How to Wear AW16 Womenswear Trends Now

aw16 womenswear trends

The AW16 collections are arriving on a daily basis at Coggles, and we’re starting to build up our next season wardrobes now. From romantic velvet dresses and eccentric sports-inspired pieces, to intricate embellishments and a throwback to the ‘80s (yes, really), next season promises to be everything but boring. While August may not be the time to invest in that bold faux fur Shrimps coat just yet, there are plenty of trends to start embracing now.

Leopard Print

Animal print is a trend that gets recycled most seasons and AW16 is no different – seen on the catwalks at Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana and Givenchy. Promising to inject personality into any look, leopard print is a modern classic in any woman’s wardrobes; wear the trend now with footwear and accessories.

Off the Shoulder

The décolletage was the body part to show for SS16, with Tibi leading the way with the off-the-shoulder trend. This will carry on into Autumn/Winter too, with Balenciaga, Dior and Miu Miu all opting for the sweetheart neckline in their collections. Wear tops and dresses with asymmetric or bardot necklines now, and layer them on top of shirts à la KENZO.

Slip Dresses

The slinky slip dress defined ‘90s super model minimalist chic, and it’s back for AW16. Models wore them on their own or over velvet jumpers at Tibi, while Ganni took layering to another level by pairing them over shirts and cropped trousers. For summer, wear the slip dress with trainers and a bomber, and get ready to layer come autumn.

Sports Chic

Vetements’ Demna Gvasalia has single-handedly made sportswear fashionable – who knew a DHL t-shirt and Champion-inspired tracksuit would be 2016’s most coveted of pieces? This is a trend that isn’t slowing down for AW16, with more designers expected to follow suit (especially since Gvasalia has applied the same tact to Balenciaga, the fashion house he now heads up). This trend is about wearing it oversized and elevating with heels and jewellery.

Words by Angharad Jones

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

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