The new year signals the start of fresh adventures, renewed goals, and brand new fashion trends. Everything we know about 2019's must-have styles comes from our deep dives into the spring runways and pre-fall '19 collections. You can expect a resurgence of nostalgic favorites like tie dye print and new obsessions like the perfect denim cropped jacket and skirt set. Here, our predictions for the top fashion trends you'll be seeing everywhere in 2019.
Pantone's color choice for 2019 might be living coral, but butter yellow (as I call it) is a close second in popularity. The hue popped up on the spring '19 runways of Escada (left), Rodarte, and Tibi, meaning the soft shade will be everywhere next season. Pick up a yellow dress or two right before the weather turns from frigid to over-heated.
Your bag's all packed for vacation, but you feel like you're missing something. Hint: it's this dress. Made from breathable linen, this shoulder-baring piece can be worn on a boat or at the beach. It's your casual-fancy dinner dress, but also your I'll take-a-walk-around-the-resort pick. Basically, it's your catch-all look for trips.
Two trends combine into one with this beaded yellow bag by Shrimps. When your outfit needs a boost in color, slip this on your arm and the mission's accomplished.
Getting dressed in the mornings should be effortless, which is why I'm thankful for matching sets. Brands like Frame (left) have caught the drift, introducing crop jacket and shorts sets in its pre-fall 2019 collection. Meanwhile, designers like Matthew Adams Dolan and Maryam Nassir Zadeh revamped the pantsuit for spring, replacing long trousers with shorts. Who wants to wear coordinating looks with me?
The pain of finding a denim jacket to match your denim skirt is nonexistent thanks to this set by Paige. The brand just released its pre-spring 2019 collection and one of them includes a jacket and skirt set in the color "desert bloom." You can style the two pieces with tights and boots for winter, but when spring arrives, wear them with a crop top and sandals.
Suits tend to give off corporate vibes, but not this Oscar de la Renta piece. It has a relaxed double-breasted fit and the baby blue color deems the suit fun not serious. Style with a sweater underneath and a pair of white boots.
Bucket hats will outlive the bygone trends of 2018. They were incorporated into the spring '19 shows of 3.1 Phillip Lim (left) and Michael Kors, which means we haven't seen the last of them. Expect the accessory to come with print floral patterns or in a living coral shade. You'll happily trade your fedoras for the newest
kid hat on the block.
When luxury fashion houses like Prada make bucket hats, you know they're in again. This piece is crafted from nylon and features the brand's hallmark triangle logo plaque on the side. Though pricey, the hat can be worn with any outfit next season, justifying the cost.
Even if you're still warming up to the idea of bucket hats, you can't deny this one is rather cool with the lavender shade and yellow stripes. Aside from looks, the hat has functional proprieties too. It's made with a water-wicking shell, which keeps your hair protected in unexpected drizzles.
If there's one trend both European and American designers can agree on for next year, it's the return of the vest. Isabel Marant debuted this cool denim version on her spring runway while Anna Sui went for a more boho-inspired print in her collection. Regardless of what style you choose, it's the perfect transitional piece to own as you move through the seasons.
Not sure where to start with the vest trend? Go for a simple denim piece like this one from Madewell. It can be easily layered with a stripe dress or knitted sweater.
Wintertime calls for a more aggressive form of vest like this one from Moncler. Don't let the lightweight design fool you, the vest is stuffed with feather down to keep you warm in the harshest temperatures. An elastic belt with a logo buckle adds a stylish touch to the piece.
According to Google, one of the top fashion searches in 2018 was for '80s fashion, which makes sense if you were paying attention to the spring '19 runways earlier this year. Our attention has shifted from the '90s to the decade earlier, embracing designs like puff sleeves and waist-cinching wide belts. It's time to peruse your nearest vintage store or mom's closet to dig out those coveted '80s finds.
Give everyone in the room a reason to stare with this blazer dress. The double-breasted style gets a true '80s-inspired upgrade with the voluminous sleeves yet still looks structured and chic. This look is for the fashion girl who isn't afraid to stand out in the crowd.
Did someone say party dress? Because this is my pick. Ruffle-trim sleeves with ribbon ties give it feminine vibes while the mini dress length keeps it fun and appropriate for daytime gatherings. Wear with heels.
Labels like R13 (left) and John Elliott tapped into their groovy sides and sent tie dye tops, jackets, and pants down the New York Fashion Week spring '19 runways. This nostalgic camp staple won't look like your tattered old tees though. Expect a fresh delivery of stylish pieces from tie dye denim jackets to sweaters.
You'll practically blend in with the sky in this tie dye tee from Ganni. It fits oversized for a more relaxed vibe and is playfully embroidered with a vintage telephone that says hotline hotline
This Eckhaus Latta top is completely dyed by hand and features exposed raw seams all over to make it appear as if it's pieced together from panels of soft, recycled cotton-jersey. The true upside to this shirt for clumsy people like myself? Minor coffee stains will blend right in.
If 2018 focused on BDE and all things macro, 2019 might be the year we downsize, starting with our bags. We can thank French fashion designer Simon Porte Jacquemus for introducing us to his tiny accessories that, while not too practical, force us to confront our bag-lady lifestyles. The next time you're out, leave the extra lipstick or portable charger at home. Bring only the necessities.
Jacquemus bags come in new iterations like this suede green color just in time for next season. If you're worried about losing it—the accessory is tiny after all—attach the accompanying shoulder strap and wear your purse across the body.
Cult Gaia's known for its vacation-inspired acrylic bags, so fans will be pleasantly surprised by its venture into funkier styles like this dyed haircalf mini bag. It's the perfect purse to kick off your downsizing goals in 2019.