Summer vibes are in the air and our appetite for disclosing some skin and catching the first hints of sunshine is stronger than ever. From cold shoulder tops and sheer ruffles to the high waist jeans-crop top combos, the fashion industry anticipated our desires with its SS17 collections. In the past months, we witnessed our wardrobes slowly mutating into bolder (and fur-less) versions of themselves. But now it’s time for another, probably less expected, craze to take over: laced garments. Ties and knots are in fact on the rise and we can expect them to dominate among this summer’s trends.
WGSN Retail statistics show a significant increase from last year’s presence of tied up details in new apparel at 1.2% to this year’s at 1.7% and growing. This could be due to the fearless expansion of strings: from last year’s necklines to shoulders, waists and even legs. As Nivindya Sharma, current Senior Editor at WGSN Instock, stated earlier this month: “For this season lace-up details add feminine definition to silhouettes. A relaxed styling aesthetic will prevail, with lace-up tops and shirts balanced with oversized bottoms.”
Oversized eyelets, a huge variety of strings’ width, colors, and materials. Merely decorative or actually functional, statement D-rings or fancy ribbons. In the front or in the back. And suitable for any fabric from casual jersey to fancy silk. Are they the new ultimate styling trick to instantly upgrade your basics? Versatility is likely to be the critical factor promoting this trend’s popularity: whether you are a size 2 or a 12, into grungy plaid shirts or girly mini dresses, aiming for a loose sexy undone look or for a more carefully tailored chic one, laces will suit you and your outfit.