Have you noticed trends from the last year that are continuing into 2021? Nostalgia has been the focus for many industries in the UK, which isn’t surprising given how we have spent the last year.
The catwalks may have been closed, but that doesn't mean that fashion is at a standstill.
Summer is quickly becoming a distant memory, and the weather is reminding us daily that it is time to ditch the summer wardrobe and say hello to a new season of fashion, cosy nights in and an abundance of chocolate.
Although it can often be difficult getting into the swing of things after a seemingly endless summer, particularly when it comes to transforming your wardrobe from bikinis to jumpers. No need to stress, you’re top 2018 Winter trends are coming your way making your Christmas that little bit easier!
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We all know Winter wouldn’t be Winter without a great pair of boots (or three) and it’s no secret that Alexander McQueen’s Winter boot collection is breath-taking. The collection hosts an array of gorgeous styles ranging from chunky ankle boots to sexy leather thigh-highs. Or nod to the 60's with the beautifully elegant leather mid-calf length boots with a round toe and block heel.
Luckily, such pieces haven’t gone a miss, and high-street retail has brought out their own interpretation of boots, saving you a whole load of money this Winter.
Pair your thigh-highs with an oversized knit for a cute yet effortless look which is often modelled by Ariana Grande. Or if the thought of bare legs is making your shiver, you can wear with jeans or tights. In the Style is a great place to look for affordable boots that are inspired by the catwalk.
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Being cold is not an option this year, as an over-spill of coats from the runway take over the high street in an abundance of styles, you are sure to find one that suits you! A particularly popular trend this Winter is the shearling jacket that has originated from the Stone Age where sheepskin was used to protect and insulate. Almost 2.5 million years later, this historical classic has made it onto the 2018 runway, being interpreted by a range of designers in a host of different styles including; leather, denim, suede and bomber, all combined with essences of Shearling. A piece we cannot ignore is by Giorgio Armani which contained a mix of brown suede and leather giving the jacket texture and detail, costing a total of £2900.
If that’s too hard to swallow, the high-streets have brought out a range of heavy-duty faux shearling jackets that look good enough for the runway at totally affordable prices making it a worthwhile investment this Winter. This smart sophisticated jacket looks super cute worn causally with a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and some casual shoes, adding an essence of boldness and grunge to a ‘made no effort’ outfit.
Alternatively, a statement coat is a perfect way to effortlessly add a pop of colour and texture to a neutral or black outfit, making you look like you are fresh off the runway. Oversized bomber jackets are super on trend this season as well as faux fur and long trench coats. The options are endless, and each are a great way of making a statement as well as staying warm and comfortable this Winter.
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Fashion doesn’t always have to leave the house, particularly during the cold festive months of Winter. Keeping up with Winter trends begins at home.
Although it may not seem obvious, sleeping trends are a thing and are becoming increasingly popular, particularly on the high-street. Women's sleepwear is a forever expanding category and is being payed more attention to in the fashion industry with an abundance of styles to choose from. You can now find over 1000 sleepwear styles online making the perfect necessity for a cosy night in, or a great stocking filler for your loved ones. A popular sleepwear style this year is the traditional shirt and trouser set that you can find in an array of different colours and fabrics.
This trend is a definite favourite as it offers comfort and warmth as well as a cute and effortless look that you can wear with anything. You can find these sweaters anywhere, from Primark to Urban Outfitters depending on your budget. A top trick is to look in the men’s section for that perfect oversized fit. Pair your sweater with some thigh-high or ankle boots or some Mum jeans and trainers for that super cute 90's skater look. If you want to dress this look up, then switch the sweatshirt for a chunky knit. The best knitwear on the high-street this Winter is embracing bright colours to inject the dark weather with a pop of vibrancy. You can find affordable pieces like this in River Island, Primark and Topshop.
Written by: Poppy Jones
It’s official – Christmas is just around the corner and the work party season has well and truly arrived!
But how do you dress for a Christmas party if the venue of choice is less than conventional? With bosses choosing quirkier venues to host the festive celebrations, many of us have been left wondering just what on earth to wear.
