A common side effect of London Fashion Week is the overwhelming desire to chuck our entire wardrobe and start over. How can we help ourselves? The themes, the colourways, the accessories are just too damn inspirational not to get a little trigger-happy with the credit card.
But, starting over is far from practical. Really, you can't throw out all your clothes. But, we've found a way to refresh your look, without spending a penny. You just need to borrow the smart styling tricks from the best shows of LFW. And, there's so much to choose from. From double-jacket combos to socks with heels, these are the styling tips that will refresh your closet — no new purchases necessary.
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Photo: Courtesy of Burberry Prorsum.
Cinch It In
As the winter continues to rage, the number of layers required to keep hypothermia at bay is beginning to feel a little ridiculous. Burberry Prorsum offers a no-brainer style solution we're pretty sure anyone can manage: Drape your scarf over your coat and cinch it all in with a belt. Is that a waist we can see? Absolutely.
Photo: Courtesy of Christopher Kane.
We like to keep our options open when it comes to outerwear. A puffer jacket is the best for keeping warm, but a tailored overcoat looks all business. Lucky for us, the autumn/winter runways were awash with looks where both styles come together. We're taking a page out of Christopher Kane's book and pairing a slim-fit puffa with an oversize topper. At least until the temperature goes up.
Photo: Courtesy of Emilia Wickstead.
Pull Your Socks Up
Bare legs are the new norm for day and evening looks — no matter the temperature — so, it was a surprise to see Emilia Wickstead's exquisite gowns paired with heels and socks. But, somehow it works and we want in. The key to this look is choosing a straightforward trouser sock, preferably in a solid navy or grey shade. For a new take on daytime dressing, try it with your fanciest heels, favourite boyfriend jeans, and tailored oxford shirt. You won't know what's hit you.
Photo: Courtesy of Holly Fulton.
Nothing beats the sartorial power of a statement coat. This season, proportions were big and the prints even bigger. We loved it. Try this idea for yourself by taking a simple outfit of cropped pants and a skinny rib tee and teaming it with an oversized swing coat — the bolder and brighter the better. The beauty of this look is that you don't need any other embellishments or accessories. The coat does all the talking for you.
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Maybe the designers got the memo about the freezing temps, because several runway shows offered up ingenious layering solutions. Case in point: the Bermuda shorts over gauchos at the Jonathan Saunders show. Try it for yourself with a pair of colourblock tights and skinny heels for an outfit that will keep you feeling warm, while still looking cool.
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We've all got a body-con dress languishing in the back of the closet that we're just not too sure about. Thanks to Marios Schwab, we may have found the solution. The brand's collection showcased looks featuring body-con minidresses worn over long, flowing gowns. The effect was different, dramatic, and very, very cool. We're trying it out this weekend. Will you?
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Tie Up Those Apron Strings
Trust Mary Katrantzou to make us think differently about the humble apron. The models stalked the runway in miniskirts with what looked suspiciously like an apron peeking out the side. If you want to play with multiple hemlines, slip a colourblock scarf into the waistband of a miniskirt.
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We love when a gorgeous accessory has many uses. Mother of Pearl showed us a brand-new way to wear a necktie: Turn it into a turtleneck! Choose a print that matches (or complements) a graphic-print dress. Then, wrap the tie around your neck several times to create the illusion of a fitted turtleneck. Magic!
Photo: Courtesy of Preen.
Double or Nothing
Deciding what to wear in the morning is a drag. But, Preen gave us a solution to the daily dilemma: Wear everything at once — sorta. You no longer have to choose between your favourite miniskirt and maxi-dress. Why not double up and wear them together. A new outfit is created in an instant and you haven't even spent a penny.
Photo: Courtesy of Roksanda Ilincic.
Be Your Own Superhero
The midi-skirt is still a popular length for spring, judging by the number we saw on the runways. But, what caught our eye was the wide, metallic, almost Wonder Woman-inspired belts they were paired with. The effect was sensational. Try the waist-whittling powers for yourself, and see how it transforms a preppy, everyday style into something more than a little bit special.
Photo: Courtesy of Simone Rocha.
Wear Brogues After Dark
The LFW runways were filled with evening looks that took our breath away, but what really caught our eye were the shoes! The lace-up brogue gives an ultra-fancy cocktail dress an edge of toughness that feels really, really fresh. We're giving this a go, immediately.