London Fashion Week 2017: Seven key pieces under £100

Stay bang on LFW trend with fashion blogger Poppy Dinsey

With London Fashion Week in full swing, I think it’s safe to say that shopping is all I can think about. Sometimes it can be tricky to embrace the trends being seen on the catwalk thanks to the fact that designers, buyers and editors work six months ahead of time, but with the fashion calendar blurring more and more each year it seems easier than ever to take your inspiration from the runway and proceed straight to purchasing. I mean come on, it’s 2017, who wants to sit around waiting?!

There are some real micro-trends emerging and many of them are building upon the styles we’ve already seen grow in popularity over the past few months, be that logo tees or padded jackets, but there are some curveball trends that are popping up too (think cowboys and cowgirls) just to ensure fashion editors are kept on their toes.

I’ve identified seven of the strongest trends seen so far, and found seven pieces to buy right now for under £100 each for those who can’t wait ’til September to get in on the AW17 action. All the items in this edit are available through Quidco, so you can shop with the added smug factor of knowing that you’re getting cashback. Because let’s face it, saving money never goes out of style!

1. Padded Jacket by H! by Henry Holland – £75

The puffer jacket is easily my favourite type of garment as it allows you to venture into the outside world whilst still feeling as though you’re tucked up in bed, so I’m relieved that the major fashion houses have now deemed puffers “trendy”.

Padded jackets were on the catwalk at Versus Versace, Ashley Williams and Faustine Steinmetz (please sign me up for that midi length denim puffer!) and it wasn’t just a London thing either, as the girls at Coach went all puffer chic in New York too.

This pale pink number by Henry Holland is hard to beat though, especially with that satin finish which you just KNOW would make it extra snuggly. Available from ASOS for just £75.

2. Western Ankle Boots by Topshop – £60

Don’t roll your eyes here, but it looks like there’s going to be a real trend for all things cowboy this autumn. Henry Holland’s London Fashion Week show had a strong cowgirl theme (these cowgirls had daddy issues, naturally) but there were cowboy hats and fringed pieces at Ashley Williams too, not to mention cowboy capes at Jeremy Scott, cowboy boots at Calvin Klein and studded leather at Coach’s show across the pond.

You can ease yourself into all things saddle appropriate by starting with simple Western shirts or belts (you’ll find plenty on ASOS) or you can dive straight in with a statement pair of cowboy boots like these from Topshop (£60). These aren’t just for festival season, gold shoes deserve year-round applause.

3. Hooded Top by Zoe Karssen – £42

Trends aren’t just made on the catwalk of course, it’s always worth looking at what the showgoers themselves are wearing. These editors, buyers and bloggers are just as influential at setting the tone for upcoming trends as the designers themselves.

One of the key looks we’ve seen people opting for on the front row is a hoodie with a tailored jacket, and it’s understandable really: who doesn’t want to go to work in their favourite hoodie?! The addition of a smart blazer or coat elevates the hoodie from ‘student status’, but you still get to feel snuggly and comfortable…it’s a win-win situation.

I really like this hooded top by Zoe Karssen as it’s super soft, you can still wear it as we head into summer (we ARE heading into summer eventually, keep the faith!) AND it’s currently 60% off with The Outnet. Kerching.

4. Cami by Warehouse – £12

Velvet often crops up as an autumn/winter trend and this season is no exception, we’ve seen some gorgeous velvet looks at PPQ, House of Holland and Emelia Wickstead at London Fashion Week so far…and there’s no doubt more to come.

How do you wear velvet in the summer though? It can be trickier – mostly because it’s hard to find it in the shops – but if you check out the sale stock online you can still find velvet pieces at most retailers. I love this reduced cami from Warehouse because it could be worn in the warmer months with a skirt, jeans or culottes but it will still be appropriate for party season later in the year. Plus wearing velvet always feels super high luxe, which is always a bonus.

5. Sweatshirt by Calvin Klein – £90

It’s not just a 90s resurgence thing, logos are back in a big way. Models were emblazoned with logos at Versus Versace, Ashley Williams, Faustine Steinmetz and Proenza Schouler in New York. It was hard to ignore the number of logo tees and sweats being worn by those attending the shows too.

Moschino, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein are the brands to head for if you want to wear your logos loud and proud, and you’ll find plenty on ASOS. Want to spend a bit less? Adidas, Fila and Nike have your back.

Now…when will Kickers be cool again?

6. Crop Top by Jay Ahr – £77

Given that it’s autumn/winter garmz that are being shown at the moment, there’s been a surprising number of crop tops on offer. Bare midriffs have been one of the biggest London Fashion Week trends actually, seen at Topshop Unique, Jasper Conran, Emilia Wickstead and Versus Versace to name a few. At J.W Anderson the leather jackets were cropped so high that you’d be lucky if they covered your nips (although us non-models probably would wear a top under ours come November).

You can easily find crop tops now that summer stock is arriving on the high street, but I particularly like this Jay Ahr top (£77). It’s beautifully tailored with delicate stud detailing and at 65% off it’s a great price for the quality that you’re getting. Wear it with high waisted black wide leg trousers and you’re looking at a killer outfit.

7. Bardot Dress by Topshop – £38

There’s been one stand out colour at London Fashion Week and that’s blue. Blues of every shade have dominated the catwalk, everywhere from Markus Lupfer to DAKS to Anya Hindmarch. You probably only own blue items already (congrats! You’re on trend!) but if you really want to tick some fashion boxes then combine your blue with ruffles – the other key trend from LFW – and float about all dreamily like you’re in a Molly Goddard show.

This Bardot dress from Topshop will be a sure-fire winner come summer time and it’s making me want to book a holiday immediately. Team with round lens sunglasses, white espadrilles and an ice cream. The ice cream is very important.

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Poppy Dinsey

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