When it comes to new season trends, it’s hard to know how to experiment with new pieces and styles on a budget. It goes without saying that shopping for a new A/W wardrobe can be time consuming and not exactly student budget friendly. To help you customise your A/W18 wardrobe, we’ve devised a how to guide on where to shop the new trends for A/W18 and how you can style them on a budget.

Colour clashing – This trend was seen across many high profile shows such as Marc Jacobs, Prada and Balenciaga. Many designers mixed pastel colours such as mint greens and lilacs with more muted tones and primary colours. A simple way to incorporate this trend for you colour-phobes is by adding a pop of colour to an outfit. This can be in the form of a bold tee or a statement shoe or even an accessory. H&M do great basic pieces like this at affordable prices. Other places that do great basics are Weekday and Topshop who often do promo deals on t-shirts. If you prefer online shopping, ASOS often carry colourful trend pieces so check them out too!

1970s aesthetic – There were 1970s inspired looks all over the A/W18 runways. From huge flares to western- style fringing, this season is all about throwing it back. A standout trend from shows such as Mui Mui were 70s inspired neutral colours. Tan, camel or toffee (whichever you prefer), if it’s beigey, it’s groovy. Missguided supply a good range of neutral toned pieces and sell fab flared trousers (they also offer student discount). Alternatively, thrift stores and apps such as Depop and Ebay are fab places to find vintage inspired 70s pieces and will cost you half the price.

Bohemian dream– Dior gave us a masterclass in how to own boho chic. Think the Olsen twins layered silhouettes: loose fitting, floaty fabrics are the key feature of this trend. Add in texture with some chunky knits and your good to go. If maxi skirts and dresses aren’t usually your thing, a great way into this trend is palazzo pants or wide- leg trousers. Urban Outfitters offer great boho pieces with a street-style twist. Zara also do boho chic well offering a lot of floaty dresses and trousers and plenty of textured fabrics.

Print print and more print– Tartan, floral and animal prints were the standout trends on the runway. Simone Rocha and Saint Laurant took a more dark and dramatic approach to prints by using brooding burgundy’s and earthy autumnal tones against each other. Additionally, the power of the leopard print coat was on full display as were checked skirts and trousers. A great way to play with this trend is by clashing prints. Topshop incorporate a lot of print into their collections, particularly leopard and zebra prints. River Island and Zara also do check and floral prints well. No rules apply with this trend so get creative and mix and match.

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Outlandish outerwear– Puffer jackets have been an A/W staple for the last couple of years and they’re not going away anytime soon. Marni and Balenciaga showed us that with puffer jackets, bigger is better. Puffers can be found all over the high street and they can differ greatly in price. Urban Outfitters have a wide selection of colours and although they are pricey, you can grab yourself a 10% student discount. New Look do more subtle puffers, they may not be as high quality but you can rock the trend without breaking the bank. Another coat trend to look out for is blanket coats. Alexander Mcqueen illustrated how chic and put-together they can make your outfit look, whilst keeping you snug against the cold. H&M, Brandy Melville and Forever21 offer good knitted outerwear at affordable prices which you can shop online.

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Dainty Graphic– Dolce and Gabanna, and Burberry lead the way with this artistic trend. The designers paired urban, edgier prints and illustration with a refined and feminine undertone. Boohoo and Prettylittlething are good places to shop this trend as incorporating playful trends is what they do best. They always have promotions and sales running as well. (For inspiration, Rihanna, Rita Ora and Cara Delevigne rock this trend!).

Pyjamas please– Say goodbye to formal wear and say hello to pj days. Chloe, Christopher Kane and Missoni demonstrated sophisticated elegance through long robes and high shine satin materials. An easy way to work this trend is investing in a silk/satin shirt or trousers to give your outfit a more relaxed vibe. In recent seasons, ASOS have coveted this trend well and they also do a 10% student discount. Zara is also the place to go for anything pj-esque!

Sort after Silver– Tom Ford and Balmain displayed some seriously futuristic vibes in their shows with accents of silver used everywhere. To work the trend for A/W think silver accessories, boots and high shine jackets. Silver dresses and camis can be made weather appropriate by layering jackets, tights and scarves over the top. New look, Topshop and Urban Outfitters all do silver and glittery pieces really well, especially accessories.

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Eye-catching accessories– Chanel lead the way with statement scarves and Versace owned quirky headwear such as head scarves and berets. This trend is all about playing with proportion so make an impact with an oversized scarf, leather cap or statement earrings. If jewellery isn’t your go to, incorporate the trend through western style boots (make them silver to steal the show!). Bohomoon and Regal Rose are your go tos for jewellery. Monsoon Accessorize also have a fab selection of scarves and hats.


Text and picture research by Natalie Carter.