Trends and styles change season by season, and sometimes, it’s hard to keep up with what’s in and out. Many of us take fashion inspiration from the most in-demand celebrities — but who are the ones to watch this year and how do you emulate their near-flawless looks?
Here, we’ve pulled together the top three style queens for 2018 to help you get some ‘style inspo’ for any type of occasion.
The style choices of near-royal, Meghan Markle, are under more scrutiny than they’ve ever been thanks to her upcoming nuptials with Prince Harry. Young, stylish and confident, Markle has long been a style icon for women across the world. However, possibly the most interesting aspect of her outfit choices is how they’ve transformed.
Markle’s has gone through a major style transformation since her early fame-days. A few years ago, we’d often see her snapped in high heels, bandeau dresses, short skirts, and more daring necklines. But in 2018, she’s pushed these to the back of the wardrobe in favour of long, belted coats, simple ankle boots, and chic bags and purses to achieve an elegant vibe fit for a royal.
Essentially, Markle’s style has gone from young, ‘all-American’ girl to on-trend British fashionista. No more are the graphic tees and straight leg jeans — now, we have tailored blouses and laced midi dresses that evoke a sense of royal-appropriate sophistication. Then again, when she attended the Invictus Games with Prince Harry, she chose to wear simple jeans with a plain shirt, perhaps showing the world that she can still incorporate dressed-down looks despite her impending title.
Emulate the Meghan Markle style
Nobody says you have to hold back when dressing like Meghan Markle — even though she has admittedly reined in a few styles recently. Although her style has certainly matured, there are still bursts of chic provocation. Her braless, gold-embroidered tulle and silk gown that she wore for her engagement portraits is just one example of her ability to infuse formal events with contemporary fashion.
To get the Markle look for 2018, add just a hint of risqué to your look. For example, team shirt-dresses with low heels, off-the-shoulder tops with plain skinny jeans and flats, and low-cut blouses with cigarette trousers and a tailored blazer.
Margot Robbie has a commanding presence in Hollywood that is only set to grow throughout 2018 and beyond. In just two years, Robbie went from Neighbours cast member to global film star, throwing her talent, character and style into the world’s harshest spotlight.
Despite her meteoric rise to success, the Australian actress has interestingly retained a relaxed vibe we often associate with the Aussie lifestyle. She blends casual-chic daytime attire with Hollywood-ready evening outfits effortlessly, which means emulating her style opens a world of possibilities. There are many examples of her versatility when it comes to dressing for an occasion. Take the plunging, gold slit dress she wore this year to the LA premier of I, Tonya, compared to the long-sleeve, crew neck frock she donned for the Wolf Of Wall Street premiere in 2015. Clearly, there’s been a growth in sartorial confidence, and possibly, industry acceptance, for Robbie — and it’s this self-assurance that you must also adopt.
Margot Robbie has a captivatingly elegant yet fun style. From lace jumpsuits and high-neck gowns, to polka dot dresses and belted tapered trousers; the essence of Robbie’s style poses the idea that each occasion has a dress code, and you should simply dress for it using accessories of your personal fashion sense.
Emulate the Margot Robbie style
Dress codes and the tone of the occasion sets the bar for Robbie when it comes to fashion choices. Sneakers, logo tees and denims give off her signature, laid-back, Aussie-girl vibe when the occasion is low-key, while plain playsuits, kimonos, sandals, and asymmetric skirts reign supreme during dressed-up day events.
Patterns and how a garment fits are important to Robbie. Wear clothes featuring floral prints and floaty silhouettes — such as loose-fit dresses, culotte jumpsuits and embellished gowns. In the evening, Robbie tends to stay true to the accepted standards of glamorous fashion. Ensure you don’t show both legs and arms at the same time and select garments featuring intricate embroidery, classic embellishments or eye-catching metallic finishes.
In 2018, Rihanna is almost as well-known for her fashion choices and clothing line as she is for her music and stage shows. The star’s ability to predict and pioneer styles, no matter how revolutionary, has propelled her to the highest echelons of celebrity fashion, which makes her one of the world’s top style icons to emulate for women around the world.
But how has RiRi’s style changed from 2005 to today? Reflecting on Rihanna’s early style, many of her outfits gave the impression of a young, confident, sweet girl — think strappy dresses, rara skirts, crop tops, and boyfriend jeans. Within a few years, Rihanna edged her style to a more rebellious side, designed to enhance her ‘bad girl’ status. During this period, we saw bralettes paired with hot pants, and who could forget the revealing double denim, skirt-and-jacket outfit made famous by Rihanna’s dismissal of a tee or vest?
However, Rihanna wasn’t going to stop there. Following her ‘bad girl’ stage, RiRi merged these edgier trends with hints of high-fashion. Enter, the famous naked dress of 2014. Made of nothing but Swarovski crystals and fishnet fabric, the design of this iconic gown was overtly high fashion.
In 2018, you should expect Rihanna’s fashion credibility to soar. Her athleisure clothing line, FENTY PUMA, is changing the goalposts of standard sports styles and taking athleisure into new territory, creating a high-fashion offshoot of feminine sportswear.
Emulate the Rihanna style
The use of shades and textiles is essential to nailing the Rihanna look in 2018 — diverse colours and a mix of fabrics are the basis for her unique looks. Over the years, we’ve seen her in everything from feather-embellished bejewelled bikinis to silk emerald tracksuits. To replicate it, you need to embody her confidence and sense of adventure.
How do you do this with finesse? Why not go for scarlet-coloured heels and a velvet playsuit or denim jumpsuit? Then, dress for the evening in something feminine, but outlandish — like the lilac tulle mini dress she wore to Fenty Beauty’s launch party.
One of RiRi’s top personal fashion styles is playing with the bare-shoulder trend. She loves shirts and coats that hang off her shoulders, so incorporate strapless tops and bralettes into your look to ooze the same level of seductive sophistication.
Get the diva look in 2018 with these flawless fashion tips from this year’s top style queens.