Trends change over time. It’s kind of the whole point of them. However, some trends can carry over from season to season. We do like to get our money’s worth from our purchases, and fashion is no exception. So, it makes sense to go for trends that aren’t too over the top, that won’t look out of place six months later. If a certain trend catches your eye that you think may be a fad than either don’t invest in it at all (duh) or take a visit to a trendy high street retailer that won’t break the bank like, Zara, H&M, H.E. Mango, Uniqlo or Penney’s and see if you can pick up something there.
Here is a list of five trends for autumn/winter 2018 that are worth investing in, that will last the test of time.
All types of checks from plaid to tartan are set to become popular once autumn arrives. Check shirts should be your first port of call if you haven’t got any already. Plaid shirts are a staple for preppy brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren and is the easiest way to sport checks. A plaid blazer or a tie are options for you when going to work or an event. Zara, River Island and H&M are other options if you’re on a budget. If you want to take it up a notch, go for a pair of plaid trousers from Topman. When the days get colder, a check overcoat will ensure you’re the most stylish on the streets.
Pinstripes tend to draw your eyes attention in a vertical manner and are best suited for people with a bigger build as a result. Pinstripes can also give the appearance of being taller to short people. The point is, they’ll be a key trend soon, that everyone can pull off. A pinstripe suit is the obvious choice, make sure it has as much wool in it as possible as its breathability makes it adaptable to different body temperatures and will keep you warm. Wool doesn’t retain odours either. Pinstripe suit trousers can also be worn as a separate suit if you’ve a blazer that’ll go with them. Pinstripe casual shirts from Gant, H&M and Uniqlo will help you to pull off the trend effortlessly. T.M. Lewin and Eton offer a selection of premium business shirts.
Yes, colours can also be on trend too. Brown leather shoes can be easily incorporated into your look, as long as you’re not wearing them with a black suit. Leather Chelsea boots would be a solid choice for withstanding everything winter has to throw at you. Dunhill, Church’s and Ted Baker all have a wide variety to choose from. A brown camel overcoat and brown Chelsea boots can be worn casually or as part of a suit. I’d recommend looking for a camel overcoat made from at least 40% wool to keep you warm. Polyamide is a manmade fibre that is strong and has a high resilience to rain. So, it’s important to have an overcoat made mainly from wool and polyamide so that you’re ready for the cold, wet days to come. Zara and Massimo Dutti are worth a look for a brown overcoat.
We can thank Thomas Shelby from hit TV show Peaky Blinders, played by Cillian Murphy, and the rest of the Shelby clan for the popularity of tweed nowadays. I’d recommend a brown tweed blazer or a full brown tweed suit. Tweed is a woolen fabric, adding warmth to your body. It comes in different patterns like Herringbone which creates a ‘V’ pattern on the garment. Another common tweed pattern is houndstooth which creates a broken check pattern. If you want to mix two trends together go for a brown, tweed check blazer. Louis Copeland is a great option for brown tweed blazers. Pick up some budget friendly, brown tweed blazers and suits from ASOS or Penney’s.
Faux shearling is also available if you don’t want real wool. I wouldn’t recommend a full-on shearling jacket as you’ll just look like a Dell Boy impersonator. Instead, go for a denim jacket with a shearling collar. Levi’s have plenty to choose from, similar to the image above. If you want something more low key, the brand also offers jackets with grey or black shearling collars. Topman and ASOS are alternatives where you’re sure to find shearling you like.
Windcheaters are a must when the weather is changeable. They’re practical and were seen on the autumn and winter catwalks for Balenciaga, Lanvin and Boss back in March. Patagonia is one of the leaders in sustainable fashion and their windcheaters are definitely something you should consider buying. Superdry is also worth checking out. Nylon windcheaters will keep you cool on balmy days and dry too.
Rodeo ‘fashion’ will be on trend next season, but I’d recommend steering clear of it as it’ll be short lived (hopefully). The five styles mentioned above will remain commonplace for many autumns and winters to come. However, they’ll blow up in popularity soon, so you should consider incorporating them into your wardrobe as soon as summer has passed.