Fashion Flashbacks to Look Forward to in 2018

Thank your lucky stars if your parents have an old box of clothes from high school they never pitched, because you’re about to start 2018 on the right foot. This past year was all about tip toeing through the decades with chokers, hoop earrings, leather skirts and mom jeans. But get ready for 2018 to make the dive into the decades. Designers are bringing back all the fashion staples from the ‘60s to the ‘90s into the new year.

Starting with the swinging ‘60s, where boho styles met animal prints and neon colors. What to look for this 2018: animal prints, bell bottomed jeans, neon colors, chunky heels, fringe, sheer and color block. If you’re more of a tip toe-er than a diver when trying new trends, no worries. Add a leopard print jacket, skirttop or purse to your everyday look. Neon shoes or bags are another way to vamp up any neutral outfit. For the diver: tinsel fringe dresses, fringe leather jackets with flare pants, sheer tulle skirts, sheer sets, anything ultraviolet (Pantone announced this as the color of 2018) and a mixed print pant and jacket with chunky heels.

Moving into the Disco Era of the ‘70s we see a lot of the trends from the ‘60s, but think Studio 54. Trends from the ‘70s that will emerge into 2018 will be: platform boots, sequins, studs, military jackets and tailored suits. For the tip toe-er: Studded belts/wide belts, platform boots, vintage band T’s, glitter scarves. For the diver: sequin jackets/dresses/skirts, the tunic and skirt combo (see Gilda Midani for this look) and Palazzo pants will be very popular in 2018.

Now we make our way to the decade of decadence. Everything about the ‘80s was bigger and better. Styles to seek in 2018 from the ‘80s: fur/faux fur, shoulder pads and jumpsuits. For the tip toe-er, try a shoulder padded blazer with a pair of jeans and studded heels. Ripped or monogrammed denim jackets are coming in, teddy coats (faux fur coats) and mirrored sunglasses. For the diver: power suits, colorful fur coats, gold lamina dresses or giant jackets with black patent knee high go-go boots.

And last but not least we have the grunge ‘90s. Urban ‘90s vibes are taking a storm in 2018. Things you’ll be seeing this coming year include: brand logos, windbreakers and anoraks, “athleisure” featuring track pants and bike shorts, berets, menswear inspired suits, Dr. Martens, plaid and silk. For the tip toe-er: a plaid top and leather statement skirt, a goth inspired silk slip dress with a denim jacket or leather jacket with Dr. Martens. Also try denim jumpers with a turtleneck, oversized brand logo sweatshirts, and a beret to accessorize any look. For the diver: biker shorts (seen on Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid pairing them with blazers and heels), patterned suits with a turtleneck and heels for day time or a bodysuit for nighttime, checkered pants and track pants with heels.

If you’re looking for the year to experiment with your wardrobe, 2018 is going to be the year to do it. Designers are throwing fashion faux pas out the window and bringing a twist to the game, everything goes. This year is going to be all about who can break the rules the best, going from tip toeing to diving into the decades.

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Brooke Mullin

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