words | Julia Coelho
Let’s be honest – as much as we like to study runway trends and predict which ones will be embraced by the street style scene and even the red carpet, the trends that really make it to our beloved shops are the ones that we, the consumer, make trendy ourselves. Although I don’t actively seek out trends per se, some I genuinely love, while others are simply hard to avoid. What I do love doing is taking a trend and making it my own. Think of it this way: trends are there for a bit of fun; something we shouldn’t take too seriously and should only serve a purpose of enhancing our already individual personal styles. I love incorporating trends into looks and giving them a cool little twist, as opposed to creating purely trend-led looks.
There’s nothing more frustrating than being inspired by amazing street style or editorial shots from our favourite magazines, thinking, I need that in my life right now, but left feeling rather dejected after realising that it’s pretty much all designer, and way outside of your budget. The best way to freshen up your wardrobe, without breaking the bank on pieces that you’re not likely to wear more than once or twice, is to peruse the magazines, blogs and runways, make a mental note of the upcoming trends that draw you in, and gradually find ways to appropriate that trend in items and pieces that fit your everyday life. Very often, there aren’t actually huge differences in trends from season to season; just a couple of tiny tweaks here and there. Fashion is consumer driven, after all, and your average person won’t be swindled into something totally unrealistic or impractical for their wardrobe.
In Gibraltar, we’re lucky enough to basically consider October an extension of summer. While we can gradually start to incorporate some autumn trends into our wardrobes, we also don’t have to fully pledge our allegiance and commit to them. The fact that we can keep some of our beloved summer favourites alive well into autumn is perfect for someone like me; in a constant state of denial about the weather until late November. For instance, satin slip dresses were a huge trend this past spring and summer, and although it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere anytime soon, if you’re really into them and never quite got a chance to explore some looks, our mild Gibraltarian autumns would probably allow us to uphold them as a firm favourite. A pale pink slip dress would look so cute paired up with a casual tee, a metal choker and some thigh-high boots – or even some trainers if you’re looking to keep things more relaxed. If it’s a cooler evening, finish it off with a duster jacket. Perfect! So, with all of that in mind, here are seven of the trends we should expect for the upcoming season, along with pieces from some of our favourite high-street and online stores!
We can all breathe a sigh of relief, the bomber jacket is here to stay! This staple pieces swept the high-street last season in Japanese-inspired prints, but for this season, think richer and deeper autumn tones, and more textures.
ASOS Bomber Jacket In Floral Jacquard With Fur Collar – £65
SHOULDER CUT OUTS
The off-the-shoulder neckline was unquestionably one of the most popular styles of the summer, and it’s a major trend for the upcoming season too. The good news is that this silhouette is one of the most flattering designs on all body types. There are so many different shapes and cuts; you’re sure to find a piece that speaks to your personal style.
Alice & You Cold Shoulder Bodycon Dress – £24
FIFTY SHADES OF TAN
Khaki, camel, beige and cream are just a few of the shades of tan that are set to take centre stage this season. This neutral colour palette has definitely been around for a while (think Kimye’s entire wardrobe, basically) and they’re also not a far cry away from the colours of the 70s trend, which incorporate a myriad shades from this tan spectrum.
Parallel Lines Jumper With Wrap Front – £35
Ruffles have been on the scene for quite some time now, and although many of the ruffles seen on the catwalk were totally wacky and unwearable for the majority of us, a plethora of our favourite shops on the high-street offer some gorgeous simple ruffled pieces that add that extra touch of femininity to any look. The best thing is that they’re so wearable and easy to style; you can dress them up or down, for a cool Victorian-vibes chic look.
Fashion Union Shirt With Ruffle Front Detail – £24
This is really just a slight shift from the 70’s trend that took the fashion world by storm last season.
Think pointed-toe ankle boots, suede, studs, and fringing. And denim, of course. Lots of denim.
Topshop MOTO Fitted Western Shirt – £36
Animal print never really goes out of style, but this trend usually manifests itself in faux fur coats, primarily. This season, though, animal print tops, skirts, and bags will be where it’s at!
Zara Animal Print Top – £25.99
As I mentioned earlier, these are perfect for us Gibraltarians, because they’re a transitional piece that we can start wearing sooner rather than later; for those days where it’s starting to get a little chilly, but not quite cold enough for a coat. They’re also great for anything from work outfits, to casual and going out looks, so they’re definitely a versatile staple piece worth investing in.
Lipsy Satin Duster Jacket- £45