People have deemed the fashion calendar “broken.” They’ve pointed out how strange it is to appraise clothes on the runway six months before they’re actually available to purchase. But I don’t know. There’s something wonderfully anticipatory about being made to wait. It reminds me of seeing a trailer for a movie before it comes out, which in my personal experience has never made me less excited to see the actual movie in full. The opposite is usually the case: The trailer piques my interest and the subsequent lead time allows that interest to build.

After combing through every collection shown over the course of fashion month for Spring/Summer 2018, my interest is definitely piqued, and I can already feel the tell-tale momentum starting to build. As a consumer, fashion is distinctly fun right now. The ability to discover and experiment is at an all-time high, and the trends that designers delicately planted this season, like bulbs in the soil of our imaginations, spoke to that sentiment of individualism and delight. Below, the ones sure to sprout tall tulips come spring, with plenty of pruning and watering and sniffing on our end to look forward to in the meantime.


1. Say goodbye to skinny jeans, say hello to cargo pants and shorts

I WAS RIGHT. Sorry. Had to. It’s not every day that I find my brain this close to the same wavelength as Pierpaolo Piccioli, so I need to seize this opportunity to gloat. Alexander Wang, Emporio Armani, Prada and Valentino are all on board, too. If the resurgence of this trend is a secret marketing ploy via Apple to make sure people have big enough pockets to carry around their iPhone Xs, I’m all for it.

2. Keep borrowing your dad’s oversize polos

Céline’s slouchy taupe contribution was the cherry on top of the oversize polo sundae this fashion month courtesy of Marc Jacobs, Joseph and Marni. The fact that many of them were paired with equally commodious bottoms leads me to conclude that we will all be swimming in comfort this spring. Chic.

3. Swap your sweatshirts for windbreaker jackets

Eckhaus Latta, Peter Pilotto, Gucci and Isabel Marant want you to dress like an off-duty ski instructor from the 80s and pants are optional.

4. Give a round of applause for Niagara Falls tourist accessories

You’ll notice that cargo pants and shorts, oversized polos and windbreaker jackets just so happen to be the stereotypical sartorial fodder of an enterprising tourist at Niagara falls, give or take a pair of binoculars. Coincidence or not, this season’s accessories came out in support of that uniform at Marc Jacobs, Versus Versace, Gucci and Chanel, where fanny packs and bucket hats were in abundance.

5. Schlep your stuff in gargantuan bags

On the other side of the accessories spectrum, enormous bags were trotted out at Tory Burch, A.W.A.K.E, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton. I guess if you’re already wearing a fanny pack, why not take advantage of your free arms by loading them up with an excessively roomy vessel? You never know when you’re going to need to transport a baby dinosaur across state lines. Or groceries.

6. Tell your bubble hems they get another 15 minutes of fame

I haven’t worn a bubble hem since the holiday party I attended my freshman year of high school. It was a champagne-colored dress with an empire waist. Very 2005. According to Phillip Lim, Mary Katrantzou, Missoni and Saint Laurent, it will also be very 2018.

7. Tell your dresses to give your bras some attention

I don’t blame bras for wanting more visible credit for the job they do, which is an objectively important one. Diane von Furstenberg, Toga, Versace and Valentino are giving them the spotlight they deserve with dresses that function as ready-made picture windows for lingerie at work.

8. Toss your fidget spinner and ruche, baby, ruche

Once we tire of fidget spinners (which, let’s face it, is already kind of happening), our fingers are going to start roaming around in search of another plaything. The copious drawstring on display at Calvin Klein, J.W. Anderson, Tod’s and Saint Laurent will undoubtedly fulfill the need with flying colors, providing not only ample fiddling opportunities but also the ability to ruche your own garments at will.

9. Get ready to go out in peplum like it’s 2009

The peplum trend really snuck up on me this season. I was blind to its very apparent presence at Rosie Assoulin, Roland Mouret and Fendi until BOOM! Balenciaga happened, which essentially stamped a wax seal of approval on the croissant-scented confirmation envelope that gets sent off to the mystical department of trends after Paris Fashion Week wraps.

