Trend Report: Unconventional Straps

Posted on August 23, 2017 by Molly Hannelly

Off the shoulder tops and cut outs have been making their rounds on the runway, but the new trend is all about straps. From spaghetti straps to asymmetrical ones, designers have been adding straps and layers to all their off the shoulder looks. Let's take a look at fashion's newest straps

Asymmetrical Straps

Designers are showing some shoulder with asymmetrical straps. For Fall 2017, Cushnie et Ochs puts all the weight on one shoulder, while their Resort 2018 line features a thick strap on one side, and then a spaghetti strap that holds onto both shoulders. Gabriela Hearst's one shoulder top is perfect for a date night at the movies, while Christian Esber's rib knit dress with eccentric straps on one side is perfect for a candle-lit evening at a romantic Italian restaurant. Dion Lee's straps span both shoulders, making this shift dress perfect for betting at the roulette table.

Christian Esber | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Christian Esber | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Cushnie et Ochs | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Cushnie et Ochs | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Cushnie et Ochs | Resort 2018

Cushnie et Ochs | Resort 2018

Dion Lee | Resort 2018

Dion Lee | Resort 2018

Gabriela Hearst | Resort 2018

Gabriela Hearst | Resort 2018

Shrug your shoulders with these fabrics:

Navy Stretch Silk Charmeuse

Navy Stretch Silk Charmeuse

Black Stretch Twill Wool Suiting

Black Stretch Twill Wool Suiting

Chokers

Chokers are back, and they're better than ever. Instead of putting on an accessory, these designers have fashioned the chokers right out of their fabric. Elie Saab executes this look perfectly in their Spring and Fall 2017 Couture shows, while Bibhu Mohapatra velvet evening gown is more simple, but still stunning. Christian Siriano uses a lot of angles to show of this neckline, creating a show stopping choker.

Bibhu Mohapatra | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Bibhu Mohapatra | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Christian Siriano | Resort 2018

Christian Siriano | Resort 2018

Elie Saab | Fall 2017 Couture

Elie Saab | Fall 2017 Couture

Elie Saab | Spring 2017 Couture

Elie Saab | Spring 2017 Couture

Accessorize with these fabrics:

Denim Blue Silk Charmeuse

Denim Blue Silk Charmeuse

Chocolate Stretch Velour

Chocolate Stretch Velour

Spaghetti Straps

The latest off-the-shoulder addition is the tank top staple, the spaghetti strap! Badgley Mischka utilizes the spaghetti strap to create a beautiful silhouette in the sleeves, Cinq a Sept and Zac Posen throw spaghetti straps on typical strapless dresses. Carven uses four straps to highlight the shoulders of the model, and Yigal Azrouel creates a stunning halter top with spaghetti straps.

Badgley Mischka | Resort 2018

Badgley Mischka | Resort 2018

Carven | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Carven | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Cinq a Sept | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Cinq a Sept | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Yigal Azrouel | Resort 2018

Yigal Azrouel | Resort 2018

Zac Posen | Resort 2018

Zac Posen | Resort 2018

Fashion spaghetti straps with these fabrics:

Burnt Orange Stretch Silk Charmeuse

Burnt Orange Stretch Silk Charmeuse

Deep Peacock Blue SIlk Charmeuse

Deep Peacock Blue SIlk Charmeuse

Layered

Designers have been obsessed with layers this season, especially when it comes to sleeves. Antonio Marras simply lets the bra straps peak through for Fall 2017 line with this off-the-shoulder dress, while the Resort 2018 line features an off-the-shoulder sweater layered over a full sleeved sweater. Chalayan layers an off-the-shoulder dress over a tank top, perfect for a day on the boardwalk, and Self-Portrait's sweater uses a mesh shoulder covering with off the shoulder sleeves for the perfect transition piece for going from summer to fall.

Antonio Marras | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Antonio Marras | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Antonio Marras | Resort 2018

Antonio Marras | Resort 2018

Chalayan | Resort 2018

Chalayan | Resort 2018

Self-Portrait | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Self-Portrait | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Load up on layers with these fabrics:

Theory White Cotton Lawn with Blue Double Striped Selvages

Theory White Cotton Lawn with Blue Double Striped Selvages

Italian Jean Blue 2x2 Wool Rib Knit

Italian Jean Blue 2x2 Wool Rib Knit

Halter

The halter is a classic strap, accentuating the neck and showing off the shoulders. Paired with an off-the-shoulder garment, it makes for an exciting twist on this iconic style. Alexis Mabille gets experimental with a collar halter neck, and it pays off in this stunning look that fits in at the office or the Met Gala. Nicole Miller adds some charm with a laced up halter, while Alice + Olivia use a taught halter neck. Rachel Zoe's simple halter neck gown is perfect for an elegant wedding, while Temperley London uses conversational patches to make this dress the perfect ensemble for a walk on the beach or thrift shopping in the city.

Alexis Mabille | 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Alexis Mabille | 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Alice + Olivia | 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Alice + Olivia | 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Nicole Miller | Resort 2018

Nicole Miller | Resort 2018

Rachel Zoe | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Rachel Zoe | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Temperley London | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Temperley London | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Get haute with halter tops in these fabrics:

Cream Silk Taffeta

Cream Silk Taffeta

British Noir Soft Cotton and Polyester Canvas

British Noir Soft Cotton and Polyester Canvas

Do you find these sleeves strapping? Let me know in the comments!

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