You can’t go far wrong with the little black dress, but what if your work party requires something a tad more practical? Luckily, River Island have got you covered with this handy guide on how to dress for any office party venue:
Sophisticated Stately Home:
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If you’re one of the lucky ones, you could be celebrating your work Christmas party in a stately home or castle. Here, you might be greeted with a medieval banquet, take part in some activities or enjoy a ball in your surroundings. Of course, it depends on what’s lined up for you at your party but it’s nice to look the part.
If you’re going to be doing a lot of dancing, you may want to opt for something more comfortable.
Plisse trousers have been on-trend in recent years — they’re comfy and fashionable! This style is perfect for flexibility in movement and keeping your legs covered for the cooler temperatures. Pair with a three-quarter sleeve fitted top or a bardot style crop to complete your look. This style goes great with flat or heeled shoes, so wear what you feel comfortable in. The great thing about these pants too is that they’ve got an elasticated waist (ideal for tucking into a medieval buffet!).
Bowling And Drinks:
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Who doesn’t enjoy showing off their competitive side? If your Christmas party is at a bowling alley, chances are you’ll probably be heading out for a few drinks afterwards, so you need something that’s suitable for scoring a strike and for when you’re drinking cocktails later on.
Comfort is the name of the game here – but you’ll want to keep it stylish, of course. Think on-trend jumpsuits and trousers with a cute top. You’ve probably noticed that ‘80s fashion has been back with a bang this year, and it hasn’t stopped for AW18. It’s all about being bold with your colour palette and really owning it! It’s not often your colleagues get to see you outside of your work-wear so show them your true colours in a bold jumpsuit. Choose one with a chunky belt to create that ‘80s inspired cinched waist and accessorise with statement hoops.
You can’t go far wrong with this summer’s hottest trend – culottes. But there are so many varieties now that they certainly shouldn’t be kept for just one season.
Play it safe with high-waisted black trousers and jazz it up top with a glitter-infused bodysuit or cute crop — pair with a sparkly clutch and your good to go.
Traditional Restaurant Meal:
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A meal and drinks is the traditional Christmas party format.
A traditional meal in a restaurant is the most common choice of Christmas party format. But, how should you dress for an occasion like this? It can be uncomfortable to eat a roast dinner in a tight bodycon, but you don’t want to be dressed informally for when you hit the bars later on.
If the little black dress just isn’t your thing, you may want to try something a bit more daring. Show off your pins in a midi dress and channel your inner party animal with leopard or snake print (two patterns that are very on-trend this season). Pair with barely-there sandals and a matching bag and your good to go!Of course, with the temperature being on the chilly side in December, you might want to try jeans with an embellished cami top. The covered legs will keep you warm when you’re moving from restaurant to bar and your fancy top will be admired over the dinner table.
This season, it’s all about sequin embellishments and metallic camis — perfect for this years’ festivities.
Party On A Rooftop Terrace:
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Let’s face it, we all wish summer could last forever. Due to the colder climate of the UK, we don’t get to spend much time outdoors during the autumn and winter so a party on a rooftop makes a nice change!
Rooftop terrace parties give you the chance to really show off your style credentials – think red dresses, sequins or long glittering ball gowns. Why not go all out in a sequin maxi dress? Or pair an accordion skirt with a sequin top. Keep your feet warm in suede heeled ankle boots or a dressy loafer.
Outdoor venues definitely call for a good coat. This season it’s all about faux fur and we’re loving it! Keep it classic in a black or brown waist-length jacket or go big and bold with a coloured fur coat and chunky collar.
If this isn’t your style, you can’t go wrong in a classic leather jacket — match with a cross-body clutch and your outfit is complete.
For many, autumn and winter are a new chance to swap out those summer and spring styles for cold weather classics, like fuzzy sweaters, knit hats, and purses that complement your seasonal attire. It’s time to start off fresh again, and breathe some life into your wardrobe! Don’t throw away all your old bags, but adding some new classics to your closet for the new season will help make it easy to create the wardrobe looks you wait all year long to show off! Here are a few purse styles and shapes that will help you upgrade your collection from old to new again - without completely modifying your current collection.
