2018 is finally here! And with it comes new style resolutions, trends and ultimately, a fresh zeal to conquer ourselves and put our best foot forward in the new year! According to the biggest designers globally and on the continent this is your cheat sheet to what trends we can expect to dominate 2018!



From makeup (hello Fenty), to fashion – this Pantone predicted hue will be a firm fave of the fashion set in 2018. Accessories,decor and fashion —whatever your fancy, this fresh shade and variations of it will just about take over your Insta-feed this year.




To be honest this trend has waxed and waned from 2015 onwards, so it’s no surprise that outsized ear candy will have a moment this year. Think @Badgalriri – esque oversized hoops to pebble sized faux gems and modern geometric shapes—the bigger the better.




Another trend that has been going for a while, since emerging as a micro trend in the summer of 2014, this trend has only continued to gain momentum. In 2018, expect more of a structural take to update this romantic trend. #BellaStylista Ozinna Anumudu gets two ticks for rocking two trends in one look (fringed, off shoulder)




2018 is the year to be bold. Tastefully show off a little skin with directional tulle and mesh pieces.  The best part is that this trend looks just as fast fashion forward layered under crop tops, slip dresses and jumpsuits. You can also opt for pieces with some sheer detailing like literary icon Chimamanda Adichie, if you can’t fathom an all sheer look.



You’ll be reaching for bright colored pieces all year – from ultraviolet to scarlet, there is a full spectrum of high impact hues to add a vibrant punch to your new year wardrobe. You can make this trend workwear appropriate by layering bright or pastel pieces with darker hued separates or channel Monica Awe-Etuk and go monochromatic in a jewel-tone for an instant cool-girl vibe.



Everything’s getting the fringe treatment – from red carpet  ready statement dresses to casual sweatshirts and even earrings. Fashion girls who get the memo will look absolutely incredible rocking a piece with fringe detail.



Bold prints can be a daunting prospect, but when deftly put together can take your style game up several notches.  Plan for instant chic and go with a matching ensemble like our Kenyan #BellaStylista Silvia Njoki or take bold contrasting prints in the same colour palette and unify it with a neutral blazer or accessories.  Or try the same print in multiple tones like Lisa Folawiyo. The ultimate cheat?Opt for a contrast print dress with subtle but interesting details if you’re worried about pulling  it off.

There are quite a few micro trends we also see emerging like color blocking and daytime sparkle – but as always we’ll keep you in the loop!

Will you be rocking these trends in 2018?