It's no news that your wardrobe says a lot about you. What you wear can inform passersby of your type of employment, as well as your ambitions, emotions and spending habits. And now it's even launched a whole new type of psychology. Clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner literally wrote the book on this phenomenon, which she calls the "psychology of dress." In "You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You," she explains not only how psychology determines our clothing choices, but how to overcome key psychological issues your wardrobe might be bringing to light in your everyday life, or even at work. "Shopping and spending behaviors often come from internal motivations such as emotions, experiences and culture," says Dr. Baumgartner. "You look at shopping or storing behaviors, even putting together outfits, and people think of it as fluff. But any behavior is rooted in something deeper. I look at the deeper meaning of choices, just like I would in therapy."
We spoke with her to figure out why clothes are so revealing (of our personalities, that is), what messages they're sending and how you can use your wardrobe to change how others perceive you—and even how you think about yourself.
How We Use Clothing as an Aid ... and a Weapon
Americans rely on clothing as an economic and social indicator because there aren't official marks of rank such as a caste system or aristocracy, says Dr. Baumgartner.
"When you don’t have a specific system, people come up with their own," she explains. It's what "helps you figure out where you fit in. Especially now, with the economy, with people losing status, maintaining a sense of who we are becomes even more important. Our clothes help place us where we think we want to be. "
She cites the Real Housewives TV series as an example: "Look at the way they focus on money. When they fight, they use logos and designers as a way to put each other down. They're using clothes and accessories both as a tool to know where they fit in and as a weapon against others."
Clothing That Projects a Good or Bad Image
Have you ever been told that you can judge a man by his shoes? Unfortunately, it's not that simple. There's no one piece or style that makes a person look successful. Dr. Baumgartner recommends the basics when trying to project a positive image: the little black dress, the blazer, the pumps. "With classics, history has done the work for you. It has lasted throughout time, so you already know it works," she says. And what is it that makes a classic a classic? "It has multiple functions, and it's appropriate for different age ranges and body types. It became a classic because it works no matter who you are."
(To help you choose the best wardrobe items to use and reuse, LearnVest created the Essential Outfitter.)
On the other hand, there's no one piece or style that makes a person look unsuccessful. "Anything where it looks like you didn’t take the time or make the effort comes across badly," says Dr. Baumgartner. "The worst clothing is the kind that tries to undo, ignore or hide where or who you are, or the kind that shows you didn't pay attention to your body/age/situation ... Any clothes that prohibit you from doing your job well send the wrong message."
What Your Clothes Say to You, Not About You
A study this year from Northwestern University examined a concept called "enclothed cognition." Researchers define it in their report as "the systematic influence that clothes have on the wearer's psychological processes," meaning what your clothes are saying to you, not about you. And how they make you feel.
The researchers distributed standard white lab coats to participants, telling some that it was a doctor's coat and some that it was a painter's smock. All participants performed the same task, but those wearing the "doctor's coat" were more careful and attentive. Their actions were influenced by their clothing.
5 reasons why you need an image consultant - Times of India
Let's face it! People judge you in a matter of seconds and based on this first impression they decide everything about you . Projecting a winning image to create a powerful first impression is the key to success in personal, professional and social life. After all everyone wants to be successful in life, but the certificate of success is heavily dependent on others. If what you think about yourself is not projected right, it leaves a poor impression on people, thus affecting what they think of you. People try to enhance their image by going to various solution providers like personality development or grooming programs, fashion designers to buy nice clothes, weight management experts to lose weight, or even something as intrusive as cosmetic surgery. These are not comprehensive solutions. The fact is that a person's image is a combination of several factors just like an interior is a combination of several factors.
Only an image consultant can help people project a winning image in all aspects.
An image consultant helps people in the following manner :
- Dressing as per roles and goals to create an appropriate clothing communication : An image consultant takes the client through a process of lifestyle evaluation, identifying the roles and goals and then suggesting levels of dressing in different situations to create a communication necessary in terms of authority, stability, trustworthiness approachability, etc.
- Dressing as per your body shape, variations and personal colours : There are eight different body shapes and many variations within them. Most people are not aware of this. An image consultant is equipped to identify your body shape and suggest ways and means to counter negative variations and enhance positive ones to create an attractive image.
- Incorporating personal style in dressing : Very often people find themselves uncomfortable while dressing as per the advice of other related professionals. This happens because their personal style is not incorporated in the clothing solution. Every individual has a personal style which they are not aware of consciously. An image consultant has the knowledge and the tools to identify the personal style of an individual and then suggests a clothing solution which incorporates the same to create an authentic image.
