Thought it might be fun – as we start to hear about Spring 2020 style trends – to take a glance back at a post about the looks that were getting big press about this time in 2018. How many of them are still around today? I think about it this way: If a look is so “IN” today that everyone seems to have it, it is going to look totally “OUT” pretty quickly. More classic, basic, long-lived styles are a much better use of your wardrobe dollars. So how did these trends fare?
Trends are a device designers and retailers use to make women feel pressure to buy something new, whether they need it or not, whether it flatters or doesn’t. Let’s take a critical look at retail offerings for Spring ’18 and how they work for women with various color patterns and figure types.
We continue to see open-shoulder styles heavily featured. If you have fabulous wide straight shoulders you can WEAR this style with no worries. But the rest of us need to BEWARE. Consider exactly how the cut-out shape directs the viewer’s eye over our body. If the cut-out follows a curve is almost certain to make shoulders appear narrower and the rest of the body seem broader by comparison. This diagram shows your that effect in the abstract – less shoulder (Fig. A) equals more of everything else:
And here are some garment examples.
Then there is the trend toward full, long, over-embellished sleeves. BEWARE. Every variation I’ve seen of this trend adds fullness to the middle body and draws all eyes downward, far away from your face. My advice: stick with classic sleeve styles.
Gingham checks are a big spring trend that can easily become too much of a good thing. Many gingham garments harken back to high school home economics projects. If you are young enough to ask “What’s home ec?” you can probably WEAR this look any way you choose. If you recall it vividly, BEWARE and limit your gingham to accent items, ideally in unexpected colors or in non-traditional fabrics like these from Talbots.
What Spring trends will you decide to WEAR? And why?