As we enter a new season, we have rounded up the most shoppable catwalk trends to invest in now and wear all 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.
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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.
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.
Marks and Spencer
Get ready for a season of sparkle with this amazing catwalk-inspired shirt. This is a great way to feel dressed up for the holidays without going for a full on party dress.
Like an LBD, a red dress is another classic piece of party wear to keep in your wardrobe for those, “I have nothing to wear” moments. A gorgeous, classic silhouette that you can constantly restyle with new accessories.
Not feeling bold enough to wear full red? Add a splash of colour with these playful acrylic earrings.
Russell and Bromley
Step boldly into the new season in these gorgeous flats that will take you from boardroom to bar in an instant.
This vibrant skirt is a great way to uplift your work wardrobe. Pair with a black roll-neck and some boots for an easy, everyday winter look.
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.
We love a shacket and this checked one is ticking all the right boxes. The neutral colours make it really versatile.
& Other Stories
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A great alternative to a leather jacket, this will pair up over everything, from tailored looks to pretty dresses.
If you thought you loved jeans, you need to try a pair of leather jeans. A definite investment piece you will wear again and again.
Karen Millen Curve
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head back to the office in style with this beautifully tailored belted blazer. Show 2020 who’s boss.
If you find blazers result in you losing your shape, then try this wide belted blazer from New Look.
This blazer hits two trends in one. Checks, tick; belted, tick — you’re ready for work.
A chocolate brown blazer is quite an unusual find but this season with so many neutral and earthy tones around this will quickly become your go to piece to sharpen up your look.
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.
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.
If you’re overwhelmed by the many choices of stomper boot then keep it cool and classic with these black lace-ups.
The slightly longer leg on these give these a twist on the classic ankle length style and you’ll seriously enjoy stomping around with those thick soles.
Shine on with a pair of patent stomper boots this winter. These will look great with some of this seasons gorgeous floral midi dresses for a tougher finish.
If you’ve got a wardrobe full of black boots, try a pair of white boots instead. These will easily take you through to early spring and beyond. If you like the shape they also come in black and beige.
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.
Essentially a hug in a dress, we can’t guarantee that you’ll ever want to wear anything else once you’ve tried a cashmere knitted dress.
Sporty style knits are a big trend this season and this dress gives you the best of both trends. A great one for everyday, pair with some box-fresh white trainers.
An easy, everyday piece you can pair with some on trend stomper boots to keep this casual but cosy look up to date.
This dress is the perfect layering piece. In a neutral hue you can dress this look up or down with ease. Add a blazer for smart occasions or layer over a slim-fit roll-neck for super chilly days.
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