- Buying clothes in cluster and smart shopping : When it comes to clothing, affordability is a big issue and people often buy on impulse and then regret their purchases. Also, many people suffer from the syndrome of buying lots of clothes and yet complaining of not having anything to wear for an important occasion or meeting. An image consultant guides a client on how to build their wardrobe in a cluster to create variety in an affordable manner. After evaluating the client's wardrobe and creating cluster plan sheets keeping in mind roles, goals, body shape and personal style, an image consultant may also accompany the client to buy clothes.
- Appropriate body language and etiquette : Body language is one of the biggest factors in visual communication and an image consultant advices a client on appropriate body language based on roles and occasions. Etiquette is a big part of creating an image. Correct etiquette in business and social situations goes a long way to create a powerful image. An image consultant takes the client through appropriate etiquette, be it dining, corporate meetings or any other.
The image consultant - Vogue.it
The birth of the image consultant can be traced to 1975, when John T. Molloy’s book Dress for Success was published in the USA. This highlighted the idea of the importance of image and dress to attaining personal and professional goals. Fifteen years later, the Association of Image Consultants International(AICI) was set up, which brought together two groups, one working on the East Coast of the USA and the other on the West Coast. AICI expanded rapidly into more than 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. It now has more than 1,300 members and has opened a range of branches. One of the most recent was in Italy: this opened on 2 August 2010 in Milan and today has around 40 image professionals. The objectives of AICI (“Education – Experience – Excellence”) are promoted with international events for members to raise their professional awareness.
The image consultant is a professional working in the field of an individual or company’s
image: he or she takes care of the look and how it affects non-verbal communication. This is a profession that’s both creative and technical at the same time and requires expertise in a series of disciplines, including fashion, psychology and communication. In terms of fashion, you need to have a deep understanding of costume history: it’s not possible to construct a style without being aware of its historical associations. Essential too is a knowledge of the textile trade, modelling and packaging. An understanding of fabrics and their effect on the figure is a must as well since consultants use camouflage techniques to enhance their client’s physiques and minimise their weak points. Knowing how a item of clothing is constructed is important for understanding how it can be used to eliminate defects. The approach to the client develops on the psychological as well as the physical plane. The consultant establishes a close relationship with the individual to understand their needs and habits, an understanding that is essential for creating a effective image strategy.
This process leads into choosing the clothing and accessories that best fit the client’s physique, personality, tastes, commitments and lifestyle. The consultant studies the physical characteristics of the individual, establishes the horizontal proportions of the figure (from the relationship between the circumferences of the chest, hips and waist) and the vertical proportions (from the relationship between the length of the chest and the length of the arms), as well as the physical characteristics that determine the individual’s uniqueness (such as shoulders, neck and arms). The clothes must be analysed in terms of their external lines (the outline) and their internal (sewing, buttons and the different details), which can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal, each of which can – to a greater or lesser degree – creates a slimming effect. Colour is essential to the construction of a wardrobe, so the consultant must understand the different types and the physical attributes of psychological perception. Much in use in the English-speaking world is a test that establishes for each individual the colours and colour combinations that will illuminate the face and make the person look younger and brighter. Colours have their own symbolism, as explained in Loescher’s theory on the perception of colour, and their own communicative value.
You should also remember that there are various universal theories that tie that perception of colour to a series of variables, ranging from an individual’s culture to the practical problem of the availability of a shade in the boutique. The use of colour and their combinations can be learnt by studying the designs on the catwalks and looking at the magazine articles, which show with the choices made by different fashion stylists.
19th-Century Insight Into the Psychology of Color and Emotion
A time capsule of Goethe's intuition on the roles and manifestations of colors in our lives.
Color is an essential part of how we experience the world, both biologically and culturally. One of the earliest formal explorations of color theory came from an unlikely source -- the German poet, artist, and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who in 1810 published Theory of Colours(public library; public domain), his treatise on the nature, function, and psychology of colors. Though the work was dismissed by a large portion of the scientific community, it remained of intense interest to a cohort of prominent philosophers and physicists, including Arthur Schopenhauer, Kurt Gödel, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.
One of Goethe's most radical points was a refutation of Newton's ideas about the color spectrum, suggesting instead that darkness is an active ingredient rather than the mere passive absence of light.
