London Fashion Week is over, and, ICYMI, a lot happened this year. Victoria Beckham moved her show from New York to celebrate her label’s 10th anniversary, Riccardo Tisci revealed his second Burberry collection and a whole host of on-point street-stylers took over the sidewalks. So, to give you a taster of the vibe at the AW19 show, here are six trends we saw over the last few days.
The age of beige
Beige was the biggest shade of LFW and, here, Leonie Hanne shows us how to do it without being, well, beige. The German blogger pairs an oatmeal blazer with a cut-out neon top, adding a pair of cat-eye sunnies and statement earrings for that extra finesse. We are not worthy.
Leopard is having a moment RN and it was spotted (scuse the pun) a lot during fashion week. It sure is cute when it comes in a so-2019 satin cami like Masha Sedgwick’s number, which she layers over a khaki green top. To balance out the slinkiness of the dress, she adds chunky Dr. Martens and a slick leather beret.
How many style notes can we cop from this one, let us count the ways: 1) Blazers can be dresses, too. 2) There’s no such thing as too many checks. 3) Sheer black tights are the answer to our cold-weather prayers. 4) A letter necklace is a cute-AF final touch. Need we go on?
Sorbet shades were in abundance throughout the SS19 collections, and they’ve already made their mark for AW19 in the shows of Molly Goddard, JW Anderson and loads more. Stylist Emili Sindlev (who is officially our new style crush BTW) does it in a laid-back way with a lemon sherbet knit and a degradé lilac jeans. PS, how good are those hair clips?
The final straws
If summer came in an accessory, Jacquemus’ straw bag would surely be it. Raffia add-ons like this one are set to be big this season, and they’re not just for your maxi dress on vacay. Wear them with tailoring, sportswear, denim – whatever you fancy, really.
We’re pretty proud of London’s sneaker game – it’s still the city in which you’ll see the most major trainers over fashion month. Chunky shapes in bold colours remain the style of choice for showgoers, with kicks like the adidas Falcon enjoying a starring role.
Want to dial up your going-out-out vibe? Look no further than the neon trend. From shocking pinks to highlighter yellow, there’s no better way to stand out from the crowd this season. Here are three ideas for your next BNO, courtesy of the new ASOS DESIGN collection. That glow, though…
Dress for success
A little bit fluoro, a little bit tie-dye – this slip of a thing is a minimal take on the neon trend, but still a major moment for after dark (and anytime of day, tbf). Neon accents via perspex heels and a padded bag give it that extra somethin’ somethin’. To finish, chain-drop earrings and metallic eyeshadow are a sweet touch. Taxi’s here…
Whether you’re lounging around a pool casually or sipping cocktails by the bar, this silky yellow beauty will have everyone asking, ‘Where did you get that?’. There’s minimal effort required and it’s comfy, too. Here, we’ve paired it with strappy snake-embellished sandals and neon hoop earrings – because too much is never enough.
What’s better than hanging out with your BFF at the after party? Hanging out in co-ordinating neon looks, obvs. A suit is a fresh AF take on the fluoro trend. Go all out and layer it over a top in another highlighter shade. Then, if you wanna be super extra, add some neon sandals and a cross-body bag. Shocking pink hair optional, but encouraged.
There’s been a lot of major runway moments this New York Fashion Week, from Tomo Koizumi’s fantastical organza dresses to Eckhaus Latta’s beaded-knitwear melange (which were accompanied by UGG mules, obvs). Plus, the NYC sidewalks have been serving some seriously good moments. We’re talking everything from bold suiting to slick accessories – so, without further ado, here are six looks that caught our attention over the last few days.
Still a showgoer favourite, tailoring continues to be big this season. There were plenty of classic tweeds and pared-back whites, but Harper’s Bazaar Editor Chrissy Rutherford and her scarlet ensemble stood out against the grey New York backdrop. Patent boots, skinny sunglasses and a sleek up-do provide the edgy finishing touches.
Blogger Evangelie Smyrniotaki puts a cool spin on the utility trend with this look. She takes an oversized, boxy Alexander Wang shirt, buttons it up to the top and cinches in the waist with a belt before pairing it with laid-back sweat pants. Point-toe booties give it a grown-up touch, while those visors add a slick futuristic feel. So good.
The Chanel show isn’t until Paris Fashion Week in March, but we don’t have to wait till then for some Parisian chic ‘fits. This street-styler’s tweed suit and white turtleneck channels that sophisticated French vibe. As if it wasn’t cute enough, she adds a beret for that touch of je ne sais quoi.
