Need to know how to nail that off-the-catwalk look this autumn/winter? Turn to texture and embrace your inner ‘material girl’.
This season it’s all touch and go with fancy fabrics ruling the runway. Want to wow in our favourite texture of the season, velvet, or feel like you’re more of a faux fur girl? Whatever your preference here is everything you need to know about the fabrics you should be wearing this winter – you feel me?
Heavy, bulky and a little granny? Yes, velvet gets quite a bad rap, even at the best of times, something (in my opinion) the silky smooth and softly shimmering fabric doesn’t deserve. But for 2017 velvet has had makeover which has turned the texture into the epitome of opulence with its new light and floaty feel. The best way to add some richness to your look, velvet is the ultimate fancy fabric. It may be less ‘in your face’ then full-on sequins, but this texture can still command a room with that nonchalant chicness usually reserved for those effortlessly stylish French girls on Instagram.
The best way to wear it? In a suit and slightly oversized, rippling over your silhouette in a wonderful waterfall of silkiness. Cocktails, desk to dancefloor and Christmas parties – velvet’s got your back! Don’t feel ready for the head-to-toe look? Try choosing a bag or heels to ease yourself into the trend (I promise you’ll be converted before you know it!)
Winter and faux fur go together like fairy lights on a Christmas tree – they just seem to brighten everything up! And we can all agree that the best things in life are fluffy (kittens, puppies, that blanket you snuggle up and watch a movie under) meaning a faux-fur coat has the power to give you that warm fuzzy feeling on the inside and full partywear glitz on the outside! Want to ooze Hollywood glamour? Then throw on a faux-fur, say thanks, but no thanks to the cloakroom check-in and dance the night away in your outerwear.
The best way to wear it? This season it’s all about colour, so let your faux fur stand out in pretty pinks, lively leopard print and patchwork patterns. You can’t go wrong with faux-fur on a coat so even if it’s a little trim of the hood of your parka, or the lining of your must-have shearling jacket, it will be the best investment you make this winter.
Glossy, glamorous and, YES, rainproof! The slick style of vinyl has the ability to add some edge to any look, especially with this trend if you let your accessories do the talking. High-shine and highly sought after, forget Paddington Bear and think more fash pack, with Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner embracing the look. The key to this trend is to let it be the focal point, let your vinyl be the statement and use it to dress up more casual clothes for a day-to-night transformation.
The best way to wear it? Vinyl skirts are all the rage at the moment and when paired with a soft knit the contrast can create a show-stopping look. When it comes to accessories we love a little buckle bag or some boots for a super stylish addition to your autumn/winter wardrobe.