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2018 Fashion Trends: What to Look For

2017 is behind us, along with a great many fashion trends. But even as we wave goodbye –or perhaps just a farewell – to monochrome ensembles and vinyl, we say a big hello to lots of exciting new trends that are emerging on the catwalks and in designer collections.

 

If, like us, you like to stay on top of the industry’s movements, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of the biggest 2018 fashion trends we’ve spotted so far, plus a selection of designer styles to get your year well and truly started.

 

Pastels

Delicate, pretty yet powerful, pastel shades are blooming on the catwalk for SS18 and people are going crazy for them. No longer carrying the meek and wispy connotations of the past, pastel shades are being used in new and exciting ways with designs that turn heads. Lilac and lavender shades are the biggest stars of the show for 2018, but keep your eye out for the arrival of many pastel creams, yellows and pinks too.

Our SS18 pretty pastel picks include the Sweets leather trainers by Daniel, the Brita Dusk Pom Pom ankle boots from Ugg and the Mercer messenger handbag in pale blue from Michael Kors.

Plastic

Move over, vinyl, the plastics have arrived. The SS18 catwalks are a plastic playground at the moment, with new and futuristic styles taking centre stage. See-through plastic trench coats, boots and bags are particularly popular, but plastic power is extending to all reaches of fashion. This is not one to miss, so keep an eye out for this unusual yet surprisingly practical new fashion trend as 2018 begins. And here’s a little head start:

Our top plastic picks for SS18 include the Vivienne Westwood X Melissa Lady Dragon Cherub pearl slingback sandals, the Melissa Ultragirl Blush Glitter Sweet Bow ballet flats and the Melissa Ultragirl 3D White Butterfly ballet flats; all perfect for the approaching springtime weather.

Feathers and Fringes

 

2018 will see the return of the fringe, and it’s even more swooshy and swishy than ever before. Fringing and feathers are both all over the catwalks right now, adorning necklines, hems, boots and bags from the likes of Calvin Klein and Erdem. If you’ve got any fringed or feathery favourites you’ve been hiding away for the last year, it’s time to dust them off and rock the shredded, fluffed-up look once again, as this trend is well and truly back for SS18. Not yet explored this trend? No problem, here’s a few fabulous fringes to get you started:

Our top picks for the SS18 feathers and fringing trend include the Massonia taupe suede fringe ankle boots by Daniel, the Dombey suede over the knee boots and this adorable Milano feather trim shoulder bag from Cavalli Class.

Retro Sport

Who knew shell suits and 80s ‘dad’ trainers would ever make a comeback? Well it’s happened, and it’s amazing. SS18 collections from the likes of Marc Jacobs and Gucci are quite literally sporting some seriously retro sportswear styles, and it’s stirring up a lot of nostalgia for us all. It’s time to return to the chunky trainers and tracksuits of this glitzy bygone era, but all in moderation. A big pair of retro sneakers is enough to set this trend off with your next outfit; simply wear with any of your summer dresses and you’ll master the look.

Get the look with our three top retro sport picks, including the Asylum Credible metallic high top trainers, the Salix black metallic leather Flatform high tops by Daniel and the Liana black sock lace up trainers from ASH.

Big Accessories

Gone are the cute mini bags of the last couple of years, and back to stay are the XL totes and big practical shopper bags; hooray! In 2018 the attitude is ‘the bigger the better’, so it’s time to chunk up your accessories collection. Big tote bags and rucksacks are in, as are big statement earrings and oversized pendants. Yes, 2018 gives you permission to go completely over the top, so why wouldn’t you? And if you’re looking for the big stuff, here’s a bit of inspiration for you:

It doesn’t get much bigger than our big bag trend picks, including the Mikael Kors Jet Set large travel tote bag, the Coast Blue leather tote bag by Daniel and the boldly printed Gemini Link stripe canvas tote bag from Tory Burch. All with bags of room and extra large personalities for SS18.

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