Just a few weeks into 2019, and the fashion industry is already in full swing with countless new trends to choose from. With the 80’s continued and feminist fashion, let’s hope we have enough time to try them all. To narrow down your options, here are the top 5 fashion crazes of the new year.
Bigger Is Better
From bags to hats to sunglasses – SS19 is all about size. With global temperatures rising at a rapid rate, we need all the protection from the sun we can get. After spending last summer squinting through the minuscule sunnies that dominated SS18, thankfully, big shades are back. Additionally, designers this season have managed to make sombreros stylish and I for one am here for it. Bring on summer 2019.
In recent years, neon has been a no-go colour for many, often in fear of looking like a highlighter. Nevertheless, neon has made a head start and is already dominating early SS19. The trend hasn’t stopped at just clothes and has worked its way into beauty trends and even hair dye. Most notable lovers of neon are the Jenner sisters – the beauty mogul and supermodel favouring the colour toward the end of last year. I think we all need a bit of brightness in our lives.
I always struggle when deciding what to wear. Spots or floral? Snakeskin or paisley? With the current array of print choices, there are simply not enough days in the year to wear everything. The solution to this? Mixed print. This season, designers decided to not run in fear at the idea of using a range of prints, and instead chose to experiment with them. It is safe to say that they were successful and the September’18 catwalks inspired many to experiment with their own wardrobes. The only tip – avoid looking like a clown.
We have always been told not to judge a book by its cover. However, for me, often a bold cover is the sign of a powerful book. This is the same in real life. How does a female CEO give off a strong image – a power suit. With sharp, clean cuts combined with a stand out colour or undershirt, the power suit conveys the image of togetherness and stability. This season there have been many twists on the classic ‘Power suit’, designers opting for uniqueness by altering sleeves or the lapels. I think it’s time for us all to suit up.
With my personal experience of ‘Neutral Tones’ being the sombre love poem by Thomas Hardy (snooze), SS19 completely changed my opinion of the two words. After the warm hues of AW18, the ‘neutral colour’ trend has been refreshed going into spring. Often branded as a ‘boring’ colour, beige is underrated and is the perfect base of an outfit especially in the spring/summer months. This was shown in Burberry’s SS19 runway (The mother brand of the ‘neutral’ colours) as neutral colours were worn with chunky belts, colourful scarfs and animal prints. This is the perfect trend if you’re not a neon lover.
What do you think about these trends and which will you be trying out this year?
Text: Sylvie Marilyn Keen
Images: Vogue, Runway, Harper’s Bazar