Fashion month is a spectacle. From the looks on the runways of fashion’s biggest capitals to the flurry of street style photos, everyone with a heart that beats for fashion pays attention when this bi-annual event rolls around. While those with pockets as deep as their love look to directly shop the pieces from these Ready-to-Wear presentations, those whose may not be aren’t left out of the fun. Insert the Broke Girl’s Guide (BGG) to F/W 2017, a manual to how to work some of my favorite runway trends into your wardrobe at a fraction of the cost.
An ode to the 90’s and hip hop culture, the oversize trend has been (and will continue to be) huge this season. From streetwear-inspired XXL hoodies and baggy pants to floaty silks, FW ’17 makes a good case for the notion that comfort and high fashion needn’t be mutually exclusive.
BGG Take: Pajama-inspired dressing, be it in the form of silky, flowy striped/ floral co-ord, jumpsuits or slip dresses, is one of my favorite trends. It’s the epitome of effortless chic, and easy to dress up or down with the right pair of shoes and hairstyle. Easier even to incorporate if you already own a pair of nice PJs.
Wrapped and Waisted
In an antithesis to the oversize trend, wide belts and robe-like silhouettes that highlight the waist also featured on runways from The Row to DvF.
BGG Tip: For those who live in more temperate areas, simply throw a belt over your favorite coat to get the silhouette. A tropical translation would be the classic wrap dress.
The Grey Power Suit
9-5 ladies, rejoice! This one’s for us. The fashion world has drawn inspiration from the classic grey power suit, and designers from Rosie Assoulin to Victoria Beckham put their spin on the timeless suit by way of ruffles, buttons, thigh high slits and daring hemlines.
BGG Hack: In addition to the classic grey suit you already own, this fantastic ‘fit for the working girl with a flair for fashion is a steal at H&M. If you tilt your head sideways, it’s the sister of the Rosie Assoulin suit, with ruffles to boot.
Statement Sleeves / Cutout Shoulders
In recent times, statement sleeves and bare shoulders have become the darlings of the fashion world. Designers and fast-fashion retailers alike have brought us many iterations of ruffles, bell, and balloon sleeves. The ubiquitous off-the-shoulder silhouette was the Summer ’16 anthem. And it seems like the trend won’t let up anytime soon if the runways of NYFW are any indication—which of course, they are. More romantic silhouettes however, have been replaced by asymmetry and edgier cutouts.
BGG Tip: Get creative and scissor-happy with an old t-shirt/sweatshirt, cutting from the neckline to the sleeve. Another great option is to create a one-shoulder tee a la Deto Black.
Shades of Yellow
Yellow is probably the most beautiful color on darker skin tones, so seeing so much of this color on the runway had me beyond excited, since it will translate to a prevalence of mustard pieces among lower-priced retailers who look to the runways for inspiration.
Nigerians are known to never be afraid of color, so I’m convinced that we all have a favorite yellow piece that now happens to be on trend for the season.
By far the most interesting thing about fashion is, and will always be the license to creativity that it gives to all who indulge.