Each year, a new trend sweeps the globe and suddenly department stores, boutiques and fashion designers rush to cater to fashionistas desperate to get their hands on whatever it was models sported down the runway at the last big catwalk event. This year saw women embrace off-shoulder tops with ruffled sleeves and culottes, whereas men bought into the “dad denims”– which are basically last year’s “boyfriend jeans” but for men.
Now that the 2018 fashion calendar is almost up, it’s time to have a look at the latest trends that have crept up and have every chance of being carried into the new year. Here are the 4 latest fashion trends!
Back in the late eighties, Married with Children’s Peggy Bundy (KateySagal), gave animal prints a bit of a bad rep. Leopard print bodysuits and zebra-striped leggings became the epitome of trashy following the crazy eighties but no more –animal prints came back in style this year! With sharp cuts and delicate fabricates, animal prints have morphed from trashy to classy.
This summer we hardly caught a girl or a woman not wearing tassel earrings on a stroll through the city or a night out at the club. Available in different lengths, sizes and most importantly, colours, tassel earrings have become the go-to accessory of 2018 – easy to match with any outfit and undeniably eye-catching. They are bound to stand the test of time and will come in especially handy for the festive season.
Thanks to its signature bold, colourful prints, playful and sophisticated cuts and natural fabrics, African fashion has become one of the hottest trends of the year. Whether you’re looking to rock a dashiki or are simply wanting to lounge out in a beautifully crafted kaftan, the world of African fashion is versatile and joyous, and will inspire a whole new outlook on style in you.
In a bid to increase cultural inclusivity and heavily inspired by the Time’s Up movement, many fashion designers have adopted a new motto: less skin, more clothes. One of the latest trends to have sprung from 2018 is that of modesty dressing, which thrives on high necklines, loose-fitting tops and skirt over trousers combinations.
Whether you’re a Coachella gal or a Marbella-club regular, fringe works on the festival circuit as much as it does on the red carpet – it’s all about the colour accents and fabrics used that will distinguish festival fringe from luxury fringing. Any poncho, cardigan or top you see with cotton or wool fringe can be classed as festival fringe; any fringing that looks like it may have been stolen from the prestigious Time Square Christmas tree, can be defined as luxury fringing.
Many a fashion designer finds themselves inspired by the colours of the seasons so, naturally, pastels have become a popular shade for the spring and winter season, specifically hues of pastel blue. This year, many a millennial man could be seen sporting pastel coloured, casual suits and shorts, and you know what? It works!
If there’s one clothing item that should always form a part of your wardrobe it’s the good old poncho. Probably one of the most comfortable and versatile clothing items there is, the poncho is the perfect fashion piece to get you through the autumn and winter season – cozy, colourful and easily matched with anything from jeans, to dresses and yes, even your pajamas.
In some cultures, statement headwear has always formed a major part of fashion style – headscarves, tribe specific hats or headgear and jewels can be traced back throughout history, and now it is making a comeback. Thirties-style feather headbands and extravagant, as well as subtle fascinators have found their way on to the heads of this generations’ fashion influencers.
We could have given the flamingos a shout-out in the animal print column but considering the splash they made on the fashion scene in 2018 – well they deserve a paragraph all to themselves. Flamingos are this years’ unicorns: on shorts, t-shirts dresses and home décor, these curious birds brought pink back into style.
Plaid is a fashion staple that keeps coming back and caters to many opposing styles, think: the nineties grunge-scene in all its plaid-shirted, army-booted punk on one side, the preppy-plaid-clad Cher Horowitzes and Dionne Davenports to the other. This years’ autumn season will see various subcultures reaching for the plaid too – and in a whole range of interesting colours.
Whether you love them or hate them, you can’t deny colourful tights will never go out of style – it may not exactly be yours, but fashionistas everywhere always know when it’s time to surprise their followers with a bold choice of colour in their tights: from purple to ocher, hot pink to baby blue, there are no rules.