10. Jump out of bed and dress in head-to-toe red (sorry, had to)

Lilac was a strong contender for “color of the season,” but red ousted it purely on the basis of how intensely it manifested itself: not just in abundance, but in head-to-toe abundance. In other words, there were multiple instances in which models were sent down the runway wearing an entirely red outfit from top to bottom, shoes included. Mansur Gavriel, Gareth Pugh, Ferragamo and Proenza Schouler.

Style stories are in the Man Repeller pipeline for both peplum and head-to-toe red because, no matter how much you love a movie trailer, there’s no reason not to try these six-months-away trends now. Let me know what Spring/Summer 2018 happenings are strumming your emotional harp. I’ll be waiting in the comments section with a notebook and a fanny pack.

Animations by Melanie Duran; follow her on Instagram @melbduran.

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  • An Nguyen

    In luv with the graphics

  • Hayley

    So glad to see that cargo pants are back. Harling — do you have any other suggestions for options that are under $200?

  • I’m excited about all of the storage options!

  • Mo

    I remember running through the haunted house at thirteen, my cargo pants latching themselves onto their cargo netted brethren, pulled between the narrow hallway. Keeping me attached to the scenery as the man in the ski mask rounded the corner with his upturned chainsaw.

    A metaphor for life I think.

  • Karen Gutierrez

    the graphics are AMAZING!

  • tmm16

    Beautiful graphics 🙂

  • CarlyC

    Bubble hems and Peplums … I have mixed feelings about this.

    • Harling Ross

      same

    • TinySoprano

      I think that’s why the cargo pants and bucket hats and bum-bags don’t feel so wrong. Re-living 1998 isn’t all that bad but re-living 2008 just seems kinda soon. She needs to RIP a bit before I start missing her tattered bubble hems.

      • Kattigans

        So feeling this. Last time I wore a bubble hem was a skirt from H&M to my 8th grade final dance. I’m 25. Too soon, too soon. P.S is this how our mom’s feel when they see anything 70s or 80s back in style? Also, I just cannot w/ anything peplum. Reminds me too much of Bebe and Fergie circa 2009

        • I am 43, and the answer to your question is YES. I like to go to Forever 21 not to shop but to smirk at the kids wearing the same stuff I did when I was a kid.

  • Lanatria Brackett Ellis

    Red baby Red!!! Im so here for Red! (can you tell? lol)

    • Harling Ross

      you’re going to love the story we have coming out next week

  • Amelia Diamond

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Harling Ross

      hi

  • Jessica

    Oh yes, look at all these loose comfy trends. I am so about this.

  • Jess

    Just another girl who LOVED the Celine collection.

  • Jay

    Yeah yeah yeah!

    Though I will keep my skinnies…

    I am all down with the red, with the windbreakers and with the huge bags… (I need to put my sports wear somewhere, when I go places… oh, and there is always like a water bottle, and a book, and that laptop for work… so actually dont need that workout probably)… and the cargo is interesting. Did you score any cheaper „try out“ versions?! Cause dont really know whether I will/can pull this off…

    On the oversized: Try COS – they have really cool stuff – and I got excited about ADER. http://m.adererror.com/

    only… they are too cool for school and seems literally every item on the page is sold out?! Weird..

  • Lauren Michele

    Was just vintage shopping and saw a slew of old windbreakers… about time for the reboot. Though, I feel like peplum has been trying to make it for so long and 50% of the population hates it.

    Also, how can I do head-to-toe red without looking like a giant cherry? Very important.

    • Harling Ross

      head-to-toe red style story coming soon!! hopefully it will help you avoid giant cherry syndrome (although frankly that sounds kind of chic)

  • Charlsey

    All of this clashes with my black skinny jeans/vans/white t or Hawaiian shirt ONLY aesthetic. RIP.

  • Court E. Thompson

    Wow, I’m going to be really unfashionable this year.

    • Something tells me that that is probably a good thing.

    • Elizabeth Van Schaick Armstron

      Hahahaha! I know, right?

  • Hudson Berry

    The graphics in this post are fucking fantastic !!!!!!!!!!

  • breathlss79

    How do you wear these fashions if you are oh so little? I feel like I’ll be swimming in everything. Except red.

  • You can pull my skinnies out of my cold, dead hands.

    Which is not to say I will not give cargo a try. There’s enough love for everyone, ya know?

