Keeping up with 2017’s latest trends

As we collectively leave 2016 in the past, we leave the year of “realizing stuff”—as Kylie Jenner would say—behind for a hopefully brighter 2017. Take this year as an opportunity to refresh your fashion palette. Imagine this as your “out with the old, in with the new” style guide to kick off your 2017 right.

Looking into my crystal ball, I see that matte lipsticks are going out of style and will be replaced by lip gloss. One bonus is that they won’t dry out your lips like other matte formulas do, all while giving a shiny finish. If you aren’t ready to give up the clean and precise look of matte, opt for brighter colors in place of darks.

Full face contour is already halfway out the door, however, as 2016 has left us with the knowledge of highlighter. Highlighter offers a quicker way to give definition to your face without the complication of contour products.

Throw down your hair straighteners and curling wands, for natural beauty takes the spotlight this year. With ad campaigns like Dove and Aerie, natural beauty—including hair—is being widely celebrated. Wear it up or down, but simple and uncomplicated hairdos are très chic.

The huge self-expression movement is likely to expand in the next year. Males or masculine individuals may wear makeup while female individuals may wear masculine clothing. Fashion provides an outlet for individuality and expression—two themes that will be very popular among millennials this year.

Mom jeans have picked up momentum since the end of 2016. Let’s continue this trend of high-waist jeans that give you support everywhere you need. Distressed skinny jeans, however, are set to stay in 2016. A handful of rips won’t be considered a fashion faux pas, but also try to reach for cleaner looking denim.

Shades of pastel, especially pink, have been huge in the last year. With a heavy heart, I inform the public that saturated tones are going to be what to reach for in 2017. If you are looking for a new hair color, make this your year to get creative. Shy away from pastel and go for bolder colors.

Animal testing is out in the next year, so don’t let MAC’s branding fool you. Many other companies have high quality products that do not abuse animals. All Lush products are cruelty free, as well as other reputable makeup companies, such as Urban Decay, Anastasia Beverly Hills and Eyes Lips Face. 

Creative leaps in fashion come at a time during a strange period for the country. Fashion offers a creative outlet to try new things and to be as big and bold as you want. Follow 1980s inspired looks, make fashion statements and experiment with colors and textures. 

Be expressive and be yourself in the New Year.