The 6 most shoppable autumn/winter 2020 trends

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As we enter a new season, we have rounded up the most shoppable catwalk trends to invest in now and wear all season. 

Given the global pandemic that has changed our lives unlike anything we have ever known before, you could be forgiven for forgetting we are about to enter into a new fashion season. 

So much has changed since the Stylist fashion team were packed onto a bench (imagine!) at Paris Fashion Week watching Chanel, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton round up the final shows of fashion month. Back then coronavirus was but a conversation, one that forced some press and buyers to remain at home instead of head out on the trail of shows. For the many of us who remained, coronavirus was still just a potential problem – we had no idea of the circumstances it would leave us in or the huge challenges and changes the fashion industry would go on to face.

As we entered a global shut down just days after returning from Paris Fashion Week, all hopes of the season ahead vanished. Instead of the sweetness of summer dressing, we have lived in a rotation of comfort via matching tracksuits, leggings, loungewear and easy-to-wear dresses that required minimum styling. 

When we have stretched ourselves to put on something that didn’t have an elasticated waistband, even if it was sitting in the park with friends, there was a collective reminder of fashion’s transformative power. That it can pick you up and dust you off in the swoosh of a chiffon dress, it can give structure and poise with a pair of balloon sleeves and it can bring you joy in even the darkest of days with an injection of something bright and playful. 

With all of the inactivity, potential boredom and restrictions we have encountered in the last few months, we are reminded that fashion has had an important role in making us feel purposeful. 

With that in mind, we are casting our minds back to the promise that the autumn/winter 2020 season brought to us in February. 

In a continuation from the past two years, one trend was still undeniably prevalent as sustainability continues to be the biggest conversation in the industry. Designers continue to move away from the pendulum of trends that once dictated our wardrobes, instead opting for longer life pieces, extension of their previous aesthetic which gives both power to the brand and power to the consumer in feeling that they are still wearing a stylish offering. 

Once more the season was loosely divided into fantasy and reality. There were those looks where dresses seemed to be bursting with tulle, sequins, feather and volume (we see you, Balenciaga) providing that all-important escapism through fashion. In contrast there was the reoccurring realness that designers have been serving season after season that saw some of the most wearable trends hit the catwalk: checks, suiting and leather. 

Then there’s always that one trend that takes us all by surprise and for autumn/winter 2020 that was red. So much red. The colour permeated the season coming up in every major city with an offering by every major designer.

With those overarching themes in mind, we have rounded up the most wearable and – more importantly – the most shoppable trends of the autumn/winter 2020 season.

Seeing red

When someone asks you, “What’s the colour of the season?” with zero hesitation you can respond with red. Fire engine red to be precise. With sequins. 

Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli set the Valentino catwalk on fire with a body-skimming sequin column dress worn by model Adut Akech; similarly Christopher Kane tied a big bow on his sequin dress and Bottega Veneta teamed its twinkling red dress offering with stomping red boots. Be prepared to inject the brightest hue into your wardrobe this season. 

Bottega Veneta autumn/ winter 2020
Christopher Kane autumn/ winter 2020
Valentino autumn/ winter 2020

Check it 

Tonal dressing definitely dominated most autumn/winter 2020 collections (with the exception of red). Checks – whether they’re plaid, tartan, gingham, Prince of Wales or houndstooth – however, have made a welcome return for the colder months. 

An easy-to-wear print, checks will made an easy addition to any wardrobe whether that be in the form of skirt, blazer, trousers or dresses. At Burberry, checks were clashed with more checks, Gucci went full heritage with the pattern and Alexander McQueen gave tartan a modern edge. 

Cher Horowitz, watch out. 

Burberry autumn/ winter 2020
Dior autumn/ winter 2020
Gucci autumn/ winter 2020
  • & Other Stories

    Checks: And Other Stories
    Checks: A checked out won't go out of style

    If you want your winter coat to go with everything then keep it neutral. We’re loving this belted coat with subtle coloured check from & Other Stories.

    Shop belted oversize coat & Other Stories, £165 

  • Arket

    Checks: Arket
    Checks: This oversized cardigan is great for layering

    2020 is certainly the year of the oversized knitwear and this checked cardigan is high up on our work-from-home outfit list. We’d pair ours with leather trousers and a camisole. 

