2018 Summer Fashion Trends to Keep an Eye On

With the weather warming up, more and more of our thoughts involve dreaming about the beach and summer parties…

Of course, the new season introduces plenty of opportunities for showing off the perfect summer wardrobe. But, stocking up on everything is not an easy task with such a variety of different styles out there. Now, after the fashion weeks in New York, Paris, London, and Milan are over, we know what the biggest hits in fashion for the hot weather this year are going to be.

Here are some fashion ideas that can help you prepare for the warmer months and present yourself in the best way possible.

Play it Safe – Pastel Colours

Even though bright colours are the ones that attract the most attention at social gatherings, they are often inappropriate at more official events.

Therefore, if you ever feel unsure about what colour configuration would be suitable for a given event, it’s better to avoid a screaming bright palette and settle with a more elegant pastel one instead.

The palest shades of pink and green are going to be a big hit this summer, as well as lilac, so a one-shoulder dress or a skater dress in a similar style would be perfect for every occasion. A skater dress, in particular, is quite easy to find at attractive rates. The following range of skater dresses from IKRUSH is definitely worth taking a look at.

Another must for the season is a handbag in pastel nuances like light pink or lilac.

Feel Light Like a Bird – Feathers

Even though feathers are normally notoriously associated with outfits for showgirls and other entertainers, they are now gaining popularity as a more subtle and stylish decoration.

It seems that feathers are making a comeback at fashion shows this year. A lot of designers chose to finish their pieces with decorations consisting of fluffy marabou, ostrich, or woven feathers. The material was used in a vast variety of clothes and accessories. High heels or sandals adorned with feathers are definitely a fun way to stand out from the crowd without being too lustrous.

Combining wool and feathers in sawn-off edges is one of the latest trends in fashion, all in an earthy soft colour palette of oatmeal, cream, and white.

Checks and Dots

Whoever said that check patterns are fashionable only during the cold months of the year couldn’t be more wrong. Currently, checks are everywhere, whether it is a top, coat, dress – and all in different nuances. If you happen to have anything with a geometric print for the summer, you won’t regret that choice. The same also holds for prints with dots. Especially favourable is the old-school monochrome polka-dot tea-type of dress, which is a simple, yet elegant outfit.

Everlasting Flowers

Floral motives have been brought back on the fashion stages recently. The prints worn by women in the 40’s and 50’s were preferred by many designers this year. Some of this year’s hits are pencil skirts and elegant dresses. This is definitely a turn away from the leggings and tracksuit bottoms which have been popular over the last few years.

After all, what could be more feminine and stylish than a pretty dress decorated with a floral print? The variety of such dresses or skirts is huge on the market, so you should definitely stock up with at least one of your choice in order to be up to date with the latest trends.

Plastic and Rubber – Save the Environment

One of the most surprising trends this year is the use of plastic as a basic material for clothing. Plastic is a serious hit on the runways for spring/summer 2018 and was included in the collections of some of the most renowned designers like Chanel and Lagerfeld.

Even though we typically associate the idea of this material with water bottles, carrier bags, and other everyday objects, plastic is now also used for the creation of all types of fashionable items, ranging from accessories like bags and shoes to transparent raincoats and trenches. Of course, one should be careful in choosing such garments without exposing too much flesh as plastic is typically transparent in most of those designs. It is way better to restrict oneself to using it for shoes and accessories.

Belts and Bags

If you ever feel like your dress for the evening is too simple and lacks something, try to improvise and improve it with a spectacular little back or a belt in a shining colour. It doesn’t matter what type of clothing you’ve chosen exactly, as all shapes and nuances are acceptable this summer, just remember waist belts are having a blast again, so try to include one if you can. Belts decorated with shining crystals are also popular, as well as sling chain belts over slinky dresses, so don’t be afraid to experiment – you won’t be wrong.

It can be hard to keep up with all the changes in the world of fashion from one season to another, but it’s also quite fun for those who know what sources to follow. Don’t fall behind the lines, stay informed and stylish!

Charlotte Giver

Charlotte is the founder and editor-in-chief at Your Coffee Break magazine. With a background in PR working in Los Angeles and Barcelona, Charlotte has been running Your Coffee Break from the YCB HQ in London’s Covent Garden for the past 8 years. She is a mother, an avid reader, runner and puts a little too much time into her morning brew.

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