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Trends that will likely shape this year


2018 is finally here and most of us have new style resolutions, trends and ultimately, a fresh zeal to conquer ourselves and put our best fashion foot forward this year.

Now, how do we know what would be big every season? Apart from the fashion colour of the year which Pantone usually predicts, others are spotted or projected first on the runway the season before and style influencers pick it from there.

We have put together nine trends that is believed would influence the fashion space this year. There are others but we think these are the major ones expected to rock.


Pantone has predicted that ultraviolet is the colour for fashion this year and this might most likely be so, considering that they correctly predicted last year’s fashion colour. From makeup to fashion and accessories, this predicted hue would be a firm favourite of the fashion set in 2018. From accessories to decor and fashion, this shade and variations of it is expected to be big.

Statement Jewellery
This trend has been on for some years but promises to be bigger, if last year’s fashion shows are any indication. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that oversized and ostentatious jewellery will have a moment this year, the bigger the better.

Off/Cold Shoulder
Another trend that has been hot for a while now is the cold shoulder or off-the shoulder trend. Since emerging around 2014, this trend has only continued to gain momentum. From gowns to tops and even jackets, the trend has been featured tremendously. In 2018, expect more of a structural take to update this romantic trend.

Sheer Beauty
Sheer and lace is going to be huge this year. It’s never totally gone out of style but both are going to enjoy mass appeal among both men and women. Tastefully show off a little skin with directional tulle and mesh pieces.  The best part is that this trend looks just as fast fashion-forward layered under crop tops, slip dresses and jumpsuits. You can also opt for pieces with some sheer detailing if you don’t want an all-sheer look.

Bright Colours
You’ll be reaching for bright coloured pieces all year, from ultraviolet to scarlet, there is a full spectrum of high impact hues to add a vibrant punch to your new year wardrobe. You can make this trend work-wear appropriate by layering bright or pastel pieces with darker hued separates or go monochromatic in a jewel-tone for an instant cool vibe.

Everything’s getting the fringe or ruffles treatment; from red carpet ready statement dresses to casual sweatshirts, earrings and even furniture! Don’t be left out, as you would look absolutely stunning rocking a piece with fringe detail.

Bold Prints
Bold prints can be a little daunting, but when well put together, it can take your style game from zero to hundred.  Plan for instant chic and go with a matching ensemble or take bold contrasting prints in the same colour palette and unify it with a neutral blazer or accessories. Also try the same print in multiple tones. The ultimate hack? Opt for a contrast print dress with subtle but interesting details if you’re worried about pulling it off.

Intricate Embellishment
So many runway pieces last year came with bold embellishments, lending glamour to what might have been ordinary pieces, making them not only elegant but also sensual and the best part is, it is unisex. So, embellishments on your pants, tops, and shirts for this season are a huge probability.

Edgier Designs
Mimi Plange and Laquan Smith sent fashion lovers into a frenzy last season with their over-the-top, bolder than bold, in-your-face designs that had most of us on the edge of our seats, gasping. From thigh-high boots to fishnet tops and gowns to crotch shorts and skirts, leather jackets and statement tees, fashion lovers were held spell-bound. If those designs catch on, they might likely influence the fashion space this year and change the game for fashionistas.

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