PEP YEARENDER 2018: '90s shabby-chic look makes stunning comeback in 2018

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(Left) Marian Rivera sporting Fendi's revival of their classic monogram print. (Middle) Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray wearing her iconic "Three Stars and a Sun" ear cuff at the Binibining Pilipinas pageant last March. (Right) Anne Curtis joining the chunky sneaker trend with her pair of Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers.

The minimalist, grungy, and functional style of the 1990s came around back in 2018 with a bang.

The hottest look of the year: tattered jeans and sneakers paired with power suits.

Check out this year's style that trended among the celebrities.


Balenciaga brought back the "ugly sneaker" trend, also known as chunky sneakers or dad sneakers, at the Fall/Winter 2017 runway show.

The trend spilled over in 2018 when luxury brands Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Lanvin along with the sporty Fila and New Balance released stylish versions of "ugly sneakers."

Nadine Lustre in Louis Vuitton Archlight Sneakers

Anne Curtis in Louis Vuitton Archlight Sneakers

Kim Chiu in Naked Wolfe Scandal White Leather Sneakers


The 90's obsession with logo prints also made a comeback in 2018.

Luxury fashion houses such as Gucci and Versace revived the look in their ready-to-wear clothing line and accessories wildly plastered with their logos and brand names. 


Fendi also reinvented the retro FF 'Zucca' monogram that was seen in the OOTDs of Marian Rivera, Jinkee Pacquiao and Kris Aquino.

Jinkee Pacquiao wearing Fendi logo midi dress

Marian Rivera wearing Fendi logo midi dress

Kris Aquino in Gucci logo T-shirt


Fanny packs or belt bags also remained the go-to accessory of some celebrities.

These functional bags, however, aren't worn around the waist anymore.

Instead celebrities and style influencers have transformed them into crossbody bags.

Nicole Anderson in Moschino Belt Bag

Kirs Bernal in Gucci Marmont matelassé leather belt bag 

Laureen Uy in Balenciaga Explorer Belt Bag PHP44048.10 on

Julia Barretto in Alexander Wang White Attica Belt Bag


Celebrities have been wearing ear cuffs as statement accessories.

It's safe to say that Catriona Gray sparked more interest in the accessory with the patriotic "Three Stars and a Sun" ear cuff from Tessera Jewelry that she wore after winning both Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Universe 2018.


Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

Maymay Entrata

Claudia Barretto

Julia Anne San Jose


Power suits emerged as one of the biggest style trends of 2018.

Power dressing among women came in different shapes and styles, from slim to oversized, check-printed or in floral.

Pia Wurtzbach in MSGM ruffled blazer and Tibi trousers. 

Heart Evangelista in Prabal Gurung

Kim Jones in Tibi


Nikko Tuazon is a lifestyle writer with a strong interest in pop culture, fashion, beauty, and music. Connect with him on Instagram at @mrnikkotuazon.


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