The realm of fashion is a world that’s constantly changing. Designers always innovating, creating, and upending the industry. New styles and trends appear on runways and storefronts every season. The most popular colors, cuts, and textures change too quickly that some of us can hardly keep up!
Of course, every so often, an old trend you thought was dead and buried sees a remarkable resurgence. In 2019, many of the trends we’ve seen strutting down catwalks look delightfully familiar. Here are some of our favorite fashions for the remainder of 2019.
The athleisure trend has been an industry powerhouse for a few years now, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Retailers made an impressive $9.6 billion in sales on athletic wear in 2017 alone, and the trend continues to show up on runways from designers like Chanel, Moschino, and Christian Cowan.
The enduring popularity of athleisure outfits is hardly surprising; in today’s fast-paced world, many shoppers need a look that seems at home in the yoga studio, the grocery store, and the bar for happy hour. Printed yoga pants (with pockets for holding your phone or keys), stylish tank tops with cute designs or bold sayings, and comfortable, yet classy tracksuits are becoming staples in many closets.
What is leading athleisure trends for this year? Business-sport casual. Due to the influx of millennials dressing down at the office (and the decreasing interest in a classic “work wardrobe”), many designers are creating looks that are equally at home in the boardroom or the weight room. Designer J.Lindeberg showed a collection that combined blazers, trousers, and sporty sneakers at Copenhagen Fashion Week, and we predict that this casual style will become the new normal.
For many years, tie-dye fashion has belonged to a… certain niche. First, it was the symbol of hippies in the 1960s. Then, it became the uniform of every elementary-school kid at summer camp. These days, however, tie-dye is officially having a fashion moment, with designers like Marques’Almeida and Proenza Schouler incorporating the style into their latest collections.
What exactly is getting tie dyed? Everything. Graphic tees, handbags, dresses, and even puffer jackets are getting the tie-dye treatment. You can dress down with a crop top and distressed jeans, or zhuzh it up with a bleach-dyed satin dress. Overall, tie-dye is the best of both worlds—the look is old-fashioned and nostalgic, yet modern and trendy.
You might be wondering how tie-dye made its way to the runway. After all, isn’t that a trend that died years ago? Well, the answer is yes and no. The style did fall out of favor as the hippie movement faded away, but this isn’t the first time the trend has made a comeback. Tie-dye fashion had a brief resurgence in popularity in the 1990s, and the fact that it’s back today speaks to a much larger trend.
As we mentioned earlier, some fashion trends get their own renaissance years after they’ve fallen from grace. It’s a part of the cyclical nature of trends; what was old can (eventually) become new again. And in 2019, there is no question that 90s street style is the en vogue throwback fashion.
The Fashion Week runways were chock-full of vibrant, neon clothing from Prabal Gurung, grunge-era flannel from Marc Jacobs (a reissue of a classic line literally lifted from 1993), and curve-hugging bike shorts (a case of worlds colliding between throwback fashion and athletic wear). It’s clear that the 90s are back in full force; time to raid our parents’ and older siblings’ closets, or dig through our own!
Another 90s trend that has seen a 2019 comeback is the return of fierce animal prints (think Fran Drescher in The Nanny). Designers like Emporio Armani, Off-White, and Rochas featured animal-print looks in their Spring 2019 shows, and consumers are eating it up! This style was the third best-selling print at the end of 2018, making it clear that capsule wardrobes everywhere are about to get wild.
It should be no surprise that leopard print fashions were at the top of the food chain in the industry. This well-loved pattern has always been somewhat popular; in fact, many fashionistas consider it a “neutral” ideal for mixing with other styles.
But this year, leopard is stepping out of the neutral territory and into the spotlight with long trench coats, printed trousers, and bodycon dresses bearing the style. However, leopard print is also seeing some competition; snakeskin has slithered its way onto many runways, becoming an especially popular choice for shoes, coats, and handbags.
Floral patterns have long been a popular choice for spring and summer fashion, and 2019 is no exception. However, the current trends have upped the ante, with flowers absolutely everywhere. High-end designers like Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, and Louis Vuitton all created energetic floral looks for their 2019 lines, and the name of the game was lots of color and lots of mixed prints.
Of course, florals aren’t just showing up all over your outfit; they’re showing up on every outfit. From Roberto Cavalli’s tropical-inspired, floral-printed power suits to Carolina Herrera’s delicate, patchwork-style maxi-dresses (with a floral print in every color), there’s a flower-covered look for absolutely every occasion. Whether you’re looking for a spring-inspired blouse for the office or a sweet, feminine look for your cousin’s wedding, this classically beautiful style is a particularly trendy choice.
With these trends in mind, you can create a wardrobe that will have everyone green with envy. Just remember, the key to wearing any fashion trend is to wear something that makes you you. As Oscar de la Renta once said, “Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”
Maybe you have a certain color you wear every day. Maybe sustainable and ethical practices drive your purchasing decisions. Maybe you’re most confident in a certain silhouette. Whatever you wear this year, whether it’s the latest trend or an old classic, make sure it’s something that inspires you and makes you happy.