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Be in the know: Fashion trends for 2019


It is no longer news that we are in a brand New Year and while we might still be reveling in some festivities, it is time to turn our attention to fashion trends that are projected to be big this year.Drawing from last year’s fashion and runway shows and trending pieces, some outfits and accessories are staying put, others are making a fresh comeback while a couple are new trends.

Chosen by colour forecasters at Pantone, Living Coral (Pantone shade 16-1546) is set to be this year’s colour, making a change from last year’s deep purple shade of Ultra Violet. The colour is supposed to “embrace us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment;” so we expect to see this shade feature prominently in this season’s designs.

For outfits, oversized coats, dramatic patterns, big blazers, sheer dresses, polka dots, ruffles, lace and fringe are expected to be huge this year. Short, dramatic suits are also likely to make a comeback this year and if you were a bit shy of them last year, they might just be the rave this year. Tie and dye as well as statement tees are expected to be “in” this year as well if last year’s fashion shows are any indication. We can only hope that biker shorts die a natural death this year.

Several avant-garde looks that were worn as street style, whilst popular, might not make way into mainstream fashion. Items such as leather outfits, fur, fishnet, thigh-high boots and so on. Since our weather is usually hot, these styles would sadly never make it to the mainstream.

For footwear, barely-there sandals, masculine flat strapped sandals, statement sneakers and block heels are expected to be huge. We already saw these at last year’s GTBank Fashion Weekend amongst several designers.

Accessories would boast of bucket hats, berets, biker caps, retro shades, bold belts, durags, waist bags and mini bags. Taibo Bacar already gave us a scintillating taste of his mini bags at last year’s fashion weekend and before that, the fashion scene has been inundated with all manners of waist bags. Expect more of those this year as well as retro oval shades. Huge, square frames are out of fashion and tiny, oval-shaped frames have taken over. Bold, statement jewellery are also expected to be huge this season as well as bold, dramatic silhouettes.

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