...light and darkness, brightness and obscurity, or if a more general expression is preferred, light and its absence, are necessary to the production of colour.... Colour itself is a degree of darkness.
But perhaps his most fascinating theories explore the psychological impact of different colors on mood and emotion -- ideas derived by the poet's intuition, which are part entertaining accounts bordering on superstition, part prescient insights corroborated by hard science some two centuries later, and part purely delightful manifestations of the beauty of language.
Though hardly a work of science, Theory of Coloursstands as an absorbing account of the philosophy and artistic experience of color, bridging the intuitive and the visceral in a way that, more than two hundred years later, continues to intrigue.
How 'Thin Slicing' Clothes And Color Psychology Can Effectively Determine Certain Personality Traits
They say you never get a second chance at a first impression, so dress accordingly. OK, so we added that last part, but it’s not completely off base. The clothes we wear, as in the style, cut, and color, are capable of communicating certain traits of our personality before we’ve even opened our mouth to introduce ourselves. Psychologists refers to this as thin slicing, or thin slices.
As Psychology Today explains, thin slices are the very small window — about five minutes — people use to observe and “accurately draw to conclusions in the emotions and attitudes of the people interacting.” In mere minutes, your friends, dates, and job interviewers can surmise your level of intelligence, status, sexual orientation, and more. If they happen to glance at your shoes, one study suggests they can correctly judge your age, political affiliation, and emotional personality traits.
Though this methodology is well-researched and considered to be accurate, it’s a precarious idea that people know all about our personality in the time it takes to get your morning latte. So let’s check the science.
Color Can Trick You
We’re exposed to color psychology as soon as we’re born: girls dress in pink, boys dress in blue. Color has the power to evoke everything from femininity and masculinity, to emotion and appetite. Lighter tones can suggest friendliness, and darker tones can suggest authority. If we’re talking tangible products, a Canadian study found 90 percent of consumers’ first impressions are based on color alone. There’s also such a thing as “ too much color,” an otherwise fashion faux paus.
The color red in particular is known to evoke strong emotions, passion, and intensity — and it may be the easiest to judge on men and women. A study published in the journal Biology Letters found men wearing red in athletic settings can inspire aggression and competition. Even in neutral settings, men wearing red were perceived as more aggressive and angry than men wearing blue or gray. In a 2009 study, Dr. Juliet Zhu found the color blue suggests “knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness. It evokes a sense of calmness while stimulating creativity.”
Women wearing red, on the other hand, are perceived differently. In fact, men report feeling more sexually attracted to women in red clothes and lipstick; they’re even willing to spend more money on their date. Similarly, a study from the University of Rochester found waitresses who wore red lipstick earned greater tips than those not wearing lipstick.
That’s not to say red can’t signal aggression between women. Women perceive other women wearing red as more of a threat, perhaps because it’s so tied to sexual attraction and provocation. The general draw to the color among both sexes is considered biological, especially for women who seem to wear this color more during ovulation. The point is that color gives off a distinct vibe and its implication may be best reserved for certain settings.
Dress to Impress
Business Insider (BI) recently reviewed several studies relating to first impressions. Among these studies were a couple that found the quality and cut of clothes are capable of communicating your status and level of intelligence.
For example, people wearing name-brand clothes are perceived as higher status than those wearing conventional brands. And people who have their clothes tailored are considered to be more successful than those who wear clothes that aren’t as fitted or flattering.
Interestingly, business-wear is a bit more complicated for women.
“Women generally have a wider choice of dress style for work than men, but still have to maintain an identity that balances professionalism with attractiveness,” researchers of a 2011 study wrote. Their solution is a “skirt suit,” an outfit that “may achieve that balance without appearing provocative.”
These kinds of clothes don’t only influence what others think of you, but they influence what you think of yourself. An interesting study recently published in the journal of Social Psychological & Personality Science found people in formal clothes think more abstractly and experience more feelings of power, thus affirming the idea of a power suit (or skirt). Abstract thinkers are better able to solve problems, analyze and evaluate complex subjects and theories, and understand relationships between verbal and nonverbal ideas.
Better yet, abstract thought is otherwise considered a “psychologically distant state of mind,” wrote Jeremy Dean, a psychologist in the UK and author of PsyBlog: Understand Your Mind . It’s in this state of mind we’re better able to make challenging tasks seems easier, generate self-insight, gain emotional control, and seriously boost creativity.
