Textile trends of the future: what to expect in 2019

With most of us looking to stay on trend when it comes to fashion, what can we expect to see in 2019? There are trends emerging that will translate into improved functionality of clothing. Combined with a drive to be more environmentally friendly, the sustainability and performance of fabric will shape fashion in 2019.

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Recycled and bio-synthetic fabrics

New dyeing technology is transforming the clothing industry, with bio-synthetic processes being developed that will have much less of an impact on our environment. 100 per cent renewable plant-based dyes are being used increasingly, as are dyes made from left-over processes in the pharmaceutical industry. Recent technologies are also using less water, and bio-nylon will feature heavily in 2019. With synthetic processes being cleaned up and processes being developed to recycle old garments, our clothing will be renewable with a smaller carbon footprint.

Outdoor clothing

With millennials seeking to improve their work-life balance, outdoor clothing is expected to be a major focus point in 2019. As a group with great spending power, their desire for sports apparel will be driving trends. Increased performance of materials will be a focus, with lightweight properties being promoted.

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Outdoor wet weather clothing will also be a focus as part of this move for an outdoor lifestyle. Anticipate a major presence in outdoor weather coats made from recycled materials and clothing designed to support specific water sports, such as kayaking. This clothing will be developed to withstand the effects of salt and chlorine.

Lighter fabrics

With the emphasis on leisure, expect developments in lightweight multi-functional clothing. With an emphasis on creating a soft feel, these ranges will be adaptable and will place a strong emphasis on renewable and environmentally-friendly materials, such as wool and cotton. You will be able to buy natural fibres that have been enhanced and these will be available in a variety of lightweight styles, such as floral cotton poplin fabric from retailers such as http://www.higgsandhiggs.com/fabrics/cotton-poplin-fabric-112cm.html. Expect hybrid fabrics to be developed.

With this emphasis on the outdoors and a desire to declutter our lives, expect this to reflect in the fashion trends. Moving away from a technologically-driven lifestyle, expect minimal, soft layering manufactured with environmentally-friendly, innovative production practices. Natural fibres such as wool, modal and cotton will be the stars of the show.