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The Resale Business Owner’s Guide to 2018 Clothing Trends for Women and Juniors

Chokers, corsets and off-the-shoulder tops might not be gracing runways this season, but never fear: These outgoing trends are making way for some exciting new ones.

Ever-changing trends are a win-win for the clothing resale sector. Incoming trends mean more opportunities to set your store apart with the hottest new looks, and outgoing trends mean more chances to buy last year’s highly sought-after pieces.

Keep an eye out for 2017 favorites – like power red, midi skirts and velvet – and be ready to snatch these 2018 essentials. Here are 15 looks for resale vendors to watch in the New Year:

  1. Lavender

Make way, Millennial Pink. Lavender is the new “it” color for 2018. From pleather skirts to flowing blouses to fun accessories, this pastel purple is making a comeback.

  1. Dark-wash denim

Where once stood the “mom jeans” now stands dark wash, tailored denim. Keep an eye out for dark indigo washes and unique cuts. Also, it looks like high waists, wide legs and cropped hems will remain in high demand.

  1. PVC

Both celebrities and everyday fashionistas are loving the PVC trend. This transparent plastic look is showing up in heels, bags, skirts, slickers and more. Chunky PVC boots and sandals are especially trendy.


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  1. Trench Coats

The sleek trench is giving the cropped jacket a run for its money. Find this staple in a variety of new cuts and colors – particularly, nudes and pastels.

  1. Pencil Skirts

Pencils skirts aren’t just for the office anymore. These sophisticated, fitted pieces were the foundation of many runway looks for spring and summer. Designers played with texture and color to breathe new life into this staple, so be ready for it to appear in 2018’s must-have looks.

  1. Daytime Sparkles

Sequined pieces won’t be reserved for the nightclub. Consumers will get their sparkle on any time of day with new, eye-catching daytime looks. Beads, sequins and glitter are showing up on skirts, jeans, tops and jackets meant for the office, the park or the coffee shop.

  1. Artsy Prints

Art-inspired prints made a splash on Fashion Week runways. Keep an eye out for abstract, brushstroke prints, as well as chic Jackson Pollock- or Andy Warhol-style prints. Comic book imagery will likely pop up often in 2018’s most popular prints.


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  1. Plaid

Still? Yes, plaid’s reign will continue in 2018. Get ready for plaid in places you don’t expect – mini and midi skirts, boyfriend blazers and jumpsuits. Mix patterns or wear a matching set for a look that’s extra current.

  1. Fringe

Fashion’s trailblazers are reimaging fringe in a variety of fun, whimsical outfits. Shoppers can go beyond the standard suede fringe and get their hands on some bold fringy dresses, skirts and jackets in every color and fabric.

  1. Bold Florals

Forget understated floral prints. This year, head-turning florals will be the life of the party. Look to retro ’60s prints to spot the patterns that will disappear from shelves in the blink of an eye.

  1. Rainbow Hues

To find this year’s hottest colors, look no further than a Crayola crayon box. Bold rainbow tones play into the current craze for brash, “dorky” colors and patterns. (That’s why orange is already one of 2018’s favorite hues.)


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  1. Athleisure

Workout-inspired outfits will continue to dominate in 2018. Jogger pants, letterman-style jackets, dressed-up running shoes and leggings have cemented their place in many women’s day-to-day wardrobes.

  1. Loose-Fitting Shorts

While Daisy Dukes will remain a summertime go-to in 2018, longer and looser-fitting shorts will take center stage. Be ready to snap up high-waisted, cycling or paper bag waist shorts. Silk and leather are this year’s favorite fabrics for shorts.

  1. White Maxi

This angelic look is a must-have for style mavens of all persuasions. White, floor-length dresses and skirts are popping up everywhere, and this look will get snatched up as fast as you can stock it.

  1. Buckle Shoes

Boots, mules, loafers, sandals, you name it – designers will probably put a buckle on it in 2018. Get ready for lots of adorable, chunky footwear with this trend.

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