If you are a fashion maven like myself, you may have already begun following and even shopping for the latest spring and summer 2018 trends. I have screenshots of new Fashion Week styles that I'm eager to add to my closet. Some favorites I've seen on the runway are vintage prints, including polka dots, plaid, and stripes, bold colors—I’m adoring the yellow and lavender trends—bold fabrics like ruffles and plastic, and lastly, accessories such as belt bags and sunglasses. These trends were seen all over the Fashion Week runways in New York, Paris, London, and Milan.
Here are my top 10 beloved Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Week trends, all of which are sure to vogue up your wardrobe:
The first trend that I am obsessed with is plaid. Plaid has officially made a comeback. When I think of plaid, my mind automatically takes me to the movie Clueless. This movie by far played a pivotal role in my fashion growing up. I can vividly remember gasping the first time I saw Cher’s closet, and I vowed to one day have a closet just like hers (I’m still working on that promise). Plaid is a versatile fabric that flatters both men and women.
Topshop Double Breasted Tartan Jacket
Topshop Tartan Check Pelmet Skirt
2. Polka dots
Another oldie but goody that’s making a strong comeback is polka dots. I remember being obsessed with polka dots growing up, so this one certainly hits a sweet spot for me. This trend is completely adaptable and can be fun mixing with various textures and prints. Traditionally, we see black and white polka dots, which gives us room to add color by way of layers and accessories.
A classic that hasn’t really gone away is stripes, which has been trending a few years in a row (no complaints here). Stripes may be here to stay, so it’s important to talk about the variation of stripe patterns. Understanding the stripe direction can assist in determining which stripe pattern is most flattering to your body type. A rule of thumb: Horizontal stripes are typical for creating width and vertical stripes are typical for creating length. When in doubt, length it out.
4. Bold colors
Bright and bold colors are always trendy for spring and summer. Once the weather warms, color begins to emerge like a groundhog on his big day. The colors that have the strongest emergence this season are yellow/mustard yellow and lavender. Both are colors that look flattering on just about any skin tone but is generally lacking in most wardrobes. I love the way yellow pops on dark skin tones, and this is a staple color in my wardrobe. I must admit I don’t currently own anything lavender (nor any shade of purple). However, I most definitely will be adding this color to my collection.
Creatures of Comfort
Photo: Stylecaster/Imax Tree
Alice + Olivia
Photo: Stylecaster/ Imax Tree
5. Puffy shoulders
For an instant statement piece, puffed shoulders is a great way to amp up a look in the most subtle way. This trend is a unique way to add more volume and gives off a bigger is better vibe that I am totally here for!
Time to ruffle your wardrobe! Ruffles remind me of the soothing sound and look of waves. They have a calm yet dramatic, cascading effect that creates a feminine yet modern appeal. This trend can be easily overdone, so less is more when it comes to putting this look together. The ripples have their own unique detail occasionally found on sleeves, the bottom hem of a skirt or pant, and on the shoulder, which is my favorite.
Photo: Fashion Viral/ Bailleul Eleana
Another strong fashion trend comeback is the plastic craze. This trend may be a hit or miss as plastic can have a trashy appeal. However, when put together correctly, it can take any basic outfit to a new fashionable height. The plastic trench jacket and plastic purse are an easy start to incorporating this look into your wardrobe.
Photo: Collage Vintage
8. High waist
One of the best trends for me this season is the high waist. This waist cinching trend is one of my best-kept secrets. As a 5’ 2” woman, this trend is essential because the silhouette gives the legs an elongated look, so wearing a high waist can give the illusion of appearing taller and having longer legs. For all the 5’ 7” and under women, there’s your tip of the day!
Saint Laurent Spring 2018
9. Bag belts
The belt bag is a trend that gives the traditional purse as we know it a break. I love this style. It reminds me of a structured version of a fanny pack. This bag is a great way to enhance the look of a simple outfit and a hands-free way to keep hold of your belongings.
Photo: The Fashion Tag
What do you think of these top picks? Comment below which looks are your favorite and which looks you plan on including in your rotation. Don’t see your favorites on this list? Feel free to add your favorite spring/summer trends in the comments below.