New year, new trends. You know what that means – your ‘drobe needs a refresh. Where do you start? Here’s five trends to try this year.
#1 Ultra Violet
AW17’s big colour trend was statement red, but this year it’s all about ultra violet, which has been named the colour of the year by Pantone. The colour had a heavy presence on the runways of many SS18 shows, so expect to see it erryywhere this year. Avoid looking like a tin of Quality Street by stepping away from satin. Team a black tee with a pair of purple plisse trousers for a laidback approach to the trend.
#2 Balloon Sleeves
We had voluminous sleeves last year, but for 2018, it’s been stepped up a notch, to the point where your sleeves wouldn’t look out of place if they were worn back in the 19th century. Louis Vuitton has been playing with the balloon sleeve for a while, but this year other designers are taking note. For a wearable twist on the trend, keep your jeans slim-fit and any accessories low key.
#3 70s Disco
Every year in fashion must have a trend from the past to aspire to. We’ve had 80s cycling shorts (which will still be big this year), 90s grunge and now we have 70s disco. It’s all about the sequins, the strong power suits and embellishment. Take inspo from Abba’s stage costumes and Bianca Jagger’s slick suits, and you’ve got this trend down to a T.
#4 Primary Colour Blocking
Colour blocking may give you flashbacks to the early noughties, but it’s back in 2018. There’s a new rule though (soz Dua Lipa) and that is that you must keep it to the three primary colours – blue, red and yellow. With fewer colours to choose from, you can focus your outfit more on specific pieces. It’s a trend that the catwalks seemed to agree with, with the likes of Calvin Klein and Oscar De La Renta showcasing their colour combos.
We saw the underwear-as-outerwear trend explode last year, and this year it’s all about the lingerie look again – this time, it’s less about lace and more about sheer fabrics. Think sheer coats to show off your outfit, and sheer dresses with a daring bralet underneath. Basically, it’s what’s underneath that counts.