The September issues are out and the shops are slowly filtering in their autumn and winter stock. The sight of a rogue winter coat rack on the shop floor or a mannequin styled with beanies and scarves always gets people fretting at thought of dressing for cold and rainy days when we’re still enjoying the August sunshine. Reality is, if you want to get ahead of the AW16 wardrobe game then it’s time to start shopping, and who’s complaining at that? Here’s my top five trends for you to buy into NOW.
What can only be described as the fabric of the season. With inspiration from Topshop Unique, Preen, Valentino and many, many others, you’ll be sure to see velvet all over the shops in a few weeks down the line. Wear it head to toe in one colour, get a statement velvet blazer or find it with prints and embellishments. Colour wise? Anything goes.
Don’t fret, that ruffle collar top or frill layered skirt that you picked up this summer will most definitely still take pride of place in your wardrobe for the next season. If you’re looking for new pieces to buy now, go bigger than before. Think power-sleeves, obnoxious collars and frills in all directions across the body (sounds terrifying, I know).
003. Duvet Coats
Quilted coats, puffa jackets, whatever you want to call them, when the catwalks give us a practical coat option, take it and run. Get your inspiration from the likes of DKNY and Stella McCartney but prepare yourself for the coats that will be mistaken for an actual duvet. On the high-street, expect to see more wearable designs but even so, dare to go bigger and you’ll thank yourself in the long run.
Marques Almeida AW16
004. XXL Sleeves
One of my favourite trends for this season is the oversized sleeves look, not that I’ve worked out how it will be a practical styling choice just yet. This modern aesthetic of elongated lengths and altered proportions was seen amongst the catwalks of Celine and Nina Ricci as well as one of my all time favourites, Yohji Yammamoto. I have no doubt that this will be a blogger and magazine favourite but buy into the trend yourself if you aren’t scared of looking seriously ahead of the game.
005. Statement Earrings
The dramatic and oversized earrings seen on the catwalks were abstract and architectural, with materials ranging from woods and acrylics to metals and enamel. It’s an accessories trend that I think the high-street will really enjoy and it’s an easy way for you to make any outfit AW16 ready.