5 AW18 Trends and How To Wear Them
Today I want to discuss my favorite trends for upcoming AW18. I arrived back in the UK yesterday. Here, it definitely feels as if Autumn has arrived judging by the overcast skies and cool, crisp air. Later on, I'll create my usual shopping guides with links on each of the trends that I'm about to briefly discuss. That way you don't need spend your precious time endlessly shopping online.
Five AW18 Trends
1) Wild for Animal Print
Okay, so this one really exemplifies the power of trends for me. With the exception of snakeskin, I've tended to shy away from animal prints. I feel that when done wrong, they can look SO tacky. However, this season so many beautifully designed animal print pieces are coming out. Because of this, I have converted to the animal print trend whereas before I wouldn't dare to wear leopard print.
So why this change in feelings? Mostly because so many of the animal print pieces out there currently are less in-your-face and are almost less animal-like. Think leopard print as an exaggerated polka dot or zebra print as an embellished stripe. It's Scary Spice meets Posh Spice for the perfect balance.
2) Mad For Plaid
Maybe it's the Seattlite in me, but I always have loved plaid. A plaid flannel is essentially the PNW essential uniform. If you don't have several flannels in different colors, can you even consider yourself to be a Washingtonian?
But what I love about this year, is that plaid has graduated the flannel stage. Last year brought back the retro plaid trend, and this year it's going to be even bigger and better. I collect vintage pieces and one of my favorite things I ever bought is a woolen plaid skirt suit from the late 60s/early 70s. It was $20, which is expensive for Goodwill, but in reality—what a huge bargain! The plaid pattern this year makes a statement that is less grunge and more retro. Plus, is there anything better than a pair of plaid trousers in Autumn? I think not...
3) Crazy For Corduroy
Corduroy, corduroy, corduroy. Corduroy pants have been an AW wardrobe staple of mine for so many years. I probably have about 10 pairs of corduroy pants, all in different colors. Yes, I'm a corduroy addict, but here's why:
It's a great way to add some color to your outfit and a great alternative to slacks and jeans; corduroy trousers are more dressed up than jeans, but more comfortable than suit pants. This Fall, corduroy is going to be a staple material that you can mix and match. I'm talking, dresses, skirts, and suits. I've even been seeing some corduroy shoes on the high street!
4) 80s Glam
If you know me personally, then you know that I am obsessed with 80s music. Chances are, you'll find me listening to "Don't You Want Me" by the Human League, "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" by Dead or Alive, "Keep on Loving You" by REO Speedwagon, or "Hold the Line" by Toto on repeat. Yes, I know it's a bit obnoxious. So why wouldn't I like this trend? I even have the frizzy curls to match. Plus, my very petite shoulders could definitely use some shoulder pads.
The trick is trying to find a balance between an outfit that is 80s-inspired versus an 80s-costume. One of my favorite ways I've styled 80s pieces is by wearing an 80s beaded top or dress and styling it in a modern way. For example, I have worn a beaded 80s top with black skinny jeans and sock boots. I'd also tone down the makeup a bit to avoid looking completely like an 80s pop star.
5) The Seventies
Okay, okay, I saved the best for last. Maybe I'm biased because when studying costume design at university my costume design professor told me I had the ideal body shape for seventies silhouettes. Which is perfect, because a lot of my wardrobe is inspired by the 70s (re: plaid skirt suit). You've seen me don my different pairs of bellbottoms, now it's your turn. In addition to plaids and flares, I think the 70s take on prairie/Western is definitely coming back in a big way.
For this trend, I'd recommend styling 70s-style prairie blouses with mini skirts, wearing plaid flares (for two birds with one stone), and donning a pair of platform boots. I'd also mix a lot of greens, oranges, yellows, and cognacs into my outfits. For those of you who are on the braver side: try some pastel eyeshadow with neutral-color outfits or use Farrah Fawcett as your hairstyle inspiration. I know I will!
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