Formal attire, however, isn’t always favored. Harvard psychologists believe there’s a time and place for jeans and a t-shirt, that the comfortable combination can, in some settings, be perceived as a sign of wealth and celebrity.
Mind What You Wear
If clothes can influence our thoughts, than they can absolutely influence our mood. In her book Mind What You Wear: The Psychology of Fashion , Karen Pine cites research from Adam Galinski, who was the first to coin the term “enclothed cognition.” Psychology Today reported that this term initially referred to the improvements made in “a person’s mental agility when wearing a white coat.” The white coat “primed their brain to take on the sharper mental capacities they associated with being a doctor.” So essentially, psychologists believe “we become what we wear.”
And maybe it’s more the feel of the clothes, rather than the clothes themselves providing insight to our personality. That feeling of confidence. Inc reported that those with higher levels of confidence share several qualities, such as listening more than they speak; freely asking for help; not putting other people down; and owning their mistakes.
Jeff Harden, the contributing editor who compiled the list, wrote: “Truly confident people know that access is almost universal. They can connect with almost anyone through social media. (Everyone you know knows someone you should know.) They know they can attract their own funding, create their own products, build their own relationships and networks, choose their own path — they can choose to follow whatever course they wish.”
Female Body Types and Body Shapes - the ultimate body type guide
There are 8 major female body shapes according to a study of over 6000 women. The major body shapes are:
Straight Body Type
Pear Body Type
Spoon Body Type
Hourglass Body Type
Top Hourglass Body Type
Inverted Triangle Body Type
Oval Body Type
Diamond Body Type
Find your body type by most closely matching the description below to your body shape or try our body shape calculator.
Straight Body Type
The bust and hips are basically the same size. The waist is slightly smaller than the bust and hips.
Pear Body Type
The hips are larger than the bust, and the waist gradually slopes out to the hips.
Spoon Body Type
The hips are larger than the bust and the hips have a”shelf” appearance. The waist is slightly smaller than the bust.
Hourglass Body Type
The bust and hips are basically the same size and your waist is well defined.
Hourglass Body Type
The bust is larger than the hips and the waist is well defined.
Inverted Triangle Body Type
The bust is large, the hips are narrow and the waist is not very well defined.
Oval Body Type
The waist is larger than the bust and hips. The hips are narrow compared to the shoulders. Breasts are ample in size.
Diamond Body Type
The waist is larger than the bust and hips. The shoulders are narrow compared to the hips. Breasts are small to medium in size.
10 Nonverbal Cues That Convey Confidence At Work
Imagine your co-worker storms into her office after lunch. She’s red-faced, tight-lipped and speaks to no one. She throws her briefcase on the desk, plops down in her chair and glares out the window. You ask, “Are you all right?” She snaps back in an angry tone, “I’m fine!”
Which message do you believe: Her nonverbal communication (behavior and voice tone), or her verbal one (words alone)? "Most likely, you believe the nonverbal message," says Darlene Price, author of Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results.
Price says research shows that when a person sends a mismatched message--where nonverbal and verbal messages are incongruent—recipients almost always believe the predominant nonverbal message over the verbal one. “In other words, how we say something is more impactful than what we say,” she explains. “In some studies, nonverbal communication has been shown to carry between 65% and 93% more impact than the actual words spoken, especially when the message involves emotional meaning and attitudes,” she adds.
Patti Wood, a body language expert and author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, says in a face-to-face interaction with just one person you can exchange up to 10,000 nonverbal cues in less than one minute. “You cannot consciously control all that communication so it can be much more telling than the few words you could exchange in the same amount of time.”
What is a nonverbal cue, exactly?
Wood says nonverbal cues include “all the communication between people that do not have a direct verbal translation.” They are “body movements, body orientation, nuances of the voice, facial expressions, details of dress, and choice and movement of objects that communicate.” Time and space can also be perceived as having nonverbal cues.
“Simply put, nonverbal cues include all the ways you present and express yourself, apart from the actual words you speak,” Price adds. "And they are critically important at work and in business because perception is reality."
She says Friedrich Nietzsche was spot on when he said, “All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.”
“How others ‘sense’ or perceive you significantly impacts your success in the workplace,” Price explains. Otherwise brilliant people with great ideas and exceptional talent are often misjudged, mislabeled, and overlooked because of their ineffective nonverbal communication.
Because nonverbal cues are sent primarily from the “emotional brain” rather than the neocortex, they create more honest and revealing messages, Wood says. “Nonverbal cues can help business people determine others’ motivations and analyze business interactions with much more richness, depth, and insight than can come from simply relying on spoken or printed words.”
