If London Fashion Week has inspired you to sharpen up that wardrobe, we can help. Or if a ‘trend’ to you is something to follow on your trading charts and your day is just too jam-packed to pay attention to what’s happening on the catwalks, don’t fret. Our LFX Guide to Autumn/Winter Fashion will make sure you’re up to speed on all of this season’s trends without dragging you away from those charts for too long.
(Don’t worry if you don’t know your designer names or you’re not sure you can pull off head-to-toe fur: we’re keeping it simple and classic, ideal for those important trading meetings as well as your weekend look, and our handy suggestions mean you can update your wardrobe at a the click of a button. We know, we know. We’re just too good to you.)
Let’s get to it…
We’re kicking off with an easy one here. The quickest and easiest way to update your autumn/winter wardrobe is to inject a drop of the colour of the season: dark green. Thankfully, it’s a pretty easy one to wear whatever your skin tone. On the catwalks, shades of green were layered head to toe, but that’s probably a step too far for everyday wear. Stick to knitwear, a smart polo or a tailored jacket for a foolproof way to channel the trend without looking like you’ve been rolling in grass.
This dark green merino wool sweater from Boss for the men. It’s smart enough to work in the office, and will look equally good off-duty when the trading week is over. Got to love a multi-tasker.
And ladies, take it a step further with this shift dress from Coast– ideal for those Christmas parties if you want a change from black (and the leather detail is right on trend, too). Or go for a more subtle touch and wear it on your nails- OPI have a green for everyone.
They seem to roll around every year as the temperatures fall, but this year’s puffa jackets have been pared down for a slimmer and altogether more flattering look (because frankly, no-one needs to wear thick padding around their waistline. That’s what autumn comfort food is for, right?). But the new slimline version will still keep you toasty- ideal for staying warm on your morning commute or for frosty Sunday afternoon winter walks to blow those cobwebs (and any lingering headaches from those Christmas parties) away.
This quilted men’s Barbour jacket from their collaboration with Land Rover. It’s available in dark red, olive green or navy and combines the traditional Barbour quilted pattern with a luxuriously soft funnel neck to keep the cold out.
We’re not talking skinny jeans here, so you can breathe a sigh of relief. This season it’s all about slim (but not tight) fitting, well-tailored trousers in navy, grey or black. Go for quality with these to make sure they keep their shape even after a few hours of sitting watching those trading charts. And keep the slim fit on your weekend jeans, too.
Dockers Stretch Twill Slim Fit Chinos– the stretch means they’re comfortable enough to lounge around in, and helps stop them looking baggy when you get back up. They’re good quality and they come in a range of colours for every occasion.
For the girls, we like these MaxMara Hardy Boy Fit Trousers in classic navy for an androgynous office look that can be glammed up for after-work drinks with a bit of a bling and a slick of lipstick.
Grey blazers were all over the A/W 2014 as part of the ‘normcore’ trend (if you think we’ve started speaking Japanese, ‘normcore’ just means unpretentious, basic, classic clothing). If you haven’t got a grey blazer in your wardrobe, sort it out- it’s perfect for throwing on to smarten up for an unexpected last-minute trading meeting/lunch with the in-laws/impromptu date*.
*delete as appropriate.
This Reiss number for the boys- it’s classic, well-tailored and good quality, and the mid-grey colour will go with everything (because we know you busy traders
can’t be bothered don’t have the time to be planning colour schemes).
And for the girls, this Elizabeth and James light grey crepe blazer blends masculine tailoring with a soft feminine material and a pretty tie-fastening back for the perfect grey blazer for any occasion.
Those grannies from the Shreddies advert must have been busy, because textured knitwear is everywhere this season. There were so many different knitted patterns we’re not even going to attempt to list them all. Just pick your favourite chunky jumper and be thankful we mentioned this one when the cold nights arrive…
This chunky knit Lanvin sweater for the men. It’s made from ultra-soft Merino wool that won’t be even the slightest bit itchy and will go with everything from jeans to chinos. So that’s your autumn weekend outfits sorted.
And for the females, we like this chunky stitch cardigan from the White Company– it’s so soft and cosy, you’ll never want to take it off.
Checked shirts are probably already a wardrobe staple for a lot of you (if they’re not, where have you been?). For autumn/winter, though, put away the small gingham checks- you need a bigger, bolder print for this time of year. Keep the colours fairly neutral unless you want to end up resembling a tablecloth or looking like you’re kitted out in tartan for the Scottish referendum (unless, of course, that’s the look you’re going for…)
This vintage oxford shirt from J. Crew for the guys. It’s available in a few different colours as well as in a tall version and a slim fit- ideal if you have trouble finding a perfectly-fitting shirt.
And for the ladies, this Isabel Marant plaid shirt made of soft, warm cotton that’s cut extra long for a comfortable fit- ideal for layering under a chunky jumper or cardigan for autumn days.
Brogues are probably the Marmite of shoes- you either love them or hate them. But they’re ideal for pairing with this season’s slim chinos and just that little bit more exciting than a plain smart shoe. If you really can’t bring yourself to go the whole hog, look for shoes with subtle brogue details like these to give a slight nod in the direction of the trend without feeling like you’ve reverted to the days of Clarks school shoes.
And for the ladies- these smart black Saint Laurent brogues will become a wardrobe essential so quickly you’ll wonder what you ever wore before you had them.
Bags have gone oversized this season- good news if you’re the kind of person who likes to carry everything but the kitchen sink. This season, daytime bags are big enough to cram in everything you need for your trading day (including everything on our list of essential mobile trading tech) as well as a change of clothes for those after-work drinks and even your gym kit to squeeze in a quick training session (if you laughed out loud at the mere suggestion, maybe you need to check out our ideas for painless ways to keep fit in your busy trading week).