Guest Blog: AW16 - The Instyle UK Way

by Arabella Greenhill, 14th November 2016 | Students, Fashion

Arabella Greenhill, Fashion Director at Instyle UK, tells us what trends to wear...

As autumn rolls in, there can be no mistaking the crisp chill in the air and the darker evenings – it’s time to plan your AW wardrobe.
Now is the time to be YOU - take AW16's trends and make them your own.
Mix and match if you want to, or wear them head to toe. Don't be afraid to step out of the norm - individualism is seriously on trend. 
So whether you’re feeling velvet or a full colour look (including tights), plaids or tweeds, lion versus leopard, or the new proportions - it’s all for the taking.

So what’s on the catwalk and how does that translate into your wardrobe? Here’s your check list of the main trends to buy right now.
Perfect Puffa – An ever-warm and ever-practical down coat is THE coat to buy this winter. What can only be described as a portable duvet, this is fashion at its most gloriously functional. The puffa everyone is talking about? The red one at Balenciaga.

Trench Coats - We know, trench coats never really go out of fashion but they've been given a renewed lease of life this season.

Get Shirty - Once borrowed from the boys, this classic wardrobe staple is all ours now, but not as we know it. Buttoned up, ruffled, asymmetric, slashed, big cuffs, back to font, this staple has a high-fashion twist that makes an old favourite an AW essential, as seen at Preen.

Highland Fling - Softest, cosiest shearlings, heritage tweeds and tartans have never felt so modern. So don’t just save them for the country; just look at Balenciaga and Victoria Beckham for inspiration. Vintage inspired shearlings continue their popularity this season. A must have.


Big Cat Family – Ideas for this feline fashion moment stretched far and wide, from tiger print velvet suits at Cavalli through to the jaguar-embellished knitwear at Gucci and the leopard prowling the catwalks at Dries Van Noten. The humble domestic cat was also spotted at Dolce and Loewe. You could say it's purrrfect to try now…


Velvet – This is THE fabric of the season. Don’t hide it away until Christmas. Gone are the days of only dark, romantic, gothic evening clothes - daytime velvet is now a thing. Wear it crushed, coloured or top to toe mixed with your daytime wardrobe.


Peek A Boo – Take inspiration from the boudoir and think slip dresses, cutouts, corsets, sheer fabrics and underwear on show. Everything just got a little bit sexier.

BUT if you were only allowed to buy one item this season and you HAD to choose, what would it be? The humble polo neck of course. This key item can either be worn on its own or layered under a slip dress, shirt, or another knit. It will update your wardrobe no matter.

Now the hard part is deciding which item to buy first.