Words by Annabel Falco. Imagery by Katie Fergus.
Fashion Journalist, Stylist and Queen Street Mall Ambassador, Annabel Falco joins Edward Street Brisbane to take on the luxury trends.
The sun is setting early; temperatures have dropped; and my trusty strappy sandals have been relocated to the back of the wardrobe. Autumn/Winter has well and truly arrived, and this particular Fashion Stylist is in layering heaven!
While most shoppers fear monochromatic colour palettes, bulky coats and additional layers, I thrive on a styling challenge and am excited for the chance to breathe new life into my classic wardrobe pieces.
With Covid sweats well and truly behind us, A/W21 is all about making a statement where the simple addition of brightly coloured accessories, oversized coats, masculine tailoring, and shearling details elevate any “boring” Winter ensemble. The key is to stick to classic fashions that suit your body shape and budget, then add interest with a few on-trend silhouettes and accessories to revive your #ootd and outlook.
Taking inspiration from the likes of Hailey Bieber, Rosie Hunting-Whitely and Victoria Beckham, this season is all about bold accessories where shoes, handbags and bangles are in the spotlight from Designer Archives. Accessories, this season, are best worn in primary shades or taken back to classic iconic colours of natural luxury fabrics like black or caramel. Styled simply against a backdrop of jeans, tee and blazer, these items transform your outfit and are easily layered for day to night occasions.
On the subject of layers… go big or go home with oversized silhouettes and long lines ruling the runways. My suggestion is to balance proportions and wear something fitted underneath. Add a belt for definition then polish off with a sneaker or chunky brogue care of Peter Sheppard Footwear. Downplay your trend piece with the classic colour tones of beige, black and camel to truly nail this fashion movement.
This season’s key shape takes inspiration from our male counterparts with wide leg trousers, shirting, brogues and overcoats proving to be a popular choice. I suggest styling with layered Dinosaur Design bangles and a red lip for maximum impact. Always remember to highlight your waist and cuff sleeves and trousers to create a flattering shape.
When it comes to fashion vs function, shearling has you covered with everything from jackets through to shoes embracing this Winter trend. My pick is the oversized COS shearling clutch which takes your outfit from desk to dinner in the most fabulous of ways.
For my stylish male readers in need of an update, Mitchell Ogilvie and M.J. Bale at Wintergarden have you covered, offering stylish options for the boardroom and beyond. Tonal dressing is proving to be a popular trend, so embrace a head-to-toe look in shades of camel, forest green and chocolate. Incorporate textures and prints in the form of statement belts, socks and scarves and don’t forget your trusty trench to dress up casual sweats and work slacks.
There you have it folks! Winter dressing doesn’t have to be so daunting – simply break down the key trends (which I’ve done for you above!) and select one that best suits you and your lifestyle. Start small with accessories then work your way up to that statement-coloured coat or chunky brogue you’ve been eyeing off. No matter the season, fashion is meant to be fun so embrace the temperature drop and break out your most fabulous layers.
At the end of the cold Winter’s day, confidence is the ultimate key to nailing your A/W #ootd.
Take to Edward Street Brisbane this season to find all of my latest picks featured in this trend edit and so much more!