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The Womenswear Edit

The AW21 Trend Guide

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

Guess

Patrizia Pepe

The Knitted Dress
Elegant, sophisticated and tinged with romance, the full-length knitted maxi dress is this season’s must-have piece with stunning designs seen at Chloe (where else?), The Row and Gabriela Hearst among others. On the one hand, there are dresses fitted to flatter by likes of Pinko and Armani, presenting a beautifully svelte addition to your wardrobe - while on the other we love the looser shapes by Erika Cavallini and Ixos, replete with high necklines, long sleeves and in dark earthy tones. Chunky knits and ribbed styles provide a wonderful textural finish that you can contrast with sleek leather boots, gold accessories and this season’s dealer in envy - the oversized holdall.

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Patrizia Pepe

Maje

Heritage Checks
This season has so much checks appeal! We saw a multitude of plaid, tartan, micro-check, windowpane and Prince of Wales check on the runways of Vetements, Paul Smith, Wooyungmi and so many more. Heritage patterns and checks-on-checks cut in modern silhouettes have a cool edginess to them and hence are the perfect way to elevate your wardrobe. Think wool check mini skirts by Polo Ralph Lauren, tailored trousers by Trussardi and double-breasted blazers by Patrizia Pepe, all in the traditional muted tones of brown, beige and grey with blue, green and red accents. But if you’re more Miss Hyde than Mrs Jekyll, you’ll love the colourful twist that designers such as Stella McCartney and Molly Goddard turned to. Bold matching sets are the statement ensembles, but you can also use pops of bright colours in knitwear and accessories to jump out from muted micro checks. It’s a simple way to clash colours and patterns with the classic and modern.

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Blumarine (Outly)

Karl Lagerfeld

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 Isabel Marant and Manila Grace 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.

Diesel

Replay

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 Patrizia Pepe and Twinset to killer black minis by Aniye By and Dondup 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.  

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Maje

Coach

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 Peserico and Luisa Spagnoli 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.

Armani

Coccinelle

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 Jil Sander to vibrant violet at Lutz Huelle, 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 Guess and Marni are key this season and gone are the classic charcoal suits in favour of brighter coloured two-pieces by Karl Lagerfeld and Red Valentino. 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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