OK, so the bum bag/cross-body sitch is getting a sleeker update for AW19. Sporty styles are still a go, but, for a more polished moment, a leather-look option is just the ticket. Prepare to see Caro Daur’s Fendi version and its detachable belt a lot over the next few weeks in the fashion cities’ street-style.
Toned-down brown shades took centre stage this season, with a range of styles coming in earthy tones. This street-styler went for a so-2019 satin terracotta dress and layered it over a turtleneck (note: this is how to wear your fancier frock now). As if two browns weren’t enough, she added mahogany slouch boots. Just beautiful.
You can’t beat a ‘low fuss but still on-point’ look, and this boilersuit is just that. It would appear the all-in-one isn’t going anywhere soon and we’re pretty happy about it. This model pairs hers with chunky Dr. Martens and a puffer jacket. Your new comfy-but-cool weekend outfit is sorted.
Meet Lisa Aiken, fashion director of Moda Operandi and one of our personal style icons here at Who What Wear. Lisa is championed within the industry for setting trends and spotting new designers like it’s no one’s business. No really—if there’s a cool new brand or rising trend, she’s not only already wearing it, but has edited it into Moda Operandi’s shopping selection for all to enjoy. Since we’re always looking to Lisa for our every next shopping move was somewhat of a regular occurrence, we’re thrilled she’s agreed to come to join us as a columnist on the site serving the latest and greatest when it comes to trends, style, and shopping. Today, it is with great honor and excitement that we welcome her as she discusses the trends we’re seeing and will be seeing more of throughout fashion month.
I confess I am the ultimate social shopper, and with fashion month officially in full swing, I just can’t wait for my Instagram feed to be hijacked with an endless stream of new trends and styling ideas. Not every trend that walks the runway will be a hit in the real world, so here are my predictions on those we will see all over the streets.
“Leopard is a neutral. Yes, we know, we know. However, fashion’s love affair with animal print has been taken to the next level. From the monochromatic appeal of zebra stripes to chic printed snakeskin, we will no doubt see an abundance of print and texture outside the shows. Have no fear when it comes to styling—you can layer multiple pieces together for a head-to-toe look, or alternatively invest in an accessory like these snakeskin boots from Paris Texas.”
“This square-toe gives an instant cool factor to your footwear, especially when it comes to boots. This is one of Phoebe’s lasting trends that she instilled in Celine devotees everywhere—where she goes, we all follow.”
“As a child of the ’80s, the headband is a major throwback of an accessory trend for me. Was I dubious at first? Absolutely. But after a week with the style-setting Scandis for Copenhagen Fashion Week, I am converted. Use this finishing touch as an instant update for the most basic of outfits; a simple cashmere sweater and denim outfit, suddenly becomes ‘a look’ with the addition of a satin padded headband.”
“With the plummeting temperatures of New York Fashion Week, we all rely on a lineup of statement outerwear (and a lot of Uniqlo Heattech layers) to stay warm as we run between shows. This season it will be a case of the bigger, the better when it comes to our outerwear wardrobe. Keep it skinny on the bottom to really emphasize the silhouette of your puffer/trench/overcoat/Balenciaga-inspired parka.”
Fashion month is here, and the style set are descending on the streets of New York, It bags and skinny lattes in hand. Deciding what to wear on a busy day of shows is no mean feat – you’ve got to look stylish, stay comfortable and brave whatever weather sitch you find yourself in. But what’s tricky for showgoers is great for us and our bank of cold-weather-outfit inspiration. Here, six editors break down their fashion-month style approach and, spoiler, it involves a lot of layering.
Nicole Akhtarzad, Market Editor at Who What Wear
‘For NYFW this season, I don’t think we have much of a choice but to make it all about outerwear. I’ll be wearing some fun statement coats, as well as a few simpler blazers and jackets layered together. I’ll be styling them with leather separates, turtlenecks and mock-croc accessories, like this little black bag.’
Natasha Bird, Digital Editor at Elle UK
‘Broadly speaking, the approach on my team is to be slightly more conscious of our sustainability drive than we have been in recent years. Obviously, we all love dressing up and selecting some amazing designer pieces to wear to the shows – who doesn’t love a bit of peacocking? But we’re aiming to be more mindful about re-using our favourite accessories and including vintage items. And the other thing I’m definitely going to be doing is layering! I’ve got a great long-sleeved white roll-neck that can go under anything. It’s very ski-season chic.’
