The decade that taste forgot? We think not. Take direction from the 2019 catwalks with chic silhouettes, russet tones and ladylike accessories borrowed from fashion’s favourite era
Forget bell-bottom flares and space hoppers: this year’s take on Seventies style is thoroughly sophisticated. From the checked suits and tweed blazers at Victoria Beckham to the silk foulards (that’s ‘scarves’ to you and me) and pleated skirts at Celine, here’s how to work the season’s most in-demand pieces into your wardrobe.
When in doubt, start with a dress. We recommend this utility-chic style (pictured top), which will take you from work to weekend with ease. The midi length looks good with everything from heeled boots to sleek courts, while the self-tie belt has a waist-whittling effect.
Checked tailoring continues to be hot news for autumn/winter 2019, but it is also a wise investment, promising great cost-per-wear value when mixed and matched with pieces you already own. Try a wool blazer teamed with jeans and a tee, or houndstooth trousers with a cashmere polo-neck and trainers.
Pops of cornflower set against a backdrop of rust and terracotta offer a fresh new colour combination to brighten up grey days. A printed silk shirt, like this one by Autograph, is easy to wear and looks suitably retro-chic paired with high-waisted trousers, while a single-breasted suit jacket in a warm tone makes a welcome change to sober navy in all your go-to looks.
Taking centre stage on the catwalks at JW Anderson, Altuzarra and Richard Quinn, chintz and paisley patterns looked stylish, not stuffy. We love the effortless polish of our scarf-print pleated satin skirt (pictured) paired with a belted blazer for the epitome of modern elegance.
Trench coats are perennially stylish, hardwearing and versatile, and these autumn designs boast clever water-repelling technology to combat the famously fickle weather. Slip on over a ribbed knit and jeans for a fail-safe everyday outfit or dress up with a pleated skirt for evening. Aviator sunglasses and a pair of chunky leather brogues or loafers complete the look.
A figure-flattering dress is always a sensible investment at this time of year, especially one that can be teamed with thick opaque tights once the mercury drops. The rich terracotta hue signals the arrival of the new season while paying homage to the earthy palette favoured in the Seventies. A circular cross-body bag brings the styling up to the minute.
Words: Dulcie Emerson Images: Brian Daly Styling: Oonagh Brennan Make-up: Emma Kotch Hair: Christos Kallaniotis Nails: Joanna Newbold Model: Bruna Tenório at Elite Models London