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These are the standout trends from the autumn-winter 2022 shows, why they work so well and how best to style them

New York Fashion Week started off the month-long run of shows dictating what we’ll be wearing this winter, and from what we’ve seen, there’s a continuation of certain trends that have been given an innovative spin. Here are our five key takeaways from the shows, and how to wear these trends:

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1. Skirts over trousers

This season sees layering your bottoms with skirts over trousers, and it’s an excellent way to refresh pieces you already have. Plus, the drop in temperature means a little extra warmth will go a long way.
 
Collina Strada did the look in tropical, holiday-esque prints, with long skirts with splits to show off loose cargo trousers. Button up shirts add a crisp touch, while studded belts and fingerless gloves bring the look back firmly to teen-angst territory.
 
Maryam Nassir Zadeh went for a highly sophisticated take on the Y2K style, with a leather miniskirt over baggy sheer trousers. Paired with a chic brown long-sleeved top, minimal make-up and no visible accessories, the chilli-red skirt takes centre stage.

2. Neutrals

A head-to-toe monochrome ensemble always looks clean, and even more so in neutral tones. Michael Kors made a strong case for nude with a long-sleeved catsuit, coat, belt, bag and heels all in slightly different shades, as not to blend into one.  
 
Peter Do took corporate grey and sharp tailoring, transforming it into a crisp and cascading look. The deconstructed coat allows for some skin to show, the wide lapels balance the width of the trousers, and a thin leather belt ties the look together.

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3. Belts

Speaking of belts, they’re back in all shapes and sizes. Go big and cut a flattering silhouette like at Tory Burch—the trick is to choose a stark black and create a clean contrast against which ever colours you’re wearing.
 
Or go small, á la Altuzzara, with wrap-around coin belts for a touch of relaxed elegance. By wearing it long and off-centre, you can elevate the simplest of looks and forego other accessories.  

4. Best chest

Tasteful cleavage is back, and it’s for the best. Dresses for autumn-winter 2022 are longer and more classic in style, with A-line cuts and hourglass silhouettes, but busts have become the focal point.
 
We saw 18th century style corset dresses at Khaite, with lifted bosoms and off-the-shoulder details accentuated with rouge lips that give us Bridgerton vibes. Carolina Herrera highlighted how to do modern elegance with a gown featuring what begins like a typical strapless bust which then cuts away to expose a dramatic amount of cleavage.

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5. Covered up

On the other hand, there’s something super sexy about being totally covered up while maintaining a feminine figure. Proenza Schouler took this literally with an all-in-one dress and headscarf. The bell sleeves show contrasting lining for a hint of definition, and a brooch on the neck adds intrigue.
 
Gabriela Hearst envisions lemon and lime for colder weather, with an oversized fringed knit wrapped around the body, and a long circle skirt to break up any heaviness. Chunky boots and a small accordion bag add much needed structure to this slouchy look.

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