Does your closet need an upgrade? My list of the 11 trending clothes are the must-have fashion trends that’ll make your outfits totally Shilpa-approved for Fall 2018. So discover how to pair your existing clothes, what to buy and what to definitely not buy this year!
Hey gorgeous! It’s been a while since I wrote the trend forecast articles myself, but this fall is a special one. The research – going through all the designer collections from Fall 2018 ready-to-wear fashion shows as usual – got me so engrossed this season, that I decided I had to be the one to tell you all about these new trending clothes. I spotted so many exciting and fresh styles – some renaissance revival, and some contemporary appeal – these collections were a surprise once I delved in deeper.
For more of a background on how we forecast trends, I looked through more than fifty runway collections to research for this article, including FW18 RTW shows from Milan, Paris, London and New York fashion weeks. Moreover, I also take into account celebrity style and couture and other non-runway designer collections when compiling this fashion trend report. After that, just like every season, more than 30 trending clothes and styles are shortlisted to be in this list, which are then scored (yes, we actually score them) and ranked to make sure only those 11 fashion trends make it to this list that we feel we really need in our closets this year. Like we working women have limited budgets and closet spaces, we don’t need to shop everything. Right?!
So let’s jump right into these gorgeous trends I’ve been romanticizing!
After you read this one, also check out the Top 10 Must-Have Fashion Items for Fall 2018:
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1. Deconstructed Tuxedo
While it was just last fall that I was criticizing fashion designers in my video for being too late to bring suits on the runways, this year I can’t be happier to report that suits are not just trending again, but we’re even seeing women’s tuxedos as the #1 style of trending clothes of the coming season. 2018’s ladies’ tuxedos are not just gonna be the feminine versions of the traditional tux. But they’re deconstructed and reconstructed with new elements, styles and the fabrics and silhouettes are played with.
We saw a lacy tuxedo gown, a velvet tux jacket paired with shorts, a white tux, and even a tuxedo jacket paired with a fringed skirt. Plus, I’m also loving the idea of Zuhair Murad’s tasseled tux jacket worn over a lacy bralette. Perf for the next New Year’s Eve party outfit! Also read: Women’s Tuxedo 101: Beginner’s Guide on How to Wear Ladies Tuxedo
2. Victorian Sleeves
While the #1 trend is all about post-modernity, the #2 trend, on the contrary is all about borrowing vintage classics! Victorian and Edwardian sleeves are taking over the fashion world like a storm. It was only the next natural step after statement sleeves being so popular all of last year. They include flouncy, draped types of sleeves – both full and half, seen on trending clothes like coats, dresses, gowns and even button-ups. Try Juliet, bishop and leg-o-mutton sleeves.
3. New Look Waistline
One of my favorite clothing trends for Fall 2018 is the statement waistline. The “New Look” was the name the then Harper’s Bazaar gave to a bar jacket silhouette that Christian Dior had in his first ever collection in 1947. With a cinched-in waist and puffy, exaggerated hips, this design is back with a bang this year. Funnily enough, we didn’t find this in one of Dior’s FW18 collection. Try the new-look waistline in jackets, corsets or dresses.
4. Three Dimensional Silhouettes
Why take a square foot if you can take a whole square meter? Maybe with trending clothes and outfits getting crazier and showier on celeb’s Instagrams, designers felt the need to go all out with the silhouettes. We saw plenty of large ruffles, puffed and flouncy sleeves and frills, large feather applique – the more spacious the better. As if our closets were getting any emptier! For me, storing just one of those Christian Siriano’s Dilophosaurus-inspired dresses would mean throwing everything else out (except maybe a pair of matching shoes)!
5. Chic White Shirt (Worn the New Way)
Either the shirt itself is statement-maker, or it’s a classic, but worn in a statament-making way. But no matter what the case is, 2018 is gonna be the year of the white shirt. We saw so many button-up shirts on the FW18 runways, and the white collared blouse was the most popular by far. From patchworked, embellished, ruffed, lacy peasant or embroidered to shiny metallic, we saw it all. Pair them with skirts, metallic pants, or even a high-low skirt to create a gown like Ralph & Russo’s!
6. Tucked-In Sweater
Who said you can skip working out in the winter? Well, those days of skipping the gym after Halloween are over, ’cause the fall-winter season is all about being fit and showing your flat, toned tummy even through sweaters. Actually, gymming-problem aside, I’m quite loving this trend. Tucked-in and belted sweaters give a more modern, clean look. Tuck them into jeans, skirts or under a skinny belt.
7. Leather on Leather
Denim on denim of the 2016 has given way to a bolder trend – leather on leather. Forget pairing a leather jacket with jeans or a black leather skirt with satin. This fall, it’s gonna be all about head-to-toe leather outfits. Matching sets, leather jackets with leather skirts, shorts and crop leather pants will be the It-thing. Even try color blocking with leather by mixing colors, like pairing black with burgundy or brown.
8. Pagoda Shoulders
It’s no secret that shoulder pads are making a huge, huge comeback this year. But the trend within this trend is pagoda shoulders. In case you don’t know, they have a convex line with an elevated outer edge. We saw them on sweaters, dresses, jackets and dresses. So basically, everywhere.
Bustiers and corsets are the latest inner wear-inspired trend to rock. While I was hoping wearing sports bra would become trendier just by itself, but no, the fashion designers are hell-bent on making us girls look more feminine and curvy. Anyway, if it’s of any solace, you can wear corsets over tee-shirts or sweaters, too, and skip the bra. Okay, I’m sold!
10. Statement Pantyhose
Pantyhose are gonna be just a little extra this coming winter. No, a lot extra. Try metallic leggings, printed and lace tights. You can wear them with shoes that can typically not be worn in the fall, like mary janes, platform heels or pumps. Try tiger prints, embellished, striped or checkered to create a real statement.
11. PVC Dresses
Like Kim Kardashian‘s transparent plastic boots weren’t enough, this Fall Winter 2018, we’re even seeing more and more designers get behind the PVC or plexi trend. We saw mini, midi and even gowns made out of plastic. Some trending clothes are just better left to the runways only. So I’m not trying PVC dresses for the sake of letting my skin breathe. Thank you. Of course, that’s why Coco would say to me, “Fashion knows not of comfort!”
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So my angels, hope you loved this season’s trending clothes. Which out of these was your favorite fashion trend? And least favorite? What are you hoping to add to your closet, and which trend were you surprised to see that did NOT make it to this list? Lemme know everything down below in the comments, or tweet @shilpa1ahuja!
If you try out any of these trending clothes, don’t forget to tag me @shilpaahujadotcom on Instagram. I’d love to see you rock these latest fashion trends!
Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion.
Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That’s how it evolved over centuries and that’s how it’s been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]