How To Style Last Season’s Clothes This Season

 

I don’t know about you but to me, it feels like the AW18 season has come around so fast, which means that as the weather has changed so have the trends. Are you wondering what is on trend this season and how you can reuse your AW17 wardrobe? In the article below, I will cover what’s hot for men and women this season so that you can ensure that both yourself and your other half look on trend, even when you’re wearing last season’s attire.

 

Styling menswear

 

Last year, one of the most popular trends of AW17 outerwear was shearling — the style of suede and wool combined in one garment. And guess what, it’s back this year and is bigger and more popular than ever! A design I love comes from Giorgio Armani, who mixed up the textures further with a shearling, suede and leather jacket that looks the perfect combination of smart, cosy and effortlessly stylish. 

 

When it comes to this season’s trends, you might want to dig deeper than last year’s trends. That’s because this year it’s all about throwing it back to the ’90s – I’m a 90’s baby so I love, love, love this. You might’ve thought you’d seen the back of shell suits and full tracksuits, but they’re back with a vengeance, and I for one, and so excited. (I remember wearing one when I was a child and I loved it!) On the catwalk, Prada completed the look with branded bucket hats and lightweight waterproof jackets (ideal for autumn weather).

 

Another garment that comes out year after year is the leather jacket – I have a Topshop faux fur lined design that I love wearing year in, year out. Instead of the shorter bomber style though, this season it’s all about oversized leather coats that can be paired with slim-leg jeans and winter boots. (I am so excited to give this look a try, I just hope I can pull it off!) Fendi, Balenciaga and Paul Smith were all rocking the look during their AW18 shows this season, and they looked incredible! 

 

Let’s talk colours. This season it’s all about the browns – a colour you’re bound to have knocking around in your wardrobe. From brown men’s suits to oversized ponchos and shiny leather jackets, the brown colour palette is so versatile. I don’t actually own much brown but I will most definitely be investing. If you don’t want to overdo this shade, you can keep it simple with brown accessories – hats, scarves and shoes can all work well. 

 

In recent years, layering has become extremely popular. It’s all about bringing together different garments in an effortlessly stylish sort of way – think pinafore dresses and turtleneck tops. You might not have worn a V-neck in a few years but bring it out this year and slip it on top of a roll-neck jumper for an on-trend outfit. Other ways to layer include pairing an open checked shirt (a print that was everywhere in AW17) with a cute slogan tee and black super skinny jeans. (Personally, I love this look!)

 

Styling womenswear

 

I am so excited about layering and thankfully, similar to the menswear trends, layering is on-trend this AW18 too, with designers such as Balenciaga showing their support of the fashion technique at their shows. If you’re bold enough, the best way to layer is with contrasting colour and textures. Dig out you metallic puffa jacket from last year and wear it over a fringed jumper. Or maybe something a little less out there, but you get the idea – layering is in! 

 

Animal print was a big part of this season’s shows – I still don’t have anything in leopard print, I must invest! While Victoria Beckham demonstrated her love for leopard print, other designers such as Isabel Marant were all about snake patterns. What I love about this style being in trend is that you can mix and match animal print and still create an outfit that looks smart and stylish. Leopard print has rarely been out of the spotlight in recent years — why not pair your printed cami dress with snakeskin boots and a matching clutch?

 

Although glitz and glam was reserved for Christmas and New Year events last year, this season they’re acceptable throughout autumn and winter. I mean, what a result! (I’m for sparkles and glitter all year around so…) Paco Rabanne showed off their models in oversized silver sequins that brought some much-loved sparkle to the runway. Don’t wait until late December to bring your glitter dresses out of the wardrobe, embrace them now. I know I will be embracing them all season long. 

 

Oversized and chunky knit is back for the colder seasons too. The great thing about this year’s trends though, is that you can pair your grandad knit with your summer dress and still look on-trend. Miu Miu showed off an outfit that was made up of a green floral midi dress and fluffy grey knit — no need

Beth Mahoney

Hi! I'm Beth Mahoney, a beauty and lifestyle blogger from Honiton in Devon.

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