Should “buy now and dispose of later” be your motto when it comes to fashion? 2017 has been a year of fads, fast fashion, and bold accessories. Some of these trends have been resurrected from the early ’90s and others have, unfortunately, been resurrected from the fashion graveyard. So, which looks are here to stay, and what will end up at the thrift store or worse, in the garbage less than 365 days from now? I asked some of the top fashion and style experts, designers, bloggers, and influencers what their predictions are. How many of these items are in your closet?
If you like corset belts, you better wear yours enough now so you’re over it by the time 2018 hits. Unfortunately, this trend is not here to stay. Designer Verdad would probably raise a glass to blogger Amanda Katherine, who told me she thinks that Kylie Jenner is giving the corset belt the Kardashian kiss of death. She told me, “Kylie Jenner was just spotted out in Miami with Travis Scott wearing a t-shirt dress with a cream-colored corset belt.” Although this look is on its way out, Katherine is still a fan, “I like this look and it gives your body a little more of an hourglass shape when you are wearing loose dresses.”
However, if you are thinking about buying an expensive corset belt, she suggests saving your money and not investing too much in this trend. An affordable fashion expert, Katherine’s lifestyle blog Dope + Broke, showcases stylish alternatives to pricey pieces.
Podiatrist and luxury footwear designer, Joan Oloff sees women gravitating away from painful footwear and choosing shoes that won’t cramp their toes or their style instead. She told me, “What I see going out of style by 2018 is pain!”
Oloff believes the tides are turning when it comes to female footwear preferences, “Women are rejecting the notion that they have to suffer if they want to wear sexy, beautiful shoes.” She continued, “In 2018, women are becoming empowered and choosing fashion that coexists with function. We are just at the beginning of this shift and I am excited about what we are seeing for Spring!”
Fashion influencer and personal style Instagrammer Amanda Brooke thinks pom poms and other tiny decorative and furry frills will be on the “not” list by 2018, telling me, “There’s definitely a long list of trends that will be out the door in 2018 and at the top of that list are chokers, furry slides, patches and just about anything with pom poms or tassels.” She believes this because, “Runway trends convert to fast fashion, and fast fashion items [are] mass produced everywhere. It’s easy to become tired of trending items before you’ve even had a chance to wear them more than once.”
But what should you do if you want to wear any of these trendy items? Brooke suggests not overly investing in them both financially and emotionally, “Since items like these tend to go out of style so quickly, I always recommend buying more accessible versions of the trend so you don’t break the bank every season.” Although she’s sad to think of retiring her favorite pom poms soon, she feels better knowing that “we never know what new, fun concepts will emerge in seasons to come.”
Leon Rbibo, who is the president of the jewelry store The Pearl Source, is predicting chunky, clunky accessories such as large, bulky necklaces, big bracelets, as well as clunky, and oversized earrings are on their way out. Over the past months, he has really seen how customer trends have changed, “We’ve seen a noticeable difference over the last year in what pieces people, especially younger generations, are choosing to purchase. Put simply, the trend clearly shows that streamlined, sleek styles are in.” He continued to tell me that “The driving factor behind this might very well be Millennials, who have shown a tendency to favor more simple, classic looks. Subtle chic is what we like to call it.”
Rbibo thinks that pearls are going to be big in 2018, “One thing that will continue to trend into 2018, though, is pearls. Allure magazine put it nicely when they said we are in the middle of a pearl renaissance. Everyone from Ellen DeGeneres, Beyonce and Michelle Obama are all sporting the pearl look.”