Minimising is in and with these micro minis all you need is your phone, credit card, and a lip gloss for the perfect night out. This is ideal for those cocktail dress nights out on the town, where you don’t want to lug around your regular mini bag.
The classic clutch never goes out of style. This autumn and winter, try a clutch that is a little more unique, like a hard plastic acrylic bag or a woven clutch - they make for an artistic touch to any outfit, and are a true statement pieces of their own. You can find simple envelope style cross-body clutches, as well as intricate textured designs. Try pairing these with a casual pair of jeans and blouse to really make it stand out.
This old-school look will have you replacing your classic totes with a much cleaner and more professional look. Totally roomy, you’ll love stuffing this bag with all your work and daily necessities! Match this with any office look or your date night apparel for a sophisticated style that’s versatile for your day-to-night lifestyles.
You may be thinking fanny pack at the mention of belt bags, but this strappy design is a great autumn accessory, especially when hitting up those outdoor activities and festivals. Out of sight and out of mind, the strap fits snug around your waist when adjusted properly and won’t steal the show away from your outfit. When you’re out and about, pair your belt bag with your favourite leggings and comfy sweater!
Not quite a clutch, and not quite a wrist-let, this combo makes it easy to grab and go. The pouch design is also super flexible, and makes it easy to throw in all sorts of necessities without cramming items in like a puzzle to fit just right. This little bag makes the perfect accessory for those fun dates nights! Whether you’re hitting the local carnival, or go-kart raceway, this flexible bag will look great with your semi-casual attire.
Yes, that’s right! A purse with a scarf strap has the combination of fashion and convenience — all in one. The soft strap won’t weigh heavy on your neck and shoulder, and will look creative too! Scarf straps allow more room for creativity, with bold and exciting patterns, and colours that add a little something to your little black dress.
Don’t be a square, and hop on board to this vintage comeback! The circle purse usually features a small wrist-let to hold onto, and a convenient snap closure. Circle bags have been massively popular this year, and it’s easy to see why - this retro look will pair great with a short and sassy dress for parties, and bring that old-school design we all dream about!
Super clean and minimal, this classic purse means business. The sleek look will create a sophisticated style when matched with your office wear, and can easily go from work to happy hour! Dressed up or dressed down, it’s easy to match this feminine look to almost all your wardrobe styles.
Ring Handle Bag
Switch out your evening clutches for something a little more modern, like the new ring handle bag. This look brings a retro vibe and makes going out more fun when you can let it hang from your wrist, rather than struggling to carry it tucked under your arm all night. This little sidekick will look classy when you match it with your sleek trouser suit outfits.
There’s a new modern twist to the traditional bucket bag. These bags keep their structured design, but offer a little more fashion to them with special designs like woven looks to add a little something to your everyday attire. The bucket style makes it easy to carry an assortment of things with you at all times. Whether you’re a mum on-the-go or a busy manager, this is the bag that has all the room you need.
Switch It Up
When you’re getting bored with last cycle’s purses, bags, and clutches, substitute your formerly classic styles with these new remixes.
Written by: Tess DiNapoli
With AW18 well-established now on the high street, the new season has brought with it a host of new trends.
Whether you’re jetting off to a luxury, sun-soaked Caribbean island, an adventure-packed city break or a business trip, it is always wise to invest in a stylish yet comfortable outfit to travel in. Celebrities seem to have mastered the art of dressing for hours of travel whilst still looking like they stepped off the latest casual wear catwalk. From luxe bomber jackets to limited edition trainers, men’s athleisure clothing has taken off in recent years and has become a vital part of the modern man’s wardrobe. The growth in this movement has seen streetwear and gym wear weave itself into fashion shows and become centerpieces for fashionable outfits for everyday wear, travel or even a night out.
A top tip for creating a stylish travel get-up is to choose garments that you can layer, not only is this tactic very on-trend but it means that you can add another layer if the aeroplane air con gets too cold or remove layers when you reach your final destination, depending on how hot it is.
