Stretchy waistbands, we’ve had a good run! But we're starting to crave a little tailoring, some chic layering and a few luxurious fabrics.
Luckily, there are plenty of AW20 runway trends to get you excited about rebooting your workwear wardrobe. After what feels like an eternity in loungewear, the message is loud and clear: ‘all out’ is in!
Power dressing has been big news on the runway this year and there are loads of fun ways to tap into the trend. Shop wide-leg tuxedo trousers, shoulder-detail blouses, oversized lapels, boxy blazers and maybe even a shoulder pad or two...
This autumn also sees the skirt suit return in a blaze of glory. Wear it in all shapes and sizes – above-the-knee A-line styles or ankle-grazing pencil skirts, and any colour, pattern or texture goes.
Brave a statement two-piece, or mix and match separates that can cycle through your wardrobe all season long (choose a belted blazer for extra fashion points!).
There have been some major statement trends from the men’s AW20 runways, the most wearable being checks, checks and more checks. From houndstooth to tartan, we want to see ‘em on blazers, shirts, trousers, coats... or all of the above.
Oversized tailoring also emerged as a dominant theme. Incorporate the retro trend into your refreshed look with longline lengths, dramatic double breasting and roomy shoulders.
And finally, the humble corduroy makes a play for chinos’ position as the go-to trousers for dressing down – perfect for pairing with smart separates from Tessuti.
Nothing spells the beginning of autumn like the promise of a new coat. It’s the one item you’re going to wear every day, so it’s important to choose one that makes you look and feel amazing!
Leather and shearling are the statement coats of the season, while classic designs like the overcoat, trench, pea and belted wraparounds never go out of style and make a timeless addition to your wardrobe.
If tackling the elements is the priority, you can find a range of technical outerwear – including premium brands like The North Face – at JD Sports (pictured L).
Though it might not be too chilly yet, it’s a good idea to shop ahead of time for scarves, hats and gloves, so you’re prepared for that first morning frost. Or if you’ve been itching to try the beret trend, now is the perfect time!
It’s time to ditch the unkempt, quarantine chic look many of us have been rocking the past few months, which means a trip to the barbers or hair salon. From a fresh do, to tip-top nails, Gentlemen’s Corner, Supercuts and Mint nail and beauty bar have got you covered.
Whether you’re a BB cream babe or contour queen, the turn of the season is a great excuse to refresh your makeup collection. Swap bronzer for a rosy-cheeked blush and sweep autumnal hues like warm copper, chocolate and bronze across eyelids for a pared-back smokey eye.
Take newly established lockdown beards from scruffy to sculpted with a made-to-measure trifecta of beard oil, wax and grooming tools.
And if you’ve been reaching for a lighter, citrus-based perfume or cologne through summer, it’s time to embrace warmer, more complex fragrances. Explore woody cedar or tobacco-based scents, with notes of cinnamon, vanilla or patchouli. Sample new and classic frangrances to your heart’s content at The Fragrance Shop and The Perfume Shop, or you can ask the team in store for help finding the perfect scent for you.
While you’re at it, make sure you’re stocked up on naturally-sourced, cruelty-free bath and beauty treats to help you unwind after a hard day’s work!
It’s the little things that make a big difference when it comes to acing your work day – even if your commute is from the bedroom to the home office! It could be a dedicated laptop bag to keep your trusty tech dust-free, a new watch or a lightweight-but-sturdy brolly that won’t turn inside out on your lunch break.
If you’ve mastered your barista skills at home over the past few months, a reusable thermos will let you sip on your favourite hot drink anywhere and help keep the planet – and your bank balance – healthy!
Shop for bags at Debenhams (pictured L), and when it comes to keeping organised, Paperchase (pictured R) is packed to the brim with mood-elevating, bright and bold stationery, including mid-year diaries, weekly planners, organisers and notebooks. Or for something more sleek, WHSmith is stocking the new writing range from HUGO BOSS (pictured top).