This year instead of treating your New Year’s resolution like a punishment (diets, who needs ’em?), treat it like a fun fashion experiment. Every month try out a new 2018 trend. From faux fur to bright red booties, you’re bound to rack up some compliments. Here, 12 trends for every month of the year.
JANUARY: A FAUX FUR COAT
Start off the year warm and cozy with some fluffy outerwear. You’ll stave off the cold, add some much-need oomph to any outfit and keep yourself off PETA’s most wanted list. Talk about killing three birds with one stone (figuratively, of course).
FEBRUARY: Pajama-Inspired Pieces
This month Valentine’s Day has got us feeling sexy, sure, but we also just want to stay home in our pj’s. Lucky for us pajama fashion is actually a thing. So even if you can’t binge-watch This Is Us on the couch for four days straight, you can walk around as if you were…and in style.
MARCH: Red Boots
Let’s be honest: By the time March rolls around, we all need a jolt to the system, yes? The dark days of sweaters and snow boots seem never-ending, and you want to burn all your winter clothes. Instead, add a pop of red on your feet and watch as every outfit suddenly looks and feels fresh and new.
APRIL: Mismatched Earrings
The hats and scarves are finally coming off, and what better way to welcome your neck to 2018 than with a pair of mismatched earrings? This trend not only elevates any basic top in your wardrobe, but it also gives you an excuse to wear your hair up…every day. Low-maintenance mornings here we come.
MAY: Two-Tone Denim
Spring signifies new beginnings, and that’s true for your jeans, too. Two-tone denim will surely be a new addition to your closet, but don’t worry—it goes with everything you wore your regular jeans with. Just one warning: Mom probably won’t understand this trend (“It looks like you sewed two pairs of pants together!”), so don’t wear them to Mother’s Day brunch.
JUNE: Panama Hat
You say you’re not a hat person, but what if we said wearing this would make bad hair days a thing of the past? Yeah, we thought so. These iconic, incredibly chic toppers work seamlessly into your summer style and conceal even the unruliest, frizziest, fourth-day blowouts.
JULY: White Sneakers
July is a sweaty, steamy month, and it can be a challenge to look cool and crisp all day long. Somehow a new pair of white tennis sneakers always does the trick—wear them with everything from cut-off shorts to tank dresses to breezy summer skirts and watch as your outfit goes from unkempt to put-together in a matter of seconds.
By August, getting dressed for work has become a major chore. So why not give a shirtdress a try? It will keep you cool but looks über professional at the same time. Plus, with endless versions out there, you are bound to find one you like. Dare we say, even love? Yes, we dare.
SEPTEMBER: Utility Jumpsuit
With the arrival of Labor Day comes the back-to-school mentality, and what’s more first day of a school than your uniform? We love putting on something we don’t have to think about, and a utility jumpsuit means getting dressed in the morning can be easy...it’s a one-and-done look that packs a ton of style. Just don’t hate us when you have to pee.
OCTOBER: Belt Bag (aka Fanny Pack)
You’ve got to make the most of fall jackets and lightweight sweaters while you still can. A dainty belt bag is just the way to do that—and remain hands-free. And if you’re feeling squeamish, we have the solution: Here’s how to style one without looking like a tourist.
NOVEMBER: Anything Leopard Print
It’s always there, some seasons bigger than others, sure, but nevertheless leopard is a timeless statement that somehow says ladylike, sex kitten and fashion piece all at the same time. This month, give it a shot whether on a dress, a coat or even a belt. No matter your style, it will look purrrfect (sorry, couldn’t resist).
DECEMBER: Chunky Turtleneck Sweater
Time to bundle up again, but now we’re all excited about it—the best part about winter is wearing a sweater, no? If you’ve shied away from chunky turtlenecks in the past, this is your moment. They keep you warm and look great layered under everything from a classic blazer to a cool faux-fur vest. Throw on a bold red lip (or even those red boots) and you’ve got street-style gold.
Get the look: Gap ($80); Free People ($108); Everlane ($130)
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