It seems that brands and their collaborative partners are rushing to turn out new shoes every week. Diversity and the frequent additions of new shoe styles into the market has its strategic benefits, but I feel that it’s over-saturating and can be compromising to brand integrity. Because of the volume of shoe releases, new releases aren’t as exciting as before. Of course, this year there were some amazing releases. Hopefully brands will be able to slow down and really focus on the products. Less may prove to be more this coming year, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next.
- Rebekah Ho/Hypebae