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Get your style game on

There may be a proverbial 20-year cycle that dominates fashion trends but men, that’s no excuse to wait two decades until you’re back in style again! We’ve hunted out our top picks to keep your wardrobe at the top of its game this season.




1. Dyed vibe
Street style stars like John Mayer, Justin Bieber, and Jonah Hill brought back the dyed vibe in 2018 and it’s a laid-back look that doesn’t seem to be getting pushed off its perch anytime soon.

2. Not fading away
While there will still always be a place for the dark-rinse, straight leg pair of jeans, light-wash denim isn’t fading off the sartorial consciousness anytime soon. Rocking denim is all about the contrast, so team your light-wash with a cool dark navy coat.

3. Sweet like chocolate
If you’re looking to mix up your neutral go-tos (the classics; navy, grey and white), brown is the new black. Even though chocolate is life, brown is about so much more than these sweet hues, with a range of browns from light oatmeal to dark olive khakis making the what’s hot list this year.

4. Newsboy cap
Newsboy caps are a fun addition to menswear fashions in 2019. To pull it off, stick to a hat in pure wool or a wool blend and interesting textures like tweed and herringbone will get you extra points.

5. All puffed up
These big, bulky pieces of outerwear provide insulation from harsh weather like no other. As always, black is a tempting staple, but the trick here is to bring some colour to the drab streetscapes.

6. Corduroy comeback
It was once hot, then very much not, but it seems for winter 2019 we are set to once again embrace the nostalgic familiarity and dependable practicality of corduroy. Heavy duty and hard wearing is the name of this sartorial game, making it a men’s wear must-have for the cooler months.

7. Do what suits
When it comes to formal wear, double-breasted suits – in their multi-button finery – are a man’s ‘breast’ friend. When it’s time to suit up, plaid, navy and charcoal are firm favourites and, while there are no hard and fast rules for the accompanying trousers, pleated trousers are a popular pairing with the jacket shape.

8. Plaid pant
The seventies have been staying alive in menswear in one form or another for years, but that didn’t stop the era from staging an outright onslaught on our wardrobes in 2018. Thankfully rather than disco hair and platform shoes, this year it’s all about the plaid pant. Make sure you pair your plaid with a common colour in your closet so you can mix and match outfits.

9. Vintage arm candy
Small, vintage style watches have been making a comeback for the last few years and that’s not expected to change anytime soon, as we’re increasingly seeking simple, old school aesthetics with a smaller watch face. We’re starting to see more 40mm watch faces than the 42-45mm these timepieces had crept up to.


Luxe Lavender

Ultra-violet may have been crowned the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018, but its popularity has planted the seed for a softer take on the colour for 2019.




The pretty pastel hue of lavender is enjoying a newfound emergence in the sartorial sphere this year. A captivating colour that’s softer and more usable than its punchier purple siblings, lavender is a delicate, feminine shade that lends itself to countless variations of styles, making it suitable for both high-fashion and street-style looks; think crisp white shirt and tailored lavender blazer or oversized pale purple puffer and mini skirt.

Alongside winter’s typical dark and neutral hues, lavender is a welcome addition to the season’s colour palette, and when spring rolls round, the captivating colour will fit in well with the other vibrant hues in your wardrobe – pale yellow, powder blue, teal and both light and dark green.

For a minimal chic look, pair this pretty purple with bright white, black or pearl grey – the grey undertones of lavender mean it works well with dark neutrals like charcoal grey and indigo denim. If you’re not shy to go all out, try a full tonal look using other purple hues like mauve, violet or a pale shade of lilac and don’t be afraid to pair it with out-there colours like bright orange or emerald green, or patterns like leopard print or snakeskin.

Lavender-coloured knitwear is divine and sure to cure the winter blues, and sheer and silk fabrics in this shade are proving popular amongst some of fashion’s hottest powerhouses.




Coat Tales

The temperatures have begun their downward descent and ‘rugging up’ has become state of play in your morning ritual. We’ve explored the endless possibilities for your seasonal splurge, from faux furs and power puffers, to the trusty trench and wily windbreakers.



