The AW18 season is underway, and as with every season, that means the trends on the high street have changed again. But does a new trend have to mean a new wardrobe? In our increasingly eco-conscious world, how can we reuse items from our AW17 wardrobe to fit this year’s look?
Last year’s trends included shearling, which is suede and wool combined. Good news for those who invested in a shearling piece last year; it’s back this year. Giorgio Armani mixed up the textures further with a shearling, suede and leather jacket that looks smart yet cosy for the colder months.
Plus, for those of us who hardly ever throw out clothes, rejoice! This year it’s all about throwing it back to the ’90s. You might’ve thought you’d seen the back of shell suits and full tracksuits, but they’re back with a vengeance. On the catwalk, Prada completed the look with branded bucket hats and lightweight waterproof jackets (ideal for autumn weather).
It wouldn’t be the colder season without the leather jacket trend. Instead of the shorter bomber style though, this season it’s all about oversized leather coats that can be paired with slim-leg jeans and winter boots. Fendi, Balenciaga and Paul Smith were all rocking the look during their AW18 shows this season.
This year loves autumnal brown, which every wardrobe is likely to have anyway. From brown suits to oversized ponchos and shiny leather jackets, the brown colour palette is so versatile. If you don’t want to overdo this shade, you can keep it simple with brown accessories such as hats, scarves and shoes to get in with the trend.
Layers are still proving popular too. It’s all about bringing together different garments in an effortlessly stylish sort of way, be it fitted men’s shirts or casual tees. You might not have worn a V-neck in a few years but bring it out this year and slip it on top of a roll-neck jumper for an on-trend outfit. Other ways to layer include pairing an open checked shirt (a print that was everywhere in AW17) with a graphic t-shirt and black skinny jeans.
Just like menswear, womenswear is also enjoying layering. If you’re bold enough, the best way to layer is with contrasting colour and textures. Dig out you metallic puffa jacket from last year and wear it over a fringed jumper.
This season’s shows featured animal print heavily. While Victoria Beckham demonstrated her love for leopard print, other designers such as Isabel Marant were all about snake patterns. The great thing about this style being in trend is that you can mix and match animal print and still create an outfit that looks well put together. Leopard print has rarely been out of the spotlight in recent years — why not pair your printed cami dress with snakeskin boots and a matching clutch?
Last year loved glitz and glamour for Christmas, but this year we’re wearing glitter all through the season. Paco Rabanne showed off their models in oversized silver sequins that brought some much-loved sparkle to the runway. Don’t wait until late December to bring your glitter dresses out of the wardrobe, embrace them in October and November too!
The colder weather is bringing chunky knits out again. The great thing about this year’s trends though, is that you can pair your grandad knit with your summer dress and still look on-trend. Miu Miu showed off an outfit that was made up of a green floral midi dress and fluffy grey knit — no need to pack away your summer clothes just yet!
Now you’ll be sure to get extra use out of your wardrobe this year!