Some fashion pieces end up going full circle, and make their way in to your wardrobe decades after they first went big. From corduroy trousers to cuddly cardigans (yes, really), these are the comeback kids to watch out for this season.
Every so often, we find ourselves wearing something that feels ever so slightly retro – the trousers that look just like the ones you wore to the primary school disco, for example, or the sturdy ankle boots that march you straight back to the Nineties. This déjà vu is all down to the fashion world’s favourite trick of resurrecting the best bits over and over again… or the less than best bits (we can all remember the return of corset belts and chokers, can’t we?).
Here, we have highlighted the four unlikely comeback pieces that are poised and ready to make their way back into our wardrobes this season. From Seventies-inspired corduroy trousers to Eighties-style kitten heels, these are the ones to take note of, and shop as part of your new season edit.
We’ve always been able to rely on the iconic SJP to inspire our outfits, either as Sex in the City’s Carrie Bradshaw, or off-duty Sarah-Jessica. The actress was a big fan of the cardigan back in the late Nineties and (of course) fashioned hers with a silk bustier, because that’s what we all did back then. But now the humble cardigan is back for 2018, and this time around it’s all about the chunky knit.
We recommend buttoning yours up to the top like the street style stars and layering with polo necks for an update on a classic. Every label from Alexa Chung to Gucci has put cardigans on the map for autumn/winter, and the & Other Stories style has already sold out in three colours. Be quick.
Wool blend cardigan, £69, & Other Stories
Oversized print cardigan, £275, Alexa Chung
Take inspiration from ‘That ‘70s Show’ and opt for corduroy. There’s cord everything at the moment, from baker boy hats, to shoes, to blazers - but it’s the trousers we’re most interested in. Worn by model Denise Hopkins back in 1972, it’s time to embrace your inner Seventies girl and make them work in your autumn wardrobe. Wear with a checked coat or as a suit like the street style set, and go bold with bright hues to keep it more high-fash than Geography teacher.
Cédric Charlier cotton-corduroy trousers, £420, net-a-porter.com
Mustard corduroy trousers, £40, Topshop
If you don’t own a blazer, then it’s time to invest in one, stat. May we suggest purchasing one of the over-sized versions that are taking the limelight for autumn/winter? The power-shouldered super-sized style was big in the Eighties/ early Nineties, with the likes of Winona Ryder working the trend with her own baggy brown style back in 1991.
This time, though, we’ve let go of the shoulder-padding (thankfully) and kept the focus on that baggy body. Perfect for layering, you can wear these styles over floral midi dresses, structured shirts or even over a tighter fitted blazer for an effortlessly cool take. Opt for an already over-sized style, or just find your favourite and buy it in a couple of sizes up.
Miu Miu checked blazer, £1,590, mytheresa.com
Textured wool blazer, £79.99, Mango
We know what you’re thinking – kitten heels, really? For years they’ve been seen as an ‘ugly’ shoe but, back in the Eighties, the likes of Princess Diana backed them as a must-have. Although she stuck to the classic kitten court, this time around it’s a lot more detailed: think mules with mixed prints, embellishment and statement heels. They’re made to not go unnoticed, so be sure to look to the likes of Balenciaga and Rejina Pyo to fulfill your new kitten heel need.
We bet that you’re bound to find the purrfect pair (sorry, we had to!) in our edit below:
Rejina Pyo croc-effect leather slingbacks, £440, Net-a-porter.com
Embellished slingbacks, £59, Charles & Keith
Now you’ve seen all four retro trends, we guarantee you’ll want to incorporate them all in to your new season capsule. Happy shopping.
Words: Harriet Davey