2019’s fashion forecast sees the both the reinvention of some of our most-loved trends and the introduction of some brand-new styles, as well as the return of some serious old-school favourites. From bold and bright to exquisitely demure, there’s something for everyone this year. Read on for our run-down of 2019’s top trends as seen on runways all over the globe.
1. Bleached is back
We know what you’re thinking: ‘bleached denim is so 2014’ – but trends oozing 80s nostalgia just keep coming and coming this year, and bleached denim has been spotted on models of fashion powerhouses Alberta Ferretti, Alexander Wang and Balmain, to name a few. Pair acid-wash jeans or a skirt with your favourite tee and sneakers for a casual everyday look – or be the trendsetter and dress it up with heels and a blazer.
2. Barrettes and bows
Change up your mane game this 2019 by adorning your locks with hair accessories – we’re talking bejewelled, statement barrettes and bobby pins, velvety headbands and scrunchies and big 80s style hairties and clips with bows. A silk neckerchief also doubles as a cute headscarf or ponytail accessory – voilà! Parisian-style perfection.
3. The extra elegant belt bag
The upgraded, elegant belt-bag (aka bum bag) is finally here thanks to a refined makeover courtesy of labels like Givenchy, Burberry and Chanel. We’re seeing streamlined renditions with thinner belts, smaller pouches, classic colours and finely tuned fixtures and fastenings. Styled with a classy and tailored look is best – these new kids on the block demand to go with sophisticated attire.
4. The python print
In the realm of animal prints, it appears snakeskin has staked its claim as the go-to pattern for all things fashion in 2019. The typical snake print colour palette is a mix of neutral tones and, although we’ll be seeing plenty of these shades, candy colours like banana yellow and hot pink are set to have their turn with the pattern.
5. Crochet craze
From tops and frilly dresses to bags and shoes, crochet is appearing on runways all over the globe as designers take this delicately detailed textile from beach cover-up to high fashion favourite. Not only reserved for that summery soirée, this woven material can be styled up or down; opt for the ultra-hippy look (think crochet crop and bell bottoms) or slip into a more luxe outfit (a crochet cardigan, midi skirt and heeled boots) – or better yet, go crochet crazy and don yourself in a crochet maxi, jumpsuit or knee length cardi.