My latest instalment for the Huffington Post on LFW A/W16:
OK, so let's be honest. Who's going to be flashing their spanx in a sheer McQueen-inspired frock this Chrimbo? Or rocking a multicoloured fro as they pootle around Sainsburys? And I can't really see any of my most fashiony-mum friends rocking a muzzle on the school run or ANY of us hiding our Sunday roast bulge in a Violet Beauregarde-esque number (as ingenious as that idea is).
However, there are many, many other ways that we, the Greater Normal Public (GNP), can adopt and interpret the more wearable trends for Autumn/Winter. And what a delectable choice we have. From the stunning sequins of Preen to the gorgeous gowns of Emilia Wickstead; the drop-dead swoony dresses of Daks to the endless hipsta ensembles of Isa Arfen. Now, if you're a member of the GNP, chances are you're thinking, who the Hell are these people? Well, say I, let's unite in our ignorance, get real with how we need our wardrobes to work and figure out the best ways to pinch the wearable looks without pillaging our bank accounts.
Here are the five most wearable trends for this A/W:
1. KEEP IT CLEAN
The catwalks have been rammed with a bevvy of minimalist and elegant shapes over the past week. A selection of block coloured beauties that are the most flattering, universal and stylish favour the fashion industry could have done us. It's a trend to suit all shapes, ages and lifestyles, so treat yourself to a few simple staples and I guarantee you'll be wearing them over and over. A quick trip to Cos or M&S will see you right.
2. GRANNY CHIC
This trend is nothing short of my personal Heaven. What could be better than comfy shoes, frizz-busting headgear and forgiving war-era frocks? It's all surprisingly un-fashiony, refreshingly vintage street-style and a look that's within most of our budgetary means. So, get down to your local vintage shop, have a good old rummage, put the kettle on and get channelling your inner Nanna. And for those of you who are thinking this is their personal Hell; pop a plazzy bag on your head and strut like you've never strutted before.
3. COVER IT UP
Right, now we're talking. Picture the scene: winter is looming, our hips are spreading and the last thing we want to do is flash the flesh. So hoorah for the floor skimming, roomy as you like, maxi fantasti trend that is all over the catwalks. There's nothing more wearable than an oversized dress. It looks stylish, hides a multitude of sins and suits all ages. For those of you thinking you're too short or curvy to pull this off, pop on some comfy block heels or cinch in the waist with a belt and own the look with confidence. Zara and & Other Stories do some great maxi staples for now and before you know it the High Street will be heaving with options.
4. GIRLY SHMIRLY
This trend's a bit 80s, a bit grunge, a bit tough and a lorra girly. That's right; sequins, velvet, big boots, epic ruffles and puffed sleeves. And how exactly is this wearable, I hear you guffaw? If we strip it all back and adopt the fundamentals, we can up-style even the most floaty Laura Ashley of outfits with an anti-girly-yet-girly trend. Just add some leathers, boots and attitude. If you throw in the occasional sequin you'll basically be owning A/W.
We're talking bags, shoes and jewellery all in hyper silly overdrive. Think pom pom sling backs, slutty stilettoed bunny mules, retro arcade backpacks and fried egg handbags. The take home trend here is about having fun with your outfit add-ons and letting even the daftest found-it-in-my-parents-loft/lived-for-it-when-I-was-13 rule. On a more serious note, and a personal favorite of mine, is the plethora of lovely neck bows seen on the likes of Temperley and Peter Jensen. Get yourself a bit of ribbon and add it to any outfit to rock da look.
There we have it. Five hot-off-the-catwalk trends that will be all over the High Street in a handful of months. Will you be getting involved? Is their wearability the embodiment of #Fashion4All? As a rule, and in direct contradiction to me writing this blog, I don't tend to follow trends. In fact, as much as I love the beauty of a good Fashion Week, I find the notion of following a specific set of fashion rules that change at regimented points throughout the year totally bizarre. Of course it makes sense economically and it's a great way of picking up a few seasonal staples, but for the everyday individual should getting dressed not be more instinctive? Wearing clothes that make us feel good rather than ticking off a fashion forward check-list? Picking our outfits, as I do, based on how we're feeling that morning?
So remember, while we're all having fun experimenting with the Big Five above, let's cherish this trend above all else: Dress with confidence and embody the creative empowerment at the very heart of London Fashion Week.