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TEXTURE PLAY

With the days getting ever colder and the sun becoming a rare sight, it’s not surprising all most of us want to do in the mornings is stay wrapped up in our duvets. And, when we eventually do make it out of bed, piecing together a stylish winter outfit that doesn’t consist of the over-sized jumper and jeans we lived in at the weekend is the last thing we want to think about.

But your winter wardrobe doesn’t need to be limited, there are plenty of fabrics that aren’t reserved for Arctic conditions yet still provide warmth AND fashion points, all you need to do is look to the AW17 runways for proof. Whether you’re drawing inspiration from Prada or Alexander Wang, the festive season is the perfect chance to experiment with texture! From corduroy to vinyl, we’ve got your winter warmers sorted with a little texture play.

 

Cord

Though it might bring back memories of your old geography teacher, cord is having a major comeback. It’s all thanks to Miuccia Prada – though Mulberry, Marc Jacobs, and the rest of the fash pack were quick to follow in shades of blush, terracotta and teal! Channel your inner Girl Boss in a full corduroy suit, or break the look up by layering a cord jacket over a laid-back t-shirt and jeans. If Nancy from Stranger Things is working it, we know we want to be.


Imagery source: Vogue.co.uk

Feathers

Maybe it’s just the Christmas spirit, but winter daywear seems to ooze a sense of elegance that our summer wardrobes lack in comparison. This is evident in the fanciful feather touches that flocked to cuffs and hemlines alike at JW Anderson, Raf Simons’ Calvin Klein show and Prada (trend setting, yet again). While Balenciaga’s floor-length feathered gown with a matching oversized bag might be too over the top for a casual stroll down the high street, a coat with feathered cuffs brings plenty of drama and style in equal measure! Plus, the feather trend is set to stick around for Spring/Summer 18 so consider it an investment piece.


Imagery source: Vogue.co.uk

Mesh

Party season is upon us! Take inspiration from Alexander Wang and Versace and add grunge glamour to your after dark look with mesh. This trend is easily replicable and doesn’t require you to break the bank, allowing you to recycle your look from the office Christmas party last year with no-one the wiser! Simply layer a mesh top under a party dress and it’s immediately brand new, adding a little interest to an otherwise boring outfit. What more could you ask for?!


Imagery source: Telegraph.co.uk

Vinyl

When someone mentions vinyl clothing often the first image that springs to mind is a skin-tight PVC number, and indeed this look has been championed by the likes of Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Hailey Baldwin. However, if you’re after something a little more forgiving this season – no judgement here, we’re all guilty of gaining a little winter warming weight – why not look to Lanvin, Saint Laurent or Sonia Rykiel who have kindly provided a vinly alternative. We present, the vinyl trench coat. For extra style points, rock it in this season’s hottest colour and be sure to standout.


Imagery source: Telegraph.co.uk

Soft leather

It’s a golden rule you can never go wrong with a leather jacket, but this season leather is going for softer shapes, tones and textures. Proenza Schouler, Loewe and Valentino all presented their ladylike leather offerings on the AW17 catwalks. We love this Gracia pleated skirt midi dress, not only does it nail four trends in one but the yellow hue is sure to brighten your day!


Imagery source: Vogue.co.uk

Velvet

Nothing screams winter wardrobe like velvet, and Christopher Kane, Erdem, and Peter Pilotto all confirmed as much at their AW17 catwalk shows. The difference this season? Velvet is no longer a heavy dark fabric, instead it’s light and lithe, with bright colours and prints providing interesting details to flatter all body types. A pair of pleated culottes is the easiest way to work this trend, bringing both comfort and style when paired with heeled sock boots and a simple white tee. Trust us, this will quickly become your go to outfit through to January!


Imagery source: Vogue.co.uk

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