Monday, 05 November 2018

Not-so last year: last year’s clothes for this year’s trends

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With AW18 well-established now on the high street, the new season has brought with it a host of new trends.

But do we really need to ditch those purchases we made only 12 months ago? With our ever-more environmentally-friendly outlook, many of us want to shirk the ‘fast fashion’ trend of the past and reuse clothes that have plenty of life left in them.

Wearing last year’s threads doesn’t mean giving up staying on-trend. We’re here to show you how to use last year’s fashion for this year’s hottest trends.

Menswear Tips

Shearling was a big hit last year. And, 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.

Never mind 2017; have you kept anything from the 1990s? That’s because 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).

A seasoned staple of any AW season is the leather jacket. 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.

AW18’s colour of choice is an earthy, autumnal brown, which likely sits in most people’s wardrobes anyway. From brown men’s 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 a trend that is seeing another year too. It’s all about bringing together different garments in an effortlessly stylish sort of way. 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.

Womenswear Tips

AW18 is maintaining layering for womenswear too. 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.

Animal print featured heavily in this season’s shows. 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?

We loved glitz and glamour for Christmas last year; so much so that we’re wearing it all through the AW18 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!

Snuggle up in the well-loved chunky knits this winter. 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!

Keep our tips in mind when you’re delving into your wardrobe, and you’ll be sure to stay on-trend!

This article was researched and created by men’s blazers UK supplier, Charles Tyrwhitt.