After the imminent spring and subsequent summer, it seems our wardrobes will be getting a whole lot shinier via glossy fabrics, fiercer in animal print and more extra thanks to some shoulder-grazing earring masterpieces.
No outfit—no matter how casual—is devoid of a talking point or two. There are the boldest iterations of this way of thinking: imagine super-short party dresses rendered in ’80s-style duchess satin with puffy shoulders, worn with all of the not-so-essential accoutrements for making a grand entrance like costume jewellery and sunglasses (at night).
Perhaps you’ll be drawn away from the usual blacks and greys you rely upon when the weather takes a turn and jump into a world of pretty pastel blues (suiting is key here) or all-brown-everything (retro, ’70s silhouettes prevail, but brown anything will get a fashion editor’s seal of approval here).
There are some trends that are just too plain wacky to really affect your wardrobe, so for that reason we’ve left out a few ideas we know you’d rather sidestep.
Animal print prowled over an astonishing amount of runways across NYC, London, Milan and Paris, like a Noah’s ark for only the chicest passengers. Leopard-print coats and leopard-print shoes will undoubtedly be the two most prevalent ways this trend presents itself on the high street, but there’s an abundance of snake and python patterns, zebra, cheetah, faux-croc—some of which come in classic, neutral tones, but there are more wild and wonderful multicoloured versions out there too.
70’s Shades of Brown
There are some more literal takes on ’70s fashion on the A/W 18 runways, but the way it will affect your personal style is via the colour brown.
From beige-and-chocolate monogrammed clothes and accessories through to every possible shade in this spectrum (often all worn within one look), we’re not being obtuse when we say brown is definitely the new black.
Mini Party Dress
If there’s one thing you’re definitely going to see a lot of on A-listers’ Instagram feeds, it’s legs and super-elaborate party dresses. They’re basically going to party like it’s 1989, which means satin, silk, velvet, crystals, brocade and sequins used in abundance.
Worn with equally elaborate jewellery, shoes, bags, hair accessories, gloves and sunglasses, this batch of beautiful dresses will definitely inform the look for the Christmas party season.
There are cowboy boots, knee-high boots and snake-print boots all taking to the stage for autumn, but if there’s one style that’s been bubbling up for some time now, it’s the slouchy boot. Blame it on the slight ’70s revival or just on the fact that a slouchy boot is easier to tuck trousers and jeans into.
Cristals on Everything
Carrying on from this summer’s magpie tendencies, you’ll find that the coolest designers are just as into kitsch crystals as the Scandi influencer set. From sneakers strapped up with giant jewels to new versions of popular barettes, there’s a crystal item to suit every possible taste, from ultra-flouncy and girlish to punk to sporty and back again. Expect the jewellery departments across the world of e-commerce to be dripping in (faux) diamonds.
New Layering Tricks
There are some pretty adventurous layering ideas going on in the upper echelons of the fashion industry right now. But I’ve sifted through the madness to bring you some clever outfit layering updates that you can easily do and, most importantly, will want to do. From a new way to fasten your old scarf and trench coat together to a shirtdress-and-trouser formula that looks insanely, here are some new hacks.
From punky tartan blouses through to preppy plaid suiting, there’s some stiff competition for animal prints ruling the kingdom this season, and it comes in almost any form of checked fabric. There are plenty of smart and natty wears to wear this trend for more formal occasions and within the office. See what we mean below…
If brown just feels too, well, down for you, then take solace in a much lighter, brighter range of dusky, powdery blues. Designers have adopted this traditionally more summery hue for the winter months by using it for trouser suits, heavy coats and cosy knits. It looks great with other punchy pastels but just as season-appropriate it also looks great with oodles of black.
Carrie Bradshaw – Style Bags
Carrie Bradshaw’s favourites are all coming back right now: Cue mini shoulder bags adorned with logos, chain-straps or glitzy embellishment.
Wear yours with the most low-key daytime ensembles to really look modern.
Phew! Which trend do you like the most?