Staple pieces for Autumn/Winter 2018

Autumn has rolled around once more, so it’s time to ditch those cotton dresses and strappy sandals and start thinking about what’s going to keep you looking cool and feeling warm. With its long-standing infatuation with certain fail-safe looks, the fashion world isn’t afraid to repeat itself. So, you might already be able to tick some of these items of your shopping list.

By Bébhinn Campbell.

Cape

As it turns out, wearing a cape is now socially acceptable. No longer does the word come with superhero connotations – although, it’s impossible not to feel powerful with one draped around your shoulders. In 2018, a cape can be worn with an elegance difficult to exude from within a bulky winter coat. It often feels like a waste to hide our most-loved clothes under winter layers, but wearing a cape means the world instantly knows how stylish you are. 

Streamlined and sophisticated, or dramatic and daring, they come in many forms. If you’re feeling extra bold, introduce the animal print trend, as in Dolce & Gabanna’s maxi-length giraffe print design, for a head-to-toe fashion-forward look.

Sequin Dress

With the arrival of autumn/winter (the ‘party season’) comes a stream of opportunities to delve into the most glamourous corners of our closets. 

A sequinned dress requires minimal effort and delivers maximum glamour. If the thought of a full-sparkle look is intimidating, opt for mini length and a subtle, inoffensive shoe. The beauty of wearing a blingy garment is that everything else can be toned down; even if your accessories are an afterthought you’ll still look dazzlingly put-together. 

Consult Paco Rabanne for a disco ball-effect dress created using larger, flat-faced sequins. For those opposed to sequins of any size, metallic silver or gold-threaded fabric generates a similar effect (and you don’t have to worry about your glitz falling off mid-dance.)

Trench Coat

We’re all familiar with the trench coat. We’ve seen it on Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and, of course, on Inspector Gadget (although, he might be a questionable style icon). 

Most immediately associated with Burberry, the simple belted-waist, double-breasted outerwear piece is a staple. Many of us already have one in our wardrobe, and while the classic taupe might spring to mind, there are no limits to the variations available this season.

Consider the more adventurous vinyl trench as championed by Diane Von Furstenberg, or Gucci’s embroidered rendition. Regardless of your chosen finish, this style of coat is guaranteed to stick around for a while, so it’s definitely worth investing in a good one.

Pleated Midi

Incredibly versatile and reliably stylish, a pleated midi-length skirt is an instant outfit-booster and your perfect transitional piece. Even with the potentially unflattering hemline, it’s easy to pull off without looking frumpy. Teamed up with pleats to break up the blocky shape and add some movement, this length offers myriad styling options to play around with. 

There is something ultra-cool about a pleated skirt, a slouchy knit and a die-hard pair of ankle boots in the winter. On those Indian summer nights, add a large pair of black sunglasses and pull your hair into a low bun for seamless between-season attire. A thick pair of tights won’t compromise the look, and they can be peeled off again if you want to rock your new favourite midi into spring.

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