We all had high, high hopes for a Summer of sartorial greatness this year, but 2020 had other ideas. Enter sweatpants.
Loungewear finally got the fashion promotion it deserves, and we spent the best part of six months getting all dressed up for the living room. And by dressed up, we mean, you know, dressed.
Now, as Summer bows out for another year, we’re looking forward to switching up our wardrobes for the colder months ahead. We are so ready to be swaddled in acres of knitwear and coats that resemble dressing gowns.
From Zoom friendly collars to jackets that’ll double up as a duvet, keep scrolling to see what’s what this Autumn / Winter.
If, like us, you fell hard for lilac this Summer, then you’re in for some good news because our fave pastel hue is going nowhere for Autumn/Winter. Whether you opt for lavender accessories or go ham with a head-to-toe suit, a splash of lilac is bound to brighten up a grey Winter’s day.
Spotted at: Hugo Boss, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Acne
2. Duvet dressing
Just when you thought you were going to have to consciously uncouple your sweatpants ready to head back to office professionalism, duvet dressing saves the day. Our emotions are spared!
From full-length coats to gilets and puffer jackets, soft quilted layers mean you can enjoy home comforts wherever you are, even if you’re stuck on the dreaded commute. If ever there was an excuse to rock that just rolled out of bed look, it’s now. I woke up like this!
Someone needs to let our wardrobe know that it’s about to get a set of bangs and there’s nothing it can do about it. Deconstructed pleats, trailing boho tassels and adorned shoulders are where it’s at. If it doesn’t move like a Gatsby party, we don’t wanna know. Whether you go all out with a floor length dress or dabble with detail on a blouse, there’s no better way to elevate your garms this season.
Spotted at: Prada, Bottega Veneta, Jil Sander, Givenchy, Hugo Boss, Salvatore Ferragamo
4. Coffee tones
All the usual toasty autumn shades unsurprisingly dominated the runway in all four of the fashion capitals for AW20 and we ain’t mad. From chocolate trousers to cappuccino shirts and caramel knitwear, dress like your favourite morning brew and you won’t go far wrong.
Spotted at: Rejina Pyo, Margaret Howell, Agnona
5. Turn up the volume
From XL balloon sleeves at Fendi to Simone Rocha’s head-turning cocoon silhouettes, let this be our sartorial reminder to take up as much space as we can, ladies. It’s our turn to be seen and heard.
Spotted at: JW Anderson, Alexander McQueen, Simone Rocha, Fendi, Chanel
6. Ride it out
You don’t need to own a show pony to get involved with this stable boy trend. Knee high riding boots, double breasted blazers & sleek tailoring is all it takes to give your autumn wardrobe a touch of the equestrian influence.
Spotted at: Self Portrait, Chanel, Hermes, Tory Burch
7. Sweater vests
That’s right, the humble Chandler Bing vest has some serious staying power, cementing itself as a major player this Autumn. Layer one over your favourite midi dresses or pair it with your suit trousers for a practical and chic not-quite-autumn-yet outfit. We suggest you start rifling through your dad’s wardrobe asap.
Spotted at: Lacoste, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Prada, Christian Dior
8. The conference call collar
For those of us still working from home with a calendar full of video calls, you’ll know all about that dressing from waist up life.
A statement collar instantly makes it look like you’ve made an effort, even if your bottom half tells another story. All business up top, hedgehog pjs down below – they’ll never know.
Whether you go Peter Pan, pie crust or Broderie Anglaise, a look-at-me collar will ensure you’re camera ready.
Spotted at: Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Chloe
9. Hell for leather
Leather is always a key fabric at this time of year, so whether you opt for minimalist separates or a floor sweeping trench coat as seen at Burberry & Saint Laurent, this is one timeless trend that’ll last far beyond one season.
Spotted at: Burberry, Stella McCartney, Miu Miu, Saint Laurent
10 Stomping ground
Last year, we saw the arrival of chunky track sole shoes and boots (the uglier the better) and this year, the heavy-duty utilitarian style has stuck around. Best foot forward!
Spotted at: Ganni, Prada, Holzweiler, Dior