Whistles AW20 collection: 5 key investments

Power up your existing wardrobe with these core pieces from Whistles new AW20 collection If

If there’s one thing our ready-to-wear purchases need to be right now, it’s ready for anything – comfy enough for working from home but smart enough to style out those snatched moments of normality when in-person meetings and nights out return to our diaries. 

Though, with our new, scaled-back and simpler approach to life, we may not have quite the same energy or appetite for a full-scale seasonal overhaul, this autumn is about considered classics that will add an on-trend spin to the rotation of basics we’ve come to rely on. Enter Whistles AW collection – a versatile capsule wardrobe designed to fit easily into our ever-changing world.

Trendwise, the decade du jour (and soir) is the 1990s – all slouchy silhouettes paired with body-con basics and heavy-tread boots, and a brilliantly balanced colour palette that marries fresh, easy neutrals with bright bursts of winterberry, forest green and cornflower blue. Comfy-luxe is another key look – a new iteration of the athleisure aesthetic but using super-indulgent materials like butter-soft leather and cosy cashmere. And providing contrast to these simple, swappable pieces, are statement prints and playful motifs that deliver a dose of decadence, fun and flair. 

To help you shift easily into the new season, here are five key fashion focuses from the collection that will effortlessly enhance your wardrobe.

1) An investment coat

Meeting with any individuals still has to be outdoors as lockdown continues and the dropping temperature means outerwear will be the season’s statement-maker, look for hardworking styles that deliver on fashion and fitness for purpose. A grey mock-croc Mac with neutral detailing manages to be both high impact and highly versatile, while a so-cosy butterscotch houndstooth overcoat lifts one of the key looks from the AW20 catwalks. Brushed cocoon coats provide an instant update with a shape that’s both impactful and versatile, while oversized belted wool coats give a low-key, layered look with just the right amount of structure. For more casual takes, a rich brown shearling jacket works brilliantly with denim or over dresses, while heavyweight wool workman jackets provide a deceptively tough look for clandestine comfort. 

2) Leisurely leather

Fashion’s love affair with leather shows no sign of abating, and this season comes in shapes and styles casual enough to be considered a basic. Cropped wide-leg trousers in burgundy and black can be worn alone with a simple crew-neck cashmere sweater, layered with a statement blouse and woollen cardigan or next-levelled with a leather shirt and contrasting wool jacket. While a buttery-soft, longline leather skirt in tan works with every colour from classic black and grey to cleverly colour-blocked hues of blue. Both will evolve over the seasons, meaning they’ll form the bedrock of your wardrobe for years to come. 

3) Trophy knits

Attending to the business of endless conference calls means that knockout knitwear that looks professional on screen while layering beautifully is a major must-have. Killer cashmere crew and roll necks will never go out of style, but more heavily textured knits also contrast well with leather separates and the season’s daring bra tops or cropped vests. Long knitted co-ords are the new louche, luxe take on the twinset, and work brilliantly as separates, while oversized sweater dresses in berry shades make a fuss-free, high fashion choice, particularly teamed with this season’s chunky lace-up boots.

4) One-and-done outfits

For stress-free styling, a winter dress or jump-suit is the way to make maximum impact with minimal drama. For a statement look that is both standout and stylish, the navy and ivory silk Stallion print dress (as seen at top of page) is your go-to day and night, while longline dresses in smaller prints can be layered over roll necks and fitted blouses as temperatures descend. For another high fashion, high impact look that’s easy enough for the home office, a wide-legged collared boiler suit in ecru ticks both the smart and relaxed boxes. While the comfy-luxe trend finds an evening iteration, in a decadent halter neck maxi dress with metallic spots.

5) Boots rebooted

This season’s footwear sees practical classics given a modern twist. Think fresh, fashionable takes on walking boots with colour pops and impactful prints, a tougher take on Chelsea boots with a bovver-style sole, while flat, long-leg riding boots make for a wear-all, do-all choice that works with everything from dresses and separates to jeans. Alternatively, for a more romantic look, the prairie trend stretches Winterward with lace-up high heeled boots, perfect with the season’s longline frocks.

Timeless style

If you’re looking to create a capsule wardrobe that’s full of pieces-for-life that feel fresh and fashionable season after season, start with Whistles. From the home office to outings with friends, its interpretation of trends delivers clothes with a stylish nonchalance that fit your lifestyle.

To shop Whistles’ new AW20 collection, go to whistles.com

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