Emma Firth, Online Fashion and Beauty Editor at Hunger Magazine
‘My London Fashion Week looks can appear haphazard to say the least. Among the inevitable sartorial dilemmas, there’s one staple that will always make an appearance: a blazer. There are three reasons for this: 1. You can literally pair it with anything (it can dress up your jeans to contrast with a free-flowing 70s dress). 2. It makes me feel more ‘put together’ – even after long hours rushing around town / having five minutes to get ready in the morning. 3. Looking like Richard Gere in American Gigolo is no bad thing. Currently, I’m into this Mango number.’
Naomi Pike, Digital Editor at Miss Vogue
‘While fashion week can really be as fun as it looks, it involves the busiest days of the working year for most of us involved. The last thing you want to be worrying about is a pair of trousers that are too tight or heels that pinch at every step. This season, I’ve picked up a pair of pink denim jeans from ASOS that I’m looking forward to wearing with a skate tee, a mini bag and one of my favourite faux-fur coats. Having been going to the shows for the best part of the last five years, I’ve learned to do a mini ASOS haul in the week before to stock up on things like tights, hair clips and socks.’
Hannah Almassi, UK Editorial Director at Who What Wear
‘With the weather forecast looking like things are set to remain miserable out there, I’m determined to invest in a bold piece of outerwear, like this multicolour checked number. I won’t be the person wearing the latest spring dress and sandals (and nothing else). Instead, I’ll be the one wrapped up in a cosy coat with layers, knee-high boots and a flat white to go! You can still nod to the new season with carefully chosen colours, cuts and finishes.’
Sarah Karmali, Digital Editor at Harper’s Bazaar
‘For the February shows, you can pretty much guarantee temperamental weather, so I’ll be thinking outerwear first when it comes to my outfits – good coats, knee-high boots and roll-neck jumpers to protect from the elements. Also, it sounds obvious, but comfort is key – if I’m wearing heels, I’ll always have a spare pair of flats in my bag. Fashion week is not the time for blisters!’
We’re about to reach that point in the season where we get stuck in this weird place of feeling like we have nothing to wear. Maybe it’s because we’ve used up all our creative outfit ideas, or maybe we are just sick of all our winter clothes but don’t really want to buy anything new. After all, spring is coming (eventually), and we all have our sights on the light, bright, and most importantly not-remotely-wintery pieces in all the new arrivals sections of all our favorite sites. Spending anything additional on a coat or boots just feels redundant.
So what’s one to do? Well, as I pointed out last week, one solution is to look to what your favorite celebrities are wearing and essentially copy their outfits. Since then, however, I also remembered that street style is abundant with inspiration. Most recently, Milan men’s and Paris couture fashion weeks brought with them a trove of enviable looks and ideas just waiting to be emulated. Below I highlighted six easy style tips to help you dress cooler throughout the rest of winter without having to buy anything new. Of course, if you’re still in the market for anything—no judgement—we’ve included a little shopping to help you get the looks, too.
- Combine All Your Neutrals
This works especially well with of-the-moment beige and white.
But your black, navy, gray, and brown pieces will also definitely do the trick.
- Give Grandma Dressing a Go
Does the name make a bit more sense when you see this picture? Think combining all your most eccentric pieces and it somehow coming together perfectly.
Oh, and a silk scarf is non-negotiable.
- Add an Un-Seasonal Item
Surprise your fellow winter warriors by adding a non-seasonal item such as a summery straw bag into the mix.
Don’t wait until spring to sneak some tie-dye into your look.
- Try Wearing Two Bags
Because two bags are better—and more eye-catching—than one.
Courtney Trop’s big and tiny Jacquemus bag combo makes her outfit all the more interesting.
- Mix Your Prints
Leopard and logo is a great place to start.
If you’re into a more subtle look, combine different versions of the same print for equal appeal.
- Double Up on Outerwear
Assuming you have two blazers lying around, why not layer them?
Another option is styling the structured piece under a long trench.
There’s nothing like adding a touch of flower power to your wardrobe to get you in the mood for spring. Scared of it going too girly? We picked our five favourite floral pieces to show you how to style them with an edge…
- The floral everyday dress
Ease your way into the trend by pairing a muted floral maxi dress with a pair of chunky-heeled boots and a denim jacket to give it a cool twist.
- The ditsy floral skirt
Great news: we’ve given our most-loved satin skirt a floral update for spring! Dress it down by adding an oversized jumper and add a touch of colour with your accessories.
- The graphic floral print top
Tone down a bold and graphic floral print top by pairing it with this season’s trending ecru colours. Opt for a pair of colour-coordinating sunglasses perfects to round it off.
- The Bohemian floral blouse
Distressed denim and flatform trainers can give even the most girly pieces an edge. Then complete the look with a tailored longline duster and a rope mini bag.
