Fashion. What’s that again?
So between wearing tracksuit bottoms and maternity leggings (yes, I’m 4 months pregnant) I haven’t really been thinking too much of trends lately. I have actually barely bought anything for the new season, being a bit more cautious about my growing shape and my money!
But that doesn’t mean I can’t be selfless and think about the AW17 trends that you should be keeping your eye on (as requested by a few readers!). Well, here is what I would probably be buying if my mind wasn’t otherwise preoccupied with baby books and trying not to be sick on a daily basis (I’ve tried ginger biscuits, they don’t work for me, sadly!):
1. ANYTHING RED
If you walk around any High Street store at the moment, you’ll notice pretty much every rail is filled with red. It’s a huge colour and one I’ve been championing for a while. My tip is go for an accessory like a pair of shoes or boots – they lift any outfit and can make jeans and a jumper look a whole lot more special.
2. HERITAGE CHECKS
Thinking that everyone on your Instagram feed is wearing a check blazer right now? Then you would be correct…because checks, specifically plaid and heritage prints like Prince of Wales are in for winter – investing in a check coat would be a good idea (I’ve seen this Debenhams coat up close on a shoot and it’s definitely a winner):
3. GRANNY DRESSES
My current trend of choice (mainly for their ease), a long sleeve dress that can take you from day to night will be the most versatile item in your wardrobe. Look for details such as florals and frills to really add the old lady factor but pair with boots to toughen it up. Obviously Ganni do my dream version but H&M, as always, has the next best thing…
This is more of a micro-trend but one I’m starting to really like – I saw this Kitri dress in their Marylebone pop-up store this week and can’t stop thinking about it, mainly because it just offers something a little different (Cefinn, Samantha Cameron’s brand also had a lot of zip detail on her dresses, when I viewed the collection).
Okay, so bare with me here. Not the same brown unflattering cords you used to wear in your teens…look for interesting colours (the look du jour are the Mango pink cords) and a good cut. I love these from Finery – just imagine with a block heel and a chunky, cream oversized knit..
6. DARK DENIM
We’ve been comfortable in our straight leg stonewash jeans for far too long, it seems. This season we’re moving onto dark denim, a smarter more structured feel – plus it’s all about that contrast stitching. Try working this into a ‘tonal’ look mixing with a navy knit for extra fashion brownie points – this crisp denim also looks good with a classic, oversized trench too.
What I love about this season is that there really seems to be a return of colour and vibrancy – fashion is fun again. The world might be a scary place right now but at least we can enjoy a bit of escapism now and then.