1. Trend: Bold Florals
Kerry Washington wears the bold floral trend. (Photo: Getty Images)
The beloved print is getting a modern twist. For their spring/summer shows, designers like Marc Jacobs gave flowers an abstract spin using a super-sized pattern on dresses, while Proenza Schouler sent a textured, statement coat down the runway with bright red blooms.
5. Trend: Saturated Colour
Chrissy Teigan wears the saturated colour trend. (Photo: Getty Images)
It’s time to embrace the new wave of rich colour in 2018. Jewel tones ruled the runways for spring at shows like Calvin Klein, Christopher Kane and Versace, with hues like canary yellow, luxe purple and ruby red. And, with Pantone calling Ultra Violet as the colour of 2018, it’s safe to say these bold hues are here to stay.
9. Trend: Pink and Red (together!)
Rosie Huntington Whiteley wears the pink and red trend. (Photo: Getty Images)
Yup, in 2018 it’s all about breaking a once-cardinal fashion rule: don’t wear pink and red together. The two hues that were always perceived as clashing are now coupling up and looking chicer than ever. If wearing one piece of red and one piece of pink feels too bold, start off with something small, like pairing a red dress with a swipe of pink lipstick or popping on a pair of red earrings while wearing a pink sweater.
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13. Trend: Trench Coats
Olivia Wilde wears the trench coat trend. (Photo: Getty Images)
Another classic wardrobe staple getting more screen time in 2018 is the trench coat. The timeless topper showed up at shows from Alexander McQueen — where it had modern cut outs and straps to Max Mara — where the typical trench fabric was swapped out for a more see-through, peek-a-boo version. You can’t go wrong with sticking to a tried-and-true camel trench this season, or you can opt for a version with a few more pockets or straps. Or, step out of your comfort zone and try on a vinyl version similar to the styles shown at Prada.
Pretty Little Thing Vinyl Trench Coat, $133, asos.com
17. Trend: Pencil Skirts
Tracee Ellis Ross wears the pencil skirt trend. (Photo: Getty Images)
The classic workwear silhouette is back. While A-line hems and midi skirts have been gaining a lot of traction over the last few seasons, in 2018 we’re seeing a return to the pencil skirt. This trend is easy to wear — just remember that the secret to rocking a pencil skirt is all in the fit. If you can’t get your skinny skirt to fit just right, bring it into a tailor. And, while pencil skirts are still an office-wear workhorse, trying pairing one with a pair of flats or sneakers to give it a more weekend-ready vibe.
21. Trend: Dark-Wash Denim
Lupita Nyong’o wears the dark denim trend. (Photo: Getty Images)
It’s safe to say that denim is always trending, but 2018 sees a contrast to the light, faded hues we’ve seen of late for jeans. Deep blue hues of indigo were spotted at tons of shows for spring 2018, including 3.1 Phillip Lim, Nina Ricci and Versus, all of whom sent a variation of dark blue denim jeans or jackets down the runway. This trend is ultra-wearable; as it’s probably something you already have hanging in your closet. Don’t be afraid to pair your dark wash jeans with an equally dark jean jacket or shirt, or dress up your denim dress with a pair of heels.
25. Trend: Pastel Colours
Priyanka Chopra wears the pastel colour trend. (Photo: Getty Images)
While pastels have been showing up every season for a couple years now, typically the hues were in the pink and purple family. But it’s time for millennial pink to move over and make room for mint green, baby blue, peach and more. Anything goes with this trend, whether you want to wear one standout piece or dress yourself in head-to-toe tones like the models seen at Michael Kors. At Roberto Cavalli, models sported mixed pastels, but the effect was still soft and romantic — so don’t shy away from mixing and matching.
Mohair-Blend Sweater, $60, hm.com
29. Trend: Plaid
Cate Balnchett wears the plaid trend. (Photo: Getty Images)
It’s safe to say plaid is the print of 2018. It emerged as a strong contender in 2017, but checks are gaining even more popularity come the new year. Whether you’re swayed by classic tartan or summer-friendly gingham, both prints are welcome in all textures, colours and silhouettes. So reach deep into your closet and pull out your old checked blazer, or pair different pieces of plaid together for a head-to-toe look — either way you’ll be right on trend.
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