Tuesday 9 March 2021
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Trends on the Radar in 2018


It’s a cool thing to always be on top of the newest, coolest, weirdest and most interesting trends. Here are some of the style trends that will dominate fashion headlines in 2018. First things first, ultra violet has been named colour of the year. And we can only expect the enchanting purple shade influence designers versatility of expression.

So what are some of the things we can look forward to seeing on the clothing racks in 2018?

Balloon Sleeves
In 2017 sleeves were super-sized and in 2018 the voluminous blouses that feel a little bit, 19th century are taking over. According to All for Fashion Design, balloon sleeves are very sophisticated and chic and will be a perfect choice for a formal workday or a nice dinner in the restaurant. You can have these sleeves on different types of tops, so choose them according to your occasion. Pair it with your favorite jeans for a comfort look.

Bike Shorts
Expect the ‘90s-style bike shorts to be the inescapable trend of 2018. For a street look, wear the shorts with sneakers, hoop earrings and an oversized bomber jacket. You may also pair thee bike shorts with a plaid blazer and complete the look with an Alexander Wang type of bag, a beret and Sunnies.

Disco Flair
It wouldn’t be a fashion trend roundup if there wasn’t a mention of a decade past suddenly making a comeback. In 2018, we’re seeing designers’ fascination with ‘70s disco manifest into all-over sequins, power suits, and embellished bustiers.

Measured Sheer
Sheer, mesh, and other translucent fabrics may have once been considered strictly nighttime wear, but no more. When worn over a slip dress, or with plain trousers, or with a leather bustier, the overall look doesn’t necessarily say “risqué,” rather: chic.

Art and fashion will be making for a colorful and rich way to shake up any wardrobe. From the bold Warhol-inspired pieces to cartoon works of art emblazoned, art is definitely wearable in 2018.
Mad for Plaid
Gray checked blazers will be taking over the street style scene this year. From colorful coats to menswear-inspired blazers to unexpected plaid accessories, there are endless ways to weave the trend into your wardrobe this year. Wear a plaid blazer with a white blouse, black trousers, and heels for an instant nine-to-five look or go for a check-print dress with classic ankle boots.
The New Trench
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 year.
Making for one of the most fun trends of the season, fringe is back and more over-the-top than ever. 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.
The Fanny pack is back
One of the most taboo accessory trends of all time is making its comeback—and it’s officially cooler than ever. ‘
60s Florals
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 year.
Dark Denim Reigns
A new wave of denim is here just in time to give your wardrobe a revamp. Dark wash denim will rule in every form from classic jeans to two-piece sets, and structured dresses.
The Lounge consulted with a local designer Abisai Iileka who affirms that leisure wear is on the trend this year and is literally taking over in the retail market. “People want to look comfortable yet unconventional. Men want more comfort but also to look stylish at the same time. But overall I think guys have adjusted to more fitted clothes. Nowadays men also have an open mind when it comes to fashion because they are also trying to be diverse as much as possible especially in terms of colours,” he says.
Abisai further stated that ladies are almost similar to the guys, but more diverse. And off shoulder puffy shirts paired with a pair of jeans, good heels and a good conventional big bag are what stand out the most.
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