Virgin Australia’s Melbourne Fashion Festival is upon us and with that comes a million different weird and wonderful pieces of clothing that we’re meant to interpret and wear ourselves.
It can be a tough slog. Fashion can be exclusive, hard to understand and occasionally, just occasionally, it can feel like the industry’s trolling us.
But though so many of us struggle to see ourselves on the runway amid the perfectly styled outfits, carefully curated shows and young models, there’s merit to looking at the consistencies.
What keeps popping up? What’s not going away?
That’s the stuff, my friend, you’ll be wearing later this year.
The double breasted blazer
I’m cheating here, because actually, I mean double-breasted anything. The double-breasted boyfriend blazer – particularly in plaid – may be the alternative you need to your trusty leather jacket and the best way to pull you through the not-yet-winter, not-quite-summer nights.
Viktoria and Woods championed both the boyfriend blazer and trench coat on this year’s runway, while Camilla and Marc’s blazers will always be their most popular staples.
If you invest in anything this year, make it a good blazer. There are some well-cut, well designed ones on the market. Some are pricier than others, too. If you’re willing to invest, Balmain and Camilla and Marc are great touch points. If you’re less inclined to drop entire pay packets on a jacket, check out Forever New or Portmans.