As December comes to a close, we have a chance to reflect on the year that's passed (the good, the bad and the ugly) and look ahead at what's to come for 2019. It's been a big year for fashion: Whether it's the rise of the Instagram brand or the high-street conquering of the viral buy, it's certainly been a busy 12 months.
If there's one thing that 2018 has shown us, it's the power of a good staple. So forget party dresses and forgo festive knits; we're getting excited about the wardrobe staples set to spike in 2019. No, they might not be the most exciting things to spend your salary on, but come January, if you're armed with a sturdy base from which to build on, you'll be feeling pretty smug.
While statement pieces such as prairie dresses and '80s-inspired blouses lie in wait for us in S/S 19, we also can also look forward to a host of stylish staples including chunky cardigans, racer vests and denim jackets (aka the items that'll act as the glue in your wardrobe). This is one shopping decision you won't regret. Scroll down to see our lineup of the "boring" staples you should invest in for 2019.
The cardigan has got to be 2018's most unexpected comeback, but it has well and truly wormed its way into our wardrobes and is set to stick around for 2019. Wear with high-waisted jeans and a belt whilst the weather is still chilly.
Yes, it's that street style look that got everyone talking at Milan Fashion Week. The outfit formula may be simple, but this stylish show-goer has officially set something in motion with her choice of racerback top. Expect to see many more of these come summer.
The base layer has had a very fashionable update this season in the form of figure-hugging roll-necks in vibrant prints (zebra and tiger print has been a particular fave). Wear this Warehouse number under anything from shirts to boilersuits.
Sorry, skinny jeanss—you've been dying a slow death over the last 12 months, and 2019 isn't going to see a revival. It's all about '90s-inspired, straight-leg styles which slouch over boots and offer any outfit a satisfyingly androgynous finish.
We thought there was no item of clothing that fashion hadn't had its way with, but how wrong we were. The hiking boot is the latest style to be embraced by designers, and we expect the trend to gather momentum in the new year.
Heritage checks might've been considered a statement look in past seasons, but for next year they're set to take over from your black tailored trousers as a wardrobe staple. Surprisingly versatile, they can be worn with anything from chunky jumpers and white tees to silky shirts.
It was Jacquemus who elevated the knitted dress to viral status this summer, and we've fallen for the style's elegant simplicity. Whether you wear by itself or throw it over jeans, this is a piece that'll keep on giving.
Fashion editors have been throwing it back to their school days this season and rediscovering the joys of the hair accessory. From hair bands to hair slides, these whimsical pieces are a surefire way to add glamour to any outfit.
Denim jackets have been lying dormant for the last decade, but the fashion crowd is wholeheartedly welcoming them back for 2019. We look forward to layering them under tailored coats and pairing them with colour-match jeans à la Sylvie Mus. Long live the Canadian tuxedo.
We know you've heard plenty about Topshop's sellout slip skirt, but unlike some of this year's cult items, this one has mileage. Over half of our team owns one of these babies and have worn them in a variety of contexts—from beach-side cafes to formal birthday 'dos.
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