- Fashion and style are always changing.
- Though you may be wary of trying new trends, experts say you shouldn’t fear these ones.
- Monochromatic outfits wear just as well on the sidewalk as they do on the catwalk.
- Bodysuits are easy to style and excellent for layering.
As 2018 draws to a close, fashionistas take this time to reflect on last year’s trends and to start placing their predictions for 2019’s big style hits. From the resurgence of 1970s and 1990s fashion to the continuing popularity of athleisure, 2018 saw plenty of action on the trend front. But how many of these Instagrammable looks actually work in real-life wardrobes? The answer: more than you think, as long as you’re willing to take a chance.
We asked 12 stylists to weigh in on the present-day trends that you shouldn’t be afraid to take for a test drive, and we’ve got their 10 favorites here.
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Oversized “grandpa” sweaters look super chic when paired with skinny jeans or leggings.
The oversized sweater trend is still going strong these days, thanks to brands like Balenciaga. However, it can be tricky to incorporate these cozy layers into a polished look (as opposed to a lazy laundry-day ensemble). According to Ann Arbor, Michigan style blogger Leah Little, the secret lies in the balance.
“I would love to encourage more women to try the oversized grandpa sweater trend. The common fear with this trend is coming across as frumpy. So, balance the large sweater on top with leggings or skinny jeans. Pull your hair up in a top knot or wear it in long waves if the sweater is more ‘masculine.’ Add booties to complete the look!” Little told INSIDER.
Venturing away from the classic diamond engagement ring is an easier move than you think.
When it comes to engagement rings, many people subscribe to a “diamonds or bust” philosophy. Recently, however, influencers and trendsetters started flashing alternative rings with colorful gemstones as their focal points. Your engagement ring should reflect your personal tastes, and if you prefer a brightly-colored gem over a classic diamond, you should feel free to explore those possibilities.
Alicia Davis, the VP of merchandise for Shane Co. jewelers, encourages ring shoppers to consider one colorful gemstone in particular: the sapphire. “Celebrities and influencers alike, from Lady Gaga to Mary-Kate Olsen to the royals, have been daring enough to choose sapphires as a diamond alternative for their engagement rings. It can be hard to break [with] tradition, but with the full rainbow of colors and shapes that sapphires come in, it’s truly an opportunity to have a ring that reflects your personality and style,” Davis explained.
Animal prints are here to stay.
Animal prints represent a notoriously divisive style aesthetic; some appreciate their ability to jazz up an otherwise-tired outfit, while others aren’t into it. But if 2018’s style landscape can teach us anything, it’s that the enthusiasm for leopard, zebra, and other wild prints isn’t fading any time soon.
Stylist Patty Soltis of STYLEdge in Tampa, Florida calls animal prints “forever trends” that can withstand the test of time. “There are many trends that are ‘forever trends’. One of them is animal prints, [and] these come from a variety of animals, from leopard to giraffe to zebra to cattle. Based on how the print is made, they can be scaled [to fit] any item of attire, from clothing to accessories to shoes to handbags. Add them into your wardrobe and mix and match them with a pop of color to be forever current,” Soltis told INSIDER.
Nashville-based fashion director Jordan Soderholm of ethical lifestyle brand ABLE agrees with the tremendous potential of animal prints, especially her personal favorite, leopard print. “Leopard print is all over our Instagram feeds, with women [layering] leopard on more leopard or mixing it with [other] patterns and prints. My mantra is that leopard is neutral if you’ve got the right muted print, and you shouldn’t be afraid to mix leopard with bold colors to really make a statement. An easy way to try this trend is with your shoes because your footwear can provide that little something extra to elevate your look without being the focal point of an outfit,” Soderholm advised.