Summer in Vancouver is a bit confusing. Some days are nice and sunny, but on other days it rains so hard, you don’t even want to leave the house. But you’ve got to keep fashion on point, rain or shine.
The 2018 fashion trends have been weird, as we have experienced a mix of fanny packs, check blazers, and pleated trousers, to name a few. We believe that by now, you’ve probably seen a good chunk of the popular items in the 2018 fashion world, and they might make you want to spend all $123.64 on your bank account.
To help you fashionistas get that latest summer fashion trend, we put together a list of summer wardrobe essentials, as well as some of their cheaper alternatives.
Since Gucci’s original release of their leather slippers, they have been everywhere — Gigi Hadid owns a pair, Kris Jenner wears them religiously, and Emma Roberts pairs them with literally everything. However, at a whopping price of $830, they are not exactly the shoes you can just buy on the spot. So we’ve got a cheaper version of them for you: the Doriana loafers from Steve Madden. They are only priced at $80 a pair, and they look almost identical to the Gucci ones.
Where: Steve Madden
There are some days when it’s a bit chilly to wear shorts, but you still want to get creative with your outfit — these wide-leg trousers are perfect those days. Get the classic black or grey if you’re trying to keep it formal, but also keep an eye out for fun summer colours like baby pink or blue.
Yes, you read it right, the fanny pack look is coming back, brought to you by many high-fashion brands like Alexander Wang and Louis Vuitton. And honestly, you don’t have to look like a tourist while wearing it. A fanny pack can be casual or formal, depending on what kind of outfits you pair it with. If you need inspiration for how to rock this retro style, the celebrities already have it all worked out for you. You can wear it like a cross-body bag, let it hang on your shoulder, or actually put it on your waist. There are also many cheap alternatives available.
Plaid blazers, plaid skirts, plaid shirts, plaid everything. The plaid look is still very much in trend in the year of 2018. Many would say that the OG plaid brand is Burberry, which proudly carries plaid trench coats, hats, and even shoes, but the brand can get super pricey. This is when you turn to fast fashion brands — they will always have something in store for you, and there are also sustainable brands available.
Balenciaga released their Triple S sneakers in late 2017, and that unleashed a rising tide of chunky kicks. We’ve seen many people pairing them with suits or business casual outfits, and this clean and vintage vibe is weirdly appealing. The Triple S sneakers come in various colour combinations, which make your summer outfits pop and fun. As for cheap alternatives, our favourite is the Fila Disruptor II.
Denim jumpsuits seem to be the fashion statement of summer 2018, but it’s not the easiest piece to pull off. While there are certainly enough denim jumpsuits out there for brave fashionistas, we find normal jumpsuits to be quite in style as well. You can pair them with a blazer for formal occasions, or you can make them casual by rocking the floral and colourful patterns. While some designer jumpsuits are crazy expensive — Elvis Presley’s rhinestone version was sold for $1.5 million in 2017 — there are loads of alternatives from more affordable brands.
Price: $20 to $100
These stylish summer bags have been seen on many fashion bloggers’ sites. Made from wicker, straw, or bamboo, the bags are light and give a lively, refreshing vibe.
The British Royal Family rocks fedoras — we all know that. While we don’t have to go extreme and get a handmade fedora with diamonds or rhinestones, we can still embrace this Royal Family’s trend by searching for some cheaper alternatives. There are many affordable brands carrying fedoras, price ranging from $20 to around $120. Put on a fedora and a little dress, go to a British tea party, and feel somewhat royal this summer.