Just because something's trendy now doesn't mean that it's doomed to become a shameful reminder at the back of your closet by next season. While trends do come and go, many of this season's hottest trends are rooted in fashions that have been perennially stylish and chic rather than faddish and flavor of the month. As you look to incorporate trendy pieces into your wardrobe this winter, lean heavily on the following prints, fabrics and fashion elements that are likely to stay popular for years to come.
Animal print may be the most variable print around. In some contexts, it's the antithesis of elegance. When used in the right way, however, it's bold, exciting and striking. Celebrities ranging from Maggie Gyllenhaal to Mandy Moore to Bella Hadid have all been rocking leopard print this fall. The key to good animal print is finding the right balance.
Either combine a bold animal print piece like an animal print coat with otherwise subdued and neutral items (both in color and in cut), or incorporate pieces with animal print details such as animal print shoes into a tailored and put-together outfit.
High Shine Metallics
As the days get shorter, it can be tough to escape the dreariness. Luckily, with the holidays come holiday parties--and an excuse to dress in something that brings a little light into the room! That's why one of this winter's trends--high shine metallics--tends to be popular each and every holiday season. Best of all, it's incredibly versatile.
Nothing welcomes colder weather quite like tweed. While tweed is a consistent favorite of the best-dressed celebrities and style icons as soon as the mercury drops, the exact ways in which tweed is used do vary from season to season. This year, many designers applied the fabric to one of the other major trends of the moment--oversized, slouchy outerwear--to create statement pieces like oversized tweed jackets and blazers.
A leather bomber jacket may be a classic piece that every woman's wardrobe needs, but in truth, leather has a much greater range as a fabric. The runways this season showed this, with leather trench coats, trousers and skirts aplenty. Try taking this opportunity to expand your expectations of what colors leather can come in. Instead of sticking to just black, major designers branched out their leather options into bold yet timeless colors like bottlecap green and butterscotch. Take a cue from Emily Ratajkowski, who was recently seen stepping out in a buttery tan belted patent leather cost.
Not a fan of leather for ethical reasons? Have no fear! As more and more designers eschew using animal products, vegan leather has become an extremely popular choice to capture the look of leather without the origins. Vegan leather skirts, trousers, dresses, jackets and more all exist that provide the same cool, timely edginess of the real thing.
Frye Carrie Leather Flat
Dkny Women's Astoria Black Leather Wrap Strap Watch 38mm, Created for Macy's
Olivia Burton Women's Big Dial Leather Strap Watch, 38Mm
Shoptiques Leather Jacket
HUDSON Jeans LEATHER SHORT
The best thing about all of these timeless trends: you don't need to buy an entirely new wardrobe to play with them. Iconic pieces like an oversized tweed coat, a pair of cheetah-print loafers or a leather bomber jacket can be incorporated seamlessly into your existing winter wardrobe for a touch of newness and excitement. So go ahead and embrace these 2018 winter trends without fear of looking like a fashion victim come spring!