Here are seven trends to try this winter

Words by Bianca O'Neill

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Every new trend we saw at fashion week this year

The cooling weather usually heralds the return of a less inspiring winter wardrobe. However, this year you’ll be surprised by the trends set to overtake your usual fashion fare of overcoats, ankle boots and black jeans.

MBFWA may have wrapped up last week, delivering an insight into coming resort collections, but that doesn’t mean we have to wait for the summer season to try our hand at the emerging trends.

Here are seven fashion week trends you can try this winter.

1. Long shorts

If you’ve been on Instagram lately you’ll have noticed that long shorts are having a hot minute amongst the fashion elite – despite the fact that they are probably unflattering on 99 per cent of the population. If you’re planning on giving them a go, try pairing a long short with a blazer and knee-high boots for an equestrian take on your weekend look.


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2. Riot of colour

Bright mono-colour, delivering a single shade head-to-toe, as well as the return of block colour, was a big trend this year at fashion week. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your winter basics – the bigger the colour, the bigger the statement.

3. Coloured thigh-highs

Taking the block colour trend to a new level of matchy-matchy, we saw numerous iterations of coloured thigh-high boots everywhere on the runways – from Bec and Bridge to Innovators to We Are Kindred. Forget an investment piece in a safe colour here – trend choices need only apply.

4. Strong prints

The return of strong print was packaged up in a retro wrapper this fashion week. Think ’60s and ’70s flashbacks via bold colours and large-scale patterns for a loud look you can layer and clash.

5. Go retro

Retro silhouettes, prints and styling are all back in fashion, according to those in the know at MBFWA. From tie-dye and dip dye fabrics to wide leg and flares making a comeback, fashion designers even spent time sourcing retro accessories like buttons and trim to give the trend an authentic flavour.

6. Colour contrast

During the week we saw a lot of lilac, eucalyptus and soft yellow, usually showed alongside highly contrasting tones in highlighter red, strong pink and pop orange. There was warmth in the neutrals, with designers opting for sandstone, ecru and creamy whites.

7. Get loose

Flowing fabrics delivered a looser fit pant, and designers showed a preference for billowing skirts over body con. This is great news for anyone who (like me) plans to put on some winter weight during the cold season. 

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