Some fashions from 2018 need to go. You loved the teeny tiny sunglasses, and you wore them constantly. You tried but you finally gave up on the Dad sneakers that only a celeb could wear with an air of cool. You grew bored, and now you’re looking for fresh. It’s time to stick some of last year’s trendiest items in the back of your closet. Wait 30 years and you’ll be happy to pull them out again. Now you’re ready to ditch the old and move on to new cool girl looks.
Wear This: Sporty Specs. Not That: Tiny Shades.
Unlikely style setter Princess Anne was spotted right on trend wearing a pair of sporty Adidas sunglasses you’d more expect to see on a UV-conscious athlete than a royal. She made an appearance at the Chelsea Flower Show in frameless aerodynamic shades that boasted mahogany red polarized lenses. It’s true the equestrienne does have legit status as an athlete, but we’re talking fashion here. The princess may have taken inspiration from designers Stella McCartney and Fenty x Puma, whose collections showed some sporty sunnies. Anne hopefully led the way toward abandoning last year’s trendiest accessory—the teeny, tiny, useless specs worn by every imaginable supermodel on Instagram.
Wear This: Chunky Chains. Not That: Shell Jewelry.
Go big with the bold, gold looks that are cropping up everywhere on Instagram. The trend is particularly focused on chunky chain necklaces, but the look is abundant in bracelets, too. Style the necklaces by wrapping around the wrist for a bracelet or opt for bejeweled arm cuff.
Warm weather will probably encourage the return of surfer dude-inspired shell jewelry. By the time Missoni and Altuzarra put the Instagram fav on September’s catwalks, the perennial look in necklaces, bracelets and anklets already deserved a well-earned fashion siesta. Let’s put an end to last summer’s fling.
Wear This: Puff Sleeves. Not That: Logos.
We’re all about the bold and eye-catching trend, but let’s face it. They tend to feel dated very quickly. Trade in one trend that’s been huge over the last couple of seasons—logos everywhere on everything—for another that’s equally cool. Puffed sleeves make a statement with their ultra-feminine look. This season’s silhouette is puffier than last year’s padded boxy numbers and they work particularly well on feminine dresses.
Designers who love puffed shoulders include Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Marc Jacobs and Saint Laurent.
Wear This: Fancy Flats. Not That: Dad Trainers
Ballet pumps and other fancy flats are undeniably stylish. They walked all over the SS19 catwalks and they are much easier to style than Dad trainers. Can anybody other than a celebrity really pull off Dad trainers and maxi skirts? Ballet pumps are just as comfortable as chunky sneakers, and supremely more comfortable than the stiletto heels favored by designers such as Halpern, Ashish and David Koma. Spend the next season down to earth in stylin’ flats by Burberry, Valentino, Simone Rocha and Temperley London.
Wear This: Cargo Pants. Not That: Bike Shorts
If logo-clad sportswear and Dad sneakers could resurface from the ‘90s, can utilitarian-inspired cargo pants lag far behind? Cargo pants are geared up and ready for their own huge 2019 comeback. Prabal Gurung showcased a slim silhouette and Sies Marjan debuted a more wide-legged look.
Some fashionistas insist Kardashian-Jenner-approved bike shorts will be the trendiest sporty look for warmer weather, but cargo pants are way more forgiving. Also try shorts that are a little looser in knee- or micro-length. The kinder, gentler version of shorts shows up in the collections of Alexa Chung, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Margaret Howell.
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