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It’s the first day of winter and all eyes are on outerwear at Afterpay’s Australian Fashion Week in Sydney.
As models, influencers and the rest of the well-heeled fashion set descend on Carriageworks for the runway shows, one clear favourite has emerged; the boxy blazer.
Yesterday, Aussie model Bambi Northwood-Blyth rocked an oversized $497 Anine Bing blazer, and Sylvia Jeffreys looked sharp in a $799 design by Rebecca Vallance, while Candice Warner, Montana Cox, Nikki Phillips and Tahnee Atkinson were also wearing the trend.
Kate Waterhouse even doubled up her take on the trend, first stepping out in a boxy, pink suit dress by Rebecca Vallance, and then changing into a blue Scanlan Theodore blazer.
The trend was also popular among less well known names and made it onto the runway at the Bondi Born, Alice McCall and Rebecca Vallance shows.
NET-A-PORTER's Senior Buyer, Libby Page, tells Yahoo Lifestyle it’s one of a few trends she expects to see take off in Australia this winter as it’s so versatile and easy to style.
“The boxy blazer (is) perfect styled with a hoody underneath and pastel hues help to keep it interesting,” she says, “Rosie Huntington Whitley has become synonymous for her mirror outfit pictures and her many ways of wearing the boxy blazer.”
“Styling plays a key part in how our customer effortlessly transitions from working from home to the office,” she explains.
“Blazers from designers including Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta will continue to do extremely well, however we expect our customer to style them up and down with jeans or a casual pant, rather than in a coordinated suit.
“Many designers are conscious of this, and that is why nowadays jacket and trouser designs have more multi-functional details to allow the customer to wear separately. Designers are also reworking tailoring with different fabrications such as cashmere and jersey to create a more relaxed silhouette.
“Moving forward, we expect for this comfortability to continue and for AW21, we saw what we are dubbing as ‘the new blazer’ anything that isn’t traditional from long-line shapes, collarless details, belting or vintage inspired silhouettes.”
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Trenches, Coatigans and shackets also on trend
Libby also expects other key shapes and silhouettes to take off, including, “the trench coat - which is perfect for light layering - the coatigan - which is a cardigan-coat hybrid that you can throw on over athleisure or knitwear - and lastly, the shacket - which often comes in light wool fabrics, this is a slightly thicker version of a shirt and channels comfort first; we love Isabel Marant Etoile’s versions of this.”
For a more affordable take on the shacket trend, Kmart has a $35 teddy shacket that’s been doing the rounds on Instagram.
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