Tuesday, 6 August 2013

On the Frontline

Christopher Kane Autumn/Winter 13. Images from Style.com.

 

It's officially Autumn/Winter in the world of fashion, as the September issues come waltzing along to inform us that our wardrobes should be filled with jumpers and sensible hemlines whilst the normal world are still enjoying the remnants of Britain's hottest summer in God-knows-how-long. If the press has succeeded in making you feel that your current cloister of clothing is thoroughly unacceptable then never fear, as shops all along the high street are conveniently introducing the first pick of their collections for the colder months for your shopping pleasure.

That's not to say that I don't enjoy the barrage of trends that come with a new season: I spend my free time pouring over fashion magazines, idly imagining a universe where I can own everything on the pages despite doing no apparent work for such wealth. The problem is that it can be hard to navigate at the beginning, making us wonder what's a fad and what's here to last. If reports from are to be read correctly, however, one trend that is most certainly sticking around is camo print. No, I'm not kidding: fatigue inspired pieces for every part of the body was championed by Scottish designer Christopher Kane and you can bet your bottom dollar that anything his Midas hands touch will turn to fashion gold.

 

Skirt, £110, Whistles.

"How on Earth," I can hear your all thinking, "am I going to wear camouflage to the office?" It's a good question, and one that must be pondered carefully before submitting to this latest whim. Avoid the cheaper high street stores, as at a quick glance all their incarnations of the print are far too casual to be worn to the office without looking like a fourteen year old who has accidentally stumbled in. Instead, head towards the more premium outlets at your disposal and invest wisely into something that can be worn not just at the weekend, but during the nine-to-five. Whistles' have created the ideal apparition in the form of this boxy A-Line skirt: featuring muted tones and a deconstructed, digitalised version of the pattern, you'll be hard pressed to find something that looks so grown up whilst still channelling the trend. Worn with daytime stables such as a white shirt, black blazer and non-fussy court shoes, this will act as the perfect introduction to an otherwise terrifying concept. Wear wisely and soon you'll forget what all the fuss was about in the first place.

 

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