The Womenswear Edit


Make a beeline for McArthurGlen outlets to get ahead of the season’s hottest trends and key wardrobe upgrades.

From ethereal knitted dresses to grungy gothic sexiness via heritage checks and colours to make your eyes pop, read on to discover the key autumn trends to energise your wardrobe.

Neo Work
While we love our masculine tailoring with its sharp angles and edgy silhouettes, if the last 18 months have taught us anything it’s that comfort can be smart too. The neo-work vibe presented by the likes of The Row, Raf Simons and Jil Sander is the antithesis of the power suit: blazers and cigarette pants have been swapped for oversized shirts (which you can layer over a rollneck) and voluminous midi skirts in a look that plays with loose shapes. Crisp white oversized shirts by The Kooples and American Vintage are the core component, complemented by fluid black midi skirts, baggy tailored trousers, heeled boots and hobo bags. The colour palette is super versatile, being restricted to monochrome, creams and off-whites, making this trend easy to slide into your current wardrobe.

The Wrap-Around Coat
It seems that our collective working-from-home wardrobe has inspired a new take on the statement winter coat as designers from Max Mara to Issey Miyake reinterpreted the loose, wraparound silhouette of everyone’s go-to lockdown piece - the dressing gown. Softly tailored in rich wool fabrics, the belted double-breasted wraparound coats by the likes of Max & Moi and Zadig & Voltaire are as versatile and chic as they are luxuriously comfy. The palette features warm creams and beige tones alongside greys, browns and dark blues and are best paired with heeled leather boots and oversized shoulder bags for a voluminous winter look. Wrap it over just about any ensemble you can imagine - smart or casual - for instant style props.

Grunge Girl
The Little Black Dress has turned to the dark side this season, inspired by a gothic renaissance that blends grungy detailing with a decidedly sexy silhouette. With some incredible designs causing a moody storm on the runways of Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Rokh to name a few, this is a look defined by lace details, silver embellishments, oil slick leather and mesh fabrics. From strappy black dresses by The Kooples and Zadig & Voltaire for les femmes dangereuses, this is a look not to be messed with! Biker boots and silver chain details round off the grungy aspect, while the lace and sheer tulle fabrics maintain a powerful femininity.

Colour Shock
Autumn/Winter is not going to be a drab affair if this season’s runways have anything to do with it. From sunflower yellow at American Vintage to vibrant violet at Desigual, collections were popping with kaleidoscopic colours. Bold hues are a beautifully simple way to uplift your mood and elevate your wardrobe. You can choose one colour and go all out for a coordinated look, or otherwise, colour blocking is another striking way to introduce bright tones. Colourful rollnecks by Diesel and The Kooples are key this season and gone are the classic charcoal suits in favour of brighter coloured two-pieces by Only and Max & Moi. When colour blocking, you can’t go wrong with the prime colours, and accessorise with metallic jewellery for a shiny contrast.

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