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Summer Trends 2018 - 2019

 Future Proof Your Wardrobe
 
Of course it’s a well-known fact that women’s fashion is a fast mover. Now this is a glorious thing, because the sheer pleasure that every new twist and turn brings is immeasurable. The flip side is that not everyone has the ability to re-invest in each new designer label top trend. To circumnavigate this conundrum the simple answer is to pick the looks that are going to be around for a while. As luck would have it, International fashion shows are put on so far in advance they actually allows us to see what’s going to be hitting stores up to a year in advance, helping us to buy on trend in the current season but with one eye to the future.
 
So what, from the summer picks of 2018 are we likely to see trending for summer 2019?
 

Getting Shorty

If you’ve noticed the trend for lycra cycle shorts worn in a non-active-wear capacity this summer, then you, like me, may have asked yourself a couple of pertinent questions. Firstly – is this in fact a joke being played on the hapless public by the fashion Gods? Secondly – how can I make this work for me?  The good news is that it’s not as scary as it first seems and the more thoughtful designers have modified the look to make it wearable (check out the LTB denim). The further upside is that it’s incredibly liberating to wear shorts for more than just casualwear, and there are a plethora of styles that are not only more forgiving than lycra, but that are also set to be here for a while.
 
Getting Shorty
 
  

Ruching, Ruffles, Gingham and Bows

If you have concerns that the ruffles that are everywhere this summer may not last the distance, then fear not, your investment is safe. Frills and flounces were seen in abundance at the 2019 shows, and the 80s style blouses continued to be a strong presence, as did the feature bow. Gingham has such a fresh vibe that it’s not surprising to see its popularity continue. The longevity of ruching is a crowd pleaser – notoriously a hugely flattering style, particularly in dress form it is far more forgiving than a straightforward body con.
 
Ruching Ruffles Gingham Bows
 
  

Big It Up

Woop woop for a trend that allows us to be sun smart and hide any extra padding carried over from the winter months. From maxi lengths to oversized jackets, the penchant for covering up skin is going strong.  Large bags are also still trending, so a thumbs up for the practical face of fashion.
 
Big It Up
  
 

Sharp Styling

Tailoring has been very much to the fore this summer, with a multitude of sleek looks. And it seems set to continue with smart pants, shirts and belts.
 
Sharp Styling
   
  

Work It

Anoraks, khaki cottons and of course utility pants - all have been spotted this season and are definitely still going to be on point next summer. Reminiscent of the cargo craze of the early 2000’s there is a familiarity in the cuffed ankle pants but like every fashion that re-emerges, it has been updated, and this look is less combat and more feminine. So grab your khakis, pair with your kitten heels and kick off the summer season in style.
 
Work it
 
Please note links to all the products featured in this article are in the text below the images. The prices displayed are accurate for the date this blog was posted and may be changed after this date.
 
Written By Nicky Adams

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