While we can all agree that some, okay, many trends are best kept in the past (in case you haven’t seen it, we even made a rather lengthy list), it’s equally agreed upon, at least in the Who What Wear office, that some trends are too good to give up, even if they’re no longer of-the-moment. So in the midst of all the new-year-new-you, closet-cleanse, trends-to-toss content, we thought we’d contrast some of these posts with a roundup of the pieces we won’t be ditching in 2017. Think mules, cropped flares, and other fashion-girl favorites you probably invested in yourself last year.
Scroll through for the full list along with quotes from our editors, and shop each of them!
"Ankle-crop flare jeans! I feel like I've finally found the denim silhouette best suited for my body. I'm a tad shorter (5'5"), which means the slim-fit leg and higher hemline with a kick is especially flattering. I'm a crop-flare lifer!” — Nicole Kliest, Style Director
“I refuse to give up cropped flare pants. Whether it's my go-to denim pair or the office favorite from our Target collection, you can find me at the office wearing the pant style three out of five days of the week.” — Michelle Scanga, Managing Editor
“I can't say I've ever really excelled at a sport in my life, but I've always had a thing for varsity jackets. They're cool, nostalgic, and add a little bit of tomboy style to any look (can't say I've ever been a tomboy either—go figure). This past year, varsity and bomber jackets just happened to be a popular trend, but they'll always be a wardrobe staple—even if an ironic one—for me.” — Gina Marinelli, Senior News Editor
“I just can't break up with my Birkenstocks. Yes, my dad may have the exact same pair, but they're so easy and comfortable. Must. Keep. Wearing.” — Aemilia Madden, Fashion Editor
"I am not ready to give up bold stripes. Luckily, they won't be too far off this coming season, just taking new form, as rainbow stripes are a huge trend for spring 2017." — Lauren Eggertsen, Associate Fashion Editor
“I'm still really into denim miniskirts. I've even been wearing mine with black tights and sweaters lately because I'm not ready to put it away until summer. Re/Done's reworked Levi's style is my go-to, but so many brands have put out unique versions over the past year or so that it's easy to find a good one at any price point.” — Allyson Payer, Editor
“Whether they're flats or heels, I'm all here for mules in 2017. I hope they've moved into the timeless category at this point, because I can't get enough!” — Kat Collings, Editorial Director
“Off-the-shoulder tops were everywhere last summer. Some people may have grown tired of them already, but there are plenty of new, interesting versions that don't feel dated. I'll be wearing knit versions for winter and switching over to linen and cotton for spring. If it ain't broke, why fix it?” — Erin Fitzpatrick, News Editor
“Bags, boots, belts—you name it. The statement accessory trend (largely championed by Gucci) perfectly complements my go-to wardrobe which otherwise consists of white tees, jeans, and everything else in black, so it’s safe to say I’m not turning in those pieces anytime soon.” — Nicole Akhtarzad, Market Editor
Which trends are you unwilling to retire? Tell us in the comments!
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