These Are the 8 Trends Everyone Will Be Wearing in 2018

With the end of 2017, a few trends will start to make a slow exit (like cold-shoulder tops, millennial pink) as new ones arrive in their place.

Spring always brings the opportunity for a fresh start, sartorial and otherwise, and the following eight trends are sure to set the tone for the new year’s fresh looks.

Rainwear, everywhere

Fantastic plastic pieces abounded on the runways, most notably at Chanel with clear rainboots and accessories but also at Marc Jacobs, Burberry and Christopher Kane. April showers are sure to bring on these water-resistant wares.

Rain-ready boots and a hat on Kaia Gerber at Chanel's SS18 show.
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PVC-topped Jimmy Choo pumps backstage at Off-White's SS18 show.
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Walking on sunshine

From Gen Z yellow to the mustard hue that showed up this fall in plenty of street-style shots, yellow is sure to be a major hue in 2018 (despite Ultra Violet purple being the official Pantone color of the year).

A bright yellow coat at Oscar de la Renta SS18.
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Yellow mules backstage at the Fenty Puma SS18 show.
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Warm-weather plaids

Checks, tartans and other plaids came roaring back to holiday and home decor this winter, and lighter versions will likely stick around come spring.

Layered plaids at Miu Miu SS18.
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Plaid ankle socks and pumps at Fendi SS18.
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Edgy florals

Florals are always a guarantee for spring, but 2018 will see versions in edgier cuts (like those at Proenza Schouler), with darker hues and more abstract prints.

Quirky florals at Proenza Schouler SS18.
Flocked floral platforms at Erdem SS18.
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Dark denim

After plenty of ’90’s-inspired lighter washes in the past few years, a darker, more raw version of denim debuted on spring’s runways, from Tom Ford and Chloé to Derek Lam and Christian Dior. Choosing a darker wash will make for an instant wardrobe update.

Classic denim hues at Christian Dior SS18.
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Denim-accented pumps on the Tom Ford SS18 runway.
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Spring’s unofficial outerwear is the trench coat, which made appearances in myriad colors, materials and weights, from Dries Van Noten’s breezy sheer printed versions to Alexander McQueen’s heavier traditional khaki style with embroidery. Pair the topper with a pointy-toed and embellished Mary Jane for a sophisticated, nonchalant look.

A diaphanous trench coat on the runway at Dries Van Noten SS18.
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Trench-worthy pointed Mary Janes at Bottega Veneta SS18.
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Mule-ing it over

The mule takeover will continue in 2018 with a multitude of variations, from office-appropriate closed-toe styles (with both stiletto and block heels) to more casual open-toed options that slip on and off with ease.

Black-and-white mules at Tibi SS18.
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Sleek mule heels at Cushnie et Ochs SS18.
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High-impact hues

Saturated crayonlike colors will likely continue in the new year. Cherry reds, bubblegum pinks and juicy oranges will lead the way, but the trend is more about the impact of the colors than the actual hue.

A brightly hued look on the runway at Sies Marjan SS18.
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A cherry red flatform boot at Marni SS18.
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