When it comes to street style, nothing will ever outdo the trends set at London Fashion Week. Last season, when beige was proclaimed the king of all the designer street style, we genuinely believed the peak of commuter-friendly chic clothing had been reached. Oh, how wrong we were!
In a city as busy as London, it is natural to have comfy outfits seen as chic. Ever buzzing streets and often lengthy commute forces us to adapt our clothing to three different temperatures (outside, tube and office), and high heels are the last thing you want to wear on the train at rush-hour. Meeting the demands of a challenging daily life, the main themes of London Fashion Week was simplicity, calm and versatility. Sustainability was the star, with timeless pieces reaping much of the attention.
To make your life easier, we have collected the key trends spotted at the London Fashion Week that will make you feel like wearing haute couture runway pieces to the office.
Every London girl knows that boots are a winter staple. We don’t need the London Fashion Week to tell us that, although it is lovely to have it confirmed that combat boots are here to stay for yet another season. Having invested in designer boots from Dr Martens or Alexander McQueen will give you a pair of shoes that matches everything. Whether you want to toughen up or adapt to a more feminine style, boots are pretty versatile. Atop of all, they are comfortable and convenient as you don’t have to dread someone stepping on your foot on the tube. Match your designer boots with a knit dress and ruffled coat for a cool and polished look; pair them with dresses and miniskirts to give yourself the girl-edge. Leather trousers, floaty dresses and other trends of the season all work perfectly with a pair of boots.
After a lot of rage regarding women's clothing having no pockets, the world of fashion has finally heard us. Now we have all the pockets. The utility style has been spotted and predicted to be the hit for a while (we have personally covered it in several articles), but now it is official. This practical and chic trend has been the ruling theme at the London Fashion Week, celebrating simplicity and comfort. Jumpsuits, jackets and cargo trousers with oversized pockets to store your precious belongings are the generous compensation we get for decades of pocket-negligence and deceiving pocket-shaped decorations. While to some this trend may appear lacking femininity, we ensure you that this is not an issue: longline workwear shorts look pretty chick with strappy heels, and a simple gold pendant will elevate that boiler suit you’ve been having doubts about.
Remember when a designer brown leather jacket was a must-have? Well, you better dig it out from the depths of your wardrobe. Vegan, vintage or genuine, London Fashion Week was filled with brown leather, ranging from single pieces to full co-ords. Brown leather is easy to incorporate in either maximalist or minimalistic outfits for it works in tandem with prints and plain pieces. An outfit made in heaven would be a leather skirt, grey cable-knit top and Bottega Veneta heels: warm, cosy, classic and comfortable. Unlike the dreaded double-denim disaster, you don’t have to fear going head-to-toe covered in brown leather: in fact, with colour co-ords being THE thing in AW19, you won’t just follow the trend but radiate chic and luxury with your mere presence.
Puffy white dresses
Puffy sleeves and prairie dresses have been a massive hit so far this year: no wonder at the London Fashion Week we’ve seen many outfits that combined the two together. The high street shops and designer outlets alike have been stunning shoppers with selections of huge white dresses recently. And Fashion Week has confirmed they are the cult item to own this season. Being flattering and comfortable, they became popular pretty past in fashion circles, and them being so easy to style gained them fame on the streets, too. A common belief goes that a designer dresses much be paired with heels - well, not this one. Created to be comfortable, puffy white dresses look best with footwear that is just as comfortable, name flat boots or trainers. These frocks are ridiculously versatile and we predict it’s a trend to stay.
As we’ve just discussed puffy sleeves, there’s no time better than now to talk about other forms of stylish sleeves for this autumn. Statement sleeves have been a ruling trend for several years now, and London Fashion Week brought by a new version for us to explore. Similar to sleeves on puff dresses, gathered sleeves are on the longer side, making this trend suitable for autumn. Such sleeves make a statement strong enough to pull a complete look without much accessorising – if any at all. Available in bold and neutral colours, this trend will suit the needs and preferences of every fashionista, as well as serve as a go-to outfit when you are running late or experiencing a wardrobe-related mental meltdown.
While we have been observing patchwork pieces a lot on runways, we have so far been hesitant to write about them. Similarly to chunky sandals, it’s just one of the trends we struggled to get our head around, doubting whether it will live up to expectations and so we chose not to mislead our readers - however, we must admit, patchwork pieces are officially a thing. To prevent waste and celebrate sustainability, designer clothing is now focused on experimenting with upcycling, and patchwork is the result of their efforts. A patchwork slip dress popped atop of a gathered-sleeved top will create the trendiest autumn outfit we can think of - oh, and don’t forget to add boots to it! Denim jackets we’ve grown to love in past years look particularly chic when decorated by patchwork, giving it a remarkable old-school vibe. Vintage and upcycling are definitely a hit here.
If you have a wishlist and it included a handbag of burnt red hues, you might want to check it again for we guarantee it’s gone. Rouge is definitely one of the staple colours this season, and what’s better - it’s timeless. It goes amazing with other earthy tones like olive and taupe, both of which were also pretty popular at London Fashion Week. The colour itself is pretty versatile and while it may appear difficult to style, we would like to dismiss these worries. This bag is likely to compliment every outfit and any kind of personal style - all you need is to try and we guarantee, you won’t want another bag anytime soon.
These are our main outtakes from London Fashion Week. How many of these trends do you follow?