The Biggest 2018 Fashion Trends And How To Wear Them
This year is all about being bold, whether it’s rocking a tulle tutu, sporting space girl sunglasses, or bringing back the most taboo trend of all: the fanny pack. These 2018 fashion trends are here to make a statement.
2018 Fashion Trends: Anorak Attack
Raincoat, windbreaker, anorak jacket—whatever you want to call it—is definitely a huge trend for the upcoming spring, seen walking down the runways of top fashion houses like Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, and even romantic Valentino. Between super casual versions at Public School and dressier interpretations at Oscar de la Renta, it’s hard to deny that this nylon outerwear is having a moment. Forever 21 is already jumping on the 2018 fashion trend with high-low hooded anoraks in classic black, olive, and (our favorite) this vibrant brick red.
To buy: Forever 21, $28
2018 Fashion Trends: Fringe Benefits
There’s been a noticeable uptick on the street style circuit, with fresh takes on the fringe skirt in every direction. We saw them flock to fashion week, from Alexander Wang and Dior to Calvin Klein and Loewe, giving us fun party pieces for every occasion. Take your pick between bohemian handbags, Western-inspired jackets, and flapper-esque midi skirts to try this trend yourself. Pair an elevated skirt, like this Helmut Lang Fringe Hem Leather Miniskirt, with a graphic tee to bring fanciful trimmings down to earth for everyday wear.
To buy: Nordstrom, $725
2018 Fashion Trends: Life In Plastic
Spring will undoubtedly be filled with standout PVC pieces, whether it’s clear plastic outerwear à la Chanel and Calvin Klein or transparent accessories and shoes inspired by the likes of Off-White, Valentino, and Helmut Lang. Clearly see-through everything is having a moment, and we’re here for it. If you’re hesitant to try this 2018 fashion trend, start simple with a purse or boot, like these cap-toe booties by the trend-setting Jenner duo. For more inspo, check out 10 more ways to incorporate plastic fashion into your weekly wardrobe.
To buy: Nordstrom, $185
2018 Fashion Trends: Tulle Takeover
Tulle is a sheer thing for the upcoming year. The glamorous fabric has made its way back into our lives via flouncy ballerina skirts and long, layered dresses worn over other ready-to-wear pieces for a dazzling effect. All the credit goes to Italian designers who had to be in cahoots for their spring 2018 shows with many sending bold tulle looks down the runway, one after another. Although we do love a classic SJP moment (referring to the white tutu in the Sex and the City intro, of course), a full-on tulle takeover can be a little intimidating for a day-to-day look. Try layering a romantic tulle top, like this ruched baby pink top, over a plain white tee to make this transparent trend more work-appropriate.
To buy: Asos, $30
2018 Fashion Trends: Fancy Pants
Your favorite pair of Levi’s got a haute update for this spring. Though the all-American staple will always be in style, embellished denim made a huge impression at the spring shows with bejeweled jeans reigning supreme (thank you Adam Selman and Alexander Wang), turning them into acceptable evening attire when paired with a silky blazer and platform pumps. Slay two 2018 fashion trends at once with this pair of dark-wash denim, encrusted with glittering beads and floral embroidery, dolled up just enough for an evening out on the town.
To buy: Nordstrom, $240
2018 Fashion Trends: ’60s Florals
We know, we know—florals for spring, groundbreaking. But let’s take a look at how ’60s-inspired florals, usually reserved for your grandmother’s tablecloth, have been elevated for a fresh take on the playful pattern. Thanks to designers Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, and Kenzo, designs characterized by dramatic colors and large blooms have taken center stage in the form of retro dresses and two-piece sets. Don’t think you have to wait until the snow melts to jump on this 2018 fashion trend. Florals can be worn for any season, given consideration to color palette and fabric. Take this luxe-looking velvet blazer from Forever 21 for example. Moody colors make it the perfect piece for winter wear, while the velvet gives the couch print a warm touch. Pair with this year’s other predominant print, plaid, to give old florals new life for the rest of the year.
To buy: Forever 21, $68
2018 Fashion Trends: All About Utility
Zippers, pockets—basically any clothing item that has purpose—is back in style for 2018. The utilitarian trend has found a friend in jumpsuits, the one-and-done staple that draws inspiration from slouchy flight suits with more of a boxy, boyish fit. Everyone from Prada to indie brand Frame came out with multi-purpose options in tan, olive green, and grey, staying true to classic military colors. For a no-nonsense look, we love this utility jumpsuit by blogger Danielle Bernstein’s luxury clothing line Second Skin Overalls that can be dressed up or down for a day or night look.
To buy: Second Skin Overalls, $318
2018 Fashion Trends: Lady In Lavender
Though Pantone dubbed ultra violet the 2018 color of the year, we’re seeing an uptick in its pastel cousin, lavender, hinting that millennial pink is finally on its way out. This soft purple hue walked runways at Michael Kors, Erdem, and Victoria Beckham, donning knits, suits, and even formal dresses. We have a feeling this romantic shade will be all over Instagram come springtime, so make sure to have at least one lavender piece in stock to cash in on all the likes. We’re particularly fond of this breezy Tanya Taylor blouse that could be easily worn for work and play.
To buy: Shopbop, $295
2018 Fashion Trends: Hip To Be Square
It’s time to square up to this ’90s neckline, throwing it back to Rachel Green’s iconic fashion on Friends. This flattering style was featured on frilly dresses at Rodarte, punk rock iterations at Christian Dior, and by Carolina Herrera’s sunny spring collection, making it hard to miss. We expect to see this 2018 fashion trend on retro-esque cocktail dresses, cotton smocks, and crop tops with matching sets, however we can’t deny how much we love a good basic with a square neckline, like this rib-knit sweater by Topshop. Stock up on camis and cropped t-shirts with this elegant cut so you can get creative with your styling this season.
To buy: Nordstrom, $20
2018 Fashion Trends: Fanny Packs Are Back
If you thought the fanny back was a fad, get ready to dig yours out of storage (or finally give in to the taboo trend) because this hip-slung accessory is here to stay. No matter your personal style, there’s a belted bag for you, whether it’s a sporty number from Rihanna’s Fenty Puma line, a minimalist pouch from Kate Spade, or a crossbody version from Balenciaga. But really, what’s not to love about a hands-free purse, perfect for an all-day shopping outing? We can’t see a problem, especially with a Gucci look-a-like for only $52.
To buy: Nordstrom, $52
2018 Fashion Trends: Futuristic Sunglasses
Sorry oversized sunnies, but this year we’re giving this futuristic shape a try. Inspired by the Matrix and razor-edge sophistication, Louis Vuitton and Prada, among others, have taken notice with colorful renditions and fearless experimentation with extra-thin cat eyes and retro Oakley-esque touches. Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner are already on top of the 2018 fashion trend, seen sporting skinny frames like these George Keburia pair all throughout summer.
To buy: Opening Ceremony, $200
2018 Fashion Trends: Logo Mania
Logo mania is still in full swing, with even more brands starting to slap their namesake on T-shirts. We’re stepping away from skater culture brands like Stussy and Vetements, and moving toward high-end fashion houses like Loewe, Balenciaga, and Gucci, with its branded tees seen everywhere on street style stars, left and right. Choose between classic brand names or reinvented logos (ahem, Versace), and upgrade your plain white tee to rep your favorite designer. Are you ready to tackle this loud trend?
To buy: Farfetch, $490