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5 Styling Tricks for Winter Doldrums Dressing, Care of London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week has come and gone, and I’m left considering the strange, one-off moments it left in its wake. At Burberry, I was excited to see a fleet of split-hemmed trousers walk down the runway, and I wondered about the matching wristbands and neck-bands that seemed like a riff off of Richie Tenenbaum. J.W. Anderson treated tinsel like sequins, winding up with a slew of dresses that looked like wearable Confetti System. I saw a briefcase adorned with its own ribbon at Simone Rocha, and at Margaret Howell, I spotted a jacket reminiscent of her most iconic design, the red corduroy number worn by Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. My favorite hat of the week wafted down the runway at Roksanda: It looked as if it had been lifted off of Rembrandt’s head. The new iterations of Christopher Kane’s signature jelly accessories (including gel brassieres meant for external use only?) stoked pangs of nostalgia for my long-lost Pylones jelly watch.

In the midst of all the excitement, I did manage to pick up on a few low-lift microtrends and styling tricks among the hodge podge—and I think they might inject your winter dressing doldrums with some zest. They were:

1. Woodshop Goggles

Goggles
Shrimps (Left); Burberry (Right) via Vogue Runway

As seen at both Burberry and Shrimps! This sub for sunglasses makes it look like you’re well-versed on the safety protocol around a lathe. I find nothing more perennially stylish than precaution.

I actually bought a pair of anti-blue-light goggles much like these a couple years ago and had intended to add an asterisk to my Gmail signature that said, “When I answer your email, know that I’m doing so while wearing these bad boys.”

2. Undersweaters

Undersweaters
Molly Goddard via Vogue Runway

The Molly Goddard show made a compelling case for the undersweater: pullovers and cardigans worn under tulle dresses and two piece suits alike. This feels deliciously permissive if you’re the type of person whose secret shame is forgoing a barrier between skin and sweater.

3. The Harry Styles Effect: A Watermelon Sugar Colorblock

Watermelon
Roksanda (Left); Richard Quinn (Right) via Vogue Runway

Pink and green color-blocking is a tale as old as The Preppy Handbook, but here it is again, more timeless and verdant than millennial pink standing on its own, seen anew in Harry Styles’ homeland. The Roksanda look brings to mind the most colorful outfit on HBO’s Silicon Valley: In the show’s final season, Monica Hall exhibits a most convincing instance of watermelon with a pink trench coat with a sage-colored blouse. “Rind green” has a real ring to it.

4. Knee Socks

Knee Socks
Margaret Howell (Left); Simone Rocha (Right) via Vogue Runway

I haven’t given serious consideration to knee socks in years, though if Margaret Howell and Simone Rocha are any indication, the secret to wearing the socks is finding a knee-length skirt to graze against them. I was drawn to this head-to-toe Margaret Howell look because it looks like something you can wear to work that you won’t fidget with all day (the shoes do remind me of these Emme Parsons Mary Janes that got away…). And then Simone Rocha suggests that knee socks work for any occasion.

5. The Persisting Personality Collar

Collars
Erdem (Left); JW Anderson (Center); Victoria Beckham (Right) via Vogue Runway

My worldview has always been that the Peter Pan collar is entirely underutilized in contemporary fashion (other things that fit into this category: smocking, Liberty print, Swiss dots). This season, my aesthetic preferences for a reimagined neckline are finally being recognized: I love the pointy, rickrack school shirt collars from Laveste, and Leandra and Harling’s more Elizabethan approach to decorating their clavicles during NYFW. From Erdem to Victoria Beckham, London Fashion Week offered a whole host of spunky alternatives.

If you find a way to combine all five of these micro-trends into one mega-outfit, don’t be shy in letting me know.

Feature photos via Getty Images.

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