The year is already off to a very interesting start and these new fashion trends are here to remind us to bring out the more vibrant, eye-popping side to us! If you don’t already have some of these pieces tucked away in your closet, this might be the best time to get on board and grab them while they’re fresh on the scene!

Though I’m not one to choose trends just for popularity, when they get my style radar buzzing, I’ll wear and talk about them even when they have fizzled out. I’m kicking things off by sharing 7 of the hottest fashion trends that petite ladies , and of course other fashion forward gals, can look forward to for 2019. Check them out and tell me which ones you’ll be wearing.

1. The return of neon

Quite a few retro trends re-emerged on the spring/summer 2019 catwalks and neon was one of them.The Kardashians honed and pushed this style to micro-trend status in 2018 and our Instagram timelines were flooded with this fluorescent look. Love it or hate it, there’s no escaping it this year. For my petite sistahs a pop of color is always great to add a little more curves here and there and hey, we won’t have to worry about being missed in a crowd.

Kim Kardashian dazzling in neon green dress with husband  Kanye West at Miami’s Versace Mansion for rapper 2Chainz’s wedding.

Shop this Neon Lime Knitted Ribbed Midi Skirt for under $40 on Pretty Little thing

                                                               2. Marigold Yellow

This color is a bold one and it literally demands attention. In the recent Spring/summer Fashion week, designers declared Marigold yellow a must have for wardrobes in 2019. We’ll be seeing alot of it and you can bet I’ll be sporting this look.

                                     Shop this Johanna Ortiz Ancient Sun One Shoulder Top, $795 at Matches Fashion


                                                                   3. Shrunken Bags

The shrunken bag is now considered the new ‘it bag’. Whether crossed bodied, over the shoulder or hand held, these are perfect for a chic outfit aesthetic. I suppose we’ll figure out where to put our phones and other items since they can barely fit in these purses, but… fashion comes first.

Shop this Yuzefi Asher small textured-leather shoulder bag  at www.net-a-porter.com

Shop Yuzefi Asher small textured-leather shoulder bag at www.net-a-porter.com

                                                                         4. Tie Dye

Growing up I’ve had the tortuous pleasure of experimenting with the tie dye trend from all the art and craft or clothing and textile projects I’ve done in school, but who would’ve thought it would come back full swing as a summer-friendly option for 2019? Watch out for this one. I’ll be pulling out a few tie-dye items I’ve ‘preserved’ over the years.

                                                Eckhaus Latta, Collina Strada, R13 and John Elliott. Photos: Imaxtree

                                                              5. Ruching Dresses

A Ruching dress is a petite girl’s best friend. Pronounced “roo-shing”, this trend was around in the 2000’s and now its back. I find it perfect to accentuate the hip and bust areas and makes a bodycon dress even  sexyer with a little gathering for detail.

                                    Shop this Satin Rust Ruched body-con dress for under $40 on Pretty Little thing

                                                                 6. Biker Shorts

Athleisure is now the go to look for a quick run on errands and can even be dressed up with some heels and a blazer for a more polished look. This is by no means a new trend; celebrities like Princess Diana and Madonna sported this look in the 80’s and it has resurfaced, again, thanks to the Kardashians and Kanye West’s clothing line, Yeezy. This one might not be for everyone but once you start wearing them, the comfort alone will have you tempted to rock them every single day.

                               Shop this teal cotton biker shorts for under $5 on Missguided

                                            7. Sharper Silhouettes/ Tailored looks

This bold and daring look is where fashion meets art. From square shouldered blazers to sharp necklines, your outfit will do all the talking for you.


                                                                                    PHOTO: STYLE DU MONDE


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