Professionals who understand nonverbal cues can evaluate what their clients, customers and co-workers are really telling them in order to know how to better meet their needs. “Employers can evaluate the messages their employees are sending to customers, clients or fellow workers and know whether that employee is hurting or helping business,” Wood says. “And employees can learn to read the subtle signals a boss is sending in order to adjust their behavior accordingly.”
In power-differential relationships, such as with superiors and subordinates, successful interactions depend on both parties being able to use and read body language, Wood explains. “Superiors need to know how to make their subordinates comfortable while communicating their desires in order to get results. Subordinates need to know how to read the boss’s subtle signals to discern the best way to approach professional situations.”
Effective nonverbal communication is critically important for career advancement, Price adds. “Among the top traits employers look for when hiring or promoting a candidate for management are confidence, professionalism and enthusiasm. Expressing these and other leadership traits requires sending the right nonverbal cues.”
A Guide on How to Dress for Your Body Shape | The Idle Man
For years, men have assumed that “dressing for your shape” was a concept best left to their fairer counterparts, but it’s important for men to embrace as well. Whether you’ve got the perfect body shape or are rocking the “Dad Bod,” every guy can benefit from dressing in a way that best suits his physique.
Before we begin, know that this guide only works if you’re honest about how you’re actually shaped. Most guys fall into one of five categories: rhomboid (sometimes referred to as a trapezoid shape body), inverted triangle shape, rectangle, triangle, or oval. Finding out what shape you are will help you know what to look for and what to avoid in your wardrobe. Most importantly, never overlook the wonders well-tailored clothing can do for guys of any size or shape.
How to Dress For Your Shape
Add a belt for focus around the hips to help break up and outfit while also drawing attention to this area.
Wear Breton striped tees- while classic in style, they are also ideal for a man with this shape, especially if the stripes focus around the stomach rather than the chest.
Choose V-neck shirts and jumpers as they draw the eye down and take attention away from the chest.
Try statement printed legwear to once again draw the eye downward.
Opt for unstructured double-breasted jackets as this will widen the torso into proportion with the shoulders.
Wear skinny cut trousers or jeans as this will draw attention to the disproportion of the lower half. Opt for slim-cut instead.
Wear structured jackets with shoulder padding or wide lapels. This will just further emphasise the widest area.
Wear shirts with scoop necklines for the same reason as above.
How To Master The Art Of Nonverbal Communication - Forbes
As Peter F. Drucker once said, “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.”
According to a recent article in Psychological Science, it takes just one-tenth of a second to make a first impression. And contrary to popular belief, the factor that has the greatest influence on the impressions we form is not the words being spoken, but rather the nonverbal cues we pick up on via eye contact, voice inflection, and body language. These subtle communications actually deliver more information about the intention of the speaker than the words he or she uses when speaking.
This understanding has significant implications, both in our personal lives and in business, because regardless of how knowledgeable or articulate we are, if our words are not backed up by vocal tones and body language that are congruous, the listener’s attention will be divided between trying to absorb the information being offered and trying to pinpoint the source of the discord. If you’ve ever been in a conversation in which you weren't able to focus on what was being said because you were preoccupied with something that just didn’t feelright about the speaker, then you know firsthand what I’m talking about.
Most of us get the value of listening to our gut feelings, but what we haven’t understood up until now is exactly why it is that people automatically place more credence on these more subtle forms of communication — and, more importantly, how we can use this knowledge to become more effective and influential communicators. To become someone whose words have the power to motivate and move others into action, we have to look beyond the face value of what’s happening on the surface level of words and explore what is happening in the invisible realm of energy.
Thanks to ancient wisdom traditions and modern science alike, we now understand that energy is the basis of everything in our physical universe — including things that appear separate and solid, such as the chair you are sitting in — and things that are so intangible that they can’t be seen at all, such as our thoughts, moods, desires, and emotions. In every conversation, there is a continuous exchange of physical, emotional, and mental energy taking place between the participants, and this energy — while invisible to the eye — is registered by us nonetheless, because all energy vibrates at a particular frequency.
If you strike a C chord on a piano, that key will vibrate, and so will every other resonant key on the keyboard. In the same way, as human beings, we register the vibrations of those around us and experience either resonance or discord in response to them. So, how can you use this understanding to make you a more effective communicator?
