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trends to wear now

With Fashion Month well and truly over, have you been left with an impatient, fluttery feeling in the pit of your stomach from witnessing next season’s fashions?

Naturally, fashion types want it all now, RIGHT now (and some do – catwalk fresh ‘n’ all!), but being six month behind the lust worthy collections doesn’t have to prove so painful.

See, trends do a fair amount of season-hopping, and, just because the fashion calendar is currently on AW13, doesn’t mean you can’t recreate what you’ve just seen on the runways with your current wardrobe.

So, to help you beat the fash pack and get ahead of the style game, we’ve picked out the top 10 AW13 trends that you can wear right now.

Until next season, enjoy!

Checks and Plaid

Although Saint Laurent gave us copious amounts of plaid for AW13, as did 3.1 Phillip Lim and Emilia Wickstead; Dries Van Noten led the trend for SS13, with beautiful sheer plaid, layered in a wearable way. 


The new black, blue is having quite a moment! Roland Mouret, Elie Saab and Fendi made having the blues look fashionable for SS13, whilst Barbara Tfank, Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors brought it bang up to date for AW13.


Cocoon coats, sloping shoulder knits and generously cut skirts were big (pardon the pun) at Emilio de la Morena, Stella McCartney and Céline for AW13, but Daks, Eudon Choi and Nina Ricci are already championing oversize for Spring.


Maxmara, Ports 1961 and Stella McCartney steered the minimalist movement for SS13, but AW13 saw Victoria Beckham, Céline and J JS Lee make us pine for sleek lines and fuss-free fashion. Wardrobe staples in a clean, print-free palette are winners.


Batman has never been chicer. Chloe, Valentino and Victoria Beckham made us want to ditch the sleeves for armholes next season.


Valentino and Louis Vuitton have us dreaming about delicate lace for AW13, whilst Erdem had us drooling for the pretty stuff this summer.

Trouser suits

The trouser suit is till reigning supreme for AW13, accented with beautifully feminine quirks. Thanks to Diesel Black Gold, Barbara Bui and Issey Miyake, we’ll be sticking to tailoring post-summer, too.


Paco Rabanne and Burberry were AW13 favourites, adding fizz to winter’s usually serious colour palette. Jonathan Saunders and Markus Lupfer did just as good for SS13.

Pencil Skirts

Ladylike pencil skirts have been a big deal on the catwalk for some time; flattering and transitional, for AW13, Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto and Osman brought back the demure side of dressing.


Belted waists; fit ‘n’ flare coats, frocks and feminine accessories marked the Fifties era prominently. Slipping a thick belt over a wool coat, or belting dresses is the way to work this trend, as seen at Bottega Veneta and Carven for AW13, and at Marni and Nanette Lepore for SS13.

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