The Clue is in the Texture

If one thing was clear at the Autumn Winter 2016 catwalk shows, it was that this season it is all about how you feel. Not your emotional well being you understand, (the fashion industry doesn’t care about that) but how you actually feel to the touch. Ignore the bombardment of all lengths of skirt from mini to maxi and jeans which are strangulated on the one hand and positively voluminous on the other. This season you’re not to fret about all that because now it is all about the texture of your garb. From fabulously opulent to softly understated, designers have focused on fabrics with no attention to detail spared.

I’ve narrowed it down to five of the loveliest trends which popped up again and again at the shows. The UK high street has responded with typical enthusiasm giving you heaps of choice. This winter if you don’t fancy twinkling from head to foot in jewels that will catch on everything you come into contact with, go instead for head to toe knits for the ultimate in cosy comfortable go-to dressing. Whichever look floats your boat – and who says you won’t love a bit of them all – people will want to touch you.


This detailing will turn you into a serious fashion heavyweight – quite literally. Jewels are weighty so keep any other jewellery to a minimum or your heels will be sinking into the pavement.


Now a year round look, lace suits everyone and doesn’t have to be dressy. Banish any thoughts of looking like Miss Havisham and make like an eighties Madonna or a young Queen Victoria instead.


You don’t want to look like a chaise longue (not this season anyway) so pick and choose your velvet pieces – it won’t be easy though, just look at all this gorgeous stuff. As always, if you’re not convinced then opt for a simple velvet bag or scarf.


My boyfriend is a knitwear obsessive who would wear a cashmere jumper and socks on the beach in high summer given half the chance so this look will be very popular round our gaff. Stick a belt on a sweater dress though if you’re generous of curve, or risk looking like a giant teddy bear.


The sheer look is no longer reserved for evening only. If eyes are the window to your soul, think of sheer sections as windows to your skin; a hint of what lies beneath. I think visible bra straps are fine as long as they complement the colour of the top.

There’s going to be a lot of feeling going on. It’s going to be a touchy feely kinda winter so get practicing your strokes and try not to be arrested in the process.

About aftercarrie

I help people refine their wardrobe to suit their shape, colouring and lifestyle. I am a style consultant, personal shopper and colour analyst working in London. Be the loveliest possible you. My first book SHOPPED was released on 5th July 2016 (September Publishing).
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