Here Are the Top Trends You'll Be Wearing in 2018
With a new year on the horizon, it’s hard not to look back on 2017 with a tinge of nostalgia. It was a year where the '80s suddenly (though briefly) appealed to our aesthetic once more an,d wearing sneakers in the office suddenly became okay. Reflecting on past runway shows, trends, and styles that have come in and out of focus over the course of 2017 not only reminds us how a general sense of style can evolve, but also how drastic this evolution can be. While the beginning of 2017 may have inexplicably felt like the perfect time to pull out certain pieces, that time has likely past as 2018 quickly approaches, and we press on with the new.
While 2017’s major trends did offer a certain level of comfort (think: non-skinny jeans and non-heeled shoes), the incoming trends of 2018 seem to have a lot more on offer. As much as we love and will miss you, 2017, next year is looking a lot more fun.
So without further ado, here are the trends we predict will be big in the new year. With a little more flair—and a lot more eccentricity—2018 is about to bring some major creativity into all of our wardrobes. And who can complain about that?
Keep reading to find about the seven biggest trends to keep on your radar for 2018.
Look #1: The Trench Coat, Reimagined
Pictured: Loewe S/S 18
If there’s one thing the S/S 2018 shows came to prove, it is that a classic never goes out of style. But even the classics need refreshing sometimes.
Many trench coats were seen coming down the runways this season—and each one was vamped up. The classic appeared again and again, in every form imaginable ranging from minimalist-chic cropped trench vests, to maximalist super-distressed coats. The classic silhouette seemed to be unavoidable. Trench coat sewed onto the front of a jacket? Check. Trench coat cut at the bottom in a DIY-style fringe? Got it. Embellished, torn, cropped, sleeveless? All present.
Point being, if you have a trench, hold onto it; if you don’t, get one. Just remember, the key to this trend is how you wear it. Think of the classic coat as your new blank canvas—and have fun with it.
Look #2: Patch It Up
Pictured: Marni S/S 18
This trend may just signal the impending death of normcore in 2018. With the patchwork trends seen in S/S 2018 collections, more is more.
Patches were everywhere appearing on runways in forms ranging from structured segments in the Marni collection, to sporadic collage-like patterns in Versace’s show.
While this look may seem unapproachable at first, the ubiquity of it’s presence in the S/S 2018 shows highlights how versatile it can actually be. A patchwork dress can easily add a 60’s vibe to a summer look, and a patchwork coat can shake up your typical jeans and T-shirt. While an “everyday” interpretation of the trend would probably lean more towards incorporating one statement patched piece into a more subdued outfit, half the fun in this style lies in its boldness.
Look #3: On The Fringe
Pictured: Acne Studios S/S 18
One of the most exciting textures to grace the runway this season was the excessive amount of fringe. Finally, we can all fulfil our inner-flapper-girl and play up this fun detail.
Fringe was everywhere, in every form. Fringed hems at Diane Von Furstenberg and Acne Studios (pictured above) added whimsy to classic silhouettes, once again giving classic looks that boost of fun that seems to be a common theme for 2018. Elie Saab and Calvin Klein turned this concept up a notch, with entirely fringe-based dresses and skirts reminiscent of Gatsby-esque frocks in bold new colours.
Whether it be in small doses in the form of accessories and accents, or as the central essence of the article of clothing itself, fringe is free game for the upcoming year.
Look #4: Mad About Plaid
Pictured: Hermès S/S 18
Pull out your old school uniforms (and get ready re-watch season one of Gossip Girl) because plaid is about to be big in 2018.
Once again, a classic style has been refined and redesigned in bold ways for the new year. Plaid was revisited again and again, but with much more gusto than we’ve seen before. Hermès (pictured above) and Balenciaga updated the pattern with brighter and larger prints, while Thom Browne and Marni brought more than expected. Meshing plaid with more plaid, the looks come across as and updated and funky—albeit more eccentric—look than is typically associated with such a traditional print.
Once again, this trend will be a great opportunity to revisit and renovate outfits or pieces from the past in the upcoming year. According to the S/S 18 shows, the only limit to how much plaid can be worn at once is the amount that can physically fit on your body, so don’t be afraid to go a little over-the-top with it.
Look #5: Something Up My Sleeve
Pictured: Louis Vuitton S/S 18
While 2017 may have been the year of the oversized bell sleeve, 2018 seems to be pulling them back in. Literally: at the wrist. Cocoon sleeves dominated runways, offering the same exaggerated volume 2017 accustomed us to but with a more refined cuff.
Maybe by now everyone has realised how difficult it is to wash your hands with huge billow-y sleeves on, or maybe the bell sleeve has simply been overdone, but this shape seems to keep all the fun and drama while looking a little more polished. Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Simone Rocha maintained a delicate spin on this trend by sticking with otherwise classically fitted blouses. At the other end of the spectrum, however Diane Von Furstenberg put a new spin on these shakespearean-looking sleeves by incorporating them into unexpected silhouettes like billowing tops and fur accented sweaters.
Regardless, we’re willing to bet cocoon sleeves will appear in countless forms throughout 2018, and they’re certainly a welcome change from the (sometimes inconveniently) sweeping sleeves and off-the-shoulder tops of 2017.
Look #6: White Hot
Pictured: Acne Studios S/S 18
While we do have 2017 (and perhaps Hillary Clinton) to thank for the emergence of the brightly coloured pantsuit, S/S 18 shows seem to indicate that the bright power suit has had its run.
With coloured suits on the way out, white suits dominated the shows. Acne Studios kept the focus on the classic suit shape, but modernised the look by adding a little slouch. The oversized coat and baggier pants seem to be a further evolution of the away from the “girly” office looks of years past and point towards an emerging androgynous workwear style. Conversely, Elie Saab recreated the classic suit with a deep v- neck and belted waist for a decidedly more feminine iteration. While the approaches taken in the styling of these pantsuits differs in their form and function, there is no doubt that white will be making appearances in workwear throughout 2018.
Look #7: Take A Walk On The Wild Side
Pictured: Moschino S/S 18
Raise your hand if you never thought snake print would be a runway staple.
Surprisingly enough, snakeskin- patterned frocks seemed to reign over other patterns, and even other animal prints, at the S/S 18 shows.
Appearing more frequently than the polka dots and leopard prints of the past, snake-y fabrics have suddenly taken over for 2018. Once reserved for shoes and handbags, this print is making its way onto skirts, dresses and pants. If nothing else, its insistent appearance in 2018 shows is a reminder of how versatile snakeskin can be. Paired with bright colours for Moschino, the pattern brought a pop of boldness which somehow shifted to sophistication when paired with mellow knits for Acne Studios. Elie Saab avoided the whole question of pairing the print with full-on snake patterned dresses ranging from mini to floor-length.
If there’s one takeaway from S/S 18’s runway trends, it may just be this: have fun with it. From reconstructed trench coats, to head-to-toe plaid, to a full snake-skin printed maxi dress, there is no question that more is more in 2018. While classic prints and shapes remerged, they did so in a way that is a lot more creative than we’re used to seeing. One thing is certain in the upcoming year, creativity is key— and that’s pretty exciting! When there’s no such thing as “too much”, dressing is about to get a lot more fun.