Womenswear Edit

AW22 Trend Guide

Big shapes, preppy vibes and timeless nostalgia define the must-have trends from this season’s hottest runways and luxury brands.

That sound? Oh, that’s the roar of the jungle as designers far and wide embrace the call of the wild with bold leopard and tiger prints. On the dressy side, purr in leopard print one-shoulder dresses, feline maxi-skirts, and form-fitting mini-dresses, complemented with strappy heels and silver jewellery. Make a big statement with head-to-toe matching prints (cat suit anyone?!) or use colour accents to break up the look. On the casual front, we’re loving the statement white tiger print trousers which you can team with a cute crop top and leather jacket. Otherwise look out for animal-print maxi shirt-dresses, and you’ll be the cat that got the cream. 

The way that brands such as Versace, Kenzo and Chanel are using checks this season has got us very excited for the heritage pattern. From grungy tartans to sophisticated tweeds, there’s nothing plain about plaid. When it comes to shopping sustainably, timeless check tailoring is one of the best investments you can make. For day, keep the palette toned down and classic with blazers, and pair them with a loose-fitting check shirt or a vintage dress that you can style with white sneakers and a cute bag. By night, let the wilder check tones loose. A bold houndstooth mini-dress paired with bright coloured heels is sure to be a show-stopper. 

The Canadian tuxedo, aka head-to-toe denim was once a fashion faux pas but now it’s one of the strongest looks of the season. A casual trucker jacket and jeans is tough to beat, especially when you throw in some distressed details to give it a grungy edge. Great denim is hard to kill, so think about finding vintage pieces to mix with more contemporary styles. A denim shirt looks super cool styled with a denim midi skirt and a pair of denim heels. If you just want to dip your toe into the trend, then a midi-dress with chunky shoes and a neutral tone bag will still bring out the best in blue.

Some trends require effort, whereas others are a single knock-out garment that can transform your wardrobe. This season’s puffer jacket is most definitely in the latter category as brands such as Off-White, Versace and Philipp Plein pumped up their silhouettes with larger-than-life puffer jackets. From oversized cropped jackets to long-line coats, puffers keep the cold out and the compliments coming in. Dodge patterns and let block colours do the talking by keeping the rest of your look tonal and by playing with different textures such as wool and leather. Chunky puffers require chunky boots to balance out the volume so reach for black or tonal styles or sign off the look with chunky sneakers instead.   

If there’s a garment to make a statement with this season, make it a faux fur coat. Voluminous, sexy, and tactile, faux fur coats were all over the runways at Michael Kors, Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta to name a few. So what’s the furry vibe? Think big silhouettes: we’re transfixed by the oversized long-line coats. Look for styles with exaggerated shawl collars or belted options that feel like you’re being hugged by a bear. Keep the tones seasonal with brown, grey and black, or use bolder blues, lilac and gold for more of instant impact. The beauty of these beasts is you can layer them on top of anything and look instantly glamorous. 

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