London Fashion Week 2016: Date night style inspiration

The fabulous Poppy Dinsey has created a date-night outfit based on this season's key LFW trends

Having seen the amazing Spring Summer ’17 collections at London Fashion Week, there is no way that I’m waiting til’ next year to wear some of these trends. Fashion is moving faster than ever these days (Topshop Unique ensured their key pieces for SS17 were available to purchase from the moment the last model left the runway) and I’m thrilled to report that there are plenty of bits on the high street RIGHT NOW that reflect what we’ll all be clamouring to wear next spring.

I’ve created an LFW-inspired date night outfit from my fave shows, in the interest of being somewhat realistic, I’ve stuck to a budget of £300 for the entire look. In fact, the whole outfit – shoes, lippy and all – comes to just £261.55. Given that you can earn cashback all the products featured, it almost seems rude not to indulge in a little SS17 themed retail therapy.

You’ll be front row fabulous in no time…

Brushed Cotton Grandad Shirt

Let’s start with a crisp white shirt, a wardrobe staple at any time of year but particularly versatile for styling up with the bold colours that we’ve seen across the catwalks this season. I particularly liked the feminine tailoring of the white shirts at palmer//harding, DAKS and Paul Costelloe but you don’t have to blow the budget to find a flattering fit, this “grandad” style brushed cotton Warehouse number is lovely and just £35.

Structured Peg Trouser

I died and went to heaven when I watched the models walk out at Topshop Unique. I loved everything about the show but the shocking pink pieces and the zebra print really stuck out for me the most. Luckily, current season Topshop has a hefty offering of this almost offensively bright pink hue and you can find jackets and tops in this fun colourway in store now. These peg trousers look great on and come in petite and tall versions too, ensuring the perfect fit whatever your height. Get them today for £49.

JINNY High Cut Mid Shoes

Ah zebra print, so unfairly overshadowed by leopard print and so often forgotten. That is, of course, until Topshop Unique showed us all how it’s meant to be worn this weekend. I’ve chosen these current season slingbacks for my date night look as they give a bit of height but won’t drive you crazy, plus this low heel looks great with a peg leg trouser. These look much ‘spendier’ than they actually are at £49.

Linea Faux Fur Slot Through

A stole is the perfect accessory to really vamp up a date night outfit but they’re also handy to throw on for extra warmth, after all we’re not actually dressing for Spring/Summer at the moment and the nights are getting cooler. Sumptuous black stoles were seen at the Shrimps LFW presentation and they reminded me that whilst pastel faux furs have been getting their time in the spotlight, there’s something about getting back to black that seems ever so chic. For £7.20, it’a a cheap solution too.

3D Flower Pouch Bag

Obviously we need a bag which is just a little bit bonkers, it wouldn’t be inspired by LFW if it wasn’t. This ASOS bag (£35) with its 3D flowers is a lot more interesting than a boring old clutch and the floral work reminds me of the type of thing we’ve seen this season from Markus Lupfer and House of Holland. We all know the predictability of florals for spring (“ground-breaking”), but at least with a modern interpretation like this bag you have something that bit more exciting.

Statement Earrings

One of the easiest trends to replicate from LFW is that of the single statement earring. Yep, I’m suggesting you ditch the jewellery on one side and go for an asymmetric earring look, as we’ve seen on the catwalk at Mary Katrantzou and J.W Anderson.

For this one-sided look to work you need a really big earring and this resin design from Whistles (£35) is exactly that. Of course they’d be lovely to wear as a pair too, but for this look I’m suggesting you rock just the one. (And prepare for inevitable questions from your date about the fact you seem to have lost an earring because they JUST DON’T GET IT).

Round Sunglasses

You gotta have sunglasses if you want to ride with the ‘fash pack’…even if it’s raining. Oversized circular frames were seen in various pastel blue shades at Anya Hindmarch this season and this Topshop pair are an affordable alternative at just £22. I like how they can bring some extra colour to our date night outfit, complementing the brighter than bright trousers.

Lipstick Queen Vesuvian Gloss

Blame Kylie Jenner, but we’ve all gone completely potty for liquid lipsticks. If you want to take a beauty look directly from the LFW catwalk then opt for an orangey coral shade like this sublime one from Lipstick Queen. Similar bright corals were seen at PPQ and Mary Katrantzou and they looked flippin’ brilliant, plus I just know how good this colour would look with the outfit as a whole.

This highly pigmented moisturising lip formula doesn’t feather or bleed and feels wonderfully comfortable to wear, which isn’t always the case with lipsticks. Priced at just £22, I might have to snap up the other shades too.

Wella Professionals Hair Gel

My last suggestion is a bit out there and you don’t need to follow it to still have a great overall look, BUT if you want to go full Fashion Week fabulous then a hefty dollop of hair gel is what you need. We’ve seen wet hair looks at Versus Versace, Simone Rocha, Shrimps and Markus Lupfer to name but a few and the end result is always very, very cool. Yep, it might feel weird to slather yourself in gunk a la the boys of the ’90s, but done right this is a catwalk look that can look a million dollars (but costs just £7.35). Check the catwalk pics for inspo if you’re unsure!

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