There’s no denying that the world is a funny place right now—the weather, politics, and, yes, even fashion. Nothing, it would seem, is predictable. While we’re not meteorologists and are just as confused and exhausted about the date of Brexit as everyone else, we can talk about clothes. The fashion world has definitely seen some curveballs this year, with plenty of coats appearing on spring/summer runways and lime green being the surprise hit of the summer. Plus, more and more, people want to make better, more sustainable purchases when it comes to clothes. It’s all well and good trying to gaze into our crystal ball and predict the trends, but it’s a lot harder when they start to become obsolete.
We know from our readers at Who What Wear that while people are definitely still shopping, they want to know about the pieces that will truly work hard for them, as opposed to throwaway trends. Which items of clothing will have longevity? Which will continue to look good after 30-plus washes? Which can you still wear confidently six seasons down the line? This is where the high street comes in. Instead of predicting trends ahead of time, it’s easier to see what’s around right now. I’ve identified 11 pieces that are key trends of 2019 but also worthwhile investments to last you way beyond this year.
Style Notes: The prairie dress is perhaps the “newest” of the trends on this list. Try finding a vintage Laura Ashley version on eBay or shop the ruffle-style frocks on the high street. Opt for checks (classic) or pinks (a sure-fire summer dress) or something that just gives a nod to the trend to get the most out of this look.