The ultimate fashion must-haves of this year are here Zipsters, including a high street-priced skirt and a £2,000 quilted jacket – two extremes.
The cheapest item is a plaid mini skirt from high street favourite Forever 21
Most expensive is the extravagant £2,000 Balenciaga Swing Puffer Jacket.
From stylish jeans to must-have sandals, the most coveted fashion items of the year are listed here in my end of year reveal. These dresses, skirts, bags and shoes are the pieces that were most searched-for by shoppers around the world in each month of 2017. They represent some of the year’s biggest style trends, including the slogans, streetwear and designer logos, that dominated high street rails and designer stores alike.
They also prove that fashion devotees do not mind splashing out on their investment pieces, with more than half of the most popular items retailing for over £100.
January: Champion Sweatshirt
Retro: This £37.46 Champion sweatshirt perfectly channelled 2017’s retro sportswear trend.
A brand beloved of Instagram It-girls Gigi Hadid and Hailey Baldwin (my two fave models from 2017), it is of little surprise Champion made an appearance on this year’s list. Indeed, retro sportswear proved so popular that combined searches for Champion, Fila and Kappa increased by 460 per cent year on year.
Once the preserve of athletes and sports fans, Champion has reached a more style-conscious shopper thanks to a number of high-profile collaborations with streetwear brands like Supreme, Vetements, and A Bathing Ape. As well as A-list fans. With its easy-to-wear colour and distinctly retro feel, the grey sweatshirt was perfectly on trend for 2017 and was equally perfect for snuggling up in during the winter months.
February: Forever 21 Plaid Skirt
Plaid skirts were huge in February this year, with this Forever 21 skirt becoming the most searched item in that month, proving that style does not have to be expensive. Nipping wearers in at the waist, this skirt is effortlessly flattering and perfect as the bitter winter chill begins to set in.
The seasonless item can be worn over bare legs in the summer or with tights during the colder months. The print goes perfectly with plain tops, letting the pattern do all the talking.
March: Puma x Fenty Bow Sneakers
Puma Fenty Bow Sneakers, £70. The combination of street and millennium pink made these shoes irresistible.
One person searched for these shoes every seven seconds in March, making them a runaway hit. The perfect combination of street style with a touch of sophistication proved immensely popular.
The millenium pink shoe was designed by Rihanna, who was inspired by PUMA’s retro R698 sneak. High street shops such as Zara were quick to recreate their own pumps and trainers with that thick bow across the top.
April: Levi’s Wedgie Jeans
Kendall Jenner is a big fan of these flattering Levi jeans, a spin on the classic sixties style, at £85.
Another retro look for April was these Levi Wedgie Jeans. High cropped trousers have been theme for the year in general, and combined with the high waist and tight fit, every fashion box is ticked.
Typically paired with mules, it is an effortless yet trendy look that can be dressed up, should the occasion arise.
May: Needle & Thread Dragonfly Maxi Dress
I love it, and I’ve reported on this many times in 2017.
Vintage Gucci made the top spot for June this year, with its weathered look and 1980s vibes, seen everywhere during the summer and around £370.
Logo prints were an essential item as well this summer, but the Gucci logo cotton t-shirt was particularly popular. Albeit cheaply copied by far eastern companies galore. The vintage top was inspired by prints from the 1980s, using an old-school Gucci logo with a slight weathered look. The fabric has small tears in the fabric for a worn effect. Toppers did a great version too.
Surprisingly, the eye-watering price was not enough to put people off, as this oh-so-simple t shirt topped the most searched in the month of June.
July: Le Specs x Adam Selman The Last Lolita Sunglasses
Celebrity favourite: The £75 shades were seen on Rihanna, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid
These £75 shades were perfect for fashionistas once the weather warmed up and the sun came out.
Pictured on everyone who mattered, cat-eye sunglasses — named after the Stanley Kubrick film that inspired them – were an unadulterated hit of the summer.
They were the standout design from the wildly successful collaboration between Australian eyewear brand Le Specs and American womenswear designer Adam Selman. Spoiler alert: I didn’t like these at all. The cats eye look has long gone, in my eyes.
August: Versace Medusa Slides
On trend: Slides (flip flops) were one of this year’s must-have styles, and this pair by Versace stood out. Whilst personally I hate ‘Slides’, they were to go-to style for fashion-forward men and women this summer, and this pair by fashion powerhouse Versace are among the best of the bunch.
The shoes, which retail for around £200, feature a Medusa emblem. This sign was chosen by the late Gianni Versace as denoting seduction, and has come to define the fashion empire he built.
The slides came in a dazzling range of colours, including white, burgundy and vibrant red, making them even easier to match.
September: Balenciaga Speed Sneakers
My favourite: These fashion-forward Balenciaga trainers were a big hit with shoppers.
With their chunky heels and sock-like fit, the Balenciaga Speed Sneakers are among the more fashion-forward pieces to make this year’s list. The low-top version of the shoe, pictured, retailed for around £495 with metallic offerings priced at more than £500.
The brand made headlines with a number of unusual designs this year, including an oversized blue shopping bag that bears a striking resemblance to the Ikea tote. Something else we featured in Zips It Up in 2017.
October: Topshop Shearling Biker Jacket
Another personal Zips It up fave: This £595 leather and shearling jacket by Topshop was an instant success.
In a list dominated by high-end designers and streetwear heroes, high street giant Topshop managed to bag a spot with their £595 shearling biker jacket. The effortlessly cool outerwear is a slightly more affordable alternative to the cult favourite £2,000 Acne Velocite jacket, which it closely resembles – although it is by no means cheap.
However shoppers do get what they pay for – the jacket is made from real leather and shearling lining, making it a perfect investment piece. My friend Analisa Dingle has one!
November: Balenciaga Swing Puffer Jacket
Following November’s cold ‘snap’, fashionistas (with the exception of me) found themselves rushing to ‘snap’ up the Balenciaga Swing Puffer Jacket as soon as it went on sale.
The quilted £2,000 statement piece is packed with details, including a hood, a rear logo stamp, a wrapped scarf neckline, snap button pockets, a chain detail on the neck and a double zipper closure. For those who can afford it, the jacket continues to be a go-to piece. Never thought I’d endorse a ‘puffer’ but I have to go with the 2017 flow here.
December: Gucci Marmont Bag
On my Xmas list? For sure. Experts predict this Gucci bag will dominate all of Santa’s sack space this Chrimbo.
While the figures have not yet been tallied for December, experts have predicted that this glamorous Gucci bag will be the hit of the month, if not 2017. Celebrating the label’s timeless elegance and luxury appeal, the brand’s Marmont collection is characterised by softly structured shapes, clean silhouettes and sumptuous finishes.
Costing up to £2,000, depending on the size and material, the bag is a significant investment, but will add style clout to any ensemble.
Happy Christmas everyone.
See you in Jan 2018. xx