Is this heatwave we’re enduring Summer’s swansong? It has me melting faster than you can say canyoupassmetheicelollyplease. But as we’re on the doorstep of September, it’s almost time to be packing away the off-the-shoulder blouses in favour of novelty knits in the style of Gucci (read: almost). But what are the wise investments to buy now that we’re still as likely to break a sweat as soon as we set our sights on the Underground sign? It’s about incorporating catwalk-inspired trends that’ll punctuate your AW16 style diet with your everyday basics, and choosing pieces that have longevity to last all season long without looking dated come January. Then, of course, comes the fun of mixing with all of your wardrobe’s most-loved pieces. Striped shirts. Breton tops. Blue slim-leg jeans. A plain white T-shirt. Trench coats. Get yours hands on these most-coveted new-season staples and play.
If ruffles made ripples last season, they’ll be making waves during autumn/winter. Quite literally, too, as the bigger, the better, and the more, the merrier. Zara’s frill-hem trousers are the perfect way to incorporate the trend without being too flouncy, and make an essential office-to-bar staple. Layer an oversized shirt over a lacy camisole top to slip off when the lights dip and the espresso martini’s are sent out. Plus, the eye-catching hemline is exactly what you need to draw all attention to ankle boots with statement heels.
Make this strokable fabric your biggest crush for autumn/winter. It might just bring back memories of that outfit you wore for your school disco circa 2002, but it’s far more high-fashion than high-school these days. If you like it plush and piled high, opt for sweeping flared trousers and skirts. If the texture is too much to take for your minimalist style, try out a velvet slip dress layered over a T-shirt to keep the 90s grunge-glam vibes alive.
If you invested in a pleated skirt over the past couple of seasons, four for you Glen Coco, because they’re set to stay again as the counterpart to everything from bomber jackets, supersized knits, to band T-shirts galore. Anything goes – whether it’s super wide box-pleats, medium splays, or fine plissé – but your style credentials will soar if you make it metallic.
Photography by Rebecca Spencer