While we’re well and truly into the new autumn winter season, it’s never too late to discover all of the latest trends.
If the idea of dressing for winter is somewhat horrifying to you, I know exactly how you feel. But this season, I’m surprised to say that I’ve actually embraced the change.
I recently heard the phrase: ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing’. Luckily, wrapping up warm has never looked so stylish.
I’ve done my research to discover which trends you need to sit up and take notice of for AW22.
Here, I run through the key trends for the season you can take away from the London, Paris, Milan and New York catwalks and where you can shop them now.
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The White Tank
Seen almost everywhere, the plain white tank is about to become your best friend.
This easy-to-wear trend is perhaps one of the biggest of the season, and Prada’s simple tank is now retailing at $1,000.
Here are some more affordable options.
Ribbed cotton-blend top, £12.99, Mango – buy now
2-pack ribbed tank tops, £15, Monki – buy now
Ribbed vest top, £6.99, H&M – buy now
Heavyweight tank top, now £11.40, COS – buy now
All Over Glitter
It comes as no surprise to see sequins on the catwalks for AW22.
As seen at 16Arlington, Halpern, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Erdem and so many more, it’s time to dig out your partywear and embrace the shimmer.
Sequin Mini Skirt, now £65, & Other Stories – buy now
Sequined top, £19.99, H&M – buy now
Small crystal-studded satin tote bag, £2,600, Prada – buy now
The Oversized Blazer
The bigger, the better when it comes to your tailoring this season.
It’s not just big blazers that are trending. Workwear is finally back, so expect to see power suits and big shoulders once more.
Oversized Blazer, £73.95, Romee Strijd x NA-KD – buy now
Gelso Oversized single-breasted blazer, £335, Frankie Shop – buy now
Crystal-button oversized blazer, now £212, Ganni – buy now
The Fringe Dress
Fringing is one of those trends that always seems to sit on the perimeter, but this season it’s finally taking centre stage.
The trend appeared at Halpern, Erdem, Stella McCartney, Roksanda and Huishan Zhang to name a few, with models swishing their tasseled trousers, skirts, tops and dresses down the runways.
You can wear this trend any way you want, but possibly the easiest way is in the form of a fringed party dress. Here are our high street favourites.
Long Beaded Fringe Dress, £225, & Other Stories – buy now
Curve Fringed Mini Dress, £55, ASOS Curve – buy now
Floral Devore Tassel Midi Dress, £60, Warehouse – buy now
The Bomber Jacket
Flight jackets are another of AW22’s most talked about pieces.
As seen at Versace, Dior, Marni and Balmain, it’s definitely coming back.
Astra bomber jacket, now £205, Frankie Shop – buy now
Pat Padded Jacket, £39, Weekday – buy now
Oversized bomber jacket, £79.99, Mango – buy now
The Maxi Skirt
While micro minis have been trending for what feels like an eternity, maxi skirts are making a comeback now too.
The trend was seen at the Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior and many more shows during Fashion Week, so if you’re less than thrilled about the re-emergence of skin-baring Y2K trends, try this one instead.
Maxi skirt, now £41.40, Cos – buy now
Satin pleated skirt, £49.99, Mango – buy now
Cargo Skirt, £32.99, Zara – buy now
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The Micro Mini
On the other end of the spectrum completely is the Y2K-favourite: the micro mini.
Yes, it was huge for SS22 but after they were spotted at Miu Miu, Chanel, 16Arlington, Coperni, Oscar De La Renta and David Koma’s AW22 shows to name a few, it’s clear the trend isn’t fading fast.
If you want to wear the trend but the idea of baring your legs is too much to bear, make like Coperni and wear yours with knee-high socks. Alternatively try tights, as soon at Chanel.
Mini skirt, £34.99, H&M – buy now
Mattia Cotton Knit Mini Skirt, £178, Reformation – buy now
Victoria check-print cotton mini skirt, £80, House of Sunny – buy now
I might have spoken too soon. Y2K fashion is going no where, and another of AW22’s most seen pieces was the mighty corset.
This is one garment I can get on board with. Not only is it wearable, but it’s versatile and – dare I say it – über flattering.
