3 KEY LOOKS ON OUR BUYERS’ JANUARY RADAR

If you’re looking for a sartorial refresh in 2021, buy well with these lasting looks curated for you by our independent boutique community.

2020…let’s just say it was the year that didn’t quite go to plan and our style horizons were limited. But a new year doesn’t mean we’re shopping for a whole new wardrobe. Our buyers are selective in what they buy into, prioritizing trends with enduring appeal.

If you are looking for an update on tired pieces – your loungewear has been through a lot, after all – you want looks that will see you through what’s likely another season of unknowns.

Don’t know where to start? Here are three key looks our buyers are investing in for this month and beyond.

THE CHUNKY BOOT RENAISSANCE

Stomp into the new year in the coolest, chunkiest boots on offer now.

Lately, it seems no sole is too chunky. Instagram’s best-dressers have adopted a ‘go big or go home’ attitude in their choice of footwear, opting for lug-soled Chelsea boots and creeper-esque brogues when building their outfits. This new-found appreciation for chunky shoes could be a reaction against the kitten heel revival of 2019. Or maybe it’s that the cool-girl factor attached to these stylish stompers is undeniable.

Needless to say, we’re on board. Especially when we consider the evolution of this oh-so familiar shape. Associated with punk icons of the ’70s and ’80s, thick-soled combat boots were given the sartorial stamp of approval long before their most recent resurgence. The first wave of Dr Martens hit the streets of Camden (perhaps their most notorious stomping ground) with unabashed authority. The now-iconic design carried attitude in spades, as did its legion of wearers.

But this past season has seen a contemporary – nay, futuristic – reimagining. Exaggerated lug soles give the latest wave of chunky boots a directional feel, while patent Chelsea-style iterations look straight out of The Matrix. Keep reading to see our favourite influencer outfits featuring this perennial shoe.

2020 TRENDS TO TAKE INTO THE NEW YEAR

While we’re more than happy to show 2020 the door, there are a few fashion trends worth taking into 2021.

In a year unlike any other, fashion did its best – like all of us – to mould to changing circumstances. The absence of occasions in our calendars may have left us feeling all dressed up with nowhere to go, but the 2020 wasn’t a total write-off where trends are concerned.

With a rising number of Zoom calls on the weekly, and mood-lifting internet campaigns like ‘Dress Up Friday’ populating our feeds, many have been using style to retain some sense of normality. There’s no doubt that our shifting lifestyles were reflected in the dominant trends. From comfy, cosy loungewear to low-key yet elegant ensembles, it was certainly a year of sartorial simplicity. And with an uncertain few months ahead of us, there’s no reason for this to change.

So, scroll on to see the fail-safe trends we’ll be relying on for a positive start to 2021.

PRINTS THAT MAKE STAYING IN MORE APPEALING

Expect beautifully feminine seventies-style silhouettes and dreamy botanical prints from Barcelona-born label, Ailanto. Their design mood? Draped dresses, fluid blouses and kaftan shapes you could expect to find on fashion icons like Stevie Nicks and Florence and the Machine.

The fine art beginnings of Iñaki and Aitor, the twin-brother founders of Ailanto, mean art, texture and history heavily influence prints that are gallery-worthy. 

The opulent colourways of voracious prints on rich fabrics like velvet and silk work beautifully with the loose kaftan sleeves, deep necklines, romantic draped silhouettes and handkerchief hems that exude a laid-back glamour. The effect is ethereal – think bohemian chic meets A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Ailanto’s autumn-winter lookbook is all about bringing the outdoors in and earthy tones are a canvas for blooming botanical motifs. And, with so many of us taking solace in nature during the year’s various lockdowns and restrictions, the pieces feel grounded and reflective to wear as we move forward into the new year.  

CAPSULE WARDROBE CLASSICS RE-IMAGINED

There’s no need to fuss over styling. Fassbender reimagines iconic classics, creating a capsule wardrobe that’s the eponym of contemporary elegance.

Fassbender brings together the grace of sophisticated tailoring and the functionality of everyday clothing, and their capsule cornerstones have been featured in the likes of Grazia Germany, Harpers Bazaar Germany and Vogue Ukraine. Christina Fassbender and Sebastian Steinhoff, the brother-sister founders, have refined their lookbook in the three years since launching with pieces that are both of-the-moment and completely timeless. 

This contradiction is achieved by their pairing of classic shapes – think the figure-flattering silhouettes of the forties and fifties – with directional fabrics. This season, it’s all about vegan leather as ethical production is just as important to Fassbender as quality. 

In a rich palette including mustard, cognac, bottle green, tobacco, rust and red, their autumn-winter collection of dresses and separates will never not be chic.

MEET THE ACCESSORIES LABEL THAT MARRIES A NEW YORK & LONDON MOOD

Brix + Bailey is the transatlantic accessory label marrying the aesthetics of two major fashion capitals – London and New York.

The brother-sister duo joined forces from across the pond to launch their talking-point accessory label. London-based Brix, the sister, and New York-based Bailey, the brother, debuted at LFW five years ago. It launched them as a name-to-know for handbags that push boundaries through colours, leathers and linings.

It’s all about the details for this collection, and their childhood illustrations inspire the quirky-cool mood. Brix + Bailey pay homage to classic styles yet transform totes, backpacks, clutches and more into daring contemporary characters by favouring polished accents, vibrant finishes and soft, ethically-sourced hides. However, functionality isn’t lost to looks; roomy interior pockets and subtle secure openings ensure our daily essentials have a stylish home. 

FIND YOUR SIGNATURE JEWELLERY STACK WITH COCO & KINNEY

Coco & Kinney was launched by a female design duo who’s carefully thought-through pieces can be adapted to suit your signature jewellery style. 

A passion for gemstones and colour is what gave this irresistibly affordable label life three years ago. Coco & Kinney have it all; stackable rings, on-trend chains, delicate medallions, studs, cuffs and hoops for the perfectly curated ear with features in Vogue, Woman & Home and The Times. The best part? These handcrafted accessories are designed to be worn in more ways than one. 

Jewellery that makes even your yoga pants feel more put-together? Amazing. Jewellery that you can customise to take your look from simple to statement? Even better. Coco & Kinney have many earrings that can be split into a simpler stud for a pared-back approach, or mix-and-match tops and bottoms for a truly unique earring combination for your accessory repertoire. There are looks for ladies drawn to colour, and for those who love nothing more than a well-placed gold accent. 

The mood-boosting properties of sparkles are next to none and with little incentive to dress up these past few months, jewellery is where we’ve stubbornly channelled our urges to feel fancy.

FRESHEN UP YOUR AT-HOME WARDROBE BASICS

Soho Grit is the new kid on the block for at-home wardrobe basics with a collection of sneakers and sweats inspired by the eclectic heart of Soho, London.

Soho Grit is all for keeping things casual. The grunge and edge of a city district owning its reputation for pulsing nightlife energises the drop of streetwise staples. The urban influences have resulted in pared-back sneakers, sweatshirts, hoodies and tees for the modern man who favours minimal, functional and fresh design. 

The thick treads of the sneakers and boxy fits of the tees and sweatshirts rebel against traditional notions of menswear but a monochromatic neutral, black and white palette keeps this capsule of stylish basics distinguished. 

A shift to a new normal of working and socialising means many of us have changed the way we dress when at home, and comfort is increasingly favoured. Soho Grit answers our call for elevated casual with easy-wear kicks and separates taking the fuss out of everyday dressing.