7 Alternative Styles You Need To Try In 2017

 7 Alternative Styles You Need To Try In 2017

2017 is the year of experimentation with fashion. If you're looking for ways to stand out from the crowd and add a unique touch to your wardrobe, check out these seven alternative styles you need to try this year. From punk to preppy, there's something for everyone. So get creative, have fun, and give these trends a go!

If you buy into the "New year, new me" deal, it's time to start renovating your wardrobe to include some unique styles. 

For the new year, I've been focusing on mixing the basic pieces I already have in my wardrobe with a few new statement styles. My personal style changes on a daily basis, so trying new clothing and accessories is always a fun experiment. I'd just like to take a moment of silence for my bank account before continuing on with this post.

Keep reading below to check out the top styles you need to try this year!


1. Gothic

Source: Fashionista

PSA: gothic doesn't always mean you have to wear all black (even though that does help). This look above from R13's Spring 2017 collection combines a clean-cut white shirtdress with an edgy, oversized leather jacket. The basis of this outfit is simple to achieve, but the real wow factor lies in the accessories.

Add a more gothic vibe with a chain belt, layered chokers, and a loosely looped neck tie. You can wear the dress on its own, or add knee-high socks with a pair of glossy oxfords.


2. Streetwear

A bleach blonde woman wearing a preppy streetwear outfit with pinstripe trousers, a graphic tank top and platforms
Source: Stylecaster

For 2017, mix graphic prints with business-casual clothing. The look above perfectly combines the relaxed streetwear style with a sophisticated twist. Try wearing a graphic tee or a tank top paired with pinstriped trousers.

Ditch your handbag for a backpack and layer on a bomber jacket for extra warmth. Bam, you look good!


3. 80's Fashion

A model wearing 80s trend fashon on the runway from Marc Jacobs Resort 2017 collection
Source: Fashionista

It's time to bring back the crimped hair and embrace those Stranger Things vibes, people. Keep an eye out for classic 80's styles like vinyl skirts, off-the-shoulder tops, activewear, ruffles, and bold animal prints this season.

Achieve the look from the Marc Jacobs Resort 2017 collection above by pairing a full tulle skirt with a graphic printed bomber jacket. Add accessories like a silk neck scarf and a cheetah-print clutch.  


4. Punk

A blonde woman wearing punk inspired fashion, with a black mesh top, knee high socks and a black punk skirt
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When it comes to details and accessories for 2017, it's all about the punk style. Think chokers, netting, and chain necklaces. The great thing about accessories is that you can make them work for a variety of outfits, and it's definitely less expensive to add some accessories than it is to buy a completely new outfit.

Make a simple pair of jeans more intricate by layering punk fishnet tights underneath, or wear a slip dress over a fitted mesh long-sleeve top.


5. Pastel Goth

A pastel goth portrait of a woman with pastel pink hair, septum piercing and pastel gothic makeup
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If goth is a bit too hardcore for your taste, try the pastel goth style. You can get this look not only through clothes, but with different hairstyles and makeup as well. Channel your inner Melanie Martinez and mix deep neutrals with pops of pink, blue, and purple pastels. 

Staple pieces in your pastel goth wardrobe should include band tees, skater skirts, an oversized denim jacket, and platform shoes. It's all about mixing tough styles with soft, feminine pieces.


6. Femleisure

Two women walk down the street wearing athleisure outfits with bomber jackets, leggings and sneakers in bright colors

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Femleisure is all about mixing athletic and feminine styles. Let's just say that sweatpants being trendy is totally fine with me! Stay sporty but alternative (and alco chic) in a pair of joggers and an oversized lace-up hoodie for an easy everyday outfit.

Slip on a pair of heels to amp up your outfit or wear sneakers for running errands. To keep this style more interesting, keep an eye out for small details and unique fabrics like embroidery and velvet.


7. Boho

A woman wears an intricate boho jacket embroidered with bright oranges, reds and yellows
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The boho style focuses on intricate details like embroidery, delicate stitching, and fun patterns. Think flowy fabrics and a flower-child mentality. When it comes to achieving a bohemian look, go for earthy tones like forest green with pops of bright colors.

The go-to piece for 2017 is a statement jacket with lots of color and embroidery. Pair boho outerwear or a jacket similar like the one above with simple earthy-colored pieces.

What's your favorite alternative fashion trend for 2017? Let us know in the comments!

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Cover Photo courtesy of Style Caster




About the Author

Kelsey Foster

Hey there! I'm currently a Fashion Business Management student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. I love to read, write, and travel, and I love anything music and art related!