Each spring and autumn, we enjoy taking a peek at the fashion trends, not to be a slave to it, but to see how we can shop our wardrobe to create some stylish new looks.
We were delighted to see that the autumn/winter 2023 trends include a raft of timeless, classic items – clothing that many of us will likely already own.
Why is this such cause for celebration? Because fashion is one of the most polluting industries. Succumbing to fast, ‘throwaway fashion’ has a hugely damaging impact on our planet.
In the words of the late, great, Vivienne Westwood, “Buy less, choose well, make it last.”
So, as we do each season, we’ve summarised some of the key trends we think you’ll enjoy for autumn/winter ’23 and have shopped our own wardrobe to style existing items in a new way.
Where we do invest in a key piece for the season, we endeavour to shop sustainably, selecting quality items that we’ll take care of and enjoy for many years to come.
Without further ado, here are 4 key looks we’ve created for autumn/winter 2023:
1. Trench coat, striped shirt, and jeans
We love this combination. Not only is it comprised of a selection of items plenty of us already own, but it’s a look many of us will feel comfortable in.
We’ve shopped our wardrobe for the classic trench coat and belt and have purchased the on-trend jeans from online second-hand clothing site, Vinted. A great way to help quality clothes live a longer life!
2. Power dressing all wrapped up
We’ve had fun combining a number of the season’s key trends for this look.
Pinstripe suits, shirt and tie combos, and an elevated classic white shirt were among the catwalk highlights for autumn/winter ’23. As were dramatic scarves.
We’ve paired a satin, tuxedo-style shirt with tailored black trousers and a slim tie and softened the look with an oversized wool-mix scarf.
3. A cinched in waist and sheer fabrics
Sheer, lingerie fabrics were hot on this season’s catwalk showcasing a ‘just got out of bed’ look.
We’ve taken a steer from this, opting for a black sheer top, which we’ve paired with a classic piece that’s been lovingly looked after for many years: a Vivienne Westwood dress, cinched in at the waist with a studded belt.
Keeping the accessories simple to allow the outfit to shine, we’ve teamed this look with simple gold earrings and our favourite clutch
4. The midi skirt
This season, the catwalk felt more relatable, with designers focussing on key pieces that aim to future-proof your wardrobe while still looking current. That is, investment pieces that you’ll wear time and time again, with a subtle twist to take them to the next level.
On the catwalk, this translated as a sequin-lined trench coat, for example. For us, we prefer to elevate our outfits with elegant accessories, such as these stunning gold drop earrings.
We’ve paired these with a timeless black polo neck sweater, a beautiful saffron red midi skirt, and skinny black belt. It’s a stylish look that’ll take you effortlessly from day to evening.