How to make last year’s clothes work for this year

Sometimes, it feels like you just parted with your hard-earned cash on one fashion trend only for a new one to show up two weeks later. It’s an expensive job keeping up with the trends, but it doesn’t have to be! With the right know-how and a few staples, you can make your previous season’s purchases work for this year. In this article, we’ll be looking at top tips for getting the most out of your wardrobe, for both menswear and womenswear.

Breathing life into menswear

Shearling was a hot hit for the autumn/winter season in 2017/18. Through 2018, Giorgio Armani mixed up the textures further with a shearling, suede and leather jacket that looks smart yet cosy for the colder months. There’s no reason this classic and practical look can’t work for you this year too!

If you have clothes from even further back, you’ll be please to know the retro trend is still on the rise. That’s because this year it’s all about throwing it back to the ’90s. You might’ve thought you’d seen the back of shell suits and full tracksuits, but they’re back with a vengeance. On the catwalk, Prada completed the look with branded bucket hats and lightweight waterproof jackets (ideal for colder weather too). Of course, every season sees the must-have leather jacket in some shape or form. 

Instead of the shorter bomber style though, this season it’s all about oversized leather coats that can be paired with slim-leg jeans and winter boots. Fendi, Balenciaga and Paul Smith were all rocking the look during their AW18 shows this season. Layering is also a common feature on each year’s catwalk trends. It’s all about bringing together different garments in an effortlessly stylish sort of way. You might not have worn a V-neck in a few years but bring it out this year and slip it on top of a roll-neck jumper or slim fit shirt for an on-trend outfit. Other ways to layer include pairing an open checked shirt with a graphic t-shirt and black skinny jeans.

How to make last year’s clothes work for this year

Repurposing womenswear

Just like with menswear, layering is a safe bet in the colder season trends. It’s practical after all! If you’re bold enough, the best way to layer is with contrasting colour and textures. Dig out you metallic puffa jacket from last year and wear it over a fringed jumper. There’s always a call for animal print in recent years too. 

While Victoria Beckham demonstrated her love for leopard print, other designers such as Isabel Marant were all about snake patterns. The great thing about this style being in trend is that you can mix and match animal print and still create an outfit that looks well put together. Leopard print has rarely been out of the spotlight in recent years — why not pair your printed top with comfy high waisted jeans and a matching clutch? 

You can’t go wrong with an oversized chunky knit from one winter season to the next. The great thing about this year’s trends though, is that you can pair your grandad knit with your summer dress and still look on-trend. Miu Miu showed off an outfit that was made up of a green floral midi dress and fluffy grey knit — no need to pack away your summer clothes just yet! 

 Once you’ve spent the money, it’s best to get as much use out of your garments as possible; don’t squirrel them away thinking they only work for one trend or another!

How to make last year’s clothes work for this year