So you’ve reluctantly begun to place your summer dresses to the back of your wardrobe, and after waving goodbye to floaty florals and pretty pastels, you could feel like you’re lacking the layers and inspiration to make it through the colder months in style. You’ve certainly got all the deets on acquiring the perfect winter coat and cosy accessories, but what about the stuff that goes underneath?
Here are five key AW15 fashion trends, and a selection of handmade and vintage examples from Etsy sellers, to help you assemble some kick-ass outfits.
As seen at: Burberry, Chloe, Anna Sui
Congrats to the crochet-clad, flare-wearing of you who bought seventies-inspired pieces last season; allow yourself a moment of smugness because the trend shows no signs of slowing down. AW15 puts a heavier emphasis on boho, folky vibes; this means waistcoats layered over peasant dresses, tasseled ponchos, and patchwork everything.
Suede patchwork waistcoat, £22, Tuk Vintage
1970s dress, £28, Dusty and Dylan
Embroidered folk top, £20, 5679 Vintage
As seen at: Givenchy, Simone Rocha, Alexander McQueen
Queen Elizabeth may have beaten her to the title of longest-reigning UK monarch, but Queen Vic’s era still rules the catwalks. Hark back to the 19th century gothic world of Dracula, Dickens and candle-lit séances by donning black lace, frills and high ruffle necklines. For extra points, wear clothes previously worn by actual real-life Victorians, like the velvet cape below.
Velvet cape, £75, Cabinet 49
Victorian blouse, £35, Stella Rose Vintage
Sheer lace top, £9, Cosmic Vintage UK
Geek on Fleek
As seen at: Gucci, Prada, Bally
One of the season’s most abundant looks was a hybrid of geeky book-worm, prim and proper secretary, and Wes Anderson’s Margot Tenenbaum. Be top of the class with this look requires tweed skirt suits, pussybow blouses, smart loafers, wool berets and kooky glasses. Accessorise with your favourite hardback.
Tweed pencil skirt, £15, Violets Attic Vintage
Wool beret, £16, Bird on a Wire Vintage
Pussybow blouse, £6, Second Hand Rose Worc
As seen at: Balmain, J.W Anderson, Christopher Kane
Did you think the days of in-your-face graphic prints and industrial-sized shoulder pads were long behind? The bold and beautiful power dressing of the eighties is back, so stock up on colour-blocking garms, abstract patterns, and luxurious velvet. The secret to this look: if you think it’s garish enough, turn it up a notch.
Abstract jumper, £15, Ramaci
Colour block tunic, £26, Bo Bo Vintage
Velvet mini dress, £26, Sartorial Matters
All That Glitters
As seen at: Rodarte, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors
Make like a magpie and covet everything shiny, sparkly and sequined. Head-to-toe shimmer, particularly in jewel tones, was a major trend- lurex being the fave fabric.
Lurex dress, £60, Topher Lily
Sequin dress, £45, Vintage Collective London
Lame metallic shirt, £25, Fairweather Vintage
What’s your favourite AW15 trend? Let us know in the comment below or tweet us @EtsyUK!