10 KEY PIECES

WE ROUND UP THE STYLES WE’RE LOVING FOR FALL/WINTER 2016

1.

THE SUIT JACKET

Shaking off its 9-to-5 associations, the FW16 suit jacket is seriously sharp. The runways saw designers moving away from the '80s-inspired oversized approach, opting instead for a slick silhouette with a nipped-in waist – imagine a modern-day rendition of Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic Le Smoking.

Styling tip: Keep it simple and suit up with matching pants. When worn on a night out, the brave may choose to wear the jacket with nothing underneath.

Blazer Altuzarra

2.

THE FLUFFY COAT

The worst thing about getting dressed in winter is having to cover up your carefully chosen outfit with a coat, especially when you only have one. There's something a bit Groundhog Day about wearing the same thing day in, day out.

Our solution: when choosing your FW16 lineup, make sure you include outerwear that packs a punch. Specifically, this season’s oh-so-touchable shearling and faux fur styles. With coats this good, it almost doesn’t matter what you’re wearing underneath.

Almost.

Styling tip: Layer over baggy trousers, knitted skirts, skinny jeans – the possibilities are endless…

Coat Chloé

3.

THE LACE BLOUSE

It’s easy to be wary of this Victoriana-inspired blouse – after all, there’s a fine line between prettily proper and a bit old-fashioned. The key to staying on the right side of prim is to seek out styles that offset a demure high neckline with just the right amount of sheer detailing.

Ever the masters of the dramatic, Italian designers Emilio Pucci, Alberta Ferretti and Dolce & Gabbana are the standout proponents of the piece.

Styling tip: Summon the season’s dark romance trend with plush velvet and pointed boots – in any color, as long as it’s black.

Top Alberta Ferretti

4.

THE TURTLENECK SWEATER

It’s hard to say no to a cozy knit when the temperature plummets, but there’s something about a tired old sweater that leaves a lot to be desired.

So here’s the good news: this season’s crop of knitwear is well-equipped to hold its own in the style stakes. Oversized and oh-so-cool, make N.Peal Cashmere and Brunello Cucinelli your first port of call for a larger-than-life layer.

Styling tip: The ever-practical fashion set prefer to keep their hands to themselves with ultra long sleeves.

Sweater Chloé

5.

THE BIKER JACKET

This is the piece that needs no introduction – the biker jacket’s boundless appeal has made it a wardrobe mainstay for countless seasons now.

But as ever, the more things stay the same, the more they change. This season, designers found a point of difference by incorporating the current craze for all things motocross, adding quilted detailing and vinyl accents (also known as high-vis for the style conscious).

Styling tip: Wear with anything and everything. Right now we’re all about a monochrome palette and streamlined layers.

Jacket Theory

6.

THE PLEATED SKIRT

Fashion’s love affair with lean silhouettes continues unabated, and the pleated skirt is the latest piece to be feeling its effects.

Where once a more voluminous silhouette was the norm, it is now sleeker styles that are getting the nod from those in the know, with sleek midi and two-tone knitted options asserting themselves as must-have elements of every winter uniform.

Styling tip: Proportions are key: offset midi skirts with structured or longline separates.

Skirt 1205

7.

THE PRINTED MAXI DRESS

Long after the sun has set on the summer months, warm-weather stalwart boho continues to make its mark on our wardrobes. As a winter proposition, it is infused with a distinctly grown up mood, playing out in maxi dresses that are situated at the intersection between the luxe bohemian and Victoriana trends.

Our favorite styles temper the maximalist approach with demure elements like long sleeves or high necklines.

Styling tip: This is definitely boot territory; whether you go ankle or higher, a round toe is essential.

Dress Just Cavalli

8.

THE BAGGY PANT

A pair of baggy pants may seem like the preserve of the tomboyish alone, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. While they are undeniably the perennial boy-meets-girl styling essential, FW16 sees them reworked with a distinctly feminine attitude.

Theory and Stella McCartney employ silk finishes and understated details to create oversized pants that are at once flattering and oh-so cool.

Styling tip: This season, it’s all about balancing proportions: a longline tunic is the perfect foil to your pants’ fluid silhouette.

Pants Proenza Schouler

9.

THE EMBELLISHED PARTY DRESS

Just when we feel like our enthusiasm for the sparkly party dress is waning, something happens to make us fall in love with it all over again.

This time, we have subtly gothic inflections like velvet, tarnished embellishment and inky palettes to thank. Where once it was all about shining bright like a diamond, this season’s parties will be an altogether more mysterious affair.

Styling tip: Don't let your accessories steal the spotlight; defer to the advice of Coco Chanel and remove (at least) one before leaving the house.

Dress Emilio Pucci

10.

THE OVERSIZED SHIRT

A white shirt may be risky business – it’s a magnet for every grain of dirt, splash of foundation and drop of red wine – but the mere sight of a crisp white cotton creation makes us willing to take a chance.

Once again designers chose to take an oversized approach, with voluminous styles by Iris & Ink and Equipment nodding to the relaxed silhouettes of pajama dressing (but take note: these are too divine to waste on bedtime).

Styling tip: Offset any lingering boardroom associations with the season’s go-to sparkler: the cocktail earring.

Shirt Maison Margiela