Sustainable fashion: last year’s clothes for this year’s trends

You loved it, you bought it, you wore it. But with AW18 now well underway in stores, does that beloved purchase from AW17 have any place within the newest trends? Of course it does! New trends don’t have to mean a whole new wardrobe. With a little know-how, you can make your wardrobe AW18-ready!

New life for menswear

AW17 trends loved shearling. And, it’s back this year. Giorgio Armani mixed up the textures further with a shearling, suede and leather jacket that looks smart yet cosy for the colder months.

You’ve probably kept your outfits from 2017, but what about from 1990? That’s because this year it’s all about throwing it back to the ’90s. You might’ve thought you’d seen the back of shell suits and full tracksuits, but they’re back with a vengeance. On the catwalk, Prada completed the look with branded bucket hats and lightweight waterproof jackets (ideal for autumn weather).

An investment piece that stays on-trend year after year is the leather jacket. 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. Fendi, Balenciaga and Paul Smith were all rocking the look during their AW18 shows this season.

Chances are, your wardrobe already has some of this year’s go-to colour: autumnal brown. From brown men’s suits paired with a slim fit white shirt, to oversized ponchos and shiny leather jackets, the brown colour palette is so versatile. If you don’t want to overdo this shade, you can keep it simple with brown accessories such as hats, scarves and shoes to get in with the trend.

Layering is still an up-to-date trend for this year too. It’s all about bringing together different garments in an effortlessly stylish sort of way. 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 graphic t-shirt and black skinny jeans.

Another year for womenswear

AW18 is keeping up the layering trend for women too. 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.

It was all about animal prints in this season’s shows. While Victoria Beckham demonstrated her love for leopard print, other designers such as Isabel Marant were all about snake patterns. The great thing about this style being in trend is that you can mix and match animal print and still create an outfit that looks well put together. 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?

We enjoyed the glitz and glamour trend of Christmas and New Year last year so much that we wanted to wear it for longer. So this year, glitter is an all-season trend. 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 in October and November too!

There’s nothing like an oversized, chunky knit to cuddle up against the cold. 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 to pack away your summer clothes just yet!

Use these top tips and you’ll be sure to keep last year’s purchases on-trend for this year!


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