A Quick Timeline of the Biggest Fashion Trends in 2018

By  - 5 years ago

As 2018 is coming to a close, we’ve rounded up the hottest—and even the most head-scratching—trends that dominated the runways, streets, red carpets, and most especially, our IG feeds this year.





Love it or hate it, ultra-violet had a moment this year after Pantone announced it as 2018’s Color of the Year. Slowly but surely, the bold purple shade popped up on the wardrobes of fashion’s It girls Kim Jones, Heart Evangelista, and Aimee Song, and the result was nothing short of eye-catching! Who wouldn’t notice that pop of violet on Kim Jones’ feet?



Polka dots

Polka dots are just so fun and flirty, which can explain why everyone from celebs to influencers was obsessed with the look all summer—and beyond.


Digging a little deeper, though, we can thank designers Carolina Herrera, Jacquemus, and Jason Wu for the re-emergence of the quirky print, after releasing a plethora of polka-dotted looks at the S/S ‘18 runways.

‘Dad’ sneakers

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Let’s not forget that 2018 is also the year when our dad’s chunky-soled sneakers became cool AF. Unlike the year of Stan Smiths, the bulkier and the bolder—or dare we say it, uglier—your shoes are now, the cooler it is. Pro tip: keep your outfit as minimal as possible so you can go crazy with your footwear. Balance is key, ladies! 



Tube tops

Following the return of tracksuits (minus the velvet) and chainmail dresses, the tube top is the latest 2000s trend that resurrected in 2018!


The strapless top was beloved by the likes of Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz, and Sarah Jessica Parker, often pairing it with low-rise jeans. Not sure how to wear ‘em now? Nadine Lustre styled hers with a pair of cargo pants for a casual-cool #OOTD. You can also team it up with a plaid skirt à la Gabbi Garcia for a major ‘90s #throwback!  



Leopard print  

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The leopard print is back—or did it ever really go away? When toned down with casual pieces like a graphic T-shirt or a pair of denim jeans, the bold print feels a little less tacky and a whole lot chicer, as demonstrated by Sarah Lahbati and Liz Uy.



Bike shorts

Whoever thought of wearing their cycling shorts beyond the gym and call it #fashion? Well, Kim Kardashian thought so—and so did Princess Diana in the ‘90s!


We’re not gonna lie: this comeback trend didn’t seem appealing at first sight, but when style influencers like Camille Co paired ‘em with a dressy top or when Aimee Song topped it off with an oversized blazer, we were convinced that with the right styling, bike shorts can be incredibly chic and wearable IRL. 


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