Before you give your next big presentation, or before sitting down for an important conversation with a child or friend, consider the impact of your nonverbal communications, and decide ahead of time what it is you most want to convey apart from words. Clarify your intention – not just in terms of a specific outcome you hope to achieve, such as making a sale or coming to a negotiation – but in terms of the overall vibe you want to create for your listener. Then, once you’re clear about your intention, put the power of your attention to work for you by deliberately focusing on things that enhance your desired outcome.
For example, if your intent is to create an atmosphere of excitement or confidence surrounding a new product you’re launching, take some time before your presentation to mentally review the list of your product’s attributes; to recall what inspired its creation, and to generate a feeling of genuine excitement within yourself about all the possibilities it holds. By focusing on the positive aspects of any person, project, or situation, you create a positive environment around yourself that can be felt by all who come into contact with you.
When your words and the energy behind your words are in perfect alignment, not only do you engender trust and rapport in those with whom you interact, but you also give them permission to let go of any concerns about you and to focus their attention entirely on your message.
The 2018 spring summer fashion trends are a fab mix of florals, pastels, sequins and evening glam and definitely awash with fun and fresh ideas. And while summer fashion may be a little far off your agenda at the moment, it won't be long before we're all jetting off on holidays and going tights-free in pretty summer dresses, so it's best to start thinking about it now.
These were the key trends that hit the catwalks for spring summer 2018. Prep your wardrobe now, so you're not left behind. Here's our run-down on what you need to know...
12 Style And Fashion Trends On Our Radar In 2018
Because we’re always looking to stay on top of the newest, coolest, weirdest and most interesting trends, we’ve already got our eyes on the style trends that’ll dominate fashion headlines in 2018.
Though 2017 introduced us to some cool and flirty trends ― like paper bag waist pants and couch florals ― we’re eagerly awaiting what fun and fashionable things we can look forward to seeing on clothing racks in 2018.
Berets were the "it" topper for fall runways in 2017, and it looks like it's on the upswing for next year, too. And why not? They're cute, super lightweight, easy to wear, and take any look from bland to bold.
2. Ultra Violet
Ultra Violet is Pantone's aptly-named color of the year, and we can't wait to see this trend in full swing in the spring. Expect to see lots of this color next year, from clothes, shoes and accessories, to paint and home decor.
3. Statement Earrings
Statement Earrings are one of our favorite trends from 2017, so we're glad to see they're still trending up for 2018. From oversized hoops to hammered metal, oversized earrings are the trend that keeps hanging on.
4. Peekaboo Side Slits
Sexy side splits are the look we can't get enough of this year. From splits in wide-leg trousers and jeans, to skirts and thigh-high dress slits, you can expect to see a little more skin in 2018.
5. 100% Cotton Jeans
The no-stretch denim trend is in full swing, with consumers turning their eyes toward 100-percent cotton jeans and denim in 2018. Plus, if you're looking to get on the capsule wardrobe train, timeless denim is a must-have.
6. Wide Leg Trousers
Wide-leg pants are the trouser trend that just won't let go, and it looks like they're here to stay through 2018. From wide-leg cropped trousers, to high-waist paper-bag pants, you'll see plenty of these cool and comfortable bottoms throughout 2018.
7. Sheer Socks
Sheer socks are probably one of the more impractical trends of 2018...but they're too magical and cute not to love. Pair them with ballet flats for a new look, or let them play peekaboo over a pair of ankle booties.
8. Bold Mixed Prints
In 2018, we predict you'll see floral...and lots of it. Especially mixed-matched patterns of bright and bold floral. The key to pulling off this intimidating trend? Find pieces that share similar color tones.
9. Teddy Coats
Teddy coats are a particular style of faux fur coat that we predict you'll see everywhere in 2018. Think of them as coats made with teddy bear fur. They've got the warmth, style and texture of faux fur, but with an extra kick of coziness.
10. Brand Logos
Those iconically '90s branded sweatshirts, hoodies and t-shirts you grew up wearing? They're back and better than ever, especially because brand iconography will be huge in 2018.
11. Embellished Shoes
Remember Mindy Kaling's pearl-rimmed sneakers? That was just the beginning of the embellished shoe trend that's dominating footwear this year. Expect to see pearls, diamonds, sequins and glitter on your kicks headed into the new year.
Cozy corduroy is making a comeback in 2018, and we couldn't be more thrilled. After all, corduroy is basically just a textured form of velvet, and you know we love velvet. Better still, corduroy is a perfect trouser to transition between workwear and weekend wear.