Highlighting the new season’s forever trends is all well and good, but how do you make them work in real life? In our biannual shoot, we wanted to showcase the easy ways in which Autumn/Winter’s key moods can be worked into your everyday wardrobes, the pieces worth investing in and the fresh styling ideas that will make what you already own feel more fashion-forward.
Now more than ever, we are pushing our style manifesto of quality over quantity and considered purchasing that stands the test of time. Every piece featured in this shoot is one we’ve worn, loved and believe in.
Read on for our intelligent guide to new-season dressing – we hope you find it helpful for the months to come.
“This is an everyday interpretation of the loose tailoring seen on the catwalks. I’m really impressed with the quality, cut and fabric of Reiss’s suit. The jacket is sharp and the trousers are high-waist and comfortable. I particular like the olive hue, which is easy to pair with neutrals and feels less traditional than navy, black and grey.”
THE MODERN FOREVER BAG
“I often get asked by friends and readers which bag they should invest in. Whatever the colour and design, this specific shape is really worth the investment. It’s light to carry and practically sized without being too big. The upscale interpretation of Bottega Veneta’s signature intrecciato weave feels contemporary but still timeless, making it a safe investment.”
“The good thing about heritage-inspired pieces is that they always come back around. For me, the look works best when it’s given a modern spin. I’ve teamed a checked suit with chunky loafers and a minimal bag, keeping the layers underneath simple. I’d also wear this suit with a cashmere jumper and boots, or heels and a brown silk top for the evening.”
THE CHUNKY LOAFER
“This season, I’ve invested in Prada’s chocolate brushed-leather loafers. While they’re a big purchase, I know they will go with everything in my cold-weather wardrobe – from jeans and suits to dresses and skirts – and give my staples a contemporary feel. I particularly like the platform sole, which acts almost like a heel but with none of the discomfort.”
“If you only buy one accessory this season, make it a mid-sized bag in an autumnal shade. The most effortless way to update your wardrobe.”
“Clashing animal prints together is a modern way of wearing the trend. Pick your favourite pieces and style no more than two different motifs together in one outfit. Note the fine-knit roll neck, which I’ve worn underneath my sleeveless dress to make it wearable in colder climates. This layering tip can also be used with shirts, jackets and jumpsuits throughout the season.”
THE WINTER SUNGLASSES
“I rely on sunglasses all year round, and Celine has form when it comes to timeless frames. This oversized style takes a contemporary twist on the classic cat-eye, and the two-tone gives a point of difference. It’s important to spend on luxe sunglasses. Not only are you investing in lenses that offer proper protection, the life span of cheaper styles never matches up.”
“Brights were a big mood on the autumn catwalks, especially worn head-to-toe. However, I’ll be working them into my existing wardrobe with a more measured approach. Adding a pop of orange with a bag and dress gives my well-loved navy cardigan a new lease of life. Plus, a burst of bright is a great way to lift a wintery mood.”
THE LUXE TRAINERS
“I’ve had a resurgence in love for trainers this autumn – they offer an inexpensive way of adding a touch of modernity to an outfit. If you already have your classic white pair, reach for a style with a hit of colour, which will instantly update your cold-weather basics. Leather gives an elevated edge, meaning you can wear them for smart/casual dress codes, too.”
THE MINIMAL TOTE
“When investing in a bag, go for a style with minimal detailing. Fussy embellishments are often quick to date and easy to tire of. Acne’s tan Musubi bag is the perfect example of simple, timeless design.”
THE SMART JEAN
“When I’m wearing jeans, I’m looking for comfort but also polish. This season, designers have reimagined the denim staple into more refined pieces that act almost like a trouser. For example, the front seam and crisp turn-ups on this Ulla Johnson pair make me feel instantly smart. I’ll wear them with a shrunken cable knit, which fits perfectly underneath Isabel Marant’s heritage jacket.”
THE MAXI TRENCH
“I’ve always found it hard to find a long-length trench coat for my height, but Aligne’s maxi style is just right. The fabric is thick and luxurious, and the chocolate shade can be mixed with other browns or black. I’ll wear it during the day with a silk slip dress and a pair of chunky, wellie-style leather boots.”
“We’ve seen lots of head-to-toe brights on the catwalks, but for me, this look is more wearable in white. Layer wintery pieces in any shade (don’t be precious – creams, oyster, optical whites will all work together) and add a singular pop of colour with a bag. This matchy-matchy outfit formula always looks smart, so find a colour that speaks to you and wear it as a full look.”
THE WHITE BOOT
“If you gravitate towards boots during the cooler seasons and already have your trusty black and brown styles ticked off, then white is something well worth considering. Winter white never fails to look fresh and it’s easy to pair with both brights and neutrals. I’m a fan of Paris Texas’s long boots, which have a wearable heel height and wide cuffs that can be easily slipped on and off.”
IN THE PINK
“Hot pink is having a moment this season and lends itself to one of my favourite colour combinations: pink and red. Mix lipstick red with fuchsia, sticking to classic masculine silhouettes to stop the look becoming too sugary. For added interested, pair a solid piece with stripes. Chunky loafers work in the day, add evening flats and jewellery for dinner.”
“Knitwear dressing is my go-to when the temperatures drop, and a knitted dress is a piece I come back to every year. Give the fail-safe look a new-season spin by reaching for a statement colour, such as this season’s fuchsia pink. I’ll team this cashmere style with a trench coat and simple black bag to give it a classic context.”
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