Fashion Forward: 10 Fashion Trends For 2018

Fashion is everchanging. A seasoned fashionista knows that the smart way to stay ahead of the curve—and always be in trend—is to look at the season ahead for inspiration. Don’t wear what’s ‘’in’’ right now, go a step further and wear what’s going to be taking the fashion world by storm next year. That’s a true fashionista, someone who’s more of a trendsetter than a follower.

Here are some fashion predictions for 2018 as provided by Vivid Dresses. Let this list inspire your wardrobe choices for the next year.

Fringe Is Making a Comeback

two girls in blue and black dressFringe is making a comeback in 2018, and how! If you were sad to see the departure of the fringe trend a few years ago, it’s time to rejoice. Fringe is back, as witnessed on numerous runways. From Nomia’s fringed maxi dress and tunic to Calvin Klein’s bold multi-coloured fringe dress, fringe is definitely in. If you’re not very keen on jumping on the fringe dress bandwagon, take it slow by starting off with a fringed top, easing your way into this trend.

Layering Is the Way to Go

Get inspired by Miu Miu and start layering your dresses. We’re not talking about anything as subtle as layering your party dress with a jacket or a kaftan, oh no, we’re talking about Miu Miu’s style of layering your party dress with a shirt underneath it. The look is bold and edgy, especially when paired with sandals worn over socks. Yes, they went there. It is all about pushing the boundaries in 2018. So, get ready to get out of your comfort zone and get risqué with your fashion choices.

Colour Me Lavender

purple colour dress 2018 has a surprise colour choice: lavender. While 2017 was all about rich colours such as bold reds and cobalt blue, 2018 is starting off on a much softer and more feminine note. Lavender was a popular choice on runways, with everyone from Victoria Beckham to Tom Ford featuring the colour prominently in their collection. Now’s a great time to invest in a nice lavender dress. Just make sure that the style and cut of the dress contrast with the soft, feminine colour. Like mentioned earlier, it’s all about pushing the boundaries, shunning the ‘’safe’’ choices and going for the unpredictable.

Petite Floral Prints

If you’ve been holding your breath, wanting to know whether or not floral prints are still ‘’in’’, then you can breathe easy now. Yes, floral prints are staying strong, still making a splash on the runways. But there’s a twist: it’s not any old floral print that’ll do the trick. Nope. Delicate floral prints that ooze femininity and elegance are where it’s at. The Brock Collection and Ulla Johnson Spring 2018 collection both featured floral maxi dresses in sheer fabrics.

Check Prints

girl in check dress It’s a well-known fact that designers love check prints. Time and again check prints have held a place of importance in the fashion scene. Where checks were big on jackets and blazers in the past, it’s made a foray into skirts and dresses now. Expect to see a lot of checked dresses and skirts, taking check prints to a whole new level.

Transparent Shoes

As unbelievable as it is, it looks like the clear shoe trend is going to become huge. Case in point:
Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2018 Ready-To-Wear Collection featured this trend heavily, with every outfit paired with either transparent thigh-high boots or ankle boots. Love it or hate it, looks like you can’t escape the clear shoe trend in 2018. If you can’t beat them, join them, eh?

Stripes

Stripes are another big trend waiting to take over 2018.  Jason Wu’s striped dress was perfect as a spring/summer outfit. It was light and airy with a midriff-baring cutout and high slits. Another eye-catcher was the candy-striped dress from the Brock Collection. These two dresses are enough to make anyone fall in love with stripes. Who knew stripes could look so feminine and fashionable.

Flounces and Frills

If you haven’t already guessed it, apparently ‘’feminine’’ is in. 2018 looks to be a year of all things feminine. We’re talking about details such as intricate frills, flowy layers and dresses in lace and silk-georgette. David Jones’ spring summer ’18 fashion launch saw its share of pretty dresses that were synonymous with the words ‘’delicate’’ and ‘’feminine’’. Now is the time to indulge in all your lace and frill fantasies and wear dresses that have a feminine, vintage-inspired style and come with heavy lace detailing.

Shocking Pink

Apart from sweet lavender, another hot colour in 2018 is going to be bright pink. We’re talking bold, hot pink. Go ahead and buy yourself a hot pink maxi dress. Brandon Maxwell and Tom Ford featured hot pink maxi dresses in their collection, and they were jaw-dropping good.

Slouchy Jumpsuits

If you were a fan of the jumpsuit trend and mourned its loss, then now’s your time gal! The jumpsuit is back, albeit with a twist. It’s all about slouchy jumpsuits in 2018. We’re talking oh-so-comfortable jumpsuits that let you move around without restriction. Don’t you just love it when fashion and comfort meet to create a trend that looks stylish and feels fantastic to wear as well? Whoever said fashion is a pain? Fashion is seriously comfortable, all-I-need-is-my-jumpsuit in 2018, and we love it! Imagine waking up in the morning, slipping on your jumpsuit and being done with your outfit. No fussing over which top goes with what trousers. No spending twenty minutes trying to colour-coordinate your outfit. Now, that’s utilitarian fashion that keeps our spirits high.

Fashion is all about having fun. These ten fashion trends are predictions for what’s going to be ‘’in’’ next year. Now that you know what to expect, it’s time to put your own creative twist to these trends. How can you take these trends, give them your own unique touch and create looks that are quintessentially yours? After all, fashion is to be interpreted and celebrated, not just followed.

