Year in Review: Top Trends of 2018

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Molly Hannelly

We may be deep in the throws of 2018, but fashion is always ahead of time. Resort 2019 collections have already come out, meaning 2018 has officially ended. Some trends will meet their tragic ends, while others will make it into 2019 fashion with a couple adjustments. Let's take a look at the top trends from 2018.

Anoraks

Anoraks are those quirky rain jackets that are like windbreakers with more pockets. Alexander Wang featured a black anorak that was detailed beautifully with circular trim. Karen Walker's anorak had a ruffled neckline and bishop sleeves and was cropped, similar to La Vie Rebecca Taylor's anorak. Oscar de la Renta featured a beautiful and bright pink anorak, while Valentino opted for more muted tones. The Kerria Anorak pattern is on Mood Sewciety for those interested in trying this trend!

Alexander Wang | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Alexander Wang | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Karen Walker | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Karen Walker | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

La Vie Rebecca Taylor | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

La Vie Rebecca Taylor | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Oscar de la Renta | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Oscar de la Renta | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Valentino | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Valentino | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Get ready for the rain with these fabrics:

Grass Green Water-Resistant Polyester Twill

Grass Green Water-Resistant Polyester Twill

Silver Pink Water-Resistant Polyester Twill

Silver Pink Water-Resistant Polyester Twill

Bright Colors

Garments really popped on the runway in 2018, with bright colors being featured year round. Alice + Olivia showed an ensemble of sapphire, while most designers opted to use multiple colors. Balmain's body-con dress featured an array of neons, while Duru Olowu featured bright colors on a playful pattern. Moschino took floral literally for Spring, with a bright dress of literal flowers, and Versace displayed vintage Vogue covers mixed with bright colors for the perfect cocktail dress.

Alice + Olivia | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Alice + Olivia | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Balmain | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Balmain | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Moschino | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Moschino | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Versace | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Versace | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Stand out with these fabrics:

British Alpine Volkswagon Printed Cotton Canvas

British Alpine Volkswagon Printed Cotton Canvas

 Blue/Multi-Colored Chevron Max-Dri Anti-Microbial Performance Tricot

Blue/Multi-Colored Chevron Max-Dri Anti-Microbial Performance Tricot

Modern 80's

The eighties were big in 2018, which I'm sure had something to do with "Stranger Things" and the "Twin Peaks" reboot airing in 2017. Ace & Jig channel 80's exercise tapes with off-the-shoulder blouses and baggy pants, Alexandre Vauthier opted for more fitted cocktail dresses with 80's style ruching for both Spring and Fall. Duru Olowu's colorful pantsuit is reminiscent of leisure suits, and Alexander McQueen spliced an 80's style prom dress and a blazer together, creating a unique ensemble.

Ace & Jig | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Ace & Jig | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Alexander McQueen | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Alexander McQueen | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Alexandre Vauthier | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Alexandre Vauthier | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Alexandre Vauthier | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Alexandre Vauthier | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Check out these fabrics:

Brown, Black and White Striped Rayon Twill

Brown, Black and White Striped Rayon Twill

Black Silk Charmeuse

Black Silk Charmeuse

Pastels

Although pastels might seem like a spring style, they were big all year in 2018. Alice + Olivia featured a stunning shorts set and matching pussycat bow blouse in pastel pinks and blues, and Christian Siriano showed a beautiful a pastel green skirt and blouse matching set. Moschino's pastel yellow skirt suit looks stunning, especially when paired with the matching puffy coat, and Simonetta Ravizza's pale pink fur coat is perfect for keeping warm on a chilly January day. Mulberry's ensemble is by far my favorite, featuring a blazer in pastel orange and featuring a stunning Maribou feather trim thrown over a ruffled, orangy cocktail dress and a beautiful handbag to boot.

Alice + Olivia | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Alice + Olivia | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Christian Siriano | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Christian Siriano | Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Moschino | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Moschino | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Mulberry | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Mulberry | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Simonetta Ravizza | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Simonetta Ravizza | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Pick out these pastels:

Oscar de la Renta Pastel Purple Stretch Wool Double Cloth

Oscar de la Renta Pastel Purple Stretch Wool Double Cloth

Pastel Blue Japanese Pima Cotton Lawn

Pastel Blue Japanese Pima Cotton Lawn

Power Suiting

Who could forget the power suiting of 2018? No one, it seems, since every designer was showing a suit this year. Alena Akhmadullina's fall suit featured a bunch of buttons and the perfect graph check in tan, while Badgley Mischka opted for a brocade suit. Delpozo's suit is belted brazenly with a large 3D flower, and La Vie Rebecca Taylor let her suit speak for itself in a simple blue corduroy. It's Nanette Lepore's show-stopping silk suit that wins most powerful suit, featuring a brilliant floral design on a gamboge silk and paired beautifully with a matching navy blouse.

Alena Akhmadullina | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Alena Akhmadullina | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Badgley Mischka | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Badgley Mischka | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Delpozo | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Delpozo | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

La Vie Rebecca Taylor | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

La Vie Rebecca Taylor | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Nanette Lepore | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Nanette Lepore | Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Suit up with these fabrics:

Ironwood Featherwale Cotton Corduroy

Ironwood Featherwale Cotton Corduroy

Salmon, Red and Green Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse

Salmon, Red and Green Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse

What trends did you love in 2018, and which would you like to leave in 2018? Let me know in the comments!

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