Fashion Forecast 2019

With the new year beginning, top fashion trends for 2019 are already starting to present themselves. As shown by the NYFW Spring 2019 collections and the streetwear being worn by today’s fashion icons, 2019 is going to an interesting one in the fashion realm, with designers thinking in tie dye, refashioning accessories, and experimenting with silhouettes and textures in unprecedented ways. From polka dots to ruffles to citrusy color schemes, here are the top trends to expect in 2019.

According to collections by Michael Kors, the theme for Spring 2019 will be “global getaway” with a mix of Baja knits, stripes, polka dots, fringe, brocade, and florals. Color schemes will include unconventional shades like watermelon, turquoise, lemon, persimmon and lime. These gentle pastels will work to infuse sporty and street looks with an uncommon prettiness. Denim and polka dots will also appear alongside fringe bags and an abundance of hats, which will range from floppy hats, knit caps, to bucket hats. If you are a person who prefers summer-inspired clothing, 2019 will be your year.

As well as these fun styles, tie-dye is back in a major way for 2019. So, if you saved any multi-colored, self-dyed shirts from middle school, you will be happy to hear that you are well-equipped to take part in this vibrant trend.

In contrast with the 2018 trend of revealing clothing promoting body positivity, Marc Jacobs’s Spring 2019 collection opted for gigantic, body-shielding ruffles instead. These extravagant ruffles appear to be the perfect solution for women who want to turn heads without having to show too much skin.

On a similar note, brands like Erdem, Maison Margiela, and Louis Vuitton are sending the message that clothing in 2019 will not be defined by gender. On the runways of Erdem and Margiela, men walked the runway in tightly laced corsets and jacquard frocks. At Nicolas Ghesquière’s Vuitton, a number of models sported boxy suits and walked alongside models in floral dresses and gowns. Hedi Slimane’s highly-anticipated Celine debut incorporated unisex suiting as well, worn by male models in the show and Natalie Portman on the red carpet.

Moving on, while fanny packs made up 25 percent of the accessories market in 2018, designers like Gucci and Alexander Wang have predicted that people in 2019 will be trading their small cross-body packs for full-size garments bags. At Alessandro Michele’s Fall 2018 show for Gucci, models walked with large garment bags that nearly covered their outfits. Alexander Wang styled his models in his Fall 2019 collections with sizable garment bags made of calf hair and leather.

This year, expect to see the recurrence of old-time fads, as well as the emergence of new, progressive trends. Make an effort in 2019 to pay attention to the fashion around you, since the dynamic nature of the fashion industry will make sure these trends will not stick around around for long.

Lara Baskin
arts & culture editor

Graphic: Erin Kim

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