Swap Western boots for barely-there sandals, ditch the cold-shoulder cocktail dress for a crochet midi and switch wintry corduroy for acid-washed denim- your head-start on new season fashion begins now.
Shop: The crochet cocktail dress
Stash: Off-the-shoulder dresses
If you navigated 2018’s summer party gauntlet in an off-the-shoulder knee-length dress, your occasionwear wardrobe in 2019 will be all about crochet. The hippified staple has smartened up and (according to Altuzarra, Rodarte, Michael Kors and Self Portrait) now has cocktail hour approval.
Shop: Acid-washed jeans
Stash: Corduroy flares
When it comes to your weekend look, it’s time to stash Prada’s earthy corduroys (for the moment), as ’80s style sweeps back into your off-duty wardrobe– with high-waisted, acid-washed denim, reclaimed from the realm of bad taste. Shop Isabel Marant, Balmain and Ottolinger for the new mood of tongue-in-cheek chic.
Shop: Barely-there sandals
Stash: Western boots
If 2018 was the year of the cowboy boot (we have Calvin Klein, Miu Miu and Ganni to thank for that), 2019 will see the barely-there shoe (BTS) stealing all the attention. Already a hit among the street style set, the BTS has gone on hiatus during freezing winter temperatures, but is set to return come spring. Net-A-Porter have already shifted over 500 pairs of The Row’s skinny style (a FROW favourite) to date. Keep an eye out for the spaghetti strap sandals from By Far and Rejina Pyo that clock in at a contemporary price point. We’ll be wearing them with straight leg acid-washed denim (and making friends with a talented pedicurist).
Shop: The tie-dye tee
Stash: The logo tee
As much as we love our Fendi, Gucci and Balenciaga logo T-shirts, when it comes to lazy summer staples, 2019 is about going logo-free with lashings of retro tie-dye. Paco Rabanne, Collina Strada and Stella McCartney have the mood-lifting flashback T-shirt styles that are exactly like what your older brother wore in 1991.
Stash: Gen-Z yellow
While we’re not altogether abandoning brights in 2019 (see the return of tie-dye, above) fashion is poised for a mainstream shift towards muted neutral shades. Chloé, Burberry and Acne Studios are leading the way when it comes to blending desert tones into your everyday look. Our advice? Start allocating part of your monthly Uber budget to dry-cleaning.
Shop: Upscale knee shorts
Stash: Retro nylon shorts
If Seventies-style nylon running shorts ruled the day (and chic festival circuit) in 2018, next year it’s all about the upscale knee short. Early adopters will already be wearing their second-skin cycling shorts, while the rest of us hold out until Prada’s tailored knee shorts drop in February.
Shop: The sequined mini
Stash: The sequined midi
The sequined midi dress really had a moment in 2018, becoming the disco-cum-demure staple of the autumn/winter party season. 2019, however, is set to take a different tack, as Halpern, Attico and Celine’s slashed-to-here hemlines come into their own, for a new era of female body confidence.
Shop: The Nineties summer coat
Stash: The leather biker jacket
Louis Vuitton, Margiela, Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga have come through with a sharp take on summer outerwear for 2019. Their array of smart single-breasted day coats with a distinctly ’90s silhouette now lead the way, where a leather perfecto would feel conspicuously down tempo.