Ready, set, winter: 6 trends to invest in right now

27 May 2021

Unsure how to dress when the cold creeps in? FQ has you sorted with the best trends to invest in this winter.

WORDS BY Courtney Joe

Paris Fashion Week AW20/21 Rochas

The temperatures are dropping, the air is crisp, and while your gut instinct might be to tone down the colour and wrap up in hues that reflect the dreary skies, we suggest otherwise. This winter, we’re saying no to monochrome and welcoming in trends that make us happy, ready, and set for whatever the weather throws our way. 


1. '70s revival

Aje 'Ryka' cropped shirt, $340, and 'Rebellion' panelled trouser, $410
Zimmermann 'Teddy' smocked top, $679, and draw waist pant, $429 from Superette
One of fashion’s most iconic decades is back, and we’re here for it. Refresh autumn’s palette with electric hues, paisley prints, and high-shine accents in the most joyful of silhouettes. Think voluminous sleeves, flared jeans, and matchy-matchy ensembles that will have you heading to the disco.

2. Be bold

Frisson Knits 'Francesca' cardigan, $680
Rebecca Taylor ruched tier dress, $795 from Muse Boutique
Let’s face it. Last winter—in fact, the whole year—was tough. This winter, get ready to let go of those tracksuits that saw you through a cold lockdown and embrace feel-good fashion in its finest form—colour. Scientifically proven to have a great effect on your mood and emotions, colour can work wonders on a weary winter’s mind.

3. Stomping ground

Mi Piaci 'Delta' boot, $400
Bottega Veneta boots, $1580 from Net-a-Porter
Practicality needn’t be boring, and these utilitarian lug-sole boots tick all the boxes. Fashion-forward, yet slip resistant, they’re your weather armour in leather (or vegan leather) form. Plus, the boots glide on with ease thanks to their chelsea boot-inspired gussets. Run, don’t walk, in these power kicks.

4. Chill factor

Frankie Shop 'Pernille Boy' blazer, $375, and pants, $275 from Seletti Concept Store
Moochi 'Recessed' pant, $339.99
Play it chill (in style, not temperature) in slouchy suiting made for movement. Say goodbye to the constraints of the traditional three-piece suit and welcome in the androgyny of oversized blazers, vests and straight-leg slacks. To ensure the slouched silhouette doesn’t swamp you, make sure to look out for cinched waists, high-rise fits, and tapered trouser legs.

5. Handle this

Deadly Ponies 'Mr Ripple' mini bag, $399
Yu Mei 'Scrunchie Vi' bag, $570
Forget the carry-all, it’s time for the mini top-handle to shine. Play with size and scale with this season’s arm candy in a dizzying array of textures and colours. A mini bag will ensure you carry only the bare necessities, without weighing you down.

6. Jewel accents

Zoe & Morgan 'Anchored' stacker rings, $240 each
Meadowlark 'Selene' hoop earrings, $1995
Coloured gemstones have our heart right now, and there’s no better way to add a splash of colour—or sparkle—to a pared-back winter wardrobe. If a coloured gem still feels a little extra for you, pick pearls for a more down-to-earth and ladylike touch.

For more winter style inspiration, read our round-up of dresses to make you smile

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