A Guide to Men for Wedding Ring Shopping for the Bride

You are tasked with shopping for the wedding ring that you will slip into her nimble finger on the big day. But, you have never stepped into a jewellery outlet any time in your life and the language itself is Greek and Latin to you. That makes you the perfect fish out of the water. Well, we understand your situation at close quarters and have therefore carefully created this step-by-step guide so that you can be the happiest man on earth on your big day.

First things first

diamond ringAhead of style, price, metal, or anything else comes the size of the ring. If the exact size that fits the finger of your bride is not known, potentially, you will face some embarrassing moments when that glorious moment finally arrives. Nobody wants that and therefore, you must be armed with the correct size through whatever means you adopt. One assumption is that the engagement ring can come to your aid, though not always. The next best thing you can do is ask your fiancé straight away to give you one of the rings she is already using. Another option before you would be to get a close friend of your fiancé to help you with this task if you decide not to ask your fiancé. Some online vendors also provide you with a free ring sizer which could come in handy too.

Blue and white wedding DressIn all this hustle and bustle, Don’t forget you have to buy a wedding dress which is as important as a wedding ring. All you need a dynamic designer who can you understand all your needs. In every corner around you, there are many designers are working, However, what I experienced is wedding dress by Jason Grech stands out from the others. Jason is an award-winning bridal couture specialising in couture bridal and red carpet gowns of the very highest quality.

So, with the size settled, we move on to the next step

Budget

Unless you have inherited a fortune, you must have a budget for nearly everything in life and even the wedding ring cannot be an exception. When you create the budget for the wedding ring, do remember that you have plenty of other expenses lined up post-wedding. These could include a honeymoon, furnishing your home, and of course your regular commitments. Once the budget gets set, it is a lot easier to check out your options because you have narrowed down to fewer variants.

Custom made wedding rings

diamond ring

You should also know that the wedding ring for your choicest lady can be custom made too. Joseph George is famous for creating the most dazzling and creative pieces of custom made wedding rings. Check out some of his brilliant wedding ring designs including Athena, Marina & Tiffany here.

Custom rings give you the freedom to mix designs or create a design of your own. Most jewellers will be happy to give you the component-wise costs. You must have adequate time at your disposal since custom wedding rings can take up to 4 weeks before you can feel it in your hands.

Align with the taste and preference of your fiancé

Having understood the size and determined your budget, the next step is to align your choice with the preference and taste of your fiancé. These days most couples decide this, because, that is also the easiest and perfect way to get around with the selection process.

Choosing a diamond wedding ring

If you are focused on buying a diamond wedding ring, ideally you should also expand your knowledge about diamonds and the process of choosing diamonds. This will cover what is known as the 4Cs which are carat, colour, cut and clarity. You will find all that you need on this here.

Choosing the metal

These days a wide range of metals are offered when you go shopping for engagement/wedding rings. If you can align the tastes and lifestyle of your fiancé, that is a measure; she is bound to love. The common options are between White gold, yellow gold, rose gold, silver and platinum. Some jewellers may also offer other metals like tungsten and titanium. However, these options are not among the top preferences for engagement/ wedding rings.

Precious metals

Gold Bars For long, platinum and gold have remained the obvious choice for most people since they are deemed precious and rare symbolising the love you have for your fiancé. Another reason why most people swing towards platinum/gold is that it can be matched with perfectly with the metal used in her wedding ring set. Another huge benefit with precious metals is that resizing is relatively easy if you find that the ring is a bit tight or a bit lose, or, in the course of time, your partner gains/loses weight. However, precious metals also have some drawback which is probably the reason for the growing popularity of other metals. Precious metals are more susceptible to bending, denting and scratches in comparison to other tougher metals and this is particularly so in the case of rings for men since their hobbies and workplaces potentially can inflict enhanced wear and tear as compared to rings worn by women.

DiamondCost is also another barrier for wedding rings made of precious metals. Over the last few decades, the price of gold has increased significantly and platinum has kept pace with the upward movement of gold prices. Therefore, if the wedding ring gets damaged or is lost, the replacement cost could be stiff in comparison to wedding rings made of other metals. One way you can minimize this impact is choosing gold with a lower carat value (meaning the actual amount of gold in the alloy) to get a lower price.

Modern metals for your wedding ring

Modern metals refer to tungsten and titanium. Though these two metals have gained huge popularity in the men’s wedding rings space, nothing stops you from taking a good look at these and determine if they meet your aspirations. A major reason for this shift has come partly from technology allowing these difficult metals to be worked around and partly due to the cost factor. Titanium is a strong metal and therefore is not as susceptible to dents and bends as precious metals. Titanium can also be repolished without loss of the metal, unlike the precious metals. However, titanium rings can never be resized, and that is something you will need to bear in mind.

Tungsten wedding rings

Tungsten is a relatively new entrant in the wedding rings space, but growing at a fast pace. Next, to diamond, tungsten is the hardest material you can find under the sun and therefore only diamonds can scratch it. Hardness, however, makes the metal more brittle and pure tungsten would shatter like glass when dropped. Therefore, carbon is added to Tungsten to make it “Tungsten Carbide” adding strength to the metal. Yet, you run the risk of your tungsten carbide ring breaking in extreme situations. The beauty of tungsten can be appreciated when your tungsten wedding ring is fully polished.