From fluted, exaggerated sleeves to matrix mania leather, this season boasts an abundance of wearable trends.
If Covid has reminded us of one thing, it’s that fashion is resilient. This season there is a collection of trends for everyone. Whether it’s romantic silhouettes and 70’s bohemian charm or classic sartorial styling, Autumn/Winter 2020 is sure to brighten even the dullest of spirits. Granted, whilst there may be fewer occasions to flaunt this year’s trends, investment and sustainability remains a top priority. Luxurious fabrics, intricate detailing and bold accents will continue to reign supreme in our wardrobes for years to come. Plus, no one said staying indoors has to mean boring! There will come a time again, hopefully soon, where we can parade around outdoors in our wonderfully chic outfits. Even those socially distanced meetings deserve a bit of well-thought out attention. So, here are seven trends that are certain to lift your spirits this Autumn/Winter.
Gone are the days of the straight fit, regimented sleeve we’ve become so accustomed too. From voluminous ruffles to ballooned shoulders, nothing says “I’ve arrived” more than an accented arm. This is the simplest way to define a waistline and bring the drama. The statement arm immediately draws in the narrowest part of the body, creating an impactful illusion. This season has only one rule when it comes to sleeves: more is more.
Gold & Silver
From sparkling gowns to subtly embroidered day dresses, through to decadent footwear, metallics are a dominant trend for this season. Gold and Silver are the hues to look out for, as embellishment remains an easy go-to elevator for any outfit. For daytime, try a statement cross body bag or a sequin top layered with a relaxed fit blazer and trainers.
Leather accents can usually be found on most runways and this season, it’s being taken up a notch. Thanks to fashion influencers all around the world, we’re being exposed to new ways of wearing leather and it’s becoming the ‘norm’. Today, it shows no signs of slowing down. The key to this trend is finding versatile pieces that can stand the test of time. Think wide-leg culottes, midi dresses or a long line fitted coat. From burgundy through to darker shades of brown, this trend is not just restricted to the classic black biker.
1970’s Bohemia takes a new turn this season, as designers steer away from disco desire toward vintage sophistication. 70’s tailoring, high-waist wide-leg trousers and platform mules make a classic return, as the vintage world is on the rise. Muted tones are key. Browns, denim blues and navy are paired with bourgeoisie-chic prints to create an easily put together look.
Checks of varying size give the geometric trend a long-lasting impression. Think Prince of Wales chic with all-over one-dimensional check. Squares are here to stay and are easily interchangeable with Autumns other must haves – layer with leather or tailor into your 70’s bohemia.
Suited & Booted
Tailoring is rarely missed on the Autumn/Winter runway and this season is no different. Masculine meets feminine, with belted blazers, skirt suits and structured, triangular shoulders. Chunky platform boots take new heights as formalwear meets a more relaxed approach, maybe even reflective of the current climate.. A fitted blazer, wide-leg trouser and chunky boot is not only practical, but an easy way to stay on trend.
Red-Hot Colour Blocking
Colour blocking dominated daywear on the A/W runway with block shades of red, pink and purple proving popular. Red is this seasons “wow” shade and, with Christmas right around the corner, it’s a colour worth investing in. Whether it be a statement coat, maxi dress or a versatile accessory, there’s a shade of red to suit everyone.
Which trend will you be trying this season?
By Charlotte Hope-Shannon, edited by Lauren Silvester