Fashion trends come and go. After all, that is what makes them trends. And while some of them you should definitely ignore, many of them you should make a point of trying.

Why? Well, why not live a little? As the fashion icon Diana Vreeland once said, “You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it, you’re nobody. I’m not talking about lots of clothes.”

The point is: If you look great, you feel great, and we can’t think of a better way of starting off a new year than to feel confident walking into the world with an all-new wardrobe. With that in mind, here are the surging trends we think you should consider for 2019. Who knows? They may become part of your signature new look. And to see what trends you should avoid bringing into 2019, check out The Biggest Fashion Misses of 2018.

1Dad Sneakers

women's fashion

$100; buy now at nordstrom.com

So-called “dad sneakers” were all the rage towards the end of 2018. Models, celebrities, and influencers alike were wearing chunky, oversized sneakers. Come 2019, they aren’t going anywhere. Yes, they’re statement shoes, but they’re also practical and comfy. That’s what we’d call a win-win! And for more great style inspiration, here are The 30 Best Fashion Trends of 2018.

2Barely-There Shoes

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$100; buy now at neimanmarcus.com

Not into oversized shoes? The good news is that shoes you can barely see are going to be huge in 2019. These are the Carrie Bradshaw-esque sandals and heels that have a super thin sole and skinny, little straps. Though this trend won’t necessarily work for the colder seasons, come spring and summer your feet will look better than ever. 

3Tiny Sunglasses

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$190; buy now at net-a-porter.com

Typically, we think of celebrity sunglasses as big and fabulous. But over the past few months, they’ve been getting smaller and smaller. Little, oval frames have been seen on everyone from Lady Gaga to Kendal Jenner. If you’re looking to switch up yours come 2018, these tiny shades are the way to go. And for more great style buys, check out these 50 Essential Accessories for Women.

4Biker Shorts

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$39; buy now at nordstrom.com

Yes, we can thank Kim Kardashian for this one. You can pair them with other workout gear or stylish blouses. Either way, they’re totally chic.

5Bermuda Shorts

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The Bermuda, by Good American

$145; buy now at goodamerican.com

This trend rose hand-in-hand with biker shorts. The popularity of mid-thigh length of biker brought back the interest in Bermuda shorts. It’s the perfect length to wear with a variety of tops, from oversize sweatshirts to crop tops. Next, read up on the 40 Best Fashion Brands for Women Over 40.

6Transparent Bags

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$98; buy now at elizabeth-charles.com

One of the most controversial trends of 2018 isn’t going anywhere in 2019. These see-through purses come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and match with just about anything. As long as you’re willing to let everyone see what you’re carrying around, you should give one of these plastic bags a try in the new year. 

7Bamboo Bags

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$328; buy now at cultgaia.com

If you aren’t into the idea of people seeing everything inside your bag, you can also stay on-trend by carrying a beachy-cool bamboo bag. These structural purses are not only practical, but they are also the perfect way to bring island vibes to any ensemble. 

8Sustainable Fashion

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$98; buy now at thereformation.com

This is a great fashion trend to take part in. What better way to stay in-style than by helping out the greater good of our environment? The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, really helped put this one on the map in 2018 thanks to her Reformation dress in Australia and shoes made out of recycled plastic. And, yes, she looked totally chic while doing it. 

9Animal Prints

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$64; buy now at us.asos.com

What was once seen as tacky is now totally chic—when done right. Animals prints like snake and leopard were seen all over the spring 2019 runway and will likely be seen among the fashion elite very soon. With tons of great new fashionable options you can totally rock this returning trend. 

10Polka Dots

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$18 to 23; buy now at amazon.com

This is another pattern that showed up all over the spring 2019 runway. Instead of that of a 1950’s housewife, polka dots brought that same kind of innocence to much chicer and sexier ensembles. Look for this pattern in a slinky dress or a silk top to stay 2019-trendy. 

11Mix-Matched Prints

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$$79; buy now at jcrew.com

Alongside these about-to-be-popular prints comes the trend where you can mix and match any of them together. It doesn’t matter if you think it makes sense or if it even matches. This bold look isn’t for the faint of heart, but anyone who wears it is sure to turn heads. 

12Cowboy Boots

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$125; buy now at urbanoutfitters.com

Cowboy style was a big thing on the runway and a great way to incorporate fun into your daily wear. Wear them with jeans or skirts!

13Tie Dye

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$75; buy now at champion.com

This groovy 1970s trend is back in a big way for 2019. Everything from tops to dresses could be seen tie-dyed on the spring runway. This may be one of those nostalgic trends you might have been happy to say goodbye to, but it’s a better time than ever to resurrect your coolest Grateful Dead t-shirt. 

14Fringe

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$53; buy now at macys.com

The spring runways showed us all kind of inspiration for this fun and playful trend. If you’re going dancing or want to add a little more oomph to your walk, fringe is the perfect addition.  

15Netting

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$79; buy now at revolve.com

This isn’t in the form of fishnet stockings, but in the form of ponchos, dresses, cover-ups, and other layering items to help complete your outfit. The varied texture adds a little more dimension to any ensemble. 

16Neon Colors

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$16; buy now at us.asos.com

Bright, neon colors are a bold choice that more and more people will likely be making come the new year. (Thank you, Ariana Grande!) From dress to jackets to shoes, expect to see lots of fabrics covered in shades of neon.  

17Tonal Shades

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$79; buy now at nordstrom.com

On the totally opposite end of the color spectrum are the muted, earthy tones of beige. These are also set to be huge for 2019 and perfect for anyone who isn’t sure they can pull off lots of colors.  

18Suits

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$90; buy now at us.topshop.com

Wearing a suit doesn’t have to be full-on 1970s-era Diane Keaton. From what we saw on the spring 2019 runway, there are tons of casual and more modern ways to wear a suit. Think less formal, more playful.  

19Trench Coats

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$84; buy now at lulus.com

The Carmen Sandiego look was seen throughout the 2019 spring runway season. Trench coats are no longer just a Burberry classic meant to be worn in cool, rainy weather. They’re the perfect top layer for so many different ensembles.

20Bucket Hats

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$38; buy now at freepeople.com

This hat isn’t a first choice for many, but come 2019 it just may be. It’s great for all hair lengths and textures and can be worn with any everyday outfit. Go for a patterned one or wear a solid muted color—either way, you’re sure to be styling. And to find out which trends you should leave in 2018, check out The 30 Worst Fashion Trends of 2018.

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