I’ve got some good news. You do not have to overhaul your entire wardrobe this season.
A deep dive into the current trends in fashion for both men and women reveals that pretty much everything is in – you can wear a denim boilersuit, a plaid check jacket, a floral coat and a hoodie all at once and be the height of chic.
This is actually heartening for those of us watching our bank balances, as many pieces you are already wearing for summer can carry through and be updated with one or two key additions.
Here’s how to take the pieces you probably already own and transform them into a great winter look.
- A floaty floral dress or skirt. You probably already have one in your summer wardrobe. This feminine piece can move though winter with the addition of a warm duffle coat in a contrasting colour, or an oversized chunky sweater. Just swap out the sandals and add trainers or boots.
- Striped shirting. We all went for this smart trend last season. Keep wearing it by all means; just add a leopard cardigan or a colourful V-neck sweater. Leather jackets always make a nice contrast against crisp cotton.
- Designer track pants. There’s no doubt they have become a key part of lifestyle fashion. Move them into winter with an oversized khaki parka, fashion trainers and cool sunglasses
- The plaid boyfriend jacket is a good investment as it goes with absolutely everything. The contrast-and-clash effect is the whole point, so feel emboldened to wear it over a floral blouse, a striped sweater or a patterned dress.
- Oversize earrings worn with casual pieces, such as hoodies and jeans, have a touch of high/low chic.
- A romantic high-necked blouse looks great with jeans and a chunky man-style cardigan.
- Padding and nylon. The puffer jacket and padded parka continue to evolve in high-tech fabrics and bright colours. Put them over a suit, and add an oversize football scarf.
- Berets made a very stylish appearance at the recent RTW shows, looking especially good when mixed with tougher looking street wear.
- Shades of cream, white and brown are dominant with a pumped up sneaker. Kanye West started it, and it’s still a thing – his original Yeezy has spawned a huge sneaker trend.
Low slung, cropped-leg track pants are worn with oversized shearling jackets, with hoodies and long T-shirts.
- Red is coming through as a popular colour, and it looks great when worn with more subdued shades of beige, khaki, brown, grey and camel. The red is not a bright fire engine hue, but more a muted ruby shade.
- Layering is huge, which means you can take favourites from your current wardrobe and add a new layer two. T-shirts, collared shirts, hoodies, and coats are the key pieces – so try a denim shirt under a red hoodie, under a camel coat or puffer jacket.