We look at five trends that take guts to wear, but are actually achievable. Honest
It’s confusing when fashion lore has always dictated that florals, stripes, dots and any other pattern should never be mixed. But this embroidered, tribal-esque skirt (£79.99, Zara) and classic striped vest (£10, River Island) prove that when done right, clashing prints can really work. The trick is to keep accessories minimal.
Erdem and Paul Smith’s a/w 2012 shows were awash with Downton-inspired tweeds and tartans. Yes, this jacket (Vivienne Westwood, £560, Liberty) isn’t cheap but it’s an investment piece which gives a subtle nod to Lord Grantham without veering into parody. Will look good with a smart skirt or jeans and Converse.
Sad but true: our clubbing days are now few and far between. So it’s good news that sequins aren’t just for doing the robot under a disco ball. This flower and sequin shirt (£48, Tophshop) is just lovely. Wear it with a knitted cardigan or leather biker jacket to up the daytime factor.
Oversized jumpers and jackets are a big deal for a/w 2012 but it’s a tricky trend to nail without looking like you’re wearing your dad’s gardening jumper. Pair this chic olive green merino wool knit (£69, Cos) with slim-fitting trousers to balance out your proportions.
When we got our first ever office job we bought a trouser suit to celebrate. We hated it because the trouser waistband cut into our stomach so much that eating lunch was painful. Luckily this Ted Baker ensemble (jacket £209; trousers £119) does nothing of the sort. A great buy because you can wear each piece separately.