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Fall/Winter Fashion Trends 2015 for Guys & Girls

As the year comes to a close and we bid adieu to warmer weather, fashionistas all around can look forward to one thing:

It’s time to store your tees and berms, and dust off your fur coats and sweaters!

Okay, we were being just a little dramatic.

But hey, travelers heading for wintry weather during the December break would definitely find these tips handy. Who says we have to lose out style-wise as tourists?

Check out The Ridge’s fall guide for guys and girls this fall season!

 

Fashion Week 2015 runway is full of diverse trends – from leopard prints to the shearling jackets – and all that’s needed is a little bit of confidence.

This fashion edition, we’re switching things up by putting the spotlight on the guys. Who knows, girls, you could be inspired by some of these looks!

Here are some common trends to ramp up your style, giving you a fashionable edge while braving the colder season:

Leopard prints: A roaring success?

For the guys

Though leopard prints are not exactly an instant universal hit with the dudes, if pulled off correctly, can unleash your inner beast.

For the lionhearted, we present to you print-incorporated coats (Calvin Klein Collection) and shopper bags (John Varvatos).

If you’re new to the print, you can try wearing them on your sneakers (Paul Smith) or socks (Topman). It adds subtle flair to your everyday wardrobe without too much of an uproar.

Try muting the colours of your tops and bottoms when pairing with the shoes. This will help keep your footwear in the limelight. Consider pairing your socks with your favourite pair of denims (cuff it a few inches to expose the print!) and classic brown derbys.

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(Coat: Calvin Klein; Shopper bag: John Varvatos; Socks: Topman; Sneakers: Paul Smith)

Whatever choice you make, we commend you for taking the leap in owning a leopard-inspired piece. This polarising print should not to be taken lightly!

 

For the girls

On the other hand, leopard prints have traditionally been associated with ladies’ wear, and is a staple in this year’s ladies’ FW 2015 collection. Often worn by the fearless fashionista, every girl should at least have one leopard-inspired piece in their wardrobe, if not for a confidence boost!

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(Top: Dorothy Perkins; Flats: New Look)

 

Go green with envy

For the guys 

Environmental friendliness. The go-ahead signal. Two-year conscription. Whatever you want to associate the colour with, green in every shade is in this season, as seen on the runways of London, Milan and Paris.

Whether it’s khaki, olive, bottle, forest, military or mint, the sky’s the limit in choosing the right one for your skin tone and style.

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(Clockwise – Sweater: Bottega Veneta; Blazer: Berluti; Chinos: Burton; Jumper: Topman)

From a roll neck jumper to a chino, the versatility of this colour will certainly complement your existing pieces and add a naturalistic feel to your overall wardrobe.

Just don’t be a “cockster” and use this opportunity to pair your everyday pieces with components of the No. 4 Uniform. The military police will not be the only people you’ll have to be wary of! (ahem-Fashionpolice-ahem)

For the girls

Pieces in the camouflage colour achieve that military-inspired, utilitarian look that’s all the rage now, especially in oversized shirts and cardigans. Perfect for inspiring that tough girl-next-door vibe.

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(Super skinny: J Brand; Cardigan: Topshop)

 

The bigger, the better (sometimes)!

If baggy clothes are your thing, you’ll be glad to know the FW collections showed love for all things oversized. From models being swallowed by their oversized coats, to outer pockets on jackets that could supplant the man-pure once and for all.

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(Clockwise – Trench coat: Wooyoungmi; Coat: Costume National; Jacket: Zara; Mackintosh: River Island)

However, there is one caveat: there is a height requirement to pull off this look. Though supersized, the pieces must at least be proportionate to your body .

Unfortunately, fellow dudes who may not be as tall should avoid jumping on the all-things-upsized bandwagon.

For the girls

Ladies, oversized is no longer seen as unflattering, so refresh your wardrobes with these cozy pieces to give you that laid-back and chill vibe.

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(Sweater: H&M; Trousers: Mango)

 

50 shades of grey (or black, or brown)

For the guys

Wearing a single colour head-to-toe is no longer a fashion faux pas, at least according to the latest FW collections. The runways were scattered with models dressed in various shades of a single colour, especially neutrals.

And by neutrals we mean colours outside of the colour wheel, such as white, grey, black, and in some cases brown and beige. These “earth tones” can help to complement other colours, making your overall outfit more cohesive.

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(Clockwise – outfit: Lanvin; outfit: Maison Margiela; Derby shoes: Pedro; Blazer: Gap)

For the girls

This trend may be easier for the ladies as well, especially if you’re not particularly fashion-savvy.

Try out different variations of neutrals, with black and white as good starters to build up your neutral palette.

Considering the all-black gothic look, or the off-white au naturel ensemble? With the right shades for a particular colour, coupled with appropriate make-up and accessories, your styles will hardly be dull (though the colours are)!

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(Jacket: Burberry; Dress: Topshop)

Start by sourcing for individual pieces of the same tone. If you’re feeling confident, go ahead and pick out the same hue for your entire look!

Simply head into a boutique with an earthy tone in mind, search the bottomless pit of clothes, accessories and clothes for that particular one you’re eyeing and leave unscathed.

Who knew shopping for clothes could be so easy?

 

That seventies look

Perhaps the most memorable takeaway from the runways of AW 2015 has to be – you guess it – the shearling outerwear. There has been a recent revival of the influential looks of previous decades, and so it should come as no surprise for many that the established fashion houses are bringing back all things shearling this season.

Shearling is a type of material, often used for coats, that has an external suede side and an internal fur side, usually obtained from a young lamb or sheep which has been recently sheared.

Fashionistas call it the epitome of ruggedness, and we immediately think of Alain Delon, the iconic French heartthrob who channeled the bad boy look, wearing a shearling coat while on a motorcycle.

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Heartthrob Alain Delon rocking the shearling coat

Thanks to the revived look, you can now follow suit and keep yourself warm while looking manly at the same time!

Do keep in mind that shearling is incredibly pricey, and you may have to scrimp and save for it. But even though it can expensive, shearling is a great investment, and a good quality piece could last you for many years (with proper care and treatment, of course).

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(Clockwise: A.P.C; Belstaff; Reiss; River Island)

For the girls

The beauty of the shearling jacket lies in its gender-neutral versatility. Ladies and gents alike, jump aboard the shearling train.

Remember the character Penny Lane, played by bombshell Kate Hudson in the 2000 film Almost Famous? She certainly embodied the rocker chick look with a seventies edge.

And what better way to emulate her than to don the shearling jacket!

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(Acne Studios; Burberry)

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Nicholas Ong
Nicholas is a fourth year Pharmacy major who (when not buried in his notes) is finding new ways to inject a dose of quirkiness into people's lives; after all, perfect is boring.