Winter 2017 Fashion Trends

Winter 2017 fashion trends are an interesting and diverse bunch that take you right back in time to the 1980s. We’re seeing hipsterish recycled versions of 1980s fashion influences plus a smattering of other vintage styles. These are the fashion trends we’ve observed so far for winter 2017:

Scandinavian Style Fair Isle Knit Sweaters and Accessories

Scandinavian style is a hot trend in fashion, home décor, food, travel and just about every other lifestyle-oriented market niche we can think of. On wearable pieces, the classic Scandinavian snowflake motif is ubiquitous right now. It’s adorning sweaters, scarves, mittens, hats and slippers. Other classic Scandinavian motif patterns such as stars, deer and birds are making appearances as well.

If you want to get this look, you have plenty of options, but Dale of Norway is a top brand name maker of authentic Scandinavian knitwear. Their typical offerings include beautifully knitted sweaters and leggings in classic color palettes.

For the DIY version of this fashion trend, there are several brand new crochet and knitting pattern books you’ll want to know about. Check out Easy Fair Isle Knits by Martin Storey, Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet by Brenda Bourg, Knit Yourself In by Cecilie Kaurin and Linn Bryhn Jacobsen, Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Knitted Mittens and Crochetterie by Molla Mills for several spectacular Fair Isle knitting and tapestry crochet pattern sources.

Sweater Knits in Heathered Yarn Colors

Heathered yarns are adding visual interest to long-sleeved sweaters and sweater vests. The color palette includes a range of gray heathers, blue heathers and other heathered colors.

Cascading Beaded Necklaces and Coordinating Jewelry Sets

Beaded jewelry was a huge trend in the 1980s, and we have an 80s-style beaded jewelry revival happening in 2017.

Look for cascading beaded necklaces, some of which feature smooth round beads and others which feature chunky faceted beads. There are solid-colored options in color palettes reminiscent of the 80s: think vibrant teal, coral, turquoise and green.

Some of the latest offerings feature matching bangle bracelets, matching beaded bracelets or coordinated dangling earrings. Other beaded necklaces are standalone statement pieces that you’re on your own with accessorizing further.

Bomber Jackets

The bomber jacket was an item in 2016, and by all appearances it’s still going strong in 2017 as well.

Blanket Scarves

The circle scarf, also known as “infinity scarf”, hasn’t totally died yet, but it is losing market share to a new phenomenon known as the “blanket scarf”. A blanket scarf is basically a large piece of fabric resembling a wool blanket that you can tie around your neck. The look here is part British schoolgirl, part punk rocker and part lumberjack. Be on the lookout for this type of scarf in staid patterns such as plaid, houndstooth, pinstripes and other simple stripes. Colorful plaids and two-color patterns are currently the most popular types of blanket scarf pattern designs.


Fur is a controversial material that some daring fashionistas are wearing right now despite the numerous ethical issues with it.

There are people who insist that real fur is ethically problematic because people have no right to kill animals so we can wear their fur. In the other camp, the people who wear real fur correctly point out that making synthetic fur requires the use of toxic, carcinogenic petrochemicals and that the manufacturing process causes cancer for the human beings who work in the factories that produce the fur. So either way, somebody — either people or animals — gets killed or poisoned in the process of creating a fur garment.

There’s a little-known third option that will hopefully gain traction as more people become aware of the downsides to synthetic furs. It’s wool fur: fur that’s made from the wool of sheep. The shearing process doesn’t hurt sheep any more than a haircut hurts you, so it is an ideal solution to the otherwise problematic fur dilemma. Wool fur probably won’t be an item for 2017, but if y’all create a significant demand for it maybe we’ll see it on the list of 2018’s top fashion trends.

Checkerboard Patterns

The checkerboard is a classic that seems to reappear in some form or another almost every year, and 2017 is no exception. Checkerboards are everywhere right now.

Tiger Skins, Leopard Skins

Animal skin prints are another type of pattern that never seem to truly go out of style, and they’re particularly important for winter 2017.

Camo and Military Gear

Survivalism and “prepping” is a lifestyle trend that seems to be hitting the mainstream right now. We’re not sure if it’s the preppers who are responsible for the camo fashion trend, but that’s one possible explanation for it. Of course, I don’t think the preppers should be credited with all the pink camo and baby blue camo that’s out there right now…