Hot and humid – that’s all we ever faced living in this tropical climate. So when the fall/winter season collections hit the stores, we sometimes find it hard to incorporate them into our wardrobe because all we associate them with are coats and thick jackets; we can only admire them from the display windows, and then give them a sad pass. But despite the outerwear, most of us tend to ignore elements and details from the collections that can inspire our daily outfits.
Don’t know where to start? Styleguide has spotted and compiled a list of fall/winter 2017 trends from the runways of Paris, Milan, London and New York to keep you up to date.
1. Rich Colours
Let’s start with the basics: colours. Plum and mustard, which are popular shades for the last few months of the year, are always on trend and will never go out of style. This year, we welcome a new fall and winter colour, red, or more specifically the brighter ones. Red, which was dubbed by Glamour Magazine back in August as the “colour of the season”, is definitely a colour that’s more bold and for spring. But, don’t be afraid to don it on every clothing item from dresses to pants; and plus point, it works with every skin tone. When colourblocked with plum, an extra flair is added to the entire look. If you aren’t that adventurous yet, stick to a single item of red and tone down everything else. Just remember, the key is to look chic and attract the right attention, not to look like a traffic light.
Say goodbye to the typical baseball caps and snapbacks that you see on nearly everyone on the street, and hello to more unique ones such as bell hats and sou’westers, which have made a statement on the runways of Loewe, Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs. You may think that sou’westers are tied to the typical neon yellow fisherman’s hat, but it can make a very bold statement when muted colours like white or beige are chosen and matched with the right look. Berets, the quintessential Parisian accessory, have also made a comeback and are less of a headache to style.
3. Mismatched and Deconstructed
Instead of a plain top or skirt, throwing on clothes with designs such as asymmetrical hem or layering on just one side will instantly make you stand out from the crowd. Because these designs tend to look a little too much or overpowering, keep in mind to just stick to one item at a time when piecing your outfit together – less is more.
In my opinion, this is one of the more exciting trends to explore this season. This design can be incorporated into a variety of pieces, such as dresses, skirts and pants. For a more effortless office-savvy look, simply tuck a basic top into a pair of grey plaid pants and an oversized blazer of the same design. If you want to go the extra mile, dress head to toe in plaid as long as they are in the same colour so it’s easier on the eyes.
As the sharp-tongued fashion queen Miranda Priestly once said, “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”
Now, as it has also been spotted on the fall/winter runways, we don’t need further validation that this gorgeous print has never gone out of style, especially when dressing for a hot climate. Dress it up with a floral chiffon top or dress it down with an understated wrap dress. Men can definitely pull off this trend as well by wearing slim trousers with subtle floral patterns on the waistband or top off the entire look with a floral tie. Hannah Clare from The Idle Man advised, “Floral prints should be worn with confidence, make them (and you) the centre of attention. Keep the rest of your outfit to a minimum with neutral and basic colours, a pair of jeans or slim fit trousers are ideal as well as a plain white tee or button up shirt.”
This is a huge nod to the Roaring 20s era, where ladies prance and dance around in their tassel dresses swinging by their arms. But now in the modern world, this trend is a little too overwhelming especially for the workplace. To make this work, try wearing structured skirts with tassels cascading down that looks very chic when matched with a basic top. Think it’s still quite daring for you? Always work this into accessories such as dangly earrings, which are already a statement piece on its own, and works for both day and night.
Some may be surprised, but pantsuits scream business plus an added touch of elegance. According to Ellie Pithers from Vogue Britain in 2015, “From retro corduroy to slinky, Seventies-style velvet, they're statement-making rather than Everyman, and better still, appealingly affordable.”
Pantsuits can also take one from a day in the office to a night out with girlfriends – perfect for those who are usually on the go and crave simplicity and comfort.
For the daredevils out there, Pithers added, “When it comes to how to wear, firstly, forgo a neatly pressed shirt or crewneck underneath. The bravest suit-wearers are ditching tops altogether, wearing their jackets buttoned or belted and with nothing else.”