As the sun frizzles and the autumn leaves come to claim their fall crown, a change is in the air. Gone are the summer days dipping our toes into sun balmed waters, floral two pieces and flower crowns askew , gladiator sandals tucked under pool lounge chairs. In its place is a new fashion dawn, where pumpkins, aubergines and khaki’s run rampant on the catwalk and the casual, pretty girl of yesteryear is transformed into a grungesta, PU leather jacket slung nonchalantly across one shoulder, a fedora a-perch her wind ruffled hair. From ‘layering’ to accessorizing, I love all the trends that autumn brings with the transition from summer wear, and noone quite nails ‘effortless autumn everyday looks like Topshop. From their reputation as being the ‘cool kid in town’ with their streamlined utility jumpsuits cleverly paired with banana heels, to double denim, floaty tea dresses as once worn in the 30’s, if anyone knows wearable trends its Topshop. While everyone knows me as being somewhat of an ‘extra dresser’ who loves nothing more than playing dress up in her voluminous amount of pooched ballgowns circa the 50’s, what you might also be surprised to know is that I am also a big fan of wearable trends too, which Topshop has in spades. Which is why I am excited to let you know that Very UK, a website that is home to some of the biggest names in fashion, home and technology has added Topshop, Topman and Topshop Beauty to its growing roster of fabulous brands. With its combination of big name brands and on-trend fashion, Very UK X Topshop is the perfect collection to add to your wearable trends list this autumn.
Split into three style tribes (Pretty, Grunge, Edgy/Grungy), Very’s new Topshop offering will be the widest and most representative of the brand and customer, with cult classic favourites like the tailored utility jumpsuit popular with both men and women firmly part of the edited tribe, the floral trend in the pretty ‘camp’ and snakeprint PU in the grungy niche, wearable trends are far from boring. Spanning a series of prominent fashion eras like the 70’s (maxi dresses), 40’s (Utility Trend) and 2010’s (Snakeprint: Year of the Snake 2016), Topshop has ensured that there is a wearable trend to suit all tastes. For those like myself who love ‘floral, romantic looks’, you might find yourself entranced by the ‘pretty camp’ with 70’s pumpkin hued maxi dresses, 50’s ditzy floral dresses and ruffles, whilst those who like to feel functional but stylish on the go will love the edited look. Consisting of key pieces like the camel Burberry esque trench coat, the modernized version of the 40’s utility trend and tapered trousers and culottes, there is something rather preppy yet classic for the edited look this autumn. And if you like a side of grunge with your wearable trends this autumn, the PU Leather and Snake Print trend are always a smashing hit, pairing faux leather cropped jackets with denim, with bright snake print boxy jackets and their co ord counterparts. Read on to see how Topshop’s new offering with Very UK are far more wearable than most autumn trends.
The Utility Trend
Did you know that the Utility Trend was actually founded during World War II, in 1941 as part of a utility clothing scheme which was introduced by the British government to aid the economy and contribute to the war effort? Because there were no workers to make clothing (as most had joined the war efforts), clothing prices needed to be kept low so that people could afford clothing of a reasonable quality. While the utility wear was disliked at first, the public soon appreciated the minimal pleating, patch pockets and muted colours, as the epitome of ‘functional sophistication’. Over the years, the utility trend has gone through transformations, with brighter colours, prints and fabrics to allow the utility trend to appeal to a modern audience, and yet one thing stays the same and that is it’s wearability. Topshop’s black utility three quarter sleeved jumpsuit with gold button detail and rolled up trouser leg is no exception; a 70’s interpretation of the 40’s wardrobe staple, mixed with a ‘boiler suit’ love child, this is an ‘edited trend’ that is as streamlined as it is functional.
The Utility aesthetic is not only a trend that can be worn all year round but is also fabulous to wear during autumn when the weather gets a little cooler, but it is not quite cold enough to wrap yourself in a giant blanket and call it a day. To wear the utility trend during autumn pair the utility jumpsuit with a banana heel ( a slightly curved version of the high heel, usually in boot form), a micro bag in a contrasting colour (i.e if the jumpsuit is black you might to choose to accentuate with red) and a fedora hat, for a cool but edited look that is wearable trends to a T.
