To give you a hand navigating the funny old world of fashion, we’ve
uncovered some mysteries of the fash pack’s bewildering lexicon. From shoes
to suits to the new skirt shapes, we’ve cracked the code on some of
fashion’s most bewildering buzzwords, so you can breeze through the
season in style, sweetie.
Almond Toe – Inspired by the healthy snack we carry in our handbags,
almond toe shoes have a curved, slightly pointed toe. Not as sharp as
ladylike spikes and not as round as a pump, almond toes occupy a happy
medium that’s both comfortable and super stylish. Don’t trust us? Test
the trend with chunky biker boots.
– Coined to describe the 20th century German school of design, this
colour-heavy movement recently took over the imaginations of designers
at Paris Fashion Week, resulting in a catwalk littered with graphic
shapes and retina-blasting colours. Channel the trend in our City Scape
Dress, inspired by the stark architecture of Berlin’s skyline.
– shortened from ‘co-ordinates’ and used to describe matching separates
worn together. You might think taking inspiration from Cher Horowitz’s
top-to-toe tartan is a little clueless (sorry), but you can dip your toe
into this trend in a way that won’t scare the kids at the school gate.
Try shaking up your office look with a tweedy textured blazer-and-trousers combo.
– Half coat, half cardigan, this little wonder will be your life saver
when it’s not quite cold enough to don a coat (we live in hope!) but a
little too nippy for only one layer. Its key features are a chunky
knitted finish, a cosy collar and a nonchalant slouchiness that makes it
the perfect companion for throwing on over jeans and loose layers. Don’t forget to cinch in your waist with a skinny belt to sharpen up your silhouette.
– With its demure, ultra-flattering length, the midi skirt is a new
contender for official style staple status. Whether you choose a full
fifties-style shape, a shorter A-line style adorned with print and
pleats, or a striped tube-style skirt, be sure to balance the midi’s leg-lengthening proportions with a chic cropped sweater.
– Thanks to its high-shine finish and 80’s vibe, you might be tempted
to keep pleather firmly where it belongs – in another decade. But this
humble leather substitute – also known as PU or polyurethane – has come a
long way since its Top of the Pops days. Lightweight and
tactile, a statement piece in buttersoft pleather will instantly update
your new-season wardrobe. A simple shift
is transformed into an achingly cool buy-me-now dress that’ll speed
straight to the top of your lust list, whilst the humble A-line skirt
gets a high-fashion overhaul when reworked in lightweight pleated PU
layers. Forget what you thought you knew about pleather, because it’s
back with a vengeance for AW14.