The new year signals the start of fresh adventures, renewed goals, and brand new fashion trends. Everything we know about 2019’s must-have styles comes from our deep dives into the spring runways and pre-fall ’19 collections. You can expect a resurgence of nostalgic favorites like tie dye print and new obsessions like the perfect denim cropped jacket and skirt set. Here, our predictions for the top fashion trends you’ll be seeing everywhere in 2019.
Pantone’s color choice for 2019 might be living coral, but butter yellow (as I call it) is a close second in popularity. The hue popped up on the spring ’19 runways of Escada (left), Rodarte, and Tibi, meaning the soft shade will be everywhere next season. Pick up a yellow dress or two right before the weather turns from frigid to over-heated.
Getting dressed in the mornings should be effortless, which is why I’m thankful for matching sets. Brands like Frame (left) have caught the drift, introducing crop jacket and shorts sets in its pre-fall 2019 collection. Meanwhile, designers like Matthew Adams Dolan and Maryam Nassir Zadeh revamped the pantsuit for spring, replacing long trousers with shorts. Who wants to wear coordinating looks with me?
Bucket hats will outlive the
bygone trends of 2018. They were incorporated into the spring ’19 shows of 3.1
Phillip Lim (left) and Michael Kors, which means we haven’t seen the last of
them. Expect the accessory to come with print floral patterns or in a living
coral shade. You’ll happily trade your fedoras for the newest
kid hat on the block.
If there’s one trend both European and American designers can agree on for next year, it’s the return of the vest. Isabel Marant debuted this cool denim version on her spring runway while Anna Sui went for a more boho-inspired print in her collection. Regardless of what style you choose, it’s the perfect transitional piece to own as you move through the seasons.
’80s Puff Sleeves
According to Google, one of the top fashion searches in 2018 was for ’80s fashion, which makes sense if you were paying attention to the spring ’19 runways earlier this year. Our attention has shifted from the ’90s to the decade earlier, embracing designs like puff sleeves and waist-cinching wide belts. It’s time to peruse your nearest vintage store or mom’s closet to dig out those coveted ’80s finds.
Labels like R13 (left) and John Elliott tapped into their groovy sides and sent tie dye tops, jackets, and pants down the New York Fashion Week spring ’19 runways. This nostalgic camp staple won’t look like your tattered old tees though. Expect a fresh delivery of stylish pieces from tie dye denim jackets to sweaters.
If 2018 focused on BDE and all things macro, 2019 might be the year we downsize, starting with our bags. We can thank French fashion designer Simon Porte Jacquemus for introducing us to his tiny accessories that, while not too practical, force us to confront our bag-lady lifestyles. The next time you’re out, leave the extra lipstick or portable charger at home. Bring only the necessities.