When it comes to spotting trends, the street serves as a just as worthy platform as the runway. Outside the shows, you'll find a scrum of photographers waiting to capture the street style pack, many who parade up and down treating the street itself as a runway. Often it can seem quite contrived but every now and then you'll spot someone wearing something that makes you go 'oooh'. Unlike, the more refined and polished looks seen at New York Fashion Week, London is a lot more creative, most of the time mixing high street and high-end resulting in a more attainable look. This season did not disappoint, with the fash pack inspiring us to wear our coat shrugged off our shoulders, buy a pair of silver metallic boots and even dig our old hoodies out. Read on to see why....
The Shoulder Shrug
If there’s one trend that will make your mum/granny tut about why no one is wearing their clothes properly anymore, then it’s this. Giving a nod to Balenciga’s autumn/winter 16 runway, coats were worn shrugged off the shoulder, creating a deep a V-shape – and looking like they are about to fall off. It’s an update on shoulder shrobing but slightly more practical as at least you can raise your arms. This works best with something oversized, think biker, shearling or a puffa and what you have underneath is just as important, go a for a simple polo or a sweater with back detailing.
Mega Metallic Boots
We’ve had leopard print, red and, even patent white, but the trend tottering all over London’s streets this week was the silver metallic boot. Whether block heeled or pointy, ankle or over-the-knee, when it comes to footwear it’s go high-shine metallic or don’t bother. Giving old jeans a shiny new update, they also work just as well with a trouser, but if you’re going to team with a skirt, opt for a longer-length. A flash of flesh and a flashy boot just isn’t flattering.
Giving the 90s bumbag a luxe update comes the waist pack. From croc to canvas, the fash pack were looping them around everything, adding definition to otherwise voluminous looks. Fitting way more than just your iPhone and lippy, espeically the double style, we also love that they leave you hands-free too. If they’re too throwback Dwayne The Rock Johnson for you, then just stick to a belt but make sure to buckle it tight and leave the excess hanging free.
Meet the bracelet bag AKA the brag. Being able to be carried in hand, on the wrist and sometimes cross body too, it’s certainly not humble when it comes to usability either. Go for cherry red or NYC taxi yellow to brighten navy workwear looks.
The Humble Hoodie
Probably the easiest and cheapest way to give a nod towards this season’s street style trends is to add a hoodie. Wear under a blazer, an oversized puffa or even a smart tailored coat for a sporty streetwear vibe. Just opt for a neutral colour and more fitted style to avoid looking too gym-goer.
Kitten Not Killer Heels
Providing just the right amount of lift, without comprimising on the ability to stride, kitten heels have purred their way back into fashion. Dior’s ribbed fabric pair with dressmaker’s ribbon were total Instabait (no wonder London’s New Bond street store has a 70 person waiting list) while patent and strappy versions also made an appearance too. To avoid looking chic rather than granny make sure to show a flash of ankle, step hem jeans or a cropped trouser work best.
Stick To The Tone...
How to look totally put together without too much effort? Just tone it down. Pick a colour, then work with pieces in varying shades of the same hue. Less obvious than bold colour blocking, we love wheat, merlot and azure shades for a subtle statement.