New year, new trends – right?
I don’t know about you, but I want to know what’s coming up in the next season of fashion before I finish my January sales shopping.
Why? Because I like to be ahead of the style pack and start investing in the trends now.
After a fun and varied Autumn/Winter 2017, Spring/Summer 2018 brings more of the same, as well as a few new surprises! (Double dark denim – I’m looking at you, brother!)
Without further ado, let’s dive straight in shall we?
Here are the SS18 trends you need to know about.
1. Pastel Hues
A continuation of some of the ice-cream shades we saw for AW17, pastels were all over the SS18 catwalks. From lilac to baby pink to duck egg blue, washed out hues are back fiercer than ever in a range of styles and designs.
Whether you take inspiration from Victoria Beckham and wear them in the form of pretty dresses or tops, or go for sweet shade tailoring a la Celine, we’re loving these candy colours. And it’s obvious that they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
2. Double Dark Denim
Did someone say 1990s resurgence?
That’s right, kids – double denim is back for SS18 trends thanks to designers such as Tom Ford and Nina Ricci. However, forget your light wash Levi’s, because this time it’s all about that indigo shade.
3. Trench Coats
Ladies, there’s no need to push your AW17 trench coat to the back of your wardrobe, because you’re going to need it again for SS18.
However, this time around, trench coats have been given a serious style update. Alexander McQueen featured metallic-threaded rose embroidery and Margiela opted for deconstruction to create unique outfit ensembles – tres chic!
4. Underwear as Outerwear
Are you ready to head out in your knickers in 2018? Literally.
SS18 will be all about showing what’s underneath, taking inspiration from the transparency themes at Dolce & Gabbana, Dior and Y/Project.
Slip dresses are also going to be huge thanks to Preen and Christopher Kane. Gals, let’s get sexy!
5. Rainbow Brights
A complete contrast to the washed out pastel hue trend I already mentioned, rainbow brights were showcased in abundance at shows such as Roksanda Ilincic and Christopher Kane.
Think: the primary colour palette that you used to paint with as a kid at school. Either wear these bold, vibrant hues head-to-toe, or allow one key piece to stand out and do the talking.
6. Plastic Fashion
Newsflash: SS18 is the season to embrace plastic.
Raf Simons at Calvin Klein initially started off the trend when he debuted vinyl for AW17, however other designers have been quick to get on the bandwagon. It was all about transparent trench coats at Valentino, and then sheer dresses at Chanel.
Well, you know what Aqua say… Life in plastic? It’s fantastic.
7. Pencil Skirts
Ladies, it’s time to bring as aspect of your workwear into your smart casual wardrobe for 2018. It’s time to rock the pencil skirt.
Sassy and refined, this 1950’s wardrobe staple is back with a bang taking inspiration from Balenciaga and Hermes. How should I update it for SS18, I hear you ask? Pair it with a pair of spiky kitten heels. Meow.
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely adored the sequin and sparkle trend of AW17 as a follow-on from 70’s disco fever. Therefore, I’m super happy to announce that sequins are sticking around for SS18.
From Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs, right through to Dior and Gucci, sequins were featured in abundance across an array of clothing, footwear and accessories. Shine on!
Heading to a festival this summer? I’ve got your outfit covered.
70s-style fringing pops up recurrently during the Spring/Summer season, so it’s no surprise that it’s making a comeback for SS18. Shredded tees were spotted at Loewe, sequinned fringing reigned supreme at Monse, and what about those statement earrings at Sachin & Babi?
SS18 fringing, I’m feeling you.
Heritage chic is usually a look that is popular for the Autumn/Winter season; however, we will see it again during SS18 in the form of check prints.
From Balenciaga’s voluminous coats to Sonia Rykiel’s bright and summer-ready dresses, it’s time to get checked out this season. (Heh.)
Oh, and check caps are going to be everywhere thanks to Burberry. Nice one, Burbs.
11. Ruffles and Ruching
Feminine and fierce, designers are set on manipulating fabric for SS18.
Why not take inspiration from Erdem and invest in a pretty, ruffled dress? Alternatively, you could purchase a ruched little number a la Tom Ford which will give you the kind of curves even the Kardashians would envy.
12. Luscious Lavender
Sure, I’ve already mentioned that pastels and rainbow brights are going to be hot hot hot. However, I need to give a special mention to what will be one of the key colours of SS18.
Step forward luscious lavender.
This soft purple hue, which is pastel adjacent, is going to take over from pink as the colour to watch. It was showcased for SS18 through dreamy knits, suiting and formalwear at both Victoria Beckham and Michael Kors.
There’s only one thing left to say: lavender, I love you.
13. White Suiting
Fall suiting has been re-vamped for summer in the form of fresh white.
Oversized tuxes were seen as part of SS18 trends at Adam Lippes, white suits were styled with a bra at Tom Ford, and then flared trousers made the whole proceedings feel a little Saturday Night Fever at Acne Studios.
14. Black and White Polka Dots
Speaking of white, this colour was also paired with black across a variety of monochrome polka dot prints at Carolina Herrera and Dolce & Gabbana.
Personally, I love a good polka dot print. It’s so cute and kitsch. Bring on the polka dots!
15. Pink and Red
I know I said pink was going to be taken over by lavender as the hue of the moment, but it’s still going to be present in SS18 trends through pastels, as well as this brand new colour combo.
Essentially pink and red have teamed up to make the ultimate power duo. Why not follow in the footsteps of Coach, Brandon Maxwell and Oscar de la Renta, and invest in this captivating combo just in time for Valentine’s Day.