2017 fashion trends for 2018

With AW18 trends firmly established on the high street and on social media, you may be looking at your winter clothes from last year and wondering if you need a revamp. But there’s no need to change up your whole wardrobe — those AW17 purchased can be tweaked to suit AW18 trends!

AW18 trends for men

Shearling was a hot trend for AW17, and we loved it so much that it’s back again for AW18. Giorgio Armani mixed up the textures further with a shearling, suede and leather jacket that looks smart yet cosy for the colder months.

If you’re a hoarder when it comes to your clothes, it’s time to get the stuff from right at the back of the wardrobe. 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).

You can count on the leather jacket to show up year after year. 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.

This year is all about autumnal browns, and it’s a colour many of us will already have in our wardrobes. From brown suits paired with fitted men’s shirts 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 continuing its stay as an Autumn/Winter trend. 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.

AW18 trends for women

For AW18, layering is sticking around for womenswear 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.

Animal print strutted its stuff 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?

Glam and glitz is for the whole season, not just for Christmas this year. 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!

The snuggly defence against the cold is back on trend again with chunky, oversized knits. 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!

Get the most out of your wardrobe this season with our top tips!

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