The 10 fashion rules for AW17

Ah, the new season: the perfect time to try fresh trends, right?  Caroline Leaper presents your A/W17 fashion manifesto.

Yes, you will give those Dior-esque berets a whirl, and you will swap your fail-safe jeans for some Prada-esque navy cords. You’ll finally find the colour that’s so you and trade in your navy pea coat for a jazzy new model. Why? Because it’s a new fashion season and, if the shows can teach us anything, it’s that switching up your sartorial norms every now and again is not only a good thing, but it’s also quite easy to do. Your pledges are as follows…

1 – “I willbecome a ‘hat person’”

Dior declared the return of the hat by completing every one of its 68 show looks with a black leather beret. Wear with boilersuits and ballgowns alike.

2 – “I will revisit the slouch boots of seasons past”

They’re back, and bolder than ever. Saint Laurent even covered them in crystals for a full fashion throwback.

3 – “I will not write off old knitwear”

Cardies have cachet again. Christopher Kane’s came ready-bobbled, which means it’s acceptable to revisit that tatty one at the back of the wardrobe, right?

4 – “I will embrace tonal”

Pick a colour and dress from top to toe in its various tones. Remember to offset with one contrasting item to avoid the full Crayola look.

5 – “I will invest in a suit”

Suiting is trending. Has there ever been a better time to ditch your scruffs and start dressing like the boss you’ve always wanted to be?

6 – “I will reconsider corduroy”

Seventies professeur vibes are hot right now. Just ask Chloé, Prada or any other label that brought it back for A/W17.

7 – “I will buy a statement coat”

Yes, your navy pea coat is eternally chic. But for A/W17, there are superior options – glossy macs, embellished bikers, even bumper-quilted ones like gorgeous duvets.

8 – “I will not wear said coat properly”

Shrug it nonchalantly off your shoulders or do a full Balenciaga cape twist. Just don’t button it up normally.

9 – “I will accept chain mail as a party-season fabric”

As everyone from JW Anderson to Brienne of Tarth will attest, chain mail is more badass than sequins.

10 – “I will coordinate with my wallpaper”

The best new-season prints are borrowed from interiors. Who knew that Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen was such a fashion plate?

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