2018 was a great year for fashion but, as always, plenty of unexpected and divisive trends emerged. And, although we embraced many of them wholeheartedly at the time, we feel that some deserve to be kept in 2018.
Here, we round up the trends which we hope won’t make their way into the new year…
1. Teeny, tiny sunglasses
Perhaps the most prevalent accessory trend of the year was teeny, tiny sunglasses. Championed by every supermodel going, the sunnies were embraced the world over this summer as we all ditched our classic styles in favour of tiny specs that didn’t quite cover our eyes. After warnings about their safety (they don’t block out the sun after all), we’re hoping that fashion moves away from the trend into something altogether more sensible.
Wear instead: Princess Anne-inspired sporty specs.
2. Plastic, transparent fashion
2018 wasn’t the first year that we saw clear plastic accessories hitting the mainstream (Kim Kardashian has been wearing them for years), but after Chanel gave the trend its seal of approval with its spring/summer 2018 collection, plastic fashion went into overdrive – and the French house wasn’t the only brand to champion it. However, with the war against plastic raging harder than ever and the frankly impractical nature of walking around all day in plastic boots or carrying your belongings in a completely transparent bag, it might be time to let this one go.
Wear instead: More sustainable materials.
3. Shell jewellery
A trend that’s been dying down over winter – but we’re predicting might reemerge in the summer – is the Instagram-championed return of shell jewellery. These surfer dude-inspired necklaces, bracelets and anklets were everywhere in the latter part of 2018 and the love for them doesn’t seem to be waning with the style even popping up on the Missoni and Altuzarra catwalks in September. However, as with most Insta trends, it already feels overdone and by the time the weather gets warmer again, we are all going to have had enough of seeing those shell necklaces on our timeline.
Wear instead: Large, chunky chains or a bejewelled arm cuff.
Logos have seen a huge resurgence over the past couple of seasons, but 2018 took the biscuit with brands embracing the ’90s trend in a big way. And, although it can be a chic and impossibly cool style to pull off, as with any bold and eye-catching trend, it starts to feel dated very quickly.
Wear instead: Less shouty and more muted pieces that can be worn for years.
5. Dad trainers
While we are all for an unexpectedly comfortable footwear trend, we are hoping that 2018 was the final year that the Dad trainer reigned supreme. The style – which was all over the catwalks and the street stylers – was always going to be a divisive trend that is hard to pull off, but after months of attempting to make them look stylish, we feel this is truly a trend only for celebrities.
Wear instead: Just as comfortable, but much easier-to-style ballet pumps, which were seen all over the SS19 catwalks.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK