The weather may still be cold, but you are probably already bored with your raincoat, chunky knits and boots, and already looking forward to warmer times full of flowing summer dresses. Indeed, it is not too early to start planning for your summer 2018 wardrobe. With the current sales at most major stores, you can start stocking up at a few pieces here and there to take advantage of the price drops, and be ready when the first heat waves hit. Before you fill up your shopping cart, however, you need to take a look at the hot trends that will rule summer 2018 to make sure you pick the right pieces. Below are the latest trends that have made appearances in major designers’ catwalks, and that are sure to rule this coming summer’s wardrobes.
The classic checkered look is not exclusive to Burberry this season. The major fashion house was joined by Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, and Balenciaga, among others, in their summer 2018 designs in check designs that are already catching on. The classic pattern we often see in winter is making its way into summer this year, and the tip to make it season appropriate, according to experts is to play with colours. A vibrant colour choice will make sure your checked piece looks and feels like summer.
Ruffles, rushes and puff sleeves
Last year, we saw embroidery and bell sleeves invading the streets, and the feminine cuts continue ruling the fashion world this summer with three different trends. Rushed little dresses have been a notable addition to several designers’ runways, as ruffled. Puff sleeves have shown up both in casual wear and in evening dresses for Givenchy and Saint Laurent, among others, and the retro trend sure has a way of dressing up any outfit.
We have seen asymmetry in destructed off shoulder tops last year, and the trend asymmetry trend continues in more shapes. This year’s catwalks have shown us more deconstruction ranging from pieces that look botched up from different things to a more simple adoption of the trend in a partially tucked T-shirt or different halves to the same item. The beauty of this trend is that it can be made a part of any wardrobe; the degree depends on your creativity and your comfort. In any case, it will make your outfit look fresh and fashion forward.
Summer is known for vibrant colours but this summer you can be as Lauren Conrad as you want, meaning you can live a feminine life filled with shades of pastel. The soft shades can be used in a feminine item in a combination with another feminine summer 2018 trend, like ruffles or rushes. It is, however, more interesting when paired with more edgy items. A strong, daring piece that you would normally expect to see in a dark colour will catch the eye in a sugared feminine colour, and create a very interesting effect. We have seen this on the Preen runway this year. The top pastel colour to stock up on for the coming summer is lilac, so keep that in mind when you start shopping for summer.
If soft pastels are not your thing, you’re in luck; this year’s trends have something for everybody, and bold primary colours are also a very strong part of summer 2018 collections. Tomato red is one of the strongest contenders, and we have seen it used beautifully by several designers such as Givenchy and Victoria Beckham. Other bright colours that have shown up on the catwalks are bright yellow, emerald green, and cobalt. In some cases, the bright outfits were paired with darker shoes, but many designers chose a head to toe bright colour look.
Prints are made for summer, or more specifically, the beach, and this summer is not where this trend will die. It has, however, taken a step up with bolder than usual prints. Take your floral dresses out, they are still pretty much in style but also do stock up on more daring prints. Hawaii style designs are a good option, and items with vibrant coloured over the top prints are very in fashion this summer, so go crazy with your prints and colours and feel free to express your summer vibes, after all, you have the top designers seal of approval to do just that.
Athleisure with a twist
All day gym wear trend that is also known as athleisure has been part of our lives for years now. In fact, it seems to be on its way to holding permanent status, rather than being a fading trend. Leggings are the closest thing you can wear to sleepwear outside the house, they are comfortable, and if Gigi Hadid deems gym wear good enough for every day, that’s support enough never to have to slip into jeans unless you have to.
This summer, however, some designers are taking the trend up a notch and going back to retro gym wear such as tracksuits and two-piece sets. Marc Jacobs and Gucci are on board with this trend, and if you want to give it a try, pair the retro sports clothes with contrastingly classic chic accessories to create a deliberate put together look.
Fringes have long been part of the boho summer look, but this year, fringes have done a full-scale invasion. We have seen fringes on bags, fringes on summer boots, fringes on dresses and even fringes in every item of the same outfit. The look is sharp, deliberately over the top and it fully embraces fringes in all their glory.
The daring trend is strong this summer, and this is yet another over the top summer 2018 fashion trend and a very strong one at that. Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Dior, Chanel and Tom Ford, they all have sequined pieces glittering on their catwalks. A fully sequined dress is very much in fashion this summer, and so is pairing a sequined piece with denim during the day. Take your pick and glitter in the summer sun and under the summer nights’ lights all season.
You have probably worn a plastic raincoat at one point or another, but the fashion world has taken plastic to another level in the runways this year. We have seen plastic boots, dresses, and outerwear by designers such as Chanel, Burberry, Fendi and Calvin Klein.
It is fair to say that this summer is all about adventure and daring to take the over the top trends to the edge where you feel both the rush of adventure and comfortable. Isn’t that what summer is all about?
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|Kathy Mitchell is a writer and avid researcher on the subject of Health, Nutrition and general wellness. She likes to go out with her friends, travel, swim and practice yoga. In her free time, you can find Kathy curled up reading her favourite novel, or writing in her journal. She is regular Contributor at ConsumerHealthDigest. To know more about her follow her on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.|