2019 Fashion Trends for a Changing, Diverse Market

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There’s no denying that fashion is continuously evolving, but this year, the evolutions are set to take a much deeper turn. Forecasts reveal that the looks that will prevail in 2019 will no longer focus solely on the mainstream ideal of beauty. Instead, the spotlight will shift towards longstanding issues like functionality and female empowerment. The clothes will be more inclusive and diverse, too, as well as environmentally friendly. That said; there are a few of the fashion trends consumers should take note of this year.

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Eco-Friendly Clothes

There’s also a good chance that faux leather will become more popular in 2019. Several top fashion designers have committed to no longer include leather or animal fur in their fashion collections, bowing to environmentally friendly garments. Insider.com reports that Meghan Markle might have played a role in boosting the popularity of environmentally friendly clothes. This is especially significant because the newly minted Duchess of Sussex frequently incorporates ethical brands into her wardrobe. When Meghan Markle wore her Reformation sundress, it increased the number of visitors to the clothing company’s website, proving how vast and effective the “Markle Effect” is—with everything she wears selling out immediately. (Reformation is an affordable and sustainable clothing company that offers clothes made from eco-friendly materials, using sustainable methods.) Other celebrities who wear sustainable fashion include Emma Watson, Jessica Alba, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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Fancy flats 

While Halpern, Ashish, and David Koma had models in their recent runway shows walking in high heels and stilettos, Valentino, Simone Rocha, and Temperley London had models walking in more reasonable shoes. Refinery29.com predicts that the days of wobbly heels, along with shoes that give anyone who wears them blisters, will become a thing of the past. Practical options like sandals and high-heeled boots will come into the limelight. Designer thong-style slides will also make a fashionable return and will be especially prominent during the warmer months.

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Plus-size fashion

It used to be that curvy women found it challenging to find clothes that would flatter their figure without compromising comfort and style. But in the last few years, things have taken a better turn as more commercial brands started producing collections for the plus-size market. This is a trend that can be seen at the retail site womanwithin.com, which has a wide range of plus-size clothing from top brands including Ellos and Jessica London. This year, vogue.com predicts plus-size clothing will become more daring, following the launch of Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Valentine’s collection. The fashion line features sexy lingerie, such as sheer-patterned bralettes and revealing bodysuits that are available for all body sizes. Body shaming, it seems, is fast becoming a thing of the past. Remember, 2019 is all about body acceptance.

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Clothing labels for people with disabilities

According to 2017 data from bustle.com, details how many Americans have a disability. A new survey indicates the number is higher than most people realize, more than one in eight Americans have a disability, which means roughly 40 million people in the US, have a severe impairment. Despite this number, only a handful of stores in the country produce inclusive and adaptive clothing. That said; this is changing with leading brands like Tommy Hilfiger, who launched clothing lines aimed at “balancing fashion with function and offering clothes that adapt to the wearer. ”Consumer trends analyst Stacy Bingle has also found that adaptive apparel is a growing market. “It’s part of an overall trend that we’re seeing, with consumers who have been underrepresented in the past are really getting a greater voice,” she said.

2019 will see more clothing labels adapting to the needs of individuals with disabilities. Timeless by Heather Hills is a great example, with collections that help women maintain a sense of style if they fall ill or become injured. “I think it’s really important for people that they don’t lose that sense of dignity, that sense of pride in themselves—and that they have the ability to wear something that makes them look and feel great,” explains co-founder Hayley Clarke.

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These are only a few of the latest trends you need to look out for this year. Stay tuned to Fashion Reverie. We detail all the latest news from the fashion industry, from the most recent trends to our highly coveted fashion features, to reviews from fashion weeks around the world, to incredible style from your favorite celebrities during red-carpet season.

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