As soon as we get Christmas out of the way and our minds no longer have to be preoccupied with party dresses and novelty knits, we can finally get our sartorial sights on the newness to come in the new year. And whilst we still have a little while – and a fair whack of winter – to go until we can dress with spring in mind, there’s no harm in a little preplanning. There are so many spring/summer 2019 trends but these are the ones that truly count; the ones that will really affect your style from here on out.
From mood-boosting brights and sweet new details to the retro trends that are sticking around for another season, these are the top women’s clothing and accessories trends to have on your radar for the year ahead. Swot up now so you can be prepared or invest in these key trends early so you can go straight to the top of the class. May 2019 be your best dressed yet.
The Top 10 Trends To Look Out For In 2019
From the colours to know to the decades to remember, these are the women’s trends that will have the biggest impact on your wardrobe in 2019
1. Neon Brights
Forget primary paintbox colour: this season sees our trusty office highlighters lending their palette to our looks. From the vivi-colour satin and silk seen at Versace, to the cooler London girl aesthetic (think denim, roll necks and sportswear) spotted at House of Holland, the future is looking seriously bright from here on out.
2. Better With Beige
Thought beige was a code word for boring? You may want to reconsider your lexicon for SS19, as beige is the language of luxury and elegance. As a colour, it is traditionally ladylike and this came through on the runways with Dior’s ballerina styling. But it’s not all softly softly: things took a tougher turn at Givenchy with utilitarian boilersuits whilst strong fabric clashes at Max Mara gave chic camel and stone tones some serious gusto. Designer names aside, beige is a shade that lends itself to tone-on-tone styling – something that looks expensive at any budget.
3. Skin & Bows
Wrap yourself up like the gift you are, decorating your look with whimsical ties and delicate bows to add an instant hit of femininity to your look. Big or small, these delicate additions will be found on everything from blouse necklines and dress shoulders to hair accessories (oversized, of course).
4. Sweet Suit
Sugary-sweet sundae inspired shades are set to give traditional women’s suiting a relaxed feel for the new season. Think soft lilacs, orange and bubblegum pinks to add freshness, and louche wide legs and boxy-shoulders to turn the concept of a tailored fit on its head. So good we can practically taste it.
5. Break The Cycle
In 2018 Athleisure took an outdoorsy with hiking apparel giving form an extra helping of function. For 2019, we see the athleisure trend continue in new, but not totally unfamiliar ways, as cycling-inspired looks speed ahead of the competition. Cycling shorts in particular have been bubbling beneath the surface for several seasons, from Yeezy bandeau and shorts emerging as eveningwear in Hollywood to UK editors styling their cut-offs with tailoring, but this will be the year they really hit the mainstream. Keep it casual with an oversize sweater and sneakers, or elevate with a double breasted blazer and pointed-toe flats.
6. All Out Noughties
Kim Kardashian wearing a repeat of the chainmail dress Paris Hilton famously wore to her 21st birthday in 2002 if just the beginning of the 00s revival. Think asymmetrical hemlines on high neck tops, low-slung denim worn with heels and transparent fabrics ruched at the sides for the ultimate blast from the past.
7. Supersize Me
For 2019 accessorising, it really is the case of the bigger the better. From hats to handbags, if your accessories don’t warrant their very own postcode, you’ve done something wrong. Where the Jacquemus mini bag made an impression for ’18, we now see his bags taking their lead from his supersize sun hats and scaling up to astronomical proportions. Good news for carrying all your essentials, bad news for squeezing onto a packed bus. Expect to see the trend roll out to the high street imminently.
8. It's A Cinch
Gok Wan was ahead of his time when it came to dishing out his default styling suggestion of adding a gino cinch belt to literally anything you own. It may have taken a few years to master it, but fast forward to now and tied-up waistlines are der rigeur for adding definition. If you’re low on time, go for pieces that come pre-cinched like jackets and stiff cotton blouses. If you’re feeling creative, use printed scarves to hike your high waisted trousers and extra-thick belts on lightweight coats.
9. 80s Revival
Not all trends are new for now: the 1980s will still be going strong for 2019. That means a continuation of 2018’s penchant for shoulder pads, leopard print and oversized tailoring, and the introduction of even more decade-defining details such as goudy accessories and bubble hemlines to whet your retro appetite.
10. Show Your Sage
Pastels for spring are hardly breaking, but where usually its lilac, pink or powder blue that snags attention, this year belongs to a sedated shade of green. Call it mint, call it pistachio, call it whatever you want – we’re calling it sage. It’s a little less piercing than your usual bright pastel tint and little more Farrow and Ball, and looks great on jumpsuits and knitwear.