Going casual is a way of life right now, as a global trend towards utility dressing shows – but that doesn’t mean scruffy. Put-together pieces will make all the difference to your winter wardrobe.
We’ll show you how to incorporate the latest trends into your A/W wardrobe for casual dressing with that doesn’t miss out on optimal style.
Whether you’re out in the country or gallery-hopping, there’s an art to dressing down. Discover how to adapt all the latest runway trends to pull it off.
1. Layered neutrals
Black doesn’t necessarily need to be your colour of choice for winter, as tempting as that may sound. This season Mix things up with winter whites and creamy neutrals.
Mix up your whites by selecting styles with artful cut outs or interesting textured fabrics. Layer similar neutrals over each other. For women, try a white shirt with an oatmeal scarf and cream linen pants or a skirt – these tones create depth.
For men, you can elevate a winter staple - a simple pair of beige chinos worn with a white shirt - by incorporating earthy browns and camel colours into your ensemble.
Left to right; Ghanda, Seed, Sheike
Nothing says “winter” like classic quilting, and quilting helps add some much-needed texture to what dull and drab winter outfits could otherwise be. This trend was seen all over the runways for A/W this year, on everything from bags and jackets to more unexpected items like skirts, tops and shoes.
For women, using quilting to elevate an outfit could be as simple as a warm, quilted jacket or skirt – or even try some low quilted heels or flats in creamy neutral shades.
For men who want to get the look, try a cosy quilted jacket or overcoat, or try the trend with your accessories to start – simply add a quilted sports-luxe bag.
Ghanda & Gorman
3. Wide-leg Denim
The ‘70s is having a mini resurgence with an excess of fringing on the runway, as well as wide-leg denim. Building on 2020’s Mum-jean trend, it seems denim this year is moving to wider proportions.
To get this look, aim to go in-store, because you’ll want the perfect fit. Fit is always important with jeans, but it’s especially key in nailing this trend. If the jean leg is too voluminous for your frame, you could end up swamped in fabric. On the other hand, if it’s too subtle, no one will notice your superlative style.
But don’t feel you have to go 70s all over – let the one statement piece do all the talking. Calm down a pair of wide-leg jeans with a simple shirt, a stylish coat and ankle boots for a classic winter casual look.
Left to right; Sportsgirl, David Jones, General Pants Co
4. Tailored checks
Checks are universally versatile and a real fashion staple season after season. And while checks are nothing new, they look great on both men and women.
Checkerboard print is all over the runways – thinks The Queen’s Gambit -- and you can go as bold as you like with this trend. If you’re nervous about adding it to your wardrobe, start small with a boldly coloured check square. Feeling bold? A matching checked ensemble. For a middle ground option pair some checked pants or a skirt with winter neutrals and layer solid colours over the top.
For men, a checked shirt can be a great casual layering piece, especially when worn under a dark corduroy jacket or less formal unstructured pieces.
Left to right, Kookai, Jay Jays, Dangerfield