The Womenswear Edit

The AW21 Trend Guide

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


Kate Spade | RRP £395 | Our Price £254

Ted Baker | RRP £129 | Our Price £75

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 Guess, tailored trousers by Reiss and double-breasted blazers by Ted Baker, 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.


Guess | RRP £119 | Our Price £75

Tommy Hilfiger | RRP £155 | Our Price £109

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 Levi's and GANT 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.


Dune | RRP £180 | Our Price £90

Ted Baker | RRP £279 | Our Price £167

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 Hobbs and Tommy Hilfiger 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.


Dune | RRP £120 | Our Price £79

Kurt Geiger | RRP £79 | Our Price £39

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 Guess and Reiss to killer black minis by Calvin Klein 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.  


Calvin Klein | RRP £80 | Our Price £56

Kurt Geiger | RRP £89 | Our Price £24

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 GANT and Joules are key this season and gone are the classic charcoal suits in favour of brighter coloured two-pieces by Reiss and Hobbs. 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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