8 Oddball Trends We're Betting On This Year

It's not always easy being an early adopter. When you jump on to trends before they're, well, a thing, you're in for a real treat as soon as you step out in public. Whether combatting perplexed looks on the subway or being served straight-up "WTF?"s from coworkers at the office, it's easy to resent being the first one to wear a trend before anyone else is on board with it. Sure, we live for being the first ones to try anything fashion-related, but the task doesn't always come without questioning.

And, this year is no different for we editors here at R29. Ahead, these are the trends we're putting ourselves out there for this year, because we're betting they'll eventually be big. We may not have the support from our peers just yet, but we're willing to take the chance for all of you to give these fads the kickstarts they need. With high risk comes high reward, right? So, click ahead for the trends our editors are betting on right now — and when these seriously hit the mainstream, don't say we didn't call it.

"I'm eyeing a few pairs of pleated pants to add to my closet this season. They're extra comfy and effortlessly cool paired with a pair of tennis shoes or flat boot." —Emilly Holland, Styling Director
The Row Liano high-rise cotton trousers, $990.00 Buy
"Three words: Spice Girl sneakers. You may not be quite ready to embrace these marshmallow-y, borderline-orthopedic sneakers just yet, but my inner Baby Spice is itching to break back out. Sorry, not sorry." —Alyssa Coscarelli, Fashion Market Editor
UNIF The Phoebes, $128.00 Buy
"The older I get, the more I realize that I actually do want to be comfortable in what I'm wearing. (Sorry to any fashionistas out there who prefer fashion over function.) But I also just hate carrying a bag. I chose a utility style jacket with a ton of pockets because sometimes you just need places to put stuff, ya know?" — Landon Peoples, Fashion Writer
Carhartt SJ Minute Man Shop Jacket, $215.00 Buy
"If I don't end up dressing like a Sister Wife at least one day a week, I'll consider 2018 to be a failure. Give me a high-neck, long-sleeve, floral-print maxi dress and a pair of white sneakers, and I'm sold." — Erin Cunningham, Fashion News Director
"Square necklines! Natalie Portman's Golden Globes gown reminded me how badly a part of me wants to dress like a Medieval heroine, Ella Enchanted style. A square-necked top looks fancy, but isn't complicated to wear (aka, does not require an advanced bra), and provides the great added bonus of making your head look like a marble bust." — Connie Wang, Senior Fashion Features Writer
Nomia Square Neck Dress, $485.00 Buy
"This year I think we'll see a return to basics, so personally, it's all about the humble white sock. Although I have a sock drawer full of sparkly numbers, there's something about the classic cotton version that I find really appealing — they go with everything and nothing at the same time. You could get fancy and buy the ones by Balenciaga or Valentino, but I'm sticking to the good ol' pack of 6 by a little-known iconic label known as Hanes." — Laia Garcia, Senior Fashion Editor
Hanes Hanes Ultimate™ Women's Ankle Socks 6-Pack, $10.10 Buy
"I'm excited for women's workwear to be huge in 2018. I love the idea of brightly colored shirt jackets with matching pants as well as contrast stitching on heavy duty fabrics. I think it's been a "thing" for awhile now - like utilitarian jumpsuits and work pants, but I'm excited to see how the trend is taken a step further and how people will bring their own personality into it. It's such a comfortable trend but also something that makes you feel powerful and a little bit tough. I love a slightly oversized fit so it's a trend I will gladly participate in." —Michelle Li, Associate Stylist
Scapes NY Fleece-Lined Commuter Jacket, $680.00 $475.00, Buy
"This season, I am betting on maximalism becoming a thing again. People want to dress up again.I'm talking the most obnoxious furs, prints, and patterns you can think of — all at once. Or maybe, that's just me?" - Channing Hargrove, Fashion News Writer
Shrimps Sol faux-fur coat, $687.00 Buy
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