10 Trends You’ll Be Wearing In 2018 — And 3 You Should Retire

BY Lauren Alexis Fisher / Dec 14 2017 / 15:07 PM

Your sartorial guide to the year ahead

As we get ready to usher in a new year, it's also time to usher in a new set of trends. According to the runways, the street style scene, and the best dressed A-listers, these are the emerging fashion trends to watch in 2018. Whether your resolution is to take more style risks or hone in on your wardrobe, these are the looks to weave into your wardrobe. Plus, the trends it's time to retire (for now).

1. Lavender Dreams 

Lavender Dreams

From left: Michael Kors, Max Mara, Erdem Spring 2018 runways

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Pantone may have declared "Ultra Violet" the official color of 2018, but we're banking on the pretty pastel shade of lavender to takeover instead. From pantsuits to romantic dresses, the pale hue was all over the Spring 2018 runways—and makes for an Instagram-friendly alternative to millennial pink.

2. Art-Infused

Art-Infused

Pictured: Versace Spring 2018 and a street style look at Milan Fashion Week

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Art and fashion intersected on the Spring 2018 runways, making for a colorful and rich way to shake up any wardrobe. From the bold Warhol-inspired pieces at Versace to cartoon works of art emblazoned onto Prada's collection, art is wearable in 2018.

3. Mad For Plaid

Mad For Plaid

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Gray checked blazers took over the street style scene and our Instagram feeds this past season, but the trend is just getting started. Flourishing into full-on plaid, the print was everywhere from the runways to the street style set outside the shows. From colorful coats to menswear-inspired blazers to unexpected plaid accessories, there are endless ways to weave the trend into your wardrobe this year.

4. The New Trench

The New Trench

Pictured: Céline Spring 2018

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The classic trench coat gets a fresh upgrade after being reworked in an endless amount of iterations on the runways. From new cuts to feathers and ruffles, there's a fun new trench for everyone to try this season.

5. Fringe Benefits

Fringe Benefits

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Making for one of the most fun trends of the season, fringe is back and more over-the-top than ever. Ultra-glam, dramatic fringe was spotted on the runways at Calvin Klein, Dior, Loewe, and more. For those looking to try the trend, it's already surfacing on bags, skirts, and playful trimmed tops for a more subtle way to embrace the look.

6. The Fannypack is Back

The Fannypack

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One of the most taboo accessory trends of all time is making its comeback—and it's officially cooler than ever. Earlier in 2017, the bag trend was spotted on Kendall Jenner, A$AP Rocky, Rihanna, and Bella Hadid. For Spring 2018, it was all over the runways, proving the revamp is here to stay.

7. 60's Florals 

60's Florals

From left: Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Kenzo

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Before you crack a "groundbreaking florals" joke, spring's iteration of the print comes in the form of retro, '60s-inspired styles that actually do feel fresh. Once reserved for your grandmother's tablecloth or couch, '60s flower prints make for a playful dress or two-piece set this season.

8. Workout Nostalgia 

Workout Nostalgia

Pictured: Fenty Puma by Rihanna Spring 2018

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Tapping into '80s and '90s workout gear, the new wave of athleisure is going full-on throwback. Retro workout pieces weren't just spotted on Rihanna's Fenty x Puma Spring collection, but also at fashion houses like Gucci, Tod's, and Louis Vuitton, bringing the ultimate mashup of high fashion and the gym. For 2018, incorporate the pieces once reserved for old-school workout videos into your everyday wardrobe.

9. Life in Plastic, It's Fantastic

Life in Plastic, It's Fantastic

Pictured: Chanel Spring 2018

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From Calvin Klein to Valentino and Chanel, clear plastic outerwear (and footwear) is having a major revival. Whether you're facing a rainstorm à la the models at Chanel's Spring 2018 show or you simply want to try standout PVC accessories, spring will undoubtedly be filled with clear shiny pieces.

10. Dark Denim Reigns

Dark Denim Reigns

From left: Fendi, Tom Ford, Chloe

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A new wave of denim is here just in time to give your wardrobe a revamp. Dark wash denim ruled the runways in every form from classic jeans to two-piece sets, and structured dresses.

11. The Trends To Retire

The Trends To Retire

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They've all had a long run, and made for some good looks along the way, but it's time for us to collectively let go of skater merch, chokers, and off-the-shoulder tops—for now.


Via Harper's Bazaar US