With 2018 coming to a close it is time to reflect on some of the most significant accessory trends of the year. Some of these trends are looking to carry over into the new year, while others had a brief but spectacular time at the top. Either way, these are the accessory styles we will remember when we look back on fashion in 2018.
The Return of the Fanny Pack
This trend went from a hot topic in the 90s, to a fashion faux pas in the 2000s, only to find its way back on top for 2018.
The trend has been picked up by dominant fashion houses around the world, with designs from Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang to name a few. The accessory has become both a popular street-style addition and has walked runways internationally, making it a far-reaching and profoundly ingrained trend for 2018.
The bag has been tweaked and tampered with, and designs have greatly varied regarding placements, sizes and materials. The dedication designers have shown to the trend, and the immense variety we are seeing indicate that perhaps the fanny pack is here to stay this time.
Earrings have become signature pieces for many runways looks in 2018. Two of the biggest earring trends were chandelier earrings, which were uniquely shaped and could turn a simple look into an artistic masterpiece. As well as mismatched earrings, the asymmetric appearances created contemporary and thought-provoking looks.
Both trends have made waves in the industry, with key contributors to the style including Burberry, Oscar de la Renta and Kenneth Jay Lane.
The trend signifies an age of power-house accessories that rather than complimenting an ensemble, define it.
Brand loyalty has been taken to a whole new level in 2018, with logo-mania becoming a sweeping trend.
Fashion houses have been anything but subtle in the plugging of their label, incorporating signature logos into a great variety of looks and on a grand scale. Luxury brand logos have been one of the most significant textile trends for 2018, dominating both apparel and accessory marketplaces.
The trend marks the revival of another classic 90s style. It has been most popular with luxury brands, and consumers are paying top dollar to demonstrate their love and loyalty for their favourite labels.
Oversized chains have been a popular jewellery trend, providing look defining statements for runway shows and streetwear looks alike.
The trend made its biggest impact in the Fall runway season, as well as being reimagined by smaller retailers who were looking to capitalise on this approachable and mimicable style. Variations on the trend included different metals, unique prints and equally oversized pendants, which gave the designs an individual flavour.
Brands who stood out for their incorporation of this trend in their runway presentations include Dolce and Gabbana, Miu Miu and Chanel.
Make a Statement
2018 fully embraced the statement accessory, from oversized chains and chandelier earrings and now statement scarves, subtle and understated accessories seem to be a thing of the past.
Statement scarves have been paired with equally eye-catching apparel to create chic but busy looks. From puffer-style to silky printed designs, scarves have dominated 2018 fashion. Styling has also varied considerably, with scarves being used as bag straps and tied around your neck or head to create an irreverent and ultra-feminine look.
Brands which have capitalised on this trend include Gucci, Barneys and Saint Laurent.