If this week’s sporadic snow flurries and 0°C weather forecast has taught us anything it’s that the rumours were true – there is *literally* no joy in January.
Unless, of course, you work in the fashion industry and – despite a growing number of designers producing ‘see-now-buy-now’ collections to keep up with the impatient demand to own things IMMEDIATELY – are permanently looking six months ahead. For your own sanity, we suggest you do the same. For the next few minutes, at least, as we ponder what our 2019 summer wardrobes will look like.
And, thankfully, the season looks set to be a scorcher.
We may have another few months to wait before we can *truly* indulge, but before these pieces land and the trends inevitably take hold of the high street (hey, did we or did we not predict the animal print renaissance back in Feb…?) we can have a lot of fun conjuring up visions of our next season aesthetic.
So which #lewks are going to prevail?
Scroll down to discover what we’ll all be wearing in 2019…
1. OVERSIZED HATS If you so much as glanced at your Instagram feed last summer, you no doubt spotted a Jacquemus La Bomba hat. Now entirely synonymous with SS18, it seems brands are vying for similar cult status next season by producing their own delicious incarnations that we already can’t get enough of.
Spotted at: Rejina Pyo (left), Xiao Li (centre),
2. SENSIBLE SHORTS Cycling shorts may have stolen the show last year, but – and thank the Lord – next season things are looking a little looser. Tailored, micro, knee-length… skirts may be given a few months off as we all look to the more boyish alternative for our new summer go-to.
Spotted at: Alexa Chung (left), Margaret Howell (centre), Rejina Pyo (right) and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
3. TIGHT PLEATS Having had a successful run last year, pleats are back for SS19 but this time they’re a whole lot more intricate. Tighter than before, the micro pleat provides maximum impact as it generates not only more movement but also a more fluctuating silhouette as it expands and contracts. Science-y, eh?
Spotted at: Givenchy (left), Preen by Thornton Bregazzi (
4. TIE-DYE I know. We were all surprised at the recurrence of this 60s print, but alas it seems tie-dye truly is back in fash. Admittedly, 2019’s take on the trend is a hell of a lot chicer. Make like Stella with a no-holds-barred approach and opt for a bold matching two-piece, or – if you’re anything like us – you’ll likely
Spotted at: Stella McCartney (left), Prabal Gurung (centre) and R13 (right)
5. FANCY FLATS While models over at Halpern, Ashish and David Koma were teetering precariously atop stiletto heels, things at Valentino and Simone Rocha were a whole lot more down to earth. About six inches closer to said earth, to be precise. And boy are we looking forward to spending next season in comfy, fancy flats for the sake of #fashun.
Spotted at: Valentino (left), Simone Rocha (
6. SUMMER WATERPROOFSIf last summer’s unpredictable weather taught us anything, it’s that you can never be too prepared. So providing you also carry a bikini, sunglasses and knee-high
Spotted at: Max Mara (left), Marc Jacobs (
7. FRINGING With last autumn’s obsession with the cowboy boot, it was almost inevitable that there would be another Western-inspired trend infiltrating our wardrobes next season. Adorning everything from jackets to skirts via handbags and everything in-between, who knows… maybe we’ll be cutting our hair to fit too.
Spotted at: Coach (left), Tom Ford (centre) and Cushnie
8. NEON Not one for the faint-hearted, vibrant zesty hues are back with a bang this year after endless seasons of the fashion pack drooling over all things pastel. If you’re feeling extra brave opt for a double-dose à la Jasper Conran.
Spotted at: Natasha Zinko (left), Jasper Conran (centre), Roksanda (right), Rejina Pyo, House of Holland and Ashish
9. PUFFED SHOULDERS Bold shoulders are no new thing, but rather than padded, boxy numbers, next season’s take is a whole lot puffier. Often gathered at the shoulder with pleats of elastic, they work particularly well with square necklines on feminine dresses. Here’s hoping the weather allows us to forgo a jacket, or that volume could provide a stumbling block.
Spotted at: Brock Collection (left), Rodarte (
Have sequins ever *not* been on trend? Perhaps not, but they were so prevalent at this month’s shows that we can’t ignore them. Offered up in endless incarnations, opt for a more gently beaded style – like Ashish’s mint green jumpsuit – for a friend’s birthday dinner, before swapping into blindingly glitzy Halpern-like number for your own.
Spotted at: Ashish (left), Halpern (centre), House of Holland (right), David Koma and Roberta Einer