Trends can be tricky little things. They usually feel the way intense new crushes do—exciting and momentous, but potentially precarious and fleeting. Yet we fall head over heels for them anyway, knowing that, even if we end up with a closet full of clothes that are so last season by the end of, well, the season, we would have loved and worn these pieces to bits, enough to be able to say a happy, grateful farewell when it’s time to let go.
Still, when you know, you know: sometimes passing crushes lead to true and lasting love, and the trends we surmised would come and go end up working so well for us that they stick around for good. We’re placing our bets on these 2019 local style trends that are so irresistible, they might just become permanent fixtures in our wardrobes, proving that in fashion, as in life, forever isn’t always as far-fetched as it seems.
1. BLOOD ORANGE
A deeper, more potent take on Pantone Color of the Year living coral, this fiery shade was on everyone’s lips—literally! (see: Sunnies Face Fluffmatte in Hot Sauce)—before making its way to the racks. If you’re too shy to wear bold red or vibrant orange, this amalgam is the perfect compromise.
SHOP THE LOOK: (Clockwise from left) TM Denmark Shift Dress in Orange, P795, available here; Loukha Natalie Semi-Cropped Top with Ribbon, P949, available here; Coral Swimwear Kai Two-Piece Swimsuit in Deep Coral, P2,250, available here.
2. LILAC & LAVENDER
Surprisingly wearable, these cool hues are having a major fashion moment. Whether you go for the rosier lilac or the more blue-toned lavender (yes, there’s a diff!), these colors are instant happy pills, conjuring thoughts of unicorns and fairies and evoking whimsy and wonder.
SHOP THE LOOK: (Clockwise from left) Nove Calysta Drop Resin Earrings in Lilac, P350, available here; Daylily Tulip Top, P950, Azalea Bottoms in Lavender Frost, P900, available here and here; Chelsea Leira Flounce Top in Lavender, P695, available here.
3. SATIN PIECES
Few trends can be simultaneously sweet and sexy. Satin, especially when it’s the soft and flowy kind, manages to be both feminine and alluring, skimming your curves and catching the light in exactly the right way—a keeper for sure.
SHOP THE LOOK: (Clockwise from left) Nala the Label Virgo Top, P1,290, available here; Numad Laney Skirt in Lilac, P1,450, available here; Patricia Syquiatco Cam Top in Green, P1,200, available here.
4. RUFFLED PRINTED SKIRTS
A little bit of flirty flounce never hurt anybody. A statement piece that carries your entire look and catches attention effortlessly, this extra take on the midi and maxi is perfect for twirling around and feelin’ yourself. Petite girls need not worry; you can pull off this trend with a strapless top to draw the eye upward, and some block heels for a nifty height boost.
SHOP THE LOOK: (L-R) Anthill Fabric Gallery Esmeralda Maxi in Pink, P5,999. available here; Style Ana Daina Skirt (Tall) in Brown Polka, P1,650, available here; Chelsea Leonor Ruffle Skirt in Multi, P695, available here.
5. LINEN BUTTON-DOWN DRESSES
This ubiquitous style has been around since last year, but it looks like it’s here to stay, proving everyone who thought it would be a short-lived trend wrong. Flattering, comfortable, and easy-peasy, this piece is an excellent balance of girly and utilitarian, and solves all your summer outfit woes in a snap.
SHOP THE LOOK: (L-R) Revival the Label Madison Dress in Mint, P1,850, available here; Pink Lemon Wear Linen Beige Spaghetti Strap Dress, P600, available here; Prim and Proper Lucy Front Button Dress in Dark Green, P899, available here.
6. BELL SLEEVES
Whether you find it in tops, dresses, or rompers, this festival-ready detail is a fashion throwback that still manages to look fresh and fun. Be inspired by past style eras and go full-on vintage by accessorizing with fringe, tassels, round sunnies, and tan leather.
SHOP THE LOOK: (Clockwise from left) Tansshop Bell Sleeve Romper, P1,400, available here, Morning Clothing Farrah Turtleneck with Bell Sleeves in Knitted Black, P250, available here; TM Chandler Bell Sleeves Top in Blush, P745, available here.
7. OVERSIZED BLAZERS
Take your outfit from brunch to the boardroom with roomy but structured outerwear that can look as casual or professional as you want it to be. Pair it with a basic white shirt, straight-cut jeans or cropped high-waist trousers, and layered gold necklaces in varying shapes and sizes.
SHOP THE LOOK: (L-R) Fudge Rock Casual Everyday Blazer, P695, available here; Veentedge Linen Coat in Dust Pink, P950, available here; Straightforward Easy Tailored Blazer in Dark Gray, P999, available here.
8. WIDE-LEG PANTS IN BRIGHT COLORS
Summer is the best time to start experimenting with color. Playful bottoms usually vibe with neutral-hued tops, but if you’re feeling brave, why not try some color-blocking action with an equally vibrant tank or tee? Don’t forget to pack a pair in your beach bag—it makes for an unexpected cover-up that’s a lot more fashion-forward than tying a sarong around your waist.
SHOP THE LOOK: (Clockwise from left) Chelsea Gabrielle Wide-Leg Pants in Old Rose, P795, available here; Frassino Collezione Adriana Wide-Leg Pants in Marsala Red, P749, available here; TM Edison Ruffled Hem Culottes in Blue, P845, available here.
9. EASY COORDS
Made for days when you just can’t be bothered to brainstorm new outfit combinations, coords make dressing up a cinch, saving you precious time in the morning. The good news is that when you do have time to spare, these separates play well with other items in your closet just as they do together, ensuring maximum mileage and bang for your buck. BRB, adding to cart. Right. About. Now.
SHOP THE LOOK: (L-R) Suzy Clothing June Twinset, P2,250, available here; Morning Clothing Delilah Coordinates Set with Tropical Print, P450, available here; Fifth Clothing Tube and Skirt Set in Sage Green, P550, available here.
Which of these fashion trends are you loving? Sound off in the comments below!
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