*Part Of The Edited Clan
The year is 2016, the year of the snake where snake print has exploded into public obsession. From grey snakeprint jacket and mini skirts as the 2010’s version of the swinging sixties, to autumnal orange pleather pocketed a-line jackets, the year might be 2019, but it’s clear that snakeprint is going nowhere fast. While its popularity has faded and flowed over the years, thankfully in 2019 we now have cruelty free alternatives like PU which has allowed the fashion conscious among us to express our inner wild child with a dose of vegan reptilian style to boot. On the catwalk we saw Gucci’s Alessandro Michele bringing the snake into sartorial dialogue with embroidered python dresses while Burberry updated their trademark mackintosh with green and navy snakeskin, translating the ‘snake print aesthetic’ to the wearable trends audience. And at Very X Topshop, their collaboration is no exception, showcasing a wearable snake print jacket in a striking shade of burnt orange, demonstrating that the reptilian trend is very adaptable on a day to day to basis. No need to just stick to earthy colours either, a colour washed version like the burnt orange above is ideal for autumn with its connotations of pumpkin spice and all things nice. To wear the burnt orange snake print boxy a-line jacket above, pair with a matching skirt, a tomato red ribbed jumper, red patent ankle boots, a red faux croc print micro bag and red felt beret, for an extra version of the snake print trend. Or if casual and pared back is more your vibe, pair the jacket with distressed jeans, matching boots and a pumpkin fedora.
*Part of the Grunge Tribe
Thought that PU was relegated to the biker clan? Think again, because PU leather is back, back, back again and this time it is here to stay. While pleather/leather and PU was once the sole domain of bikers and antiquated bikers, the wearability of PU has increased over the years, moving beyond the humble perennial wardrobe staple that is the pleather jacket to include PU versions of your favourites including pencil skirts, dresses, trousers and shirts to give it that grungy, edgy realness that Topshop so loves to connect with. In 2018 designers like Calvin Klein and Stella McCartney made leather look particularly sharp, with oversized leather jackets, two piece suits and floor length trench coats that make you look like you just came out of the Matrix, and Topshop’s version is no exception. With the classic aviator leather jacket and PU oversized shorts being part of the Topshop collective, no matter what style tribe you identify with, you can be romantic, pretty, edgy or grungy in pleather. An aviator jacket is a classic look in both men’s and women’s wardrobes and can just as much be worn with a pair of black jeans and converses as it can over a feminine floaty dress to toughen up the look to stop it looking twee. Or if you would prefer the pleather shorts with bow detail, these would look gorgeous with a white blouse, and white kitten heels, for a simple work look that is most definitely part of the wearable trends itinerary.
*Part of the Grunge Tribe
While you might associate ‘desert and safari style’ with summer style, the truth is the Desert/Safari aesthetic is incredibly wearable in autumn, when the winter chill hasn’t quite set in yet. Voted in the top 9 fashion trends of 2019 by Vogue, it’s easy to see why the trend is so popular with its versatility, adaptability and functionality, all great trends during a season where the weather starts to become colder, the nights become longer and the clocks go back. Craving comfort is a need that we feel all year round so it makes sense that this is translated through what we wear. In winter we snuggle in faux fur jackets to stave the bitter cold, in spring we experiment with midi skirts , in summer the playsuits come to play and in autumn we reach for distressed jeans, so why not incorporate comfort and functionality in autumn with the desert safari trend, as shown above? Topshop’s ridiculously comfortable playsuit in its flattering shade of beige might seem less colourful than what you are accustomed to from me, but hear me out. To jazz up the ‘desert safari’ look, pair the ruched zippered playsuit with a burgundy faux fur jacket, black fishnets, burgundy suedette ankle boots with gold zipper detailing,and a burgundy floppy hat to match. Or if you want to feminize the look, turn the playsuit into a top and pair with a brown pleated midi skirt, nude court heels and minimal jewellery.
*Part of the Casual/Edited Group
Firmly in the 60’s fashion spectrum, the bohemian aesthetic otherwise known as ‘boho chic’ typically consists of the following elements: loose flowing clothing made out of natural fabrics, less restrictive elements i.e. braless , loose flowing hair and paisley, flowered fabrics,lace ruffles and lace edged sleeves, which is the most common interpretation of the bohemian trend today. However the bohemians as a counterculture appeared in France after the French Revolution, where after being deprived of former patronage, artists were plunged into poverty and wore simple, inexpensive clothing, whereas boho culture today is more an expression of freedom from restriction as opposed to poverty. Today the ‘bohemian look’ is associated with everything from sunny holidays abroad to Coachella, right through to LFW who is often reigniting the neo-boho revival on the catwalks with Janis Joplin inspired Woodstock vibes felt at Isabel Marant. And this glorious orange loose maxi dress is no exception, wearable trends to the max. For a real feel good boho look that will unleash your inner autumn bohemian, pair with a black gold chain trilby hat, black steel cap boots, with your hair down and add a winning smile to capture the autumn spirit.
*Part Of the Pretty Gang
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Please note this is a collaborative post with Very UK to promote the launch of their new Topshop Collection this autumn but all thoughts are my own and are not affected by monetary compensation.