Sportswear chic to tweed shift dresses: the hottest AW14 womenswear trends
Call us weird, but now October’s here, summer’s kind of had its day. Which is fine by us as it can mean only one thing – AW14 is finally here and we get to pick out the best new trends up for the taking. Well, who doesn’t love a legitimate reason to go shopping?
1. The 1960s
Shift dresses. Baker boy caps. Rain macs. If you embrace one trend this season, let it be the Sixties. Hunt down tweed shift dresses with high necks and A-line skirts that skim over hips, and wear over roll necks or shirts. The look works equally well as workwear or as off-duty preppy cool. Just add Mary Janes, monochrome eyeliner a la Twiggy, and a Beatles soundtrack. And set your camera to black and white mode.
2. The 1990s
It’s pretty much the polar opposite of the AW14 trend above, but that’s fashion for ya! The 90s look is all about grunge-inspired cool. Think check shirts tied casually around the waist, old band t-shirts, body tops, and pale-wash denim. Add chokers, scrunchies, and mood rings to finish. Oh and by the way, if you did it the first time round, as far as we’re concerned, you can totally get away with it the second time round. (Because we are.)
3. Sportswear chic
This AW14 trend isn’t so much about sweat-stained running tops (just no), as it is teaming trainers with, erm, everything. Take your cue from the X Factor girls… Lola, Kerrianne, and Emily Middlemas who all wore trainers with prom dresses, midi skirts, and shift dresses. Pump up the look with over-the-knee PE socks, baseball tops, and bomber jackets. It’s a little bit Kriss Kross but that works for us.
4. Mellow Gothic
We love this awesome AW14 trend. That’s because it allows us to unleash our darker side. Say no to the likes of talcum powder as foundation, full-length leather jackets, and those weird contact lenses that make your eyes look like they belong to a snake. But holler a loud ‘hell yeah baby’ to lace tops, velvet dresses, and vintage slips and petticoats. Basically anything that looks like it’d get the thumbs up from the wardrobe girls on a Tim Burton film.
5. Flower power
Florals have been around for a while, and as far as AW14 womenswear trends go, they show no sign of waving goodbye just yet. Which is damn fine by us. From the ditsy floral prints you’ll find on 90s-style maxi dresses, to the psychedelic floral prints on oversized t-shirts, florals are everywhere this AW14. Power to the flower.
Pictured products are both from Abraham Moons & Sons at Boden: the new pink-spot pattern British tweed shift dress (currently £125.10; was £139); and, from the Clearance, the gorgeous flamingo-check British tweed shift dress is £77.84 (was £139 – limited stock). Prices checked on 7 October 2014.