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Many years ago, sweatpants were usually associated with baggy, unflattering, marl grey jogging bottoms which you would only see on the likes of construction workers in an attempt to stay warm and keep their movement unrestricted or whose wear was strictly restricted to a Sunday evening in winter. However, in this modern day, a slim sweatpant can form the basis of a stylish travel outfit. Tapered sweatpants boast an extended cuff bottom around the ankle to give them a better, more flattering fit. Team with high-tops for an effortless, trendy look.
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The women’s co-ord has seen a rise in popularity over the last couple of years and now it’s time for the men’s twin set to burst onto the scene. A wardrobe staple for summer and autumn, the comfortable loungewear sets make easy work of looking effortlessly stylish whilst being practical and cozy, ideal for relaxing in on a long journey.
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As mentioned above, it is always wise to layer garments for travel so you can add or remove as appropriate and achieve an effortlessly stylish look. A classic example being to wear a plain crew neck t-shirt, a shirt worn open and trendy bomber jacket to finish off the outfit. But the timeless denim jacket can work just as well and is a versatile, easy addition to a travel outfit that provides an outer layer which strikes the perfect balance between comfort and style.
A Loose Tee
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There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable on stuffy train journey or a long flight. For travel, it is always wise to choose a tee that is light and breathable. Stick to a neutral colour palette such as white, black or grey with a relaxed fit for added comfort.
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We all know that travel means having to be responsible for a lot of important documents, such as our passport, boarding passes or money. Therefore, it is essential to carry a holdall or backpack to store all of your essentials. Always ensure that your bag is small enough to be able to be taken on an aeroplane as hand luggage but big enough if you decide to treat yourself in the duty free. Opt for a statement piece that will tie your outfit together. Leather holdalls in a bold colour block work well and will always act as a stylish accessory to pull your travel outfit together and complete your look.
Written by James Flynn
Beautiful bright sunny days, beach holidays, sunset cocktails and great times!! We all love summer and never wants to say goodbye. If it was up to us we will make the season last forever but as all thing go, seasons come and seasons must go.
But with every new season, we find new things to love, like and buy. So, it is with great excitement that we look forward to what is to come for AW18.
These are just some of the trends that was all the rage on each and every fashion catwalk and will be available in all your favourite high street shop very soon. So, for now this is just to get you “in the know for what is to come” until then we will try and hold on to a bit more of the summer.
We will be wild for animal print from leopard to zebra and the trend is to wear it from head to toe if you are daring to be so wild.
Padded Leopard Coat - PREEN - Debenhams (out in store soon)
Red Leopard Print Dress Studio By PREEN - Debenhams (out in store soon)
Pleats Please, knife pleats to be exact , this flirty style will take over our AW18 skirt collection. Pair it with a fluffy jumpers and a statement necklace for a on trend look.
Check is back , always a returning favourite for the season. This season we see it with a much cooler edge and doubling it up is the way to go.
Check blazer and trousers - NEW LOOK
Pow Ochre Check Crombie and Camel Pow Check Wide Leg Culottes- DOROTHY PERKINS
In the accessories department we can look forward to long dangling silver earrings for a statement sparkle.
Floral Diamond Earrings - OASIS (out in store soon)
The Cowboy boot will also be kicking up some dust this coming season
Red Snakeskin cowboy style ankle boot - OASIS
The season must have bag is definitely not for those that travel with all their cosmetic essentials and more because it with be teeny tiny. The mini bag it so you will have to minimise your must have daily handbag essentials.
Dixiee- Black leather hand held duffle bag - DUNE LONDON
Snakeskin hand held handbag - M&S Collection
And then there are Belt to help you define your waist, try it in animal print or something bigger and bolder.
Double Hoop Leopard print Jeans belt - ACCESSORIZE
Square Buckle Wide Waist Belt- ACCESSORIZE
Now that you have a glimpse of what is to come you might not be so sad of saying goodbye to summer and welcoming beautiful autumn.
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