1. The trusty trench
The trusty trench has never really gone out of style, but instead gets reinvented season after season at the talented hands of design darlings. This season elevated trench coats are hitting the sartorial scene in surprising hues like pale pink or optic white. Our very own Trelise Cooper has gone wild with her Pawsome Trench featuring a leopard print belt at the waist and a splash of it across the back.

2. Pretty in patent 
This high-shine material was glossing over handbags and other accessories in 2018, now it’s gone next level with long patent puffer jackets and shiny leather trench coats. The best thing is, you can let those rainy days run straight off your back.

3. A superhero cape
Every good superhero needs a cape it seems, with the heroic cut proving one of the strongest outerwear silhouettes to come out of the fall 2019 collections. Chanel gave the capelet the tweed treatment, while Marc Jacobs harnessed his animal instinct with leopard print. The many variations prove the superhero cut works for every occasion.

4. Fur babies
Designers are bringing a lighter touch to the feathers and fur of fashion in 2019. Rather than the bulky and heavy fibres of the 70s, today’s faux fabrics are adding ‘soft’ to their luxe appeal. Whatever innovations in the global fabric labs led to this miraculous development, it has certainly arrived at the perfect time.

5. Power shoulder
All the major fashion players like Saint Laurent and Balenciaga are advocating for the padded wide-shouldered slim-waist silhouette, with Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller citing “grandmother coats of the ’40s and ’50s” as the inspiration for the strong, sculpted shoulders that defined her ‘Winter of Eden’ collection.

6. Belting up
Designers are adding a feminine twist to even the bulkiest of winter wear this season, with coats of all shapes and sizes getting belted up. Every fashion era has had a belt to match and they’re coming back as a leading accessory after a respite in the wardrobe. This look can also structurally formalise an otherwise shapeless coat.

7. A lengthy stay
Coats of all kinds are in for a lengthy stay this season – figuratively and literally, as hemlines continue to drop. All the fall 2019 collections featured longline coats as a chic alternative to the floor-length puffer coats that were hot property last year. This year you’ll find these floor sweeping styles are super structured and made of heavy wool.

8. Fab in fleece
2018 may have belonged to the puffer, but in 2019, it’s all about another high-tech performance fabric: fleece. Designers like Fendi are ramping up the luxe appeal of this outdoorsy staple and adding leather.


Sporty Shorts

It’s the fashion trend we never saw coming. Sportswear seems to be creating its own empire and this season’s latest addition is cycling shorts, but not how you remember them. A high fashion upgrade has made this the trend that fits into every walk of life.




Kim Kardashian loves this trend like it’s going out of fashion. Except it’s not – the atheleisure fad is in full force, and it appears bike shorts are all the rage. After enjoying a strong wave of popularity in the 90s (even the beautiful Princess Diana rocked them off-duty!) these sporty spandex shorts are back, now stamped as an ‘it’ garment amongst both street style and high-end labels.

Who would’ve guessed that this trend would feature in high fashion collections? Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld, the man who once labelled sweatpants as ‘a sign of defeat’, interestingly gave this athelesiure trend Chanel’s seal of approval by bringing ever-so-casual but nevertheless glam lycra cycling shorts and leggings to the runway last spring.

Stella McCartney also put her spin on the style, incorporating the shorts into a figure-hugging floral jumpsuit, while Roberto Cavalli matched beaded versions with crisp button-up blazers and ankle boots.

Top tip: for that super cute weekend look, team brightly coloured bike shorts with a turtleneck sweater or baggy hoodie and some sneakers, or for a classier look, opt for an oversized black boyfriend-style blazer and a plain white tee combo.


Bling it On

It’s not hard to be seduced by the latest and greatest when it comes to bling, and the winter season is the perfect time to update your jewellery collection. We look at the hottest trends and how to wear them.



1. Shell yeah! 
Unleash your inner beach babe this cold season by rocking some sweet little shells. Colourful renditions of these beauties hit the runway this season, as did shells set in plated gold. An array of necklaces, rings, earrings and hair accessories are featuring petite cowries, puka shells and gold sculptural pieces shaped like seashells. It’s enough to make even mermaids swoon!

