It's so time to move forward.

And, as usual, fashion is way ahead of us.

Although there are a few things we will carry with us in 2017 - respect for the plus-size model (thanks, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue diva Ashley Graham), the no-makeup movement (via Alicia Keys), and our love of the pantsuit (hello, Hillary) - to the rest, we say bye-bye.

The first order of business is ushering in the new power suit, said Sidney Morgan-Petro, retail editor for WGSN, a global trend-forecasting firm. The rise of athleisure-inspired comfort combined with the modern working woman's desire to appear powerful and grounded, as well as ethereal and feminine, is behind this new look.

A menswear-inspired look includes stirrups for the 2017 woman.

"We will borrow the oversize shapes of the '80s but soften the lines. We will swap the power pumps for a sensible heel," Morgan-Petro said. "Oh, and did I mention? Stirrup pants are making a comeback."

Whoa. I'm not sure I'm ready for that.

What else will shape Philadelphia style this year? We asked a few local tastemakers to weigh in.

Women's wear

"There will be an insane amount of stripes," said Ann Gitter, owner of Center City boutique Knit Wit, "not just the thin ones, but lots of bold ones - vertical and horizontal combined, black and white, blue and white. Men's shirting elements will continue to up the ante in women's wear."

Of course, this onslaught of menswear detailing will need to be softened with a feminine touch, said Mary K. Dougherty, owner of Nicole Miller Boutique in Center City and Manayunk. "There will be ruffles and ribbons, interesting necklines, knife pleats. It's all about the flirty, fun, whimsical, and soft aesthetic."

The light pinks and neutrals of ballerina slippers will take on a harder edge, especially in women's shoes this season, and especially on the reigning shoe of the moment - the slip-on oxford, said Elena Brennan, owner of Fabric Row's Bus Stop Boutique.

Courtesy Bloomingdale's 
Patchwork, especially on denim, such as Mavi jeans, will be trendy this spring, says Bloomingdale's Amanda Hill.

Patchwork, especially on denim, will be a trendy girl's best friend this spring, said Amanda Hill, public relations manager at Bloomingdale's in Willow Grove and King of Prussia. "The eye-catching bottoms can be paired with a simple T or off-the-shoulder blouse."

"Fashion is moving quickly toward ethnic prints and politically charged messaging," said Syreeta Scott, one of the co-owners of the Sable Collective in North Philadelphia. That means you should expect to see more women - on the streets and the red carpet - with African wax prints, long braids, and burgundy or chocolate lips. "In other words," Scott said, "Kim Kardashian is out, and Solange Knowles is in."

At the gym, it's all about inspirational, graphic tanks, said Sue Pinto, apparel buyer for Chestnut Hill activewear boutique Rebel. Or, said her partner Holly McKay, shredded leggings. "Just as your jeans are torn and tattered, high-performance leggings are taking us from the studio to the street. Bomber jacket optional."


"The shag is back," said Roxy Brennan, stylist at the Rittenhouse Spa & Club, Hair by Paul LaBrecque. "We are talking long, short, with or without bangs." The cut also will pop in soft pink and green pastels.

First, there was rainbow hair. Now, it's rainbow lashes.

"Lash extensions have been around for a while," said Deneen Marcel, owner of her eponymous lash salon in Center City and Bryn Mawr. "Electric blue, hunter green, and chestnut brown lashes replace colored mascara." You can still have the look with colored mascara, though.

Rittenhouse Square makeup artist Ursula Augustine is sure peach will be a go-to shade for spring. "The Pantone color is green, but that green needs an eyeliner, eye shadow, or mascara to complement it. That's where peach and all related coral tones come in."

Shekeya Miles, stylist for Atlanta housewife Porscha Williams and rapper Trina, says custom wigs are what's up. Look closely at model Kylie Jenner's hair, she said. "They are a great way to switch color and hairstyles without making permanent changes to your hair," added Miles, owner of Crazy Hands, a Southwest Philadelphia salon.


Bela Shehu, owner and creative director of NINObrand, knows chokers have officially dethroned the bib as the ultimate statement necklace. "It will be an essential part of the 2017 uniform," she said. "Stack them up for a stronger effect."

Philly EyeWorks 
Hipster eyeglass shapes in clear frames.

In eyewear, clear frames are replacing the tortoise shells, said Cliff Balter, owner of Philly EyeWorks. But the hipster shapes - like cat-eyes, squares, and ovals - will remain eyewear musts.


"In shoes, expect to see bolder color palettes," said Steve Jamison, owner of Blue Sole Shoes. During economic upswings, men tend to feel more financially secure, so that propels more fashion-forward looks, he said.

Blue Sole Shoes 
Hand-painted men's oxford by Zenobi.

"Look for hand-painted oxfords in solid blues, greens, and eggplants. Patchwork high-tops are a trend. And tie-up alligators in navies and browns that shine with sheen are also a great 2017 option. And don't forget the socks."

It will be jazzier up top, too.

"I believe we'll see men looking for ways to spruce up their suit blazers and denim jackets with not only lapel pins, tie-clips, and pocket squares, but brooches," said Ike Ewell, founder of Huntrs, a Mount Airy online men's consignment shop.

"Men's suiting will swing toward double-breasted jackets," said Alex Gushner, men's buyer at Boyds Philadelphia. "But this time, he will pair the blazer with trim pants that feature a larger, 21/2-inch cuff."

Courtesy Brian Lipstein of Henry A. Davidsen 
Vests will be trending, says Brian Lipstein of Henry A. Davidsen, and they won't always match suits.

Brian Lipstein of Center City's Henry A. Davidsen expects to see men gravitate toward vests. And they won't just match their suits. "The fun," Lipstein said, "will be in the contrast."