AW18 is well and truly underway, and before you know it, you’ll be donning your ironic Christmas jumper, accessorised in tinsel and praying for Spring. Best then, to make the most of the current season before Winter wraps you up in a thousand layers and doesn’t let go.  The arrival of AW18 doesn’t mean have to purchase a whole new wardrobe to keep up with the trends. A few, new key items will go a long way, and as we’re already well into Autumn, it’s more than acceptable to use elements of last year’s collection this season too to avoid that big spend with Christmas approaching. With that in mind, here are 7 IDEAL ways to repurpose last year’s wardrobe for AW18.

LAYER SLAYER

Perfect for staying cosy in the cooler months, layering is definitely in this season. If you’re bold enough, the best way to layer is with contrasting colour and textures. Dig out your metallic puffa jacket from last year and wear it over a fringed jumper for the correct effect of effortless yet quirky and up to date.

UNLEASH YOUR INNER ANIMAL

With the Spice Girls reforming and Liam Gallagher seemingly more popular than ever, it’s no surprise that another big trend for AW18 has flown straight in from the ‘90s and into our wardrobes; animal print. While Victoria Beckham has demonstrated her love for leopard print, other designers such as Isabel Marant is 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 cami dress with snakeskin boots and a matching clutch?

OVERSIZE ME

Oversized knits and sweaters look like they’ll be keeping us cosy for the rest of Autumn. What’s particularly useful 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, showing there’s no need to pack away your summer clothes just yet

AUTUMN TWINKLE

Usually, we don’t crack out the glittery garments until the long, protracted run-up to Christmas. But, this season, the hype around glitz has started in Autumn. Glitz and glamour basically defined Christmas 2017, and that made such an impact that it’s coming back for the whole season this year. Paco Rabanne have been showing off their models in oversized silver sequins, ticking all the boxes and bringing some much-loved sparkle to the runway. You should do.

COLOUR CURIOSITY

Curious to find out which colours are hot this season? Surprise surprise, it’s all about autumnal browns. From a brown men’s suits to a snuggly oversized poncho, the brown colour palette is so versatile. If you don’t want to overdo this shade, you can keep it simple with brown accessories such as hats, scarves and shoes to get in with the trend.

A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE FOR LEATHER

The stylish leather jacket has made its annual comeback on the catwalk too. 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.

DON’T FORGET THE DUDES

You might’ve noticed that shearling was everywhere this time last year, and love it or hate it, the style has endured; it’s back again this year. Giorgio Armani mixed up the textures further with a shearling, suede and leather jacket that looks smart yet cosy for the colder months.