5 Trends that Transcend (and how to shop them ethically)

Posted by Sharna de Lacy on

Picture: Celeste Tesoriero

Fashion month is winding up with the runways in Paris, and the trend reports have been circulating long enough for the ‘must have’ looks to start filling up racks, and finding their way onto bodies in the street.

In this fast-fashion world, it is easy for trends to quickly reach saturation point quickly after they have landed - as Yves Saint Laurent once said: “fashions fade, style is eternal.” 

With that ethos in mind, these are our top picks for 2017 trends that transcend, and how to ingrate them into your wardrobe. 

Colour on colour

Picture: Fashionisers


Pantone is the mother of every colour you have ever seen in store - from home decor to high fashion - whether you realise it or not. The Spring/Summer palette is full of everything from bold pinks and yellows, to the more minimalist hues we adore at The Fabric Social, like black, hazelnut, deminy grey blues. And the key to landing the in-season style this year is all about layering up.

Grab a matching dusty blue tee from Faircloth and Supply that supports refugee and migrant rights, layer it with our deep lilac Fink Waistcoat and dusty blue Cowan Jacket. Complete the look with some blue or grey casual flats from Zomp

The Trench 

Picture: Well Made Clothes

You cannot go wrong with a trench. It came into being as an optional uniform in the first world war and effortlessly transitioned into collections by fashion houses like Burberry - and it has been integrating itself into the styles of handsome men and women ever since. If you have a trench buried in the coat rack somewhere, dig it up and throw it on with a light feminine dress or a cotton shirt and your fav jeans - some neutral shoes - and you are your own new boss of chic. If you don’t own a trench, check out literally any vintage store. If you’re in the mood to spend, we recommend the above-pictured herringbone hemp trench by Inside Outside.  

The Plain White Shirt


Picture: Good Studios

Yes, the plain white shirt is a trend item. Think neat collars, boxy cuts, and straight hems. What makes something as simple as a white shirt sing style, is not just the cut, it’s the quality of the tailoring and fabric. Polyester is a no - it looks cheap, and wears cheap. Our top pick is obviously our super light handwoven cotton Beauvoir, but we also kind of love this hemp linen piece by Good Studios. The beauty of this minimalist piece, is it teams wonderfully with your favourite pair of worn jeans, matching cotton slacks or literally anything you feel in the mood for. 

Pajama Pants

Picture: Miss Crabb

This loose fit style is all over the runways: bringing bed time to your daywear. We are lovers of fabric, and this fabric heavy style is not just sexy and comfortable -in a well made fabric it has drape for days. The PJ pant also has that special kind of magic that transitions through the day with a simple jersey tank, into the night with a matching silk tunic. For our pick, we adore the above silk babies from Miss Crabb, coupled with our Salt Jody.

Slip Dress

Picture: Celeste Tesoriero

The thigh skimming, spaghetti backless cut of our wildest sexy chic dreams! This cut made it’s come back in 2016, but is still sauntering down runways. We can understand why - it is hard to pass over this timelessly chic piece. This silk cotton blend by Celeste Tesoriero is the perfect evening piece, but we also love this more casual cotton take by Vege Threads. A hot insider tip: this sexy number will be entering The Fabric Social range this Spring.



Sharna is the Co-Founder of The Fabric Social, a social enterprise working exclusively with conflict-affected women. The Fabric Social work to transform one of the greatest causes of poverty: armed conflict. You can shop, donate, or get involved here

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