Reviewing 2018 Fashion Trends

Fashion retailer Forever 21 has proven to be one of the most up-to-date and
influential stores among young people. Photo from Wikimedia.

2018 was an insane year with all the fashion trends that went viral worldwide. Name brands blew up and many trends were influenced by celebrity looks.

During warm weather, people would mostly go out with distressed shorts. However, biker shorts were definitely a big hit. Kim Kardashian was caught multiple times wearing biker shorts and that’s when it really became a necessity in people’s wardrobes because these shorts can be easily dressed up or dressed down. Online websites and fashion retailer stores like Forever 21 and Fashion Nova started selling them. Today, there are still biker shorts that are on the “Best sellers” list in Forever 21.

Palazzo pants also took over the fashion scene. These pants are basically wide leg fabric pants, coming in multiple styles and prints like floral, stripes, plaid, or solid colors. As of the beginning of 2019, there are still palazzo pants on the “Bestsellers” list in stores like Forever 21. Many celebrities that were spotted in these fashionable wide leg pants including the American model, Kendall Jenner, and the American actress and filmmaker, Angelina Jolie. These pants are flowy, they’re good for the summer, and you can also dress them up or down to be casual or professional.

And of course, we can’t forget about crop tops. They’re literally sold in every clothing store, a staple in nearly every girl’s closet. They blew up in Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, Macy’s, Urban Outfitters, you name it. A crop top is just a normal shirt that is, as the name implies, cropped. Like palazzo pants, they can also be floral, stripped, off the shoulder, to fit the style of nearly everyone. Crop tops can also be matched with jeans, skirts, palazzo pants, and shorts, as they are extremely versatile. Several celebrities that wore crop tops are the American fashion models, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and the Kardashians.

Many sport brands were well liked in 2018, like Nike, Adidas, Champion, Puma, Fila, and so on. But Nike has stepped up their game this year because they were the first of many sport brands to create their first-ever performance hijab for muslim athletes. The brand also gained visibility when they publicly endorsed Colin Kaepernick, getting press for good or for bad. Nike also continued to release their popular performance sneakers which are seen widely worn by nearly every student and celebrity.

Last but definitely not least, jeans made their presence known in 2018. Jeans have always been around, however, many new styles became popular in 2018. There were distressed jeans, ankle jeans, skinny jeans, straight jeans, boyfriend jeans, wide leg jeans, and so many more. Jeans are becoming more and more popular in different colors rather than the traditional blue-jeans. Colors, patterns, conglomerations of fabrics, have all been increasingly popular in 2018 and even years prior. Drifting away from our modern-day conception of jeans, skinny jeans or no jeans, the future of these denim pants lies within our evolving minds. In 2019 will skinny jeans become a thing of the past?

2018 was a year of new, old, and continuing fashion trends. Will decades old trends like Nike or jeans continue through the coming years or die out? Are crop tops a short lived trend or will we still be wearing them in ten years? Trends will continue to weave in and out of our lives and who knows what is yet to come?

Jana Elshafey

Jana Elshafey is a sophomore at Malden High School, and was a part of the Blue and Gold Newspaper last year. For her return this year as a reporter, she plans on comparing the articles she worked on her freshman year with the ones she is going to write this year in order to improve her craft and watch her growth. Elshafey feel[s] that she will “prosper” this year due to the class being smaller, which will allow her to focus on getting her work done more efficiently. Reflecting on her freshman year, she spoke of Journalism being her favorite class and mentioning it was by far the best experience at MHS, especially with Mr.Gallagher as the teacher. Her favorite part of taking this elective is “having the freedom to write creatively about a topic that allows [her] to express ideas as a writer.” It is because of this that she decided to come back for her sophomore year! Elshafey adds that she will be walking around the school in her trendy outfits with what she describes as both “chic and comfy,” in hopes of displaying her confidence, which is what she’s all about.

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