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I’ve been surprisingly excited about SS18 trends, but so far I’m not particularly excited about how those trends have translated into plus. In the fashion world in general, the 90’s vibe is still going strong, I nearly keeled over when I saw that cycling shorts are having a moment in street style. Seriously, those things are comfortable as hell as well as perfect to beat the summer chub rub.
Alongside the 90’s theme, moving away from 90’s grunge and into 90’s r’n’b, there appears to be a slide back into the late 80’s too: huge wide belts, gaudy jewellery, sharp tailoring, and Versace / D&G Miami scarf prints (that last one is my personal fave). As is customary every spring, there will be a smattering of floral midi dresses to choose from too, but this year be sure to team them with trainers.
The colours of SS18 are incredibly varied but the standout hues include Pantone’s 2018 colour of the year ultraviolet, yellow is still a sneaky little sleeper hit, and mark my words there is a huge wave of orange on its way either this season or next.
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Colour is Key: Brights & Pastels
Lets begin with the broadest trend of them all. When it comes to general inspiration for which colours to wear this season you’re good for pretty much anything. Big, bold, brights are big news and yet somehow so are pastels. Of course I’m much more interested in the brights, but I’ve seen some incredible all pastel street style looks doing the rounds comprising of one or two soft shades layered together.
I’m genuinely pleased that the late 80’s and early 90’s stalwart – the bum bag – is knocking around this season as I absolutely hate carrying a bag, especially if I’m trying to get out and about with my stick. Up until recently, I’ve been all about practical backpacks, but I can’t begin to describe how much more convenient a bum bag is!
One of my favourite things about them is that the waist straps are adjustable, so the majority will work for plus. If you’re after something a little smarter, try searching for ‘belt bags’ instead and check out the sleeker leather or faux leather options.
Check 2: The Return of Check
Yep, this versatile pattern is still around, but diversified from the one-note grey Prince of Wales of last season into a celebration of all things check: tartan, plaid, gingham… the works. Look out for checks that have a dash of colour, especially yellow (you have Clueless and Burberry nostalgia to thank for that), and work the pattern on pieces other than suits.
So, apparently this is a thing that is happening now. Most seasons a few fringed pieces will crop up here and there, but for SS18 we’re going all out. Whether you prefer your fringing with a country, western, or an 80’s flavour, there is definitely something for you! I’m particularly fond of the jackets, tbh.
I love the tailoring that’s around already for SS18, and as the season progresses I can only imagine that we will be blessed with so much more as it is set to be a key trend through to AW. Although, when isn’t great tailoring in style? Whether you keep your tailored pieces muted, bright, floral, or patterned; this is a great opportunity to pick up some sharp pieces for your wardrobe.
To be in line with catwalk trends, block colours and pencil skirts are your best bet.
This follows on from tailoring in a way, but there are trench coats galore this coming season. Again, a really practical style staple that many of us already own, I still wear my navy one all the time. They were seen on the SS18 catwalks in a variety of colours, prints and fabrics – vinyl and plastic in particular – but you really cant go wrong with a classic camel version.
This is a really broad and exciting season, but I’ve spent the last month or so feeling really uninspired by what’s on offer from plus size brands. I had high hopes when the new season collection started to land, and there has been some glimmers of hope, but we deserve so much more! So, my final wish for SS18 in plus size fashion is: can we please – at the very least – have some more innovative tailoring and stronger pastel pieces?