It’s 2018 and there is no shortage of articles that dictate the what’s “in” and what’s “out” for 2018.
I’ve never been much of an advocate for promoting fashion trends as so much of it is fleeting. Instead my approach to style is more nuanced. Last year when I read kitten heels were out I found myself buying a pair in a brown suede because I like them. And this year I have no intention of purchasing a fanny pack even though they are being touted as being the “it” accessory for 2018—I don’t like them. But all of this seems pretty obvious, right?
We don’t see ourselves being easily swayed by the fashion influencers but brands and the celebrities who wear them offer us a slice of glamour by instagraming an example of what it takes to be a part of that fashion “in” crowd. Last year’s ripped jeans, mules,
cold-shoulder tops and velvet anything were some of the top trends of 2017. Whether or not you added any of this to your wardrobe should be a personal choice (i.e. Is this style right on me?). The reality is the choice is made for a lot of other reasons. Sometimes we are caught off-guard when we are shopping and a friend or sales person talks us into something we are just not into.
In order not to make the same mistakes in 2018 here is a rundown of trends that are ready to grab your attention. Have a look now, take a deep breath, and with a clear mind decide if these styles are right for you. And remember this—just because it’s on the cover of Vogue doesn’t mean it should be on you!
Fannypack—I will say this about fannypacks—they are practical. However, the practicality they offer is offset by the awfulness of how they look. According to Bazaar Magazine they are “cooler than ever”. Before you take the plunge try instead a crossbody bag.
Fringe—According to In Style Magazine “On breezy spring days, you’ll look absolutely fab rocking a piece with fringe details.” Fringe can be fun but a little goes a long way.
100% Cotton Jeans—This one is worth a try, however, I am not sure that we are ready to give up our lycra infused denim just yet. Since the leggings trend Lycra has been a must for any type of fitted pant. Wearing jeans without the lycra will mean that we no longer will be wearing them skin tight. Could it be the skin tight look of jeans has had its day and it is time to move on?
Brand Logos—According to Brittany Nims in the Huffington Post “They’re back and better than ever.” If this sounds familiar it is because this trend was big in the 90’s. Channel, Tommy Hilfiger, and Nike are back in bold print on the front of your tee shirts. Wether or not this appeals to you chances are this trend will be out before the year is over.
Trench Coats—Surprisingly this trend showed up on several different editorial 2018 trends list. Were they ever out? Classic styles like this one are always worth the investment.
Corduroy—I am not sure about this one. Corduroy is a nice fabric but a note of caution. If you are concerned about how slim you appear corduroy can add bulk when wearing trousers made in any plush fabric.
My best advice for trend shopping is to wear what you love with confidence and don’t buy garbage. Everything else will fall into place.