    Shop oversized wool cardigan at Arket, £115

  • Pinko

    Checks: Pinko
    Checks: a great workwear look

    Great for those heading back into an office environment, these checked trousers will keep your workwear look perfectly on-trend. Team with some cream knitwear or one of this season’s pretty pussy-bow blouses.

    Shop, flare-fit trousers in Prince of Wales checks at Pinko, £195

  • Mango

    Checks: Mango
    Checks: Team with a chunky knit for ultimate winter wardrobe style

    A checked pleated skirt will be a piece you come back to season after season. Pair this gorgeous, tartan inspired number with a pair of boots and a fitted roll-neck for a great anytime look.

    Shop checked pleated skirt at Mango, £49.99

Matrix moment 

Let Keanu Reeves be your inspiration this season as The Matrix movement continues on.  

Balenciaga, Alberta Ferreti, Hermès and Fendi provided a full-on Neo display with black leather coats of varying proportions, while Preen and Prada injected some colour into their leathers. Saint Laurent served vinyl look after vinyl look that covered everything from dresses to suits and Stella McCartney brought a fluidity to her shapes. 

Bring a polished element to your look with a little leather. 

Balenciaga autumn/ winter 2020
Alexander McQueen autumn/ winter 2020
Alberta Ferretti autumn/ winter 2020
  • Karen Millen Curve

    Leather: Karen Millen Curve
    Leather: Karen Millen offer this amazing leather trench in bright red too

    Karen Millen have recently launched a plus size collection and we’re super excited that it includes luxurious pieces like this gorgeous leather trench coat. This wine colour is always popular for the autumn/winter and a real leather coat will last a lifetime. 

    Shop curve leather trench coat at Karen Millen, £599

  • Zara

    Leather: Zara
    Leather: This faux leather midi dress looks catwalk ready

    How great is this faux leather midi dress? Zara translates the major catwalk trends so well and we think this dress is going to be a big hit.

    Shop faux leather midi dress at Zara, £49.99

  • Monki

    Leather: Monki
    Leather: Puffer jackets are big for this season

    Puffer jackets are a key silhouette for outerwear this season and we love this twist on the padded coat trend. The faux leather fabrication makes this coat really stand out from the crowd. 

    Shop faux leather coat at Monki, £75

Belted blazer 

Suiting is a catwalk constant, but even then it has gone through different iterations over the season. For autumn/winter 2020 the look is more structured than the fluid pieces we have come to know, with an emphasis on skirt suits. 

Lifting the oversized suit into a more feminine framework via a belted blazer, Prada, Miu Miu, McQueen and Michael Kors all sported this new look and we are into it. 

Michael Kors autumn/ winter 2020
Prada autumn/ winter 2020
Chloé autumn/ winter 2020
  • Tommy Hilfiger

    Belted blazers: Tommy Hilfiger
    Belted blazers: This belted blazer will take you through to spring

    In a satin crepe fabric, this belted blazer is an investment piece that will last you all year through. From floaty evening trousers to pairing with jeans, this blazer offers great versatility. 

    Shop satin crepe belted blazer at Tommy Hilfiger, £205

Stomp around 

A non-mover in the fashion charts, stomping boots have secured themselves as the accessory du jour for another season. Of course there are other options for those less willing to stomp (see over-the-knee), but for those committing to this trend, think the angrier the better. 

Balenciaga, Off-White and Versace opted for stomping boots of the Wellington order, while Bottega Veneta continued their winning streak of best stomper boots. 

Bottega Veneta autumn/ winter 2020
Dior autumn/ winter 2020
Versace autumn/ winter 2020

Knitted dresses 

An unexpected addition to the list of trends you are going to want to shop from is the knitted dress. 

Thanks to his show-stopping catwalks set in an idyllic part of the South of France, Jacquemus has created a frenzy around the humble knitted dress. Often maxi in length and with a slit up the side, these dressed can be either loose or fitted. 

Pair yours with a pair of stomper boots for an easy autumn/winter 2020.

Jacquemus autumn/ winter 2020
Jil Sander autumn/ winter 2020
Bottega Veneta autumn/ winter 2020

Images: Courtesy of brands / Getty 

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