2019 SPRING FASHION FORECAST
Who’s ready to talk 2019 spring fashion trends??? I’m in full-on winter mode here and spring isn’t even a twinkle in my eye, but I always post a Spring Fashion Forecast in January, and it’s always one of my most popular posts.
I had some requests during my Facebook Live yesterday to talk about what’s ahead for spring, so I did some research and this is what I came up with!
Don’t worry, there will be plenty more winter outfits, but for today let’s look ahead to what we might be wearing this spring.
One thing I’ve learned from writing this post so early in the season is it’s hard to find a lot of good shopping links to wearable options because the stores aren’t stocking many spring styles yet. This year was harder than ever, and most of the pictures below do not represent how these trends will play out in the mainstream brands. I’ll be curious to see how some of these styles translate to the masses when our favorite retailers start rolling out their spring lines.
First, let’s discuss color trends for spring.
The 2019 Pantone Color of the Year is Living Coral, but I didn’t see a lot of that in the trend reports I read. In fact, I found color trends to be all over the place this season. You’ll see what I mean… let’s get this party started!
2019 SPRING FASHION FORECAST
(All images are clickable.)
#1. Earth Tones
Instead, I read that earth tones are back in a big way, and we’re talking head-to-toe earth tones. “An inescapable sea of beige is coming this season,” Elizabeth von der Goltz, Global Buying Director at Net-a-Porter tells Elle magazine. She talks about mixing shades of earth tones in various textures within one look. The best picture I could find is the one above, but I can see how this could be done in a classy way as well.
Conversely, neons and pastels are also expected to be big. Golden yellow is back again, I saw lots of bright pink and red. But also pastels, and I think we’re seeing that already in the softer, feminine shades of pink and lavender that are out right now. I also see some baby blue emerging for springtime.
Tie-dye and hippie-inspired styles are making a comeback as well as loud scarf prints and new takes on the boho trend. A stark contrast to the head-to-toe earth tones, graphic punchy prints are also going to be big as well as mixing floral patterns.
And not just in accessories either. You’ll see feathers adorning all sorts of clothing items, but also on handbags and jewelry.
#5. Biker Shorts
No joke… and we thought leggings were bad! Most articles I read mentioned biker shorts, and they’re showing them with everything from blazers to casual t-shirts and most often in layered looks. I’ll be curious to see how that one plays out, but I do see this possibly bringing Bermuda shorts back into vogue, as they have a similar silhouette.
Relaxed suits in bold colors as well as the head to toe earth tones are all over the place for spring. This one definitely does not work for my lifestyle, so I don’t see it becoming a big thing here in the suburbs.
Almost every article I read mentioned crochet and craft-inspired styles in minimalist silhouettes. I’m seeing this on clothing — particularly tops and dresses — as well as accessories and handbags. This is defnitely one of the more wearable trends this season.
#8. Sporty Sandals
These were big last year, and I guess they’re still going strong. I’m not a big fan of this look — this sandal is about as sporty as I get.
#9. Acid Wash Jeans
Say it ain’t so! This is one of those been there, done that trends for me. I love denim, but I’m not sure I can go back to acid wash. I predict this one won’t be around for long.
#10. Utility Jumpsuit
Surplus-inspired designs are all over the spring trend reports, and the utility jumpsuit was mentioned specifically. I had a hard time finding much online. I’ll be curious to see how this trend translates in the mainstream. I can see it possibly being cute… not necessarily a jumpsuit, but perhaps a surplus-inspired blazer or fitted jacket to replace the long, boxy utility jacket of years past?
#11. Statement Jewelry
According to Harpers Bazaar, statement jewelry ruled the spring 2019 runways: “Dainty necklaces and classic hoops have been ruling the accessory scene for quite some time now. But according to the Spring 2019 runways, it’s time to get ready for the return of maximalist jewelry. From statement necklaces making a comeback to dripping rhinestone details, reimagined chokers, larger-than-life earrings, and even the return of bangles, more is more seems to be the jewelry theme of next season.”
In their picture, I think the jewelry still has a delicate look to it… it’s just a lot of delicates put together. It’s definitely not the statement jewelry of 2014. I’ll be curious to see how that one translates.
#12. Statement Bags
Handbag styles this season are structured and polished — a far cry from the slouchy hobos of years past. Mini bucket bags, bold colors, sleek carryalls, and top handle bags are all very big this year. Color-wise, you’re going to see bright colors and also a lot of white and ivory.
Fashion Trends That Are Going Out for 2019
I don’t usually address what’s going out in my spring trends forecast, but I saw a couple of articles that included that information, and I thought you guys would find it interesting.
#1. Off-the-Shoulder Shirts & Dresses // To which I say, hallelujah! I like the look, but it’s just not practical or comfortable, and I’m happy to see that one moving on.
#2. Motorcycle Jackets // Well, boo to the hoo. You know how much I love my moto jackets. I think we still have a few years before they’re really gone, and I plan to wear the dickens out of mine until they look dreadfully dated.
#3. Ruffles & Frills // This one seems a little mixed. Bazaar says IN, Elle says OUT. 🤷🏻♀️I’m not a big fan of ruffles and frills, so it doesn’t make much difference to me. I probably won’t be wearing them anyway. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what’s in stores for the verdict.
#4. Oversized Menswear Silhouette // I still see wide shouldered jackets in several of the trend reports, but I didn’t see as much of the oversized overcoat look going on. I guess I didn’t really get into this trend anyway, so I’m meh on this one as well.
#5. Thigh High Boots and Stilettos // I’m sure this will make a lot of you very happy. Supposedly knee high and midi boots are going to be replacing the OTK boots, although no one wears much of either in the springtime… perhaps that will be more evident come fall. I do love a good stiletto and it never truly goes out of style, but it sounds like more comfortable silhouettes are going to be trending.
#6. Casual Sportswear // Hoodies, sweatpants, track suits, and sneakers are being elevated and dressed up for 2019, but the casual looks sound like they’re going out. I guess this is why we’re seeing more of the Golden Goose and less of the “dad sneakers” that were trending for a while.
#7. High Waisted Jeans // I’m not sure they’re talking about traditional high-rise styles here; I think they’re talking about the exaggerated mom jeans silhouette that is so atrocious, and to that trend, I say good riddance!
#8. Bell Sleeves // No surprise here, this was a trend that I didn’t expect to last. It was never very practical, and it got too popular too fast. I doubt any of you are terribly sad about this one.
#9. Bedazzled Denim // Thank goodness, I ever cared for this one!
Okay, go for it. Tell me what you think. But before you say “I will never…” remember that there will be more wearable versions of most of these trends as the spring lines start to hit the stores. I’ll be curious to see how that pans out!
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