Less will continue to be more in 2018.
Vacations will be more focused on wellness or volunteering, as opposed to decadent, all-inclusive destinations.
Look for maple to be the new pumpkin spice this fall.
Our retail and beauty needs will still be filled not by one-stop shopping experiences like a mega-gym or an all-purpose salon, but by boutique experiences that continue to become and more niche. Think Saturday morning Flywheel spin class, followed by a Sweetgreen salad and then a trip to a just-brows space, like East Fall's Nicck Townsend.
Designers will move beyond being defined by things like seasonal colors for clothing and home accessories — this year's color of the year is ultra violet — in order to be more inclusive of everyone, not just the skinny models walking the runways. Instead, fashion will be defined more by the pragmatic and the functional, based on the need of the consumer and the ability of entrepreneurs to serve the individual rather than the group. Our lifestyle choices will not be about just what a broad spectrum wants, but what we as individuals want.
We are also in the midst of challenging many of our long-held beliefs. Should America's centuries-old one-drop rule continue to define race, as it has with soon-to-be royal Meghan Markle? Do the labels pansexual, homosexual, and transgender even matter anymore? And what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace? We confronted these ideas in 2017, and the conversation will get even louder in 2018.
How will our newfound virtues — or lack thereof — be manifested in the way we dress, what we eat, where we exercise, how we shop, and how we socialize? No one knows for sure. But read on for my list of lifestyle trends we predict will be front and center for the next 12 months.
American women won't be giving up all-purpose leggings, dressy joggers, or wedge sneakers. But in 2018, look for ladies to dress up their comfy basics with lush extras, like velvet tennis shoes, raglan-sleeve hoodies, leather bomber jackets, and metallic pleated skirts that will easily take us from the couch to happy hour. As for the mini-mes in our lives, we'll be dressing them less like adults and more like the little people they are. Look for kids' soft clothes to feature embroidery and patches for a retro 1970s look.
Handmade pieces — such as you would find at a craft fair like the Art Star Craft Bazaar or on the maker marketplace Etsy — will continue to stream into the realm of fine jewelry. Some personalized baubles are made with real diamonds and precious metals. Look for designers like local artisans Kat Mitman Kobak (whose designs have been worn by Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson on the red carpet) and Carla Eichler, whose Lotasi Jewels line commands between $250 and $1,600 for her work.
Our obsession with hygge — the Danish word for "cozy" and the inspiration for Fairmount's Bar Hygge — will remain our desired way of life, especially as the temperature continues to plummet this week. We'll be trotting out our electric blankets and brewing that special pot of tea as we catch up on Netflix shows we missed over the busy holiday.
We'll keep building our lives around health and wellness habits, from our 10-minute daily meditation practice to doing regular three-, five-, or seven-day detoxes to our commitment to high-intensity interval training (check out HIIT workout courtesy of Marlboro, N.J., trainer Eraldo Maglara). This year, also look for out-of-town stays that offer wellness experiences. Local hotels like AKA University City and Sofitel are serving clean-eating meals as part of their standard fare and offer amenities personalized to your health needs.
If trends in Botox proved anything, it's that millennials will age on their own terms. At 3000BC, the Chestnut Hill day spa, the under-35 set asks for targeted treatments, like HydraFacials and chemical peels. The must-have procedure of this year's red-carpet season, says Cherry Hill plastic surgeon Steven Davis, is liposuction that removes the underarm fat that tends to spill over the top of strapless dresses. Center City dermatologist Franziska Ringpfeil predicts an uptick in the use of topical peptide creams that effectively break down old collagen and stimulate growth of elastins and collagen for younger-looking, smoother skin.
2018 symbolically started when former Philadelphian and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke pressed the button that kicked off the Times Square ball drop. That's all the proof I need that sexual harassment in the workplace (and on the streets) will not be tolerated in 2018. In addition to protests and the deserved comeuppance of so many powerful men, more and more companies are rethinking their sexual harassment policies. Fran Griesing, a Philadelphia attorney and expert on women's issues in the workplace, has already seen an uptick in companies big and small updating workplace handbooks so that do's and don'ts are clear. And, Griesing says, that will continue through the year.
Pop-singer Rihanna's Fenty Beauty makeup collection challenged the old-school foundation rules that there are only three shades of brown: light, dark, and very dark for women of color. Building on that idea, intimate brands like Nubian Skin and shoe companies like Kahmune are offering endless shades of chocolate, from the milkiest of whites to the deepest of browns.
Spike Lee's Netflix series She's Gotta Have It pushed pansexuality into the spotlight. And Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle started a conversation that challenged centuries-old definitions of race. The bottom line, however, is that neither sexuality nor race are linear constructs. People are who they say they are, rather than who society tells them they are. Period.