Style Spy: 5 Fun Trends to Expect This Year

Here’s a fashion forecast straight from some of your favorite local shops.

Boutique owners clue us in on what every woman will need in her closet in 2018. 

1. Fringe-worthy

Fringe isn’t just for festivals. Everything from shoes to bags to sweaters are all shaken up with this trimming. “This everyday sweater has it all: texture, fringe, cables and a mock turtleneck that will update a pair of jeans in a flash.” —Mimi Sullivan, owner, Bloom, Newark and Wilmington, bloomfolly.com

BB Dakota Baker Bell Sleeve Sweater, $99


2. Cozy cashmere

Cashmere is a style staple. But a cashmere duster has the ability to elevate a simple outfit to something Instagram-worthy. “We love how the long, sleek, luxurious knit can soften and update a classic sheath dress or be worn with pants and a blouse for a casual look.” —Linda Farquhar, owner, entreDonovan, Wilmington, entredonovan.com

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Balbianello Double-Faced Cashmere Knit Duster, $380


3. Hassle-free handbag

Vera Bradley’s new all-in-one crossbody bag does it all: “You can use it as a wallet, but it can fit your phone. You can wear it across your body or as a wristlet, and you can throw it in your handbag if you need something bigger.” —Nina Sneeringer and Charlene Bertheaud, co-owners, Heart and Home Gifts and Accessories, Newark and Wilmington, heartandhomede.com

Vera Bradley RFID All-in-One Crossbody Bag, $68-$78


4. Flexible fashion

Forget basic black. Army green is just as versatile and much more interesting. “The classic neutral color never goes out of style and will match almost anything in your closet.” —Mary Kate Church, owner, Femme Boutique, Middletown, femmeboutique.net

BB Dakota Maddox Cotton Twill Army Green Jacket, $89

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5. Flower power

Floral prints are blooming everywhere, so they are a must-have for 2018. “Choose a floral print on a handbag, 3-D floral jewelry, a floral scarf or a floral appliqué dress that is worthy of a garden picnic or a wedding party.” —Nikki Kemper, manager, Ellie Boutique, Greenville, ellieboutique.com

Shoshanna ‘Mitchie’ Dress, $415

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