Fashion retailers have started dropping their Autumn/ Winter 2016 product and I'm really liking some of the key items for this coming season - especially the silhouettes. But until I can get my hands on some of these amazing items for another fashion shoot, I guess I'll have to settle for illustrating and writing about how I'd style these key pieces together.
If you're into the whole vibe of following seasonal fashion trends then I think the trick to wearing them (without looking like a fashion victim) is to understand the trending silhouettes first. If you get the proportions of your outfit right, it becomes much easier to pull off tricky trends like ruffles and velvet. And the main look for Autumn/ Winter 2016 is all about building a long, loose and languid silhouette using lots of layers - something you could easily pull off with this coming season's hero pieces.
I know that coats and jackets are always a main product category for the winter season, but the
Autumn 2016 runway were literally overwhelmed by statement outerwear. With almost every type of jacket and coat trending for next winter – from biker jackets to sporty hoodies and denim jackets. And thanks to the Vetements, Balenciaga and Stella McCartney collections, the bomber and puffer jackets have emerged as the "it" jackets of the season. Both of these winter staples have been elevated from their bad-weather banality to luxury cult status, and it’s preferable to update them by buying them in fabrics like velvet or satin. Although, if puffer or bomber jackets or not your thing, substitute these streetwear basics for a more classic straight-cut, leopard print coat with a fur or shearling collar.
The next step to building this silhouette is to start from the bottom with a pair of tall boots. Yes, I'm talking about thigh-high boots. Take your pick of thigh-high boots coloured in any bright hue – just make sure it’s not black. Personally, I'd opt for a pair in a whisky brown suede, or deep pine green leather.
To go with your boots, wear a silky straight-cut, midi-length slip dress, over a zip-up turtleneck. If you're feeling a bit more fashion-forward, try wearing your slip dress over an oversized menswear-inspired shirt. The latest update to this classic is designed with bell sleeves (extra-long cuffs will up your style game), in either a blue and white pinstripe, check print, or plain white poplin. The slip dress could be plain, or patterned in a floral print. Finish off your look by accessorising with a guitar-strap, cross body bag (to be worn across the body, obviously). I'd pick Gucci or Prada but unfortunately I'm not that rich.
Check out my fashion illustration below for a visual on how all of these items come together. In reality this look would total €4,650. Thank the fashion gods I'm happy enough just being able to style with these products!
WORDS + ILLUSTRATIONS by Zakirah Rabaney
PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHS via Net-a-porter + Vogue Runway