The 11 High-Street Trends of 2019 That Are Worth Buying Into

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.

STRAIGHT-LEG JEANS

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@asos_lesley

Style Notes: Straight-leg jeans are timeless and go with everything in your outfit. Need we say more?

TEDDY COATS

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@thefrugality

Style Notes: This might be a big trend this winter, but you can’t go wrong with a statement coat. 

Style Notes: Sheer isn’t for everyone, but it really has been everywhere in 2019. Opt for a black blouse to get the most longevity out of this trend. 

PUFFED SLEEVES

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@babba

Style Notes: The puff sleeve has been around for longer than 2019, but it's hit new highs this year. 

BALLET PUMPS

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@desertmannequin

Style Notes: Ballet pumps might have been a little quieter in recent years, but they’re back and as chic as ever. Invest once, keep forever. 

GOLD CHAINS

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@lucywilliams02

Style Notes: Gold never goes out of fashion. 

CROC EFFECT

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@monikh

Style Notes: Croc-effect material always looks so expensive. 

LACE-UP BOOTS

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@asos_lotte

Style Notes: Lace-up boots, whether hiker or biker, are the shoes of the season. And they’re unlikely to go out of style anytime soon. 

Style Notes: Leather is always a classic choice. Go for a neutral colour and expect to wear it all the time. 

PRAIRIE DRESSES

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@heartzeena

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. 

CARDIGANS

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@nnennaechem

Style Notes: Cardigans really don’t go out of fashion, but right now, we’re all about the shorter, more cropped versions in a ribbed style. 

Next up, the biggest A/W 19 runway trends you need to know.