- The floral satin dress
Create an unexpected contrast by layering an apple-coloured floral slip over a black rollneck and keep the rest of the look all-black-everything. A standout dress doesn’t need any distractions…
Do you know what was better than when sportswear came back in fashion? When we realised it was here to stay… These days, trackies, hoodies and everything in between are now wardrobe staples that we wear 24/7. At ASOS, that means even rocking them at work – which is basically our 90’s childhood dreams come true. Here are some sporty ’fits the crew are wearing now.
You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of adidas trackie bottoms, especially when worn with a so-2019 neon top. Video Creative Nierodha mixes classic sportswear with the hottest trend on the block for a steezy (and comfy-AF) look. This one could even work with heels and a longline coat for a night out.
Mixing a Nike top with tailoring may have been a no-no 10 years ago, but we can’t get enough of a sporty-smart mix these days. The brand’s iconic Swoosh is always a welcome addition to a ‘fit, and it’s even better when there’s a bunch of ‘em having a party on your sweater. Buying Administrator Imi has added a rock‘n’roll edge via a leather pencil skirt and a pair of Cons. Genius.
It was Gucci’s most popular look on social media last summer – and the shiny shell suit is still hanging around for 2019. While it might recall old episodes of Ali G or awkward pics of your mum in the 80s, Junior Stylist Coco shows that it’s a major outfit choice. Especially when it comes in the form of this patchwork Nike beauty, which will be on site very soon.
Is baby pink and khaki the new colour combo we need in our lives? We think so, and it’s all thanks to Assistant Buyer Calypso’s fresh look. The cargo pants and logo trends are a match made in 90s heaven, while some boxfresh Air Force 1s and a cute beanie set the ‘fit off perfectly.
These models are pretty busy this week at New York Fashion Week. Whilst they are styled to perfection by the professionals on the runway when they’re running between shows their off-duty style is just as strong. So feed your need for style inspo from some of the best off-duty model looks from NYFW… These girls know how to up their game when it comes to killer off-duty style…
An oversized jumper over a miniskirt is a classic look, and Leomie Anderson is seriously making it work. Checks are always on trend, so pull out some Clueless vibes with your skirt choice.
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Giving us all the cold-weather feels, Lina Zhang kept things toasty with a faux-fur bomber jacket and cropped denim mom jeans. Pairing these laidback items with a white shirt kept the look on the perfect side of smart-casual.
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Nothing adds edge to an outfit like a bit of leather, so why not go head-to-toe like Sarah Brown for the ultimate cool-girl approach to off-duty dressing. Knee-high boots are the perfect style statement to finish off the look.
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If you like your outfits as dark as your soul, then look no further for inspiration than Noah Carlos, pulling off an all-black look to perfection. Chunky boots add an extra oomph to this look.
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Go ultra-feminine with a flowing skirt and standout pink coat. Finish the look with lace-up boots like Aymeline, to keep it from looking too Barbie (but obvs throw on your barely-theres for a glam night out option).
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Yup, it’s cold out there. But even if you can’t physically escape the chill, you can take a mental break from it by prepping your spring wardrobe. To get you started, we’ve picked five of our favourite dresses ATM, and – spoiler alert – there’s something for every mood.
Two thousand neonteen
ICYMI, 2019 is the year of fluorescent colours. And if you were worried, no, there’s no such thing as too much neon. This off-the-shoulder broderie dress is where futuristic highlighter shades meet the feminine milkmaid trend. Wear it with chunky trainers (yes, still going strong) and mini shades and you’re good to go.
Slip into something comfy
You can’t really go wrong with a slip dress now, can you? And you don’t necessarily have to wait till spring either: just layer it over a long-sleeved tee or sweater for colder weather. This blue satin story is one of those day-to-night heroes, so whether you’re feeling heels or trainers, it’s here for you.
The new neutrals are all about natural fabrics and earthy tones. Think clay pots, exotic food markets and exposed brick. We’re loving this burnt orange beauty and its cute 70s-inspired cut-out detail. Style it with nude strappy sandals for a sophisticated look, or pull out your kicks for that contrast we all know and love.
It’s all in the deets
Whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist, this season is all about the details. Think of buttons, like the ones on this check dress, as the cherries on top of the cake. From wooden to resin, these accents are here more for the statement factor rather than the functionality – but, luckily, they double as both.
This one has us dreaming of vacation, but it works for any occasion really – whether it’s a day out in the city or drinks after dark. Tropical floral is a trend you’ll be seeing a lot of very soon, so you might wanna jump on it ASAP. This one’s got everything you need: a sweetheart-neckline, a flamenco-style fishtail hem and a shade that looks great with a tan (real or fake).