3 AW17 trends to covet… forever

ashling wears: Studio B Gestuz leopard print maxi dress

I’m not in the habit of doing my daily chores (although what those are, I’m not sure) in frilly maxis and heels, nor do I navigate the school run and work commute with manicured and coiffed perfection. God no. I prefer to quietly manoeuvre through my day in comfort. In fact, I’m the mother who’s actually intimidated by the school gate. But slip on a little leopard, and well… hello attitude! There’s definitely something about this once trashy print that unleashes everyone’s inner wild. I’m not talking ‘jump-on-the-back-of-a-Harley’ type wild (although that does sound fun… er, midlife crisis alert), I just mean that leopard print has this confidence-enhancing quality. It’s a fashion favourite for that very reason; a now classic in most women’s wardrobes because it declares youth, edge and cool.

So it’s no surprise that once again Jackie O’s go-to print was back on the catwalks for AW17. And this brings me nicely round to an interesting question: is it actually a trend? Because let’s face it, much like a number of other enduring ‘trends’ that manage to cling on to the forefront of style, leopard is here to stay. There are looks that will, time after time, always make us feel stronger, more confident and comfortable in our own skin. Which means that – thankfully – designers will continue to deliver on these while cleverly marketing them as new, fresh and the latest must-haves. Sounds refreshing. I’m sold – again.

3 trends that’ll never go out of style

1. leopard print

This season Saint Laurent and Dolce & Gabbana captured the extravagance and luxe party vibe with dresses, coats, scarves and Varsity jackets. Heck, even the actual runway was leopard print.

Mango ruffled leopard blouse, £35.99 – BUY!

Topshop leopard print cardigan, £39 – BUY!

& Other Stories fuzzy leopard jumper, £69 – BUY!

2. power dressing

Yep, it’s time to take charge. From over-sized masculine tailoring to ’80s inspired skirt suits, Céline, Calvin Klein and Balmain have reignited my love for a classic blazer and streamlined suiting.

ME + EM pinstripe tux jacket, £299 – BUY! 

J.Crew Dover blazer in Italian blazer, £218 – BUY!

Topshop mensy trousers, £49 – BUY!


3. denim

Every season it’s back. But we know that the ol’ faithful blue never left us in the first place. For AW17, Dior brings us overalls and Stella McCartney is loving the denim jacket.

Madewell denim wide-leg jumpsuit, £140.88 – BUY!

Warehouse denim shirt dress, £46 – BUY!

Lee Borg collar denim jacket, £120 – BUY!

Ashling McCloy


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