From some of Rihanna’s and Kim Kardashian West’s most iconic outfits to cementing London’s best dressed It-girl scene, super stylist and creative director Avigail Collins is known in fashion circles for being the go-to when you’re a celebrity looking to craft an exciting new look. She’s the mastermind behind ingenious ensembles for Lorde and is the force behind some of Daisy Lowe’s sassiest getups, but Avigail’s wardrobing skills extend even further: See her own streetwear-inspired line, Silver Spoon Attire, for starters. Founded in 2013, alongside her husband (and fellow sought-after stylist) Damian Collins, her high-profile music clients—and a global street style following—make up a pretty impressive fan club. If anyone can spot the next big thing, it’s Avigail, which is why we’re thrilled to have her on board at Who What Wear UK to bring you a monthly column about what’s hot now.
The Style Stalker
This month I’m looking ahead to 2018 and answering many of the questions that everyone else is asking online all the time. There are certain Google searches that crop up time and again about particular items and whether or not they still stand up in fashion: So I’m giving you my verdict, as well as providing some information and guidance as to how to wear these tricky, controversial or potentially dated pieces in order to make them feel fresh in the New Year. Of course, if you love something, you love something, so who cares?
Keep reading to see the pieces that are (and aren’t) fashionable right now and how to wear them next.
are chinos still in fashion?
Personally, I prefer these on men, and I’m never as keen on them for women. For a guy, they seem to be a long-standing staple, especially in the warmer months, and if you’re a preppy girl, they do work—but otherwise, I’d suggest opting for more of a cargo pant for 2018—they’ve been making a comeback on the runway and feel far fresher. Wear with heels to feel as smart as you might do in chinos.
are kimonos still in fashion?
For me, these are a summer staple nowadays. I love wearing them to the beach instead of a wrap or sarong. If you’re wanting to wear one for an evening out or in the day with jeans, then I suggest trying to pick up an authentic vintage style, as high-street versions can occasionally risk looking “cheap.”
are adidas flux trainers still in fashion?
There are too many other cool sneakers to choose from that it can make this particular style feel quite uninspiring these days. I’m sure they’re handy backup trainers to have around, but if you want to make a style statement, I’m wearing a Nike Cortez in baby blue.
are cardigans still in fashion?
I love a cardigan. I am enjoying the current trend of wearing short cardigans with the bottom buttons fastened and then the top pushed off the shoulder… this takes your cosy cardigan into a chic dinner date look.
I also think everyone should have a mohair fluffy cardigan in their wardrobe—it’s a travel essential for me. Not only are they handy on the plane, but they’re great cover-ups in the evening when wandering the streets of Europe or eating outside.
are ugg boots still in fashion?
The debate over Ugg boots and their fashionability always rumbles on, but my obsession isn’t for their outdoor footwear—the way I like my Uggs is in slipper format. You have to get a pair.
are leggings still in fashion?
I know leggings are super popular and they are now available in a thousand different options, but I have to admit, I’ve never been a fan. They’re great for the gym—so let’s keep them there for the time being? Anyway, stats show that millennials are now ditching leggings for denim again.
are tights still in fashion?
Sheer tights are my favourite option, and the lower the denier the better. If you’re still wearing printed or coloured tights, then be careful, as they can easily be unflattering and draw attention away from a potentially great look. I guess it’s wise to remember the sage advice of less is more when experimenting on the hosiery front.
are turn-ups still in fashion?
I was actually just thinking about this the other day. I would say it’s a no in denim for this season, as it’s still all about the frayed edge. However, I do think a turned-up smart trouser is still a great look, as it can lengthen your legs when you show a little ankle.
are brogues still in fashion?
If chunky like Church’s brogues, then I believe they can still look stylish, but I would say that narrow brogues are really done. The former do look best on girls who are comfortable wearing them—i.e., they’re a normal part of your uniform or look and rock them forever and ever, whether they’re deemed en vogue or not.
are parkas still in fashion?
I see the ones with coloured fur around the hood everywhere, and, I have to be honest, I personally think they’ve had their moment. I am into the classic vintage-style military ones. These are a classic, and they are perfect for festival season. I love them with a floral dress and wellies.
Next up, the New Year’s outfit ideas you shouldn’t miss.
Opening Images: The Style Stalker