The Womenswear Edit

The AW21 Trend Guide

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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 Maje, tailored trousers by Mint Velvet and double-breasted blazers by Sandro, 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.


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 French Connection and Reiss 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.

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 Ted Baker and Maje are key this season and gone are the classic charcoal suits in favour of brighter coloured two-pieces by Hobbs and GANT. When colour blocking, you can’t go wrong with the prime colours, and accessorise with metallic jewellery for a shiny contrast.