8 Fashion Trends to Watch for in 2018

And how to prepare to wear every piece

As I've said before, I'm all about sustainable beauty and fashion, but I can't help but give in to trends when they come. You only live once, so why not have a little fun, right? Or a whole lot of fun, with fashion, beauty, taking risks, etc. etc. New Year is all about resolutions. Make yours last. Go for bold with fashion. Try something you haven't before.

Start with these anticipated must-haves...

1. Sophisticated, individualized structured suits

This is a piece every woman should have by the time she's in her late 20s. Thanks to it-girl Daisy Ridley and her 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' press tour, this fad is already becoming popular. Get your statement structured suit from a retailer like Zara before the New Year. You're sure to impress at all of those first-of-the-year meetings come 2018. Remember, dress for the job you want, not the one you have, unless, of course, you already have the job you want. In which case, props to you!

2. All things ultra-violet

Recently named Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year, you can expect to see this color everywhere, from hair to lips to hips to toes. The anticipation should also come with a return of 80s staples like puff-sleeve satin dresses, modernized for this generation. Are you ready to rock the fad? Get going. Start with accessories, then work your way to more involved statement wear. Go bold with your lipstick - be daring. Look to your favorite websites for inspiration. Personally, I'm a fan of Gal Meets Glam, Who What Wear, Olivia Palermo, and Lauren Conrad. Of course, there's always 'Vogue' and 'Nylon', too.

Fashion retailers' e-mail newsletters are also a fabulous way to draw inspiration. Be sure to subscribe to follow your favorites for the most up to date fad news and how-to style guides.

3. Double-breasted jackets & coats

Let's face it, the weather outside is still going to be frightful in most places across the world in the New Year, unless you're among the minority that resides in above 60-degree weather in January. (Jealous!) Keep warm and fashionable with a double-breasted jacket or coat. Do these honestly EVER go out of style, though?

4. Red, everywhere

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Call it the "blue drink effect," if you will. Because ultra-violet is going to be everywhere, red won't be far behind. Once you see someone with a bright hue, you'll want to wear one yourself. Why so trendy in 2018? The daring hue elicits that certain sort of attention thrill-seekers, the sexy and the bold can't get enough of in the New Year. As a society, we need more hope and ambition. Red is a color that provides just those feelings. Stand-out with statement sweaters, boots, and accessories. 

5. Freaking faux-fur

Love it or leave it, it's here to stay in 2018. Pair with an equally attractive bold dress, as shown above, or a casual tee and ripped high-waisted denim. Whatever your style, you're bound to find a faux-fur jacket or coat that is just your level of Kesha-licious because we all know how she can rock it. So can you!

6. Velvet for days

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Most of us know how captivating this trend has been in 2017, and, once again, it's here to stay in 2018. Well, it will at least be here at the beginning of the year. Whether you layer a velvet dress overtop a basic long-sleeve tee or try a velvet undies set, you will love the soft-to-the-touch effect. Not only that, but velvet tends to induce a sort of gentleness that puts a fresh, fun spin on those days that feel brand new. Make your New Year your best, most fashionable yet.

Don't feel timid - this trend isn't just for fashion bloggers or Instagram influencers. "Normal" girls can pull it off too. PSA: We are all pretty normal. Don't stress what you think you are or aren't. Be who you want to be, fashion or otherwise. You create your own rules when it comes to the art of fashion and being alive! Own it, baby.

7. Berets à la mass retailers 

For real! This classic French style has made its way to the states (again). It's a fun, feminine look that can take on a variety of styles and patterns to complement your favorite fashion-forward outerwear. Try one or a bunch. Your friends are bound to catch on to the trend, and, even if not, as long as you rock it with confidence, it's always a style worth supporting.

Find yours for a steal at a chain like Forever 21.

8. Hot for street denim

Tear it up, and make no apologies. Your mom probably won't like it, but you will love it for most of the year. Whether you choose denim with a hole below the bum or on the knee, or with multiples, you will love the carefree vibe this style brings you in the New Year and how the holes fill fashion hearts everywhere (including yours)!

Enjoy the best of street denim with classics like American Eagle Outfitters this season. 


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