Last weekend I had the awesome opportunity to go to Americas Mart Atlanta October Apparel Mart as a behind-the-scenes blogger to check out new trends for spring 2018, chat with brands, and participate in a blogging panel. I had the best time and really loved getting to see how this process works from all sides of the spectrum.
If you’re not familiar with Americas Mart Atlanta, they put on marts several times a year featuring everything from accessories, home decor, and apparel. Traditionally, buyers from stores go and order items for the next season from vendors who are there attending the mart. Each vendor has a little mini pop-up shop set up with their samples so that buyers can see the items for next season in person. Y’all – there were 10 floors of vendors! 10 floors! It was so cool to get to see all of this for the first time.
I think most importantly, this was so awesome to see as a fashion blogger because it was like going to NYFW but actually getting to touch, feel, and try on the clothes. I honestly see so much benefit to going to Mart as a blogger to scout the upcoming trends, connect with brands, and attend the fashion shows put on by the mart. I will definitely be coming back to AmericasMart Atlanta to scout for fall 2018! Also, just to entice you a little more, there’s something called a cash & carry floor where you can buy things 🙂 I went a little crazy at one of the accessory shops that had literally every kind of trendy earring you could imagine.
As far as trends for spring 2018 I would say it was a combination of these things: tulle, pleated skirts, fanny packs, and jumpsuits! Lots of romantic and feminine details, florals, and so much tulle, which I love because I secretly want a Carrie Bradshaw pink tulle skirt.