Your 2018 wardrobe shopping guide, according to 5 fashion retail experts

Must-have 2018 buys according to fashion retail experts. (Art: Quinn Lemmers)

For many of us, the start of a new year can involve things like a new workout regimen, a new job, or a healthier diet, but it is also prime time for a fresh wardrobe revamp.

Why wait until March for spring cleaning when you can get started on your wardrobe refresh today? To help you get there, Yahoo Lifestyle asked five fashion experts from Net-A-Porter, Shopbop, MatchesFashion, Stylebop, and Barneys New York to share their favorite must-have buys for 2018 to inspire your new-you new 2018 wardrobe.

It’s important to note that these suggested buys are considered investment pieces, which are intended to last you throughout the spring and summer seasons, and hopefully beyond. The price tags are at a luxury price point, but the quality will last. However, if you’re simply looking for quick buys to satisfy your 2018 retail cravings and are restricted by a tight budget, Yahoo Lifestyle has supplied its own wallet-friendly editor’s picks to complement the items chosen by the following experts.

Ahead, see the top 2018 buys according to 5 fashion retail experts.

Lisa Aiken, retail fashion director, (Photo: Courtesy of Net-a-Porter; runway photos: Getty)

“I’m loving ’80s, tailoring, and pastels,” Lisa Aiken, retail fashion director for Net-A-Porter, shares with Yahoo Lifestyle. “Specifically, the Off-White SS18 pastel jacket hits so many trends in one whilst working with my daily uniform of jeans and a white tee. It’s the instant update my wardrobe needs!” Pretty pastels were front and center across fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan, and Paris last season. Although the Off-White blazers are not yet available online, you can still shop similar versions from Tibi.

Aiken’s pick (suggested alternative to Off-White): Tibi, Double-Breasted Satin-Twill Blazer, $595,
Editor’s budget-friendly pick: PrettyLittleThing Lilac Boyfriend Blazer, $45,

Caroline Maguire, fashion director, (Photo: Courtesy of Shopbop)

“I’m so excited for spring!” Shopbop fashion director Caroline Maguire tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “For the season, I’m obsessed with color — either as a standalone statement or mixed together. It’s all about feeling so fresh and so clean. I can’t wait to get my hands on green or lilac floral print items especially.”

Maguire’s picks: Innika Choo Gingham Frill Dress, $407,, and Rachel Comey Delirium Top, $395,
Editor’s budget-friendly pick: River Island Green Stripe Wrap Frill Hem Dress, $92, and Mango Ruched Detail Blouse, $30,

“For handbags, it’s all about a natural woven feel, but in super fun and kitschy bucket shapes,” says Maguire. “I love the ones from Staud — they’re the perfect brunch bag!”

Maguire’s pick: Staud Moreau Bag, $375,
Editor’s budget-friendly pick: Anthropologie Woven Bucket Bag, $68,

As for spring footwear, “It’s all about platform sandals with a sporty chic lift,” she says. “These ones from Marni will go perfectly with everything from cut-off denim shorts to easy spring dresses!”

Maguire’s Pick: Marni Platform Sandals, $790,
Editor’s budget-friendly pick: Rocket Dog Jarvis sandals, $40,

Cassie Smart, buyer, shoes and bags, (Photo: Courtesy of MatchesFashion)

With a specialty in bags and shoes, Cassie Smart of MatchesFashion has an eye for one bag only this year: the Wandler Hortensia bag. It is a “desirable handbag with a sharp price point and excellent quality,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “I love the modernity of the shape, while thinking of the women’s lifestyle and creating a super-stylish, functional handbag. The colors have great depth and really complement outfits.”

Smart’s pick: Wandler Hortensia Trapeze Leather Shoulder Bag, $752,
Editor’s budget-friendly pick: Zara Bucket Bag with Studded Detail, $40,

Marina Larroude, fashion director, Barneys New York. (Photo: Courtesy of Barneys New York)

“I’d love to purchase one of Mr. Alaïa’s famous leopard print bags or this beautiful red sandal,” Marina Larroude, fashion director at Barneys New York, shares with Yahoo Lifestyle. “Now more than ever, I want to invest in his legacy by picking up a piece from one of his last collections.” Although Azzedine Alaïa died in November 2017, his brand has not.

Larroude’s pick: Alaïa Laser-Cut Suede Sandals, $1,130,
Editor’s budget-friendly pick: Express Metallic Swirl Caged Heel Sandals, $70,

Ronald Burton, fashion director, Stylebop. (Photo: Courtesy of Stylebop)

For women’s wear, “Jacquemus was one of my favorite collections of the season, effortlessly nailing an ease into minimalism in a sexy and feminine way. This dress was a highlight,” Ronald Burton, fashion director of Stylebop, shares with Yahoo Lifestyle.

Burton’s pick: Jacquemus Conga Dress, $479,
Editor’s budget-friendly pick: Lulus Lolita Black Velvet Bodycon Wrap Dress, $79,

For menswear, “My obsession with the new Calvin Klein direction continues with this Western-inspired policeman’s coat. Menswear is all about versatility, finding a modern way to dress items like this up or down.”

Burton’s pick: Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Policeman Coat, $2,095,
Editor’s budget-friendly pick: Uniqlo Men Mountain Parka, $60,

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