2019 is set to be a very bold year in terms of fashion. Animal prints are not going anywhere soon and with the introduction of some other loud textiles and trends, even the subtle season of spring won’t be for the faint of heart. Of course, you don’t have to follow the trends of the times each season, but if you choose to do so this spring, you better buckle up. Literally.
THE INDUSTRIAL BELT
That being said, let’s start with the industrial buckle belts. Anything streetwear queen Bella Hadid wears skyrockets into stardom, including this industrial belt originating from Virgil Abloh’s Off-White. If you don’t have $190+ to spend on this belt but want to stay on trend this season without buying an obvious knock off, head over to your local Target and grab this industrial belt for $13. It doesn’t feature the text, paying homage to the trend Abloh set without ripping it off completely.
Animal prints are fierce and here to stay for the whole of 2019. I foresee animal prints, and snake in specific, being the defining trend of 2019. Animal prints are even morphing with other trends – such as neon. While I do love the leopards and snake prints and have been stocking my wardrobe with them, my favorite print at the moment is zebra. It is rather hard to find, but most of the zebra print I’ve seen is done in such a chic way and the black and white nature of the pattern makes it so easy to wear. For those of you still unsure on styling animal prints, keep an eye on my instagram @theamberarchives over the next couple weeks to get some styling inspo.
In August of last year, Kim Kardashian brought out some vintage Versace and with it brought an influx of neon to fast fashion retailers. I personally am a fan of this trend because of the fun makeup looks that can be done with it and how it is a total departure from the pastel tones that typically dominate feeds this time of year. If you haven’t fully warmed up to the idea and especially don’t love the idea of a head to toe neon look, don’t worry. Acclimate to the trend slowly by adding a touch of neon to a simple outfit (such as an accessory, like a bag) or pairing your favorite denim with a neon top – such as these turtlenecks from Forever 21 that I’ve added to my springtime wardrobe.
My main tip when it comes to the neon trend is to not spend a lot of money on the pieces. Neon has held out for the past 6-7 months and will likely go well into the summer but it is certainly a fad and the neon lights will be blown out soon.
Here is a selection of my current favorite affordable neon tops:
TRENDY TEXTILES AND TONES
It is no secret that the 70s are back in style and what is a more 70s appropriate textile than corduroy? Well…maybe crushed velvet – which are both back. While I am currently searching high and low for the perfect pair of corduroy pants I have been successfully adding more colorful velvet pieces in the meantime, such as this Topshop Blazer (sold out but the pants are on a major sale and come in 3 colors) and this BlankNYC one (similar here).
Whether you like the corduroy look or velvet, I recommend wearing them in bold colors or in one of the two colors that are immensely popular this season: brown and yellow.
Yes, brown. Brown in pants, t-shirts, outerwear, dresses. That ugly brown blazer you turned down at the thrift store? Run, don’t walk. It’s vintage now. And as far as yellow, I come across so many people that say they can’t pull off this color but I believe there is a shade of yellow for any skin tone. Yellow is a color that has a vast spectrum, from daffodil to buttercream. You just have to find yours.
As I sat down to proof-read this post, I saw one of my favorite fashionistas Camila Coelho post this photo and had to insert it to further make my point. Spring 2019 is going to be about bold prints. Floral prints, polka dots, rope chain print, scarf print. There are so many fun prints to play around with. If you are a more timid dresser I invite you to at least try a print even if its in neutral colors and work your way up to bold colored prints.
Top left to right: Boohoo, Nasty Gal, Pretty Little Thing
Bottom left to right: Zara, Free People, ASOS
It is time to say goodbye to the drab colors of winter and thaw out your wardrobe by incorporating some color, some print, some fun textiles or at the very least, some brown.
What trends are you loving this spring? Thanks for reading!