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2018 Fashion Trends

Whether you’re meeting clients, catching up with friends or relaxing at the weekend, looking good doesn’t have to be a chore – quite the opposite, in fact. Just a few small wardrobe tweaks will have you ready to take on the year in style, so here are some key looks to have on your radar in 2018.

  1. Ice cream pastels

Ice cream pastels sashayed onto the international catwalks in a big way last September with the confidence of a sundae seller on a hot summer’s day. From lemon sorbet layers at Hermès to pistachio at Sies Marjan and mint at Michael Kors, models hit the catwalk with layers of refreshing shades tiered up like a multi-scoop cone. While undoubtedly sweet there was certainly a sprinkling of sass with ‘neon pastels’ frequently paired in contrasts to create a head-turning look.

Even the lighter shades packed the same punch you should get from a rum and raison treat. “Delicacy can be strong” declared Victoria Beckham at the New York Fashion Week ahead of showcasing a pretty pastel collection that was “all about finding the strength in feminine.” Girl power!

  1. Pop colours

If you simply can’t embrace the pastel trend and are looking for something to showcase your inner ‘wow’ – fear not! For those with a penchant for brighter, bolder hues, pop colours are sure to offer an antidote to next season’s pastel trend – and if you want to switch things up from one day to the next, baby blues and pretty pinks can be swapped for fashionable primary colours with red, blue and yellow garments staking centre stage.

  1. Tropical prints

Tropical prints were noticed in New York, grew in popularity in London, bloomed in Milan and went crazy in Paris. Brightly patterned shirts are a must-have for spring/summer 2018 even if you’re not soaking up the Caribbean sun with a mojito in hand or taking a trek through the Madagascan rainforest. It’s all about confidence and exhibitionism, with bright floral designs from the likes of Louis Vuitton and Ami dominating the runways.

  1. Double denim

If you thought double denim had been banished to the nineties never to see the light of day again – this might come of somewhat of a shock. Celebrities and fashion houses across the globe are embracing this trend once more but with a classy twist. Former Irish girl band B*Witched along with nineties Drew Barrymore and Brad Pitt will be pleased.

Tailored denim is at the forefront of spring/summer fashion and as jeans are going in a haute direction you’ll want yours to be structured, pin-tucked, crisp and dark – the deepest indigo being the most popular shade. Consider this your cue to put all oversized fits to the back of your draw and save your stonewashed cut-offs for a stroll along the coast.

  1. Trench coats

If there’s a slight wind or a chill in the air, how can you keep warm yet stay fashionable? Well, you can either dress in a highly-stylised cocoon of light layers or you can invest in a trench coat. This wardrobe staple effortlessly bridges the gap between jumper and winter coat while simultaneously allowing you to showcase your individual style and personality.

Rest assured – trench coats are not boring. In fact, they’ve been given a makeover of late with dozens of great twists appearing on the spring 2018 runways. While metallic-threaded rose embroidery with raw edges was seen at Alexander McQueen, Céline offered an under-coat with a cape-topper. Trench coats with a square mirror trim were presented by John Galliano and as Balenciaga’s trench was spliced with a denim jacket it’s clear that the options for 2018 are endless.

With a new year well underway, keep an eye out for all the latest fashion trends and create your own personalised look.

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