Fall Winter fashion trends that are actually ‘basic’ and timeless

by Windy Aulia, Valerie Wong  /   September 29, 2020

And most of them are wearable in Singapore’s hot weather

Designers are returning to the core foundation of fashion – the original art form of dressmaking, while stripping off the pomp of decorative elements. But don’t just call it “back to basics”. It’s really more of a concerted effort to reiterate the staples of a modern woman’s wardrobe, but always with a side of fun (see fringes on the runway).

Another salient point to emerge this FW ’20: the relevance of fashion in today’s world. In these troubled times, being trapped in the cycle of trends seems to be, well, out of fashion.

So what does this all mean?

For a start, buying less, but better – because the real trend now is being thoroughly informed. And that is, fundamentally, what being fashionable truly means.

The White Start


When in doubt go with an all-white ensemble that is sophisticated, youthful, and easy to match – because nothing is better than starting with a clean slate.

The Column Dress

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Loewe, Bottega Veneta Brandon Maxwell, Elisabetta Franchi, Balenciaga, JW Anderson

Now, who doesn’t want to look tall, lean and cool all at once? This is the dress that does all that, and it’ll last you more than a season. Pair it with unexpected pieces like combat boots to give it an edge.

The Nudes Now

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Balmain, Chloe, Max Mara, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu

In this day and age, there really shouldn’t be any reason not to find your own shade of nude. From beige to olive to mahogany, fashion’s subtle response to the #woke movement embraces the diversity of all skin tones.

Femme Fatale Latex

Saint Laurent

The sightings of latex-laden looks in jewel tones on the runways of Paris signal the return of women dressing subversively sexy, especially when matched with the softest chiffon pussy-bow blouse.

Fringe On Everything


It’s hard not to notice the resurgence of fringe on the FW ’20 runways. Is it simply about exaggerating body movements or about “reveal and conceal”, exuding an air of mystery? Try it for yourself to find out.

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JW Anderson, Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Prada, Jil Sander

The New Silver


This season’s metallic trend takes a deeper – and double – meaning, with silver chosen to symbolise armour and protection, as well as fashion’s reflection of this year’s sombre mood. Floppy hats are optional, but masks are not. This is social distancing with style.

Statement-making Sleeves

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Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Isabel Marant, Givenchy

For work or for play, for weekdays or the weekend, dramatic sleeves make a strong case for the fashion statement of the season. They’re a technical marvel and a great conversation starter too.

Boxy Sling Bags

Marc Jacobs, Hermes, Chanel

They’re fresh, functional, and with a no-frills boxy design, bar a few branding logos. The season’s must- buy bag style will take you from boardroom to brunch in no time.

Dandy Dress Shoes


They’re the most underrated shoe trend this season, whether it’s brogues, loafers or monk straps. Equal parts comfort and masculine dressing, and a whole lot of sartorial flair.

Lingerie For Stepping Out

Jacquemus, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Fendi, Louis Vuitton

It’s boudoir fashion, but it’s meant for going out – think beautiful satin corsets layered over organza blouses, or triangle bras worn under a boxy cropped jacket.It can’t get more feminine than this.

The Clash Effect


A foolproof formula for a kick-ass outfit? Polar opposites, like pairing your man’s oversized puffer jacket with your prettiest pleated skirt.

This article first appeared in Her World September 2020 issue.