Sorry to be that person, but there are just a few more months left in 2019 which means it’s time to think critically about the trends you still want to try in 2019 and what you’re so happy to leave behind. To make things a little easier, I touched based with fashion directors and buyers at retailers such as Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter to see what they think is big for 2019—and why you may want to ditch those off-the-shoulder shirts and motorcycle jackets.
“An inescapable sea of beige is coming this season,” says Elizabeth von der Goltz, Global Buying Director at Net-a-Porter. “We love the idea of mixing shades within one look and experimenting with fabrication like leather, silk, and linen.” But if head-to-toe tan isn’t for you, “try styling it back with pops of beautiful pastel shades,” von de Goltz advises.
They will be the ‘it’ accessory in 2019,” says Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Director Roopal Patel. “The structured design is luxe and polished, making for the perfect everyday bag.
But on very minimalist silhouettes like at Loewe, JW Anderson, Victoria Beckham, and Jacquemus,” says Tiffany Hsu, Mytheresa Fashion Buying Director. Barneys New York Fashion Director, Marina Larroude agrees: “Nothing screams summer more than crochet and macramé. From Missoni to Isabel Marant, crafty fabrications were all over the runways and it will be a hit with customers come spring
Neons and Pastels:
The color of the season is any bright shade of neon,” says Larroude. “One can invest in a small crossbody bag in neon to get just the right touch of the trend.”
Pastels will also be big in 2019 adds Maud Barrionuevo, Global Director of Buying & Merchandising at 24 Sèvres. “I look forward to seeing softer, feminine shades especially in the glum, cold months of the new year. Outerwear and tailored separates in candy hues are going to be especially beautiful,” she says.
Function meets fashion in the form of the utility chic trend,” says van der Goltz. “Expect to see an abundance of khaki, patch pockets, cotton drill, and cargo pants.” Take the trend to the next level and try a boiler suit, the exec suggests. “The ultimate in one-step dressing, it’s efficient, comfortable, and cool,” she says.
Neo-tailoring is the must-have for 2019,” says Shannon Schafer, Nordstrom Senior Fashion Director. “A relaxed suit feels freshest with looser layers and softer silhouettes. Don’t be surprised to see short suits and skirt suit options which are also emerging.
Both leather and faux leather are gaining momentum beyond just outerwear, says Schafer. “Black is a staple, however browns, fiery reds, and white will be the most fashion-forward. Matte and high shine leathers are also both relevant and can be dressed up or down.”