2. Heavy metal
Both vintage and modern chains will forever remain a jewellery box staple. This year chunky, oversized chain-link necklaces are the hottest look, with bold and gold proving particularly popular, but chains of all shapes and sizes are making their well-deserved appearance on the runways of 2019. Feeling fancy? Layer it up with several chains of varying sizes and lengths.

3. Dripping crystals
The blinged-out ‘chandelier’ trend is getting both a modern makeover and a vintage revival this year, with glittering bracelets, earrings and necklaces everywhere from the runway to the red carpet. Elevate a polished updo with some cascading crystal earrings, and if you’re feeling bold, deck your neck with strands of bedazzling diamonds.

4. Mother of pearl
These precious stones ruled the accessory scene back in the 50s, and it appears they’re rising through the ranks once again. A cute set of pearl earrings is enough to complete any 9-to-5 outfit and speaks sleek sophistication. Delicate baby pearls or daring baubles – either way, you’ll steal the show.

5. Heads or tails? 
Coin necklaces were spotted swinging down the runway this year – some styles featured a single, thick chain, while others stacked up piles of chains featuring vintage pennies and antique-style medallions. Coin bracelets, rings and earrings are also in the spotlight this year, and are versatile pieces that add that extra statement to a more classic outfit.

The Runway Round Up

2019’s fashion forecast sees the both the reinvention of some of our most-loved trends and the introduction of some brand-new styles, as well as the return of some serious old-school favourites. From bold and bright to exquisitely demure, there’s something for everyone this year. Read on for our run-down of 2019’s top trends as seen on runways all over the globe.




1. Bleached is back
We know what you’re thinking: ‘bleached denim is so 2014’ – but trends oozing 80s nostalgia just keep coming and coming this year, and bleached denim has been spotted on models of fashion powerhouses Alberta Ferretti, Alexander Wang and Balmain, to name a few. Pair acid-wash jeans or a skirt with your favourite tee and sneakers for a casual everyday look – or be the trendsetter and dress it up with heels and a blazer.

2. Barrettes and bows
Change up your mane game this 2019 by adorning your locks with hair accessories – we’re talking bejewelled, statement barrettes and bobby pins, velvety headbands and scrunchies and big 80s style hairties and clips with bows. A silk neckerchief also doubles as a cute headscarf or ponytail accessory – voilà! Parisian-style perfection.

3. The extra elegant belt bag
The upgraded, elegant belt-bag (aka bum bag) is finally here thanks to a refined makeover courtesy of labels like Givenchy, Burberry and Chanel. We’re seeing streamlined renditions with thinner belts, smaller pouches, classic colours and finely tuned fixtures and fastenings. Styled with a classy and tailored look is best – these new kids on the block demand to go with sophisticated attire.

4. The python print
In the realm of animal prints, it appears snakeskin has staked its claim as the go-to pattern for all things fashion in 2019. The typical snake print colour palette is a mix of neutral tones and, although we’ll be seeing plenty of these shades, candy colours like banana yellow and hot pink are set to have their turn with the pattern.

5. Crochet craze
From tops and frilly dresses to bags and shoes, crochet is appearing on runways all over the globe as designers take this delicately detailed textile from beach cover-up to high fashion favourite. Not only reserved for that summery soirée, this woven material can be styled up or down; opt for the ultra-hippy look (think crochet crop and bell bottoms) or slip into a more luxe outfit (a crochet cardigan, midi skirt and heeled boots) – or better yet, go crochet crazy and don yourself in a crochet maxi, jumpsuit or knee length cardi.


Hair today gone tomorrow

Perhaps you’re ready to embrace winter with a ‘cool’ new palette or you’re yearning for some warmth – either way, we think any excuse for an update is a good one! We’ve pulled together some head-turners just for you.



1. Ice Ice Baby:
Already blonde? Why not embrace winter and change things up with a cool new ‘ice blonde’ makeover? Or you could take it to the next level and try out life as a silver siren.

2. Dark Dimension:
Brown needn’t be boring! Layers of light and darker chestnut tones is a great way to create depth and dimension… it’s what all hair dreams are made of.

3. Black Velvet:
You don’t have to go outrageous with the colour to make a statement. A long, dark mane can work for most skin tones and it’s the look to rock in winter – after all, black really is the new black.