Julia Corset, £34, Wild Lovers London – buy now
Metallic Corset Top, now £55, & Other Stories – buy now
Venus toile-print stretch-woven corset, £225, miaou x Paloma Venus – buy now
L’Amoureuse combination corset, £178, Maison Close – buy now
The Babydoll Dress
As the coquette trend explodes on social media, babydoll dresses with layers of lace and ruffles emerged on the catwalk.
Simone Rocha teamed hers with embellished tights, whilst Molly Goddard’s tulle creations were worn with flat brogues and boots for a masculine edge.
Getaway Ruffle Cami Dress, now £99, Dream Sister Jane – buy now
Falling Water gathered cotton-poplin dress, now £322, Aje – buy now
Tiered mini dress, now £45, Lace & Beads – buy now
The Leather Jacket
With the rise of maximalist style and dopamine dressing, we’ve hit pause on biker jackets but I’m here to tell you they’re well and truly back.
It’s not just a jacket, it’s a lifestyle. Throw yours over pretty dresses to toughen up a look, or embrace the look wholeheartedly with ripped denim and trusty biker boots (more on those, below).
The biker jacket was seen at Alexander McQueen (above), Dior, Marni and many more.
Leather biker jacket, £1,200, Acne Studios – buy now
Faux leather oversized biker jacket in black, £65, Topshop – buy now
Faux Leather Collared Biker Jacket, £49.50, M&S – buy now
Black cropped faux leather jacket, £75, Monki – buy now
You might think animal print is so 5 seasons ago, but this season it’s making a comeback (not that it ever goes away for long).
This season, leopard seems to be the print of choice after it appeared on the runways at Dries Van Noten, Roberto Cavalli, Etro, Miu Miu, Stella McCartney and more.
If you want to try the trend, make it look luxurious with faux fur leopard print coats, satin and silk dresses and head-to-toe leopard – if you dare.
Animal print straight jeans, £49.99, Mango – buy now
V-neck Maxi Dress, £265, Ganni – buy now
If you haven’t yet heard about the Barbiecore trend sweeping the nation, lucky you!
Following the announcement of Hollywood movies Legally Blonde 3 and Barbie, the trend seems to have exploded – but it’s not just movies making their mark.
Valentino kicked off the trend for hot pink for AW22 with an almost entirely fuchsia collection, formulated by Pierpaolo Piccioli in collaboration with Pantone named Valentino Pink PP.
As well as Valentino, the trend was seen at Richard Quinn, Bora Aksu, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Molly Goddard.
Soft lounge long sleeve dress, £86, Skims – buy now
Peak lapel suit blazer, now £59.99, Mango – buy now
High-heel sandals with feathers, £79.99, Zara – buy now
The Western Boot
One trend I haven’t stopped seeing is the Western boot.
Seen at Vivienne Westwood, Ganni, Stella McCartney and more, it’s arguably the most wearable footwear trend of the season due to its versatility and the sheer number of options already available on the high street.
Team your cowboy boots with long skirts, tuck your trousers into them or opt for ankle styles that can be worn with anything. The sky’s the limit.
Mount Indo – Brown Leather Boots, £274, Alohas – buy now
Ariel premium leather stitched western boot in white, now £63, Topshop – buy now
Ranch Black, £214, Alohas – buy now
The Combat Boot
Chunky stomper boots have been trending for the last few seasons now, and no, they weren’t a waste of money; they’re going absolutely no where for AW22.
Follow Dior, Armani and Miu Miu’s suit and toughen up with a biker boot this winter.
Jarrick 8 Tie Boots, £189, Dr Martens – buy now
Nanette lace-up boots, £325, Grenson – buy now
Leather Lace-Up Hiking Boots, now £85, & Other Stories – buy now
The Thigh-High Boot
On the other end of the boot spectrum comes the thigh-high boot.
A slightly more wearable trend than pantaboots – trousers and boots in one – these glamorous boots are back.
Designers Bottega Veneta and Giambattista Valli teamed them with mini skirts and dresses, while Saint Laurent styled them more subtly with sheer maxi skirts.
Long boots, £59.99, H&M – buy now
Eyra tall boots, £180, Vagabond – buy now