Each season we anxiously await to get a sneak peek at the latest designs in the fashion industry. The following is a list of some of the most popular looks and warm-weather styles for spring/summer 2018.
1. Trend: Crayola-Inspired Colors
With adult coloring books being all the rage these days, it should come as no surprise that fashion designers are turning to Crayola for inspiration. This spring and summer, it’s all about embracing your inner child with colors like canary yellow, tomato red, emerald green, and cobalt blue. Whether you opt to wear one color from head to toe or mix and match your faves, one thing’s for sure–you’ll end up with a look that’s fun, vibrant, and sure to brighten up those rainy spring days and stormy summer nights!
2. Trend: Pastels
When you hear the word pastel, you probably think about Easter, cake, babies, and girly things like dresses or bows and ribbons. But this year, designers are churning out light and airy creations with guys in mind. From sneakers and sweat shorts to office wear and even formal wear, pastels are taking over men’s fashions. Celebs recently seen donning the soft hues include Zayn Malik, Jared Leto, Khalid, Kanye West, and Lebron James.
Of course, pastels are always beloved among women. Shades like sugared almond and pale pinks and greens can be seen now. The shade that’s making a surprising comeback this year? Lilac!
3. Trend: Pantslessness
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Whatever the message, we’ve all seen those signs in the windows of restaurants, gas stations, and convenience stores. Perhaps we’ve even joked about them not referencing pants. Those too young to remember or even know how the whole “shirts and shoes” thing came about may find those signs weird, to say the least. Even weirder is the “no-pants”, “pantslessness”, or “bottomlessness” trend. Over the last few years, celebs like Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Kendall Jenner, and Taylor Swift have been half-dressed. Now the trend has become popular among everyday folks.
There is one catch, though. If you’re going to try doing the pantsless thing, you’ll have to make sure you do it just right or end up facing the consequences. Here are some helpful tips to make sure you pull off the look perfectly:
-Wear shorts underneath. Those signs exist for a reason, and the last thing you want to do is break the law or end up offending others.
-Wear an oversized shirt that doubles as a dress.
-Opt for sneakers or flats instead of heels. Wearing heels without pants can be viewed by some as a bit racy.
-This look is NOT suitable for work.
4. Trend: The Fanny Pack
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Yes, you read that correctly. The fanny pack is back! If you were around during the late ’80s and early ’90s, you more than likely owned one. You also probably never thought you’d see the day when they’d be back in style. Well, that day has arrived. These fanny packs, or bum bags as they’re called in the UK, come with a new and improved look! They come in faux fur, bright colors, and even designer versions known as belt bags.
Here are some interesting ways people are wearing them:
-Draped across the chest
-Looped through pants like a belt
-Layered over a jacket
-With a pantsuit
-The tried-and-true “around the waist” method
5. Trend: The Wet Look
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No, not hair. In this instance, the “wet look” refers to clothing. Plastic clothing, PVC clothing, patent leather, or whatever you choose to call it, with this look, it’s all about the shine! Be it a dress, jumpsuit or rain gear, plastic clothing is available in various styles and colors, including black, yellow, red, and blue–or even no color at all. Because they’re waterproof, plastic clothing is perfect for all those April showers ahead. Plus, transparent rain gear means that cool outfit your rocking underneath can be seen by everyone. BEWARE: As cool as these clothes may look, they can get pretty hot inside since plastic is typically not a breathable synthetic. Wear with caution!
6. Trend: Bucket Hats
Bucket hats, hugely popular in the ’90s but worn by many long before then (think Bob Denver on Gilligan’s Island or the guy on the Gorton’s Seafood box), have made yet another resurgence. Adidas, Fila, Champion, Tommy Hilfiger and Reebok are a few of the big names you can purchase one of these accessories from. Offering a new take on a classic style, here are some of the different types of bucket hats available:
-The “packable” (it fits in your pocket) bucket hat by Champion
-The waterproof bucket hat by Tommy Hilfiger
-The reversible bucket hat by Columbia Sportswear Company
-The unisex bucket hat by Fila
Whether you choose the classic look or opt for an updated version, the bucket hat’s ventilation holes and sloping brim makes it the perfect accessory for some outdoor summertime fun!
7. Trend: Feathers
As the return of warm weather brings with it the return of our fine feathered friends, the birds aren’t the only ones you’ll see donning feathers this spring and summer. Clothing adorned with ostrich and marabou (a large African stork) feathers popped up on runways at the Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows, and it looks like they’re here to stay!
Feather clothes are nothing new, however. Manufacturers have used down feathers for years to provide insulation in jackets. Remember the Triple F.A.T. Goose jacket from the early ’90s? Feathers have also been used in clothing for less practical reasons. For example, the feather often found behind the band of the men’s Fedora adds a bit of style and flair to what some may consider an otherwise ordinary hat.
Looking to spice up your wardrobe, too? Some feather-adorned items to look for this spring/summer are knee-high boots, wool-blend dresses, and trench coats.
8. Trend: Overalls For Men
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The use of overalls, or coveralls, has long been associated with farmers and other workers needing protective covering. Over the years, however, overalls have become less practical and more fashionable. Kids in the ’90s found every way possible to wear them–baggy, cuffed, fastened over one shoulder, both straps fastened and hanging down, backwards, and even inside out!
Thanks to celebs like Rihanna, who debuted her overalls for men at her spring 2018 runway show, and Chance the Rapper, who’s often seen wearing them, overalls are trending again. This time around designers have abandoned the “Farmer Brown” look for designs that are softer and edgier.
Rihanna’s overalls for men were inspired by motorsports, and like the other items in her Fenty x Puma Spring 2018 Collection, are designed with tech materials like nylon, airtech mesh, and lightweight leathers. Instead of the traditional metal hook and button fasteners, these overalls come with utility buckles that resemble those found on backpacks and messenger bags.
Streetwear brand Supreme teamed up with The North Face to create overalls in colors including yellow gold, rose gold, and metallic silver. The overalls, which are part of the Supreme x The North Face collection, were released earlier this month.
9. Trend: Bermuda Shorts
The term “Bermuda shorts” was coined by a British military officer after he saw teashop employees in Bermuda wearing short khaki pants that were cut just above the knee. He adopted this style for his fellow officers, and the trend spread. American and British vacationers found the look appealing and brought Bermuda shorts back home. Thus, Bermuda shorts became part of the ultimate vacation ensemble.
Designers this year, however, have gone for a more formal look, pairing Bermuda shorts with suit jackets for an ensemble that’s appropriate for the office. The shorts suit, as it is called, is one way to keep your cool, so to speak, as well as your professionalism during the warm months.
Another take is the preppy/nautical look by Ralph Lauren, which pairs Bermuda shorts with navy blue double-breasted blazers with gold buttons.
Whatever your taste, Bermuda shorts are available in an array of cuts, colors, textures, and styles.
10. Trend: Floral Prints
This list would not be complete without mentioning florals. After all, they are the go-to print every spring and summer. Flowers are found in an abundance of varieties in nature, and as such, the choices for floral prints are infinite. Therefore, we’ve narrowed it down a bit to help make the purchasing process a little easier.
One popular floral print this year is the daisy. It was featured in Marc Jacobs’ 2018 spring collection and coincides with the tenth anniversary of his Daisy perfume. Other popular prints seen on the runways include soft florals (known for their romantic appeal), ’60s florals (characterized by bold colors and oversized buds), and micro florals.
Are there any trends on this list you’d be willing to try? Any you want to avoid like the plague? Let us know what you think!