8 Items Every Fashion Girl Wore In 2018

And how to make them your own.

If there’s one main lesson we’ve gleaned from 2018, it’s that there aren’t really any rules when it comes to getting dressed.

In place of a ‘uniform’, the emphasis was back on clothes as a means of self-expression and showcasing personality, and our eyeballs are forever indebted for all the #inspo they were treated to.

While there wasn’t a uniform of sorts, we still clocked our fair share of trends cropping up throughout the year. And a subsequent Instagram stalk confirmed what we suspected to be true: the below are the top 8 trends your favourite fashion girls purchased in 2018.

Keep scrolling for some tips on how to make them your own.

Cowboy Boots

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ain’t no party like a @prada party ✌️

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Yeehaw. Our style icon Bee Beardsworth argues that cowboy boots are timeless, and while we’d agree, there’s still no denying their surge in popularity this year. The best thing about cowboy boots is that there are so many different styles to pick from, three of which we’ve found for you below! 

OUR PICKS: Maison Margiela can turn out a cowboy boot like the best of them, with these cream delights being our favourite example of that. Runner-up goes to these cost-friendly ASOS boots or these cute but casj Rebecca Minkoff ones

WEAR WITH: Do as our very own Carmen Hamilton has done, and pair yours with a white mini dress like this cute one from Calvin Klein, and a vintage Fendi handbag for the coolest look this side of the wild, wild west. 

Bike Shorts

Behold the comfiest trend of them all: the bike short. The athleisure trend that’s been dominating our lives for years now has naturally progressed to the point where you can barely walk down the street without seeing a queen like Flex Mami rocking the heck out of them. 

OUR PICKS: Pretty Little Thing has got you covered, whether you’re after neon or black.

WEAR WITH: During in-between months when the weather is as decisive as I am at a buffet (not at all), then pair yours with strappy heels and a blazer for a primo night-time look, or with sneakers and an oversized knit in a similar colour palette (in this instance orange), for a fresh take on monochrome dressing. 

Sheer Dresses 

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Thanks for making me feel like a princess today @collinastrada 🎀🌸👱🏼‍♀️

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Now that we’ve covered the comfiest trend, let’s get down to the risque-est one of the minute: the sheer dress. My favourite iteration of this trend will always be when a fresh-faced Kate Moss wore a sheer metallic dress with a pair of cotton black undies and flip flops to a fancy event, all items worn could have been picked up at your local K-Mart.

OUR PICKS: This Nasty Gal dress seems like a pretty good place to start, or go ALL OUT with this Lee Mathews… If only.

WEAR WITH: Your comfiest high-waisted undies!


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Why are these shoes called “clogs”

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This year, the streets of NYC were abuzz with the sound of ‘It-girls’ clomping to get their coffee fix in a pair of clogs. Comfortable yet spectacularly ugly, there’s something incredibly satisfying about an audible footwear choice.

OUR PICKS: For a clog that will pass the test of time, no one does it better than Swedish Hasbeens (Jane Birkin wore this exact pair).

WEAR WITH: A mohair turtleneck sweater and capri trousers for a weekend-away-in-the-country vibe, or embrace the summery boho self you swore you’d never return to with this white floaty dress.

One-Shouldered Tops

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weee i got this set forever ago and totally forgot about it, so glad it’s back in the game 🎀💫

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This year the basic wardrobes’ of the street style set got an update and said ‘laters’ to tops with both sleeves, enter 90s one-shoulder tops.

OUR PICKS: Par Femme’s range, of course! With the option of a long-sleeved or singlet ribbed top, our favourite ladies have got you covered on all one-shoulder outfit fronts.

WEAR WITH: Long shorts like these ones.

Dior Saddle Bags 

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The best ever noughties trend returned to street style this year and I can hear Paris Hilton saying, “That’s hot” all the way from here.

OUR PICKS: Your best bet is heading to a consignment store like TheRealReal and buying one second hand.

WEAR WITH: This cute LBD and a pair of cute sockssneakers.


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très chic @consttantmade #consttantmade

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For some inexplicable reason, I have become v attached to ruched dresses these past couple of months (also let the record show that I’m similarly taken with ruched skirts and tops). This year, ruching was in the air, everywhere. While picking favourites feels akin to choosing between children, I’ve made my selects for you below…

OUR PICKS: For an affordable ~going out~ option, this Glassons cami should do the trick, or if you’re looking to fork out some cash, this Attico one is what my ruched dreams are made of. Also wouldn’t say no to this Helmut Lang dress, if anyone is offering? Anyone? Anyone? 

WEAR WITH: If you’re going for a shorter dress, slap on a pair of wedge espadrilles, and if you’re slipping into the slip, a pair of strappy black heels should do the trick.

Silk Midi Skirts 

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The most flattering and versatile trend to sweep the globe in 2018, the silk midi skirt should be numero uno on your list of things to buy, whether summer or winter.

OUR PICKS: Realisation Par should be credited almost singlehandedly for the rise in the skirt’s popularity, with their heart print skirt a good example of why that is. Would also love to wake up and find this polka-dot skirt hanging in my wardrobe, btw.

WEAR WITH: A good basic and a pair of leather flip flops.

Words, Madeleine Woon