READING: Dress for Pre-Fall with these Six Essentials
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SINCE WE’RE IN THE BUSINESS OF NICE THINGS, we thought you might enjoy easing into the coming chill with style. You won’t miss the mark with these winners.

This Issey Miyake psychedelic print tunic is perfect for summer sundowners.

The Eighties Dress

You know the ’80s are back when you spot a bodycon ruche dress or an oversized tunic on the runway. A little ruching is a lovely way to accentuate your figure and this decorative detail is flattering on all body types. Some slinky favourites include a rainbow-hued iridescent number from Marco de Vicenzo and a floral summer version from Diane von Furstenberg. If you’re not a fan of the body-conscious fit, you can still work that Eighties look with this psychedelic print tunic from Issey Miyake pronto!

Nipped waists and silhouettes are back with (from left) Dior, Emilio Pucci and Carolina Herrera.

The Feminine Jacket

Christian Dior introduced the New Look silhouette in his debut collection in 1947, and since then the Bar jacket with its nipped-in-waist has been an icon for the Parisian house. Needless to say, it has inspired many designers and this season, brands like Jil Sander, Carolina Herrera, Emilio Pucci and Zac Posen introduced it in their respective collections. Herrera showed one of the most attractive jackets of the season with decorative details of white flowers lined on the pocket flaps. Also, take a cue from Herrera’s power suit styling and swop stilettos for a pair of pointed toe boots.   

Heat up pre-Fall with trench coats from (from left) Fendi, Valentino and Diane von Furstenberg.

The Quirky Trench Coat   

Tiger prints at Valentino and a Gucci monogram coat are all proof that we should give our classic beige trench coats a rest this cold season. How about a sprinkle of creativity when it comes to winter weather styling? Diane von Furstenberg shows us how – by pairing your PVC trench over a pretty printed floral frock. Yaass kweens, we can un-hide those pretty summer dresses from under heavy winter coats and optimise them all year round.

Oversized nominations are in from labels like (from left) Tibi, Giamba and MSGM.

The Oversized Dress

The tent dress is fashion’s go-to, fuss-free frock. It may be shapeless and unsexy, but the power of these tent dresses lies in the artistic prints. Big, bold wildflowers come alive on the pieces from Tibi, Gucci and MSGM but if you prefer delicate floral prints, Giamba, Off-White and See by Chloé have the best options. Wear it with a free-spirited attitude but show some character in your choice of footwear. Our suggestion? Rock something tough, not dainty. 

Jil Sander’s summery take on the stylish asymmetrical skirt.

The Asymmetrical Skirt

Zigzag and handkerchief hemlines have been making headlines since Spring 2018 and you need to keep up. Whether your choice is a work-appropriate dress from Temperley London or a quirky floral jacquard skirt from Jil Sander, the fact is, an asymmetrical hemline is the fastest way to ace an effortlessly stylish look.

Revisit the elegant lady cape with these renditions from (from left) Missoni, Dior, and Pringle of Scotland.

The Elegant Cape

It’s high time the cape returned from hibernation and onto runways. Back in the day, the cape had a very prim, proper and ladylike association as it was popularly worn over evening gowns in the 1930s. Take your cue today from Dior and Pringle of Scotland by wearing your cape in a thrown-together, slightly boyish manner. 


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