2019 may still be months away, but you've already had a sneak peek at what you'll be wearing come spring. Now that designers are finished previewing their spring collections in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, it's finally time to take a step back and assess what the decisive trends will be. From city to city, certain key designs and colorways popped up over and over again, so clearly designers are on the same sartorial wavelength. So what are the biggest fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2019? Take out your notepad, prep your Pinterest board, and cue up your shopping cart because below you'll find five standout trends from the past weeks of shows.
When it comes to fashion week trends, it often feels like they fall into two camps: the flash-in-the-pan and the slow burn — the latter of which holds more value when it comes to cherry-picking what to invest in. In the age of Instagram, bold statement sunglasses or an over-the-top pair of heels may be everywhere for a week or month, but then disappear as quickly as they flew onto your radar. Weightier trends tend to swell slowly into popularity season over season, making them worthy of investing in for the long haul. These five runway trends aren't just passing fads: Instead, they've earned the stamp of approval of major designers so you can expect that they aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
Big Love For Big Bags
While the mini-bag obsession doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon, the runway also had a move in a counter-direction. Big — no, huge — bags served as the accessory du jour. At Jacquemus, an oversized bag that rivaled only the brand's larger-than-life Instagrammable hat appeared, while at Proenza Schouler, the under-appreciated tote got a chic upgrade. And for those that winced at the idea of a bag no larger than your iPhone, this one's for you. (Some were so big, they could carry a week's worth of groceries.)
Getting Crafty With It
These aren't your grandmother's standard crafts. Crochet, beading, and weaving details laced their way down runways across the continents. Between the knitted and woven maxi dresses at the likes of Altuzzara and the crafty belts at Maryam Nassir Zadeh, the arts are alive and well on the runway.
Are you committed to practicality? Do you love pockets? Then you'll be thrilled by the plethora of handy pieces that appeared in collections across the globe including Fendi and Dior. Cargo pants, workmen's belts, and storage-friendly coats will make it easy for you to keep your necessities on hand — even if they're not of the screwdriver variety.
If there was one trend that pervaded the runways of major designers and indie alike, it was fresh spins on suiting. Shorts, skirts, and see-through pants all made appearances. But, most notable was the rainbow of colors suiting appeared in. Head-to-toe yellows, oranges, and greens will be part of your wardrobe next season.
This summer marked the beginning of the bike short obsession, but despite what everyone predicted, the runways prove it won't be slowing down. Layered under dresses and blazers, or worn as part of a sporty ensemble, these comfortable sport shorts are here to stay.