Fashion is stylish vicious circle. Just as you get your head around one set of trends, another batch come along and there are new rules to learn. So factor in the increasing importance of cruise collections (now known as Pre collections) and voila…extra homework!
But it’s homework we’re happy to do. Especially when dished out by Karl Lagerfeld, who has just shown Chanel’s Pre SS14 collection – yup that’s right folks…NEXT summer, before this one’s even begun. So how is this helpful to us? Well, you can be extra shopping savvy by buying into trends that will go the distance…make tricky transitions into Autumn, work as part of your winter wardrobe (yes seriously – we’re talking monochrome!) and come full (non vicious circle) to still be trendy next summer.
Think we’re crazy? Here are 10 tips to make your wardrobe work harder in the future.
Monochrome: Timeless and chic. I love the feathered and tweed looks in this collection. Stock up on a chic pair of cropped trousers and pretty prints to get work wear with serious mileage.
A little bit punk: Take your style notes from the Met ball or tone it down Chanel-style with a quirky fringe.
White on white: It’s everywhere this summer and definitely not just for weddings. White looks crisp and fresh in winter too so feel free to invest in structured pieces – floatiness is just for summer.
Stripes: They’re huge at Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors right now in a 1960s way but Chanel’s are broader and more relaxed. Whatever. Stripes ALWAYS rock.
White court shoes: Check out our guide and invest now. They’re here to stay!
Blue eyeshadow: We swooned over Topshop Unique’s AW13 bold blue eyes and now Chanel’s at it too – in a more feline kinda way.
Print on print: is still a big thing. In this collection the prints match for some outfits and also contrast in others. I really like the pieces where the prints match but vary in scale.
Wide leg trousers: are having a moment. These are elegant and movie star rather than 1970s.
Volume: Those supersized slouchy coats at Celine and all the playful proportions of SS13 and AW13? They’re here to stay – check out the slouchy but structured ‘IT’ tee/jacket.
A little bit Gatsby: There are mixed reviews of Baz Luhrman’s cinematic epic, but Lagerfeld’s homage to Coco, those delicious drop waits and perfect tailoring is incredible.