What to Wear at the Weekend
Words Courtesy of Megan Bevis
As a staple style for the cold seasons ahead, ankle boots are a reliable and timeless trend seen every year from runway to street-style. The biggest trend for Autumn/Winter 18 is statement footwear. From cowboy to stiletto, achieve the look of the season with a pair of ankle boots guaranteed to compliment any outfit.
A favourite fall footwear choice of Meghan Markle, the duchess is often seen wearing a pair of classic all-black ankle boots when opting for a more relaxed style. With stark white cowboy boots back again after dominating winter footwear last year, make a statement this season by styling the trend with a vibrant outfit to achieve a colourful contrast. Animal print is everywhere this season and footwear is no exception, faux snakeskin print boots from Whistles or Zara can add texture and taste to any outfit. Or, really embrace this seasons trend by making a statement in magenta pink suede boots, styled best with a simple all-black ensemble.
Cheetah, zebra, snakeskin and leopard (all faux, of course), animal has been a print that has always had a home in fashion. From Victoria Beckham to Tom Ford, the classic pattern roamed the catwalk for Autumn/Winter this year. But the animal fur coats that have been in trend for decades have been put aside for a new range of styles. From relaxed denim to silky shirts adorned with the print of the season, you can find the latest trend in almost every high-street shop.
“Animal print is massive this year! Pop a bit of print on with a plain outfit and you automatically have a bit of excitement! The great thing with animal print is that you can buy a piece and it will be carried through with you until the following year – it always comes back in trend.” Said Topshop personal shopper, Aisling Gallagher.
The teddy coat
In the cold depth of Britain’s winter, with frosty mornings and icy-cold air, there is nothing cosier than a warm and soft blanket – especially when it’s one you can wear. The teddy bear coat is the perfect in-between of a faux fur and faux shearling, creating a coat that’s as comforting as your childhood teddy bear.
From high-fashion to high-street, the statement coat began its reign over winter fashion on the runway before making its way into stores such as Warehouse, John Lewis and F&F. Branded the ‘power coat’, the modern but classic style of the teddy bear coat was evident at the Max Mara autumn/winter 18 show in Milan. Inspired by 1980s power dressing and the punk reputation of the brands creative director Ian Griffiths. The collection focused on the powerful woman, by dressing her in ankle length teddy coats, from neutral beige to bubblegum pinks.
“So many of my clients that are updating their wardrobe this season have almost all bought a teddy coat. They are timeless and the cosiest coat ever.” Said Topshop personal shopper, Aisling Gallagher. “Casual or dressed up, you can’t go wrong with a teddy coat.”
From neutral tones to statement shades, an oversized power coat is a staple style for any occasion this winter. Worn best with a minimal outfit, match your brightly coloured teddy coat with an all-black look, or pair this season’s favourite warm beige tone with a neutral cream outfit.
Brown is the new black
Thanks to the fashion industry’s current love affair with everything seventies inspired, the colour brown has been rid of its drab association of a librarian’s uniform and given a new title as the colour of the season. The new neutral colour dominated the runways of London Fashion Week, with Victoria Beckham showcasing an all caramel two piece, to the layering of chestnut and chocolate in Paris at the Chloe Autumn/Winter 18 show.
From Warehouse to Zara, high street stores have picked up on the latest trend and created affordable alternatives to those seen on the runway. Pair the trend with a colourful clash of clothing, like purples and yellows, or mix different shades of brown to create a head-to-toe tonal look.