The Most Practical Trends To Wear This Season

When it comes to new-season trends, we often want the look fresh off the catwalk – whether the trend is wearable can come second. But this season, the biggest trends are both wearable and practical so they’ll boost your wardrobe and your mood. We’re swapping heels in favour of waterproof boots, lightweight jackets for duvet-style coats and jumbo totes for hands-free belt bags. Worn on their own or all at once, we’re welcoming these key buys with open arms.


Hiking Boots

Let’s start from the bottom up. The chunky, water resistant lace-up boot, once reserved for walking holidays and extreme weather conditions strides ahead of the Chelsea boot to become this winter’s most-coveted footwear. Grenson’s sell-out Nanette style may have sparked a new wave of interest, thanks to some seriously stylish backing from Holly Willoughby, but they aren’t the sole champions of the trend; a quick look on the high street and you’ll spot achingly cool styles at Topshop, Zara and ASOS, with Proenza Schouler and Valentino serving up your designer options. How best to style them? Preferably with an ankle-grazing, slim leg trouser or silky midi skirt and a suitably chunky knit.

Key buy: Ganni Edna Shearling-Lined Suede Boots, £300, MATCHESFASHION.COM


The Boilersuit

Boilersuits have become the unexpected wardrobe hero of the year. Why the appeal? We’re putting it down to the fact this outfit-in-one requires minimal thinking but delivers maximum impact. Styles are varied, so if oversized silhouettes aren’t your thing, you can easily slip into something with a belt and a cropped, wide leg trouser. Plus this incredibly comfy staple looks every bit as chic worn over a roll neck knit with trainers during the day, as it would with heels. Whether you go for indigo denim, classic khaki or powder pink corduroy – whichever style you choose, you’re guaranteed to get plenty of wear out of this.

Key buy: Topshop Ecru Boilersuit, £59,



At Jacquemus they were cropped and layered under asymmetric skirts, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi opted for lace styles under dresses, and Tom Ford sent daring animal print iterations down the catwalk. This season the message was clear: leggings are in. There’s no denying the appeal of a great fitting pair of leggings, which promise to be the most comfortable separate after chunky knitwear. Style yours with a chunky camel roll neck knit and a checked coat, or, why not try a classic black legging with an oversized white blazer, gold hoops and mules. Finally, consider something sequinned in place of cropped trousers and finish with a long line silky blouse and heels.

Key buy: Villora Leggings, £113,


The Puffer

What could be better when it’s freezing out, than to wrap up in a duvet and walk directly out the door? According to the style set, you can now do just that. Enter the puffer jacket. Much like the hiking boot, the fashion crowd has given this the green light and padded coats have graduated from last year’s micro trend to a winter wardrobe essential. Shapes vary, with the cropped oversized iteration coming out on top. Colour-wise, look for muted shades of burgundy, green, navy or black for versatility and wear yours with everything from floaty printed midi dresses to tailored suiting and off-duty denim. 

Key buy: Khaki Puffer Jacket, £99.99,


Belt Bags

If you were considering downsizing your oversized bag for something smaller and lighter, look no further than the belt bag. On first appearances, this might not seem like an entirely practical trend - you’d need to avoid anything teeny-tiny and only ever pack the essentials so you’re not going to get your laptop in here. However once you’ve secured the perfect shape such as the bum bag or a duffle-style with a drawstring, you’ll be lighter and hands free for the foreseeable.

Key buy: Wandler Burgundy Anna Belt Bag, £470, or Wandler Anna Mock Croc Belt Bag, £460, both

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