Given that most of us are still staying at home as much as possible, there’s no better time to have a wardrobe clear out.
However, because there’s a new season of fashion around the corner, you might want to hold off donating certain pieces.
Why? Well, you can take them with you from Spring/Summer 2020 through to Autumn/Winter 2020, of course.
For instance, let’s say you donated your camel coat. As a self-professed fashionista, you’d only regret your decision in a couple of months when everybody is wearing camel coats and you’re longing to have yours back. Sigh.
Not to worry — you can avoid this heartache by taking note of the following AW20 trends that are sticking around from SS20.
1. Toffee Tones
First things first, neutrals aren’t going anywhere for AW20 — especially those of the brown variety.
We’re talking about toffee, caramel and biscuit tones, to name a few.
From latte shirts at Rejina Pyo to chocolate skirts at Margaret Howell, mix and match these drool-worthy shades to create modern yet minimal ensembles.
(Oh, and FYI — this includes your camel coat from Autumn/Winter 2019.)
2. Lovely Lilac
SS20 brought us a sea of dreamy pastels, but it may surprise you to learn that AW20 trends are holding onto one in particular.
Step forward, lovely lilac — one of the key colours of the upcoming season.
Not a traditional hue for autumn or winter, you can nod to this trend through a subtle shirt or shoe a la Acne and Stella McCartney.
Alternatively, if you’re feeling brave, put a fresh and unique spin on your wardrobe by rocking the hue head-to-toe. This is inspired by Alexander McQueen and Hugo Boss, who showcased chic lilac suits and dresses at their AW20 shows.
Oh, and did we mention that they looked fabulous?
3. Puffed Sleeves
Speaking of feminine AW20 trends, puffed sleeves are staying firmly on the style scene.
That said, they will no longer take the form of cute cropped tops and summer dresses. Instead, they will dominate your knitwear.
We can thank Jil Sander and Fendi for this one. They sent models down their catwalks in jumpers and knitted dresses with exaggerated lines and excess fabric.
Cute, cosy and makes an impact? This trend is a surefire triple threat!
4. Chic Tailoring
Did you fall in love with oversized suiting in SS20? If so, good news — it’s making a comeback as part of AW20 trends.
In fact, the Dad-style blazer will take full precedence, whether in belted or free form.
AW20 shows such Christopher Kane and Loewe also championed the grey suiting that we saw in AW19. Sometimes, the trousers were swapped for a skirt to put a contemporary spin on the proceedings.
Either way, ladies — get ready to suit up (again).
Last but not least, the gothic glamour trend from SS20 will be sticking around for AW20.
Think: all-black-everything, from leather maxi dresses at Valentino to see-through jumpsuits at Tom Ford.
Speaking of leather, you can dig out your black leather jacket, coat and/or blazer from your AW19 wardrobe. This will ultimately serve as your standout hero piece for the upcoming season.
(Who knew the AW20 trends would be this fierce?)
Giving These AW20 Trends a Serious Style Update
Full disclosure: just because you’re doing your bit for the environment and choosing to re-wear pieces from previous seasons instead of buying new clothes that you don’t need, doesn’t mean that you can’t look fashionable for AW20.
Concerned you’ll fall behind in the street style stakes? Simply team these pieces with other trend-led options to give them clout.
Either way, you can rest assured that you’re saving money and getting the most out of your wardrobe this Autumn/Winter. Win-win.
Which of these AW20 trends are you glad about it sticking around? Do you know of any others?
Katie Davies is the Yorkshire-based freelance writer who founded Trendy Tourist. Since 2017, she has written for over 100 companies on a range of subjects, from fashion to marketing. When she’s not producing content, you can find her shopping, exploring a new place or sitting somewhere having a cup of builder’s tea.