  • Emily

    I feel like some of these have been in for a while! like windbreakers and polos. but the bubble skirt is truly something i haven’t seen since jake’s bar mitzvah party in 2006 so wo w on that one

  • Sophie Kreuze

    Most of it is so…practical…

  • Trixie

    Mmmm….no thank you! Will wear maybe 2 of these 10….and just because I never quit using them, otherwise I this proves I love fashion but I’m not a “fashion victim”!
    LOL

  • Rachel Maria

    Why is Gucci everything. They are killing me this year.

  • Meg Bowie

    The second half of this list is much better than the first. Especially because I missed Peplum the first time around and am a huge fan of red and showing off my bras!

  • Bernadette Aylward

    please no bubble hems! I suppose it’s always my choice to wear them….but does this mean that the bucket hat my mom made this summer will be cool to wear?!? it’s reversible, one side stripes one side floral and I love it.

  • Keep up with the amazing visuals! I see you MR!!

  • Alyssa Renteria

    such a random question, but what would any of you where to brunch??! is this dress 2 much? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/10c63541f7c38d76775d14102f4c87b2e016c9c834d7ab816a22988941c0e29b.png

  • TinySoprano

    Bubble hems?! ACK! Bucket hats tho… my friend wore one hiking this weekend and I was like friend, your hat, I am in awe. She claimed it made her “repulsive to the sun”. She may have repelled the sun, but she didn’t repel style.

    • This feels like the abstract for a thought provoking MR article. 400 words, would read.

  • Megalopyge

    If there was ever a more woeful sign of the fashion industry’s desperate lack of creativity and innovation, it’s this “ironic” rehash of the fugliest hits of the last 3 decades.

    • Elizabeth Van Schaick Armstron

      Hahahaha!!!!

    • Yes I thought exactly this. Nothing new to see here.

  • BadKittenOnARampge

    Not this fashion salmon. I’ll be content to swim against this stream of fugliness (well, except for the oversized polos, which I already wear; and the red, which I already love).

  • Ania

    I think red is already in the zeitgeist right now. Last Saturday I was a wedding guest and have decided to wear (for the first time in my life) red dress thinking: “I’m gonna wear red and be so sexy schmexy, so original and stuff ” (not many people usually wear red for weddings where I live). Big day comes and I arrive in all my cherry glory and it’s red wedding situation going on (thankfully not the Game of Thrones type). 70 % of the girls wore red. DJ played lady in red few times during the night… soo that was it for my originality, but it was still a fun night. And it was great for sartorial observations: everyone can wear red and look good in it, you just have to choose the right shade (tomato, cherry, strawberry). I’m not sure about red from head to toe though…

  • I love ruche almost as much as I love the rise of MR’s coding game

  • I’ll pass on the peplums and bubble hems. Love big polos or anything obnoxiously big. But think the red thing is with us already, not that it can’t continue into spring. Here’s my red story for fall: http://www.primadarling.com/fashion/seeing-red-for-fall/

  • JB

    I’m 4 months pregnant and, surprisingly, these are all very maternity friendly!! Well, maybe not showing off the bra…though I’m doing it unintentionally these days now that my boobs are growing like weeds. :/

  • Andrew B

    I think the cargo pants trend can be interpreted less literally. Starting with a black tshirt, I paired an oversized pair of white AEO jeans with some nude doc martens and felt pretty stylin.

  • Jess

    Oh my god not peplum.

  • I’ll freely admit that I am a miserable scrooge person, but I hate all of these.

  • Also I know skinny jeans are so basic now but we had a good thing going and I can’t let go.

    • Leandra Medine

      also, your knee high boots will like you so much more if you don’t, so hold on

  • Lola Jacobs

    The least flattering shapes have returned to end us all. Frumpy at the hands of trend *cries in blob*

  • Engels_Beard

    Counterpoint: no.

  • Marisa Clark

    I am all about the checked blazer over a bralette

  • Isabel D

    HUGE fan of all-red!!! I particularly loved the red on red look you showed yesterday’s “non boring looks <$100" article. Need an oversize red sweater/ tailored track pant in my life STAT

  • Lorange E

    Anyone else looking at those windbreakers from the 80s with this sinking feeling of “…I know I think those are ugly right now but by the time everyone else is wearing them, I bet I’ll think they’re cool, dang it.”

  • Still reallllllly not feelin the cargo pants…