You don’t need to have spent too much time in the new year to know what fashion trends are going to dominate 2018. Before you know it, these trends will be at your neighborhood purveyor of fast-fashion; and from there… You won’t be able to go anywhere without noticing them. So, before they reach that level of pervasiveness, brush up on the seven fashion trends we’re betting on big for 2018.
Pantone announced 2018’s Color of the Year to be Ultra Violet, “an enchanting purple shade that offers designers versatility of expression,” per its press release. The shade represents “our shared desire for deeper understanding in an increasingly complex landscape, and our eagerness to experiment to reach that level”—and it’s one that’s already had a presence on the Spring 2018 runways, at shows like Rochas, Zadig and Voltaire. Expect to see the saturated purple hue everywhere in 2018.
We’ve already seen sleeves get super-sized in 2017. The next iteration? Voluminous blouses that feel a little bit 19th century, a little bit Louis Vuitton. Nicholas Ghesquière has been playing around with the silhouette for a while, but now other luxury brands are joining in on the fun.
The Spring 2018 runways confirmed it: Whether you like it or not, ’90s-style bike shorts will be the inescapable trend of 2018. Kim Kardashian has been on this comeback train for a while, but her penchant for the thigh-hugging bottoms were validated on the runways of Fenty, Nina Ricci, and Agnes B. So, here we are.
It wouldn’t be a fashion trend roundup if there wasn’t a mention of a decade past suddenly making a comeback. We’ve seen the return of the ’90s and the aughts. In 2018, we’re seeing designers’ fascination with ’70s disco manifest into all-over sequins, power suits, and embellished bustiers. Look to the runways of Marc Jacobs and Halpern for endless inspiration.
Calvin Klein, Marni, and Oscar de la Renta seem to be in agreement: If you’re color-blocking in 2018, keep your palette restrained to the three primary colors. With this limited collection, you can focus on the graphic combination of these hues. The more saturated the shade, the better.
You can leave the suede fringe in Coachella’s past; in 2018, the boho-chic trends gets festive and futuristic, rendered in tinsel and other stringy metallic materials. Whether it’s Paco Rabanne’s neck-to-ankle fringe or Erdem’s tiny accents on all-over silver sequins, this trend is all about a “more is more” mentality.
Sheer, mesh, and other translucent fabrics may have once been considered strictly nighttime wear, but no more. Think of Molly Goddard’s fantastically voluminous dresses and Dior’s dreamy maxi skirts—pieces that are elegant, playful, and, yes, see-through. So? When worn over a slip dress, or with plain trousers, or with a leather bustier, the overall look doesn’t necessarily say “risqué,” rather: chic.