The new year signals the start of fresh adventures, renewed goals, and brand new fashion trends.
Pinterest is its own positive corner of the internet, where more than 250 million people around the world go to discover new style and fashion ideas they love.
The way Pinterest know an idea is trending is by looking at what all these people are searching for.
If an idea keeps getting more and more searches each month? And that upward trajectory holds steady for 6+ months? That’s how Pinterest know it’s a bona fide fashion trend.
This year’s style trends range from nostalgic fashion with roaring animal prints and all things 80’s and 90s making a BIG comeback to new obsessions such as out of the ordinary hair clips and easy breezy mellow yellow tones.
Scroll down to see what else is on tap according to some of the BIGGEST style influencers for 2019 and get a head start on your style shopping lists.
Here are the top five fashion trends you’re about to see everywhere in 2019, as predicted by Pinterest.
80s Puff Sleeves
The 80s are back in fashion…in a BIG way.
One of the most popular takes is the puff sleeve, a kind of throwback to the sculpted shoulders of the infamous decade of excess.
Bold shoulders are no new thing, but rather than padded, boxy numbers, this year’s take is a whole lot puffier. Often gathered at the shoulder with pleats of elastic, 80s Puff Sleeves work particularly well with square necklines on feminine dresses.
Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers sent the fashion crowd spiraling, trying to get their hands on a pair of chunky R12 000 kicks.
“There’s not a dinner I go to where a father or someone [doesn’t] say ‘Stop releasing these shoes, it’s out of control, we spend too much money at Balenciaga,’ which I’m very happy with,” the brand’s CEO Cedric Charbit said at a conference.
More broadly, the Balenciaga Tripple S, along with brands like Escada and Louis Vuitton reignited an interest for super Statement Sneakers.
With sporty regulars Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Yeezy tapping into the street style trend and releasing chunky 90s inspired sneakers, Pinterest searches for Statement Sneakers is UP a whopping 2211 %
Besides, what’s NOT to love about a trend that’s comfy and chic?
Leopard print, snakeskin, cow hide, deer hide, crocodile print, tiger print, zebra print…they were all there on the Spring 2019 runways, so cast your animal print fears aside and get close to the wild this year.
Even though classic leopard is the easiest (and perfectly acceptable) route to take on the mass market, the BIG news print this year has been snakeskin.
Pinterest predicts the animal print trend will have legs way into 2019, with searches for “snake print” up 642 %
Spotted at: Ellie Saab, Saint Laurent, Celine and Gucci.
Extraordinary Hair Clips and slides
With 2019 on the block already, we’re ready to name hair clips as its first MAJOR trend.
Hair accessories were absolutely everywhere this year. On the red carpets, we saw bloom-adorned messy buns, chic braid cuffs, ribbons, bows and plenty of blingy bobby pins.
So many, in fact, that Justine Marjan teamed up with Kitsch to give folks an affordable option for those bobby pins decorated with rhinestone wording – which, by the way, are utterly Instagrammable.
Spotted at: From Gucci and Alexander Wang, to cultish Instagram brands Atout Studios and Kanel Denmark.
Gen Z Yellow
Pantone’s color choice for 2019 might be living coral, but Gen Z yellow is a close second in popularity.
The hue popped up on the spring ’19 runways of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Balenciaga, meaning the shade will be EVERYWHERE this season.
Although the trend skews bright and canary-colored, you can experiment with different variations (pastel, buttercream, neon, melted butter and beyond) and tailor the shade to suit your personality.
One of the SMART Team’s favourite corporate wear colours for the 2019 season, we recommend you pick up a yellow dress (or two) and have some Gen Z FUN with this hearty happy hue.
*Sources: Glamour.com, Elle.com