Most trends go in cycles, they go around, leave and then come back again decades later.
Just like the recent trend for oversized jackets – a clear thrown back from the 80s but with a difference!
Back in the 80s the look took a softer approach. The shoulders were broader, but the materials were more often silks or satins giving the feel that they were draped around the body.
There are some great images of Jackie Collins and Sarah Fawcett Majors in these oversized jackets, paired with skin-tight leggings.
For this Fall Winter season, the look is more sartorial.
Two of my favourite pieces this season are an Isabel Marant pin stripe jacket worn with a studded belt and a cowboy ankle boot with a polished metal toe cap, and an oversized beige jacket by Jacquemus, worn with a Klein blue fringe corset belt and heels.
The Marant jacket is almost menswear in its size and fitting, but both pieces are still very wearable and flexible. Of course, you do kind of need to have long legs to really pull off these two looks.
Then there is Escada, the German brand that dressed the corporate power woman in the 80s and 90s. The house hallmarks were shoulder-pads, brass buttons and vibrant colours. This year, bringing the brand into the contemporary arena for fall winter, new ex Burberry creative director Niall Sloan, dug deep in to the archives to create a collection of pant suits and jacket and skirt suits in the same typical Escada bright colours. While the collection does breathe new life into the look, it does seem to lack some excitement.
Zadig and Voltaire's Fall Winter collection uses an assortment of plain boxy or plaid blazers, mixed with lace tights and lingerie, infusing masculine femininity with a distinct hint of sexiness, which really says it all about the trend.