4. Sweet like honey:
Warm honey blonde or caramel tones are a beautiful way to warm up your winter. Get the colour balayaged in and you might make it right through winter before you have to head back to the salon!

5. Red Hot:
Red hair is one of the easiest to achieve for both light and dark hair. It’s a beautiful burst of warm colour that will bring life to your winter wardrobe. Not ready to go fully bright-red? Start with a light auburn and work your way up.


Corduroy Comeback

It was once hot, then very much not, but it seems on the cusp of winter 2019 that we are set to once again embrace the nostalgic familiarity and dependable practicality of corduroy.




As designers from Karen Walker and twenty-seven names, Working Style and Leo+Be saturate the market with winter warmers that capture the heavy yet plush aesthetic of this ribbed fabric, we look at the long and bumpy road of this sartorial mainstay.

Corduroy is believed to have first laid its roots down in the ancient Egyptian city of Al-Fustat, which became something of a ground zero of tough woven fabrics around the second century. While the city was later burnt down in the midst of the Crusades, its legacy was the predecessor fabric to corduroy, which became known as ‘fustian’ on account of its namesake.

While heavy duty and hard wearing was the name of this sartorial game, it didn’t feature the raised cords we have come to associate with corduroy. While the story of how corduroy got its cords is up for debate, its 21st-century resurgence isn’t.

Skirting the perfect line between form and function, it can be dressed up or down, it holds its shape and is easy to care for. So if you’re after a comfortable, casual and yet cosy look for this season, corduroy might just be the answer.


Sashaying into Style

As designers bring back the boho trend with its sun-kissed neutral shades, we’re seeing a healthy dose of fringing in the mix.



Fringing is one of the hottest new looks shimmying its way down the runway this year and it’s not hard to see why. This decorative trim came to fruition in a big way in 1920s; flapper dresses reigned supreme with the Charleston dress remembered as one of fashion’s most iconic milestones.

Fringing fell out of fashion briefly, only to return in the 1950s in full force – this time with a rebellious twist. The trend went strong through the 60s and 70s, taking a bit more of a traditional turn as designers became inspired by the original Native American fringe.

In 2019 it appears the trend of tassels is here to stay. While some of the fringe fashion trends of this year stay true to the western origins, many others are purely modern takes on the style – party dresses, jumpsuits, miniskirts and bags are all featuring the fringe in a multitude of colours and lengths. Gucci, Givenchy and Michael Kors are just three of fashion’s best who have had a play with this fun and funky detailing.

Keep a look out for this swinging material as it emerges on the shoulders of jackets, the hems of skirts and on bags, boots and even belts. Lift a look from casual to tastefully bohemian; the trick is to stick to one fringe piece and keep the rest of your ensemble neutral to avoid looking too cowgirl. Strutting your stuff will never be the same without the swing of fringe – a trend that’s made for twirling!



Sunny Side Up

This season the citrus-y hues are in town and they demand your attention. The beautiful hue of marigold illuminated the runway at New York Fashion Week and we’re expecting this sunny yellow to light up our wardrobes come winter.




The prestigious event saw models of fashion heavyweights Balenciaga, Valentino, Brandon Maxwell, Carolina Herrera and Oscar De La Renta sport the cheerful shade, paving the way for a 2019 fashion trend. Close to home, our very own Trelise Cooper has brought this beautiful bright to her current collections. It appears marigold is the new mustard as we see the golden hue, alongside paler tones like lemon and buttermilk, beginning to grace every item of clothing from hats to shoes.

On the runway, yellow was presented both as an accent colour and as a head-to-toe look and has since been declared by many as the hottest colour of 2019. Marigold-coloured coats are trending in a ton of styles – faux fur, trench, cropped and puffer are coming in hot – and are the statement piece you’re looking for when it comes to black-on-black outfits.

For those whose wardrobes are 90 percent black, lemon-hued accessories or statement boots are the best way to inject a hint of sunshine into your look. Butter yellow makes for a dream pairing for both brights and more muted colourways, and if you want to turn heads, a suit in this shade is certainly a statement-maker. Stand out from the crowd this season by adding a handful of blazing yellow silhouettes to your winter capsule collection.