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Blanket Dressing Trend

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(Burberry, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda Ilincic and Topshop Unique images courtesy of Vogue.co.uk)

With the British summer well under way, winter trends were beginning to seem pretty far off. That was, of course, until chilly wet days like today provided a reminder that even in the warmer months, some winter dressing is a life saver. The key to autumn/winter dressing this year is comfort and layering, and frankly we couldn't be more thrilled to see some practicality enter our wardrobes. One of the biggest trends of the AW14 catwalks was "blanket dressing," which almost makes the dream of leaving the house in your duvet a reality.

Taking over from last season's cocoon coat craze, the blanket trend is set to dominate winter wardrobes. This trend offers comfort, warmth and style all in one chic bundle – and if you invest now then you won’t be quite so resentful when we get an inevitable spell of freakish cold weather over the summer. Burberry, Hunter, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda Ilincic and Topshop Unique have all championed the blanket trend on their AW14 catwalks so it's highly likely we'll see just as much choice on the high street too.

The Burberry blankets are perhaps the most lusted after, effortlessly draped over shoulders and personalised with monogrammed initials. The cosy, bulky blankets were offset on the catwalk by cinched waists and flowing chiffon dresses and scarves, juxtaposing Burberry's classic British sensibilities with a tantalising bohemian vibe.

Blanket dressing doesn't always have to be soft and cosy, as Peter Pilotto demonstrated with bold graphic patterns. Their multi-layered ensembles were awash with contrasts; bright primaries met gentle pastels, structured silhouettes combined with soft textures.

Roksanda Ilincic's distinctive colour palette echoed the folksy nature of the blanket coat, teaming cream, burgundy and pale blue together most alluringly. Ilincic's fluid silhouettes and modernist patterns were evocative of the bohemian art vibe that was ever present on the catwalks this season.

With inspirations slightly closer to home, Topshop Unique embraced classic English heritage, with a rebellious twist.  The enveloping belted coats in cobalt and charcoal looked smart and elegant, yet bunched and hung off the shoulders with delicious insouciance. These were teamed with knits, crisp collars, pinafores and a-line skirts to create a good girl gone bad vibe.

Yohji Yamamoto and Junya Watanabe both took the blanket chic trend to an extreme, showcasing thick quilting and padding in their outerwear, as if cocooning their models in giant duvets. Whether it's fluid and belted, or voluminous and furry, we love the blanket dressing trend - bring on the cold!

If you’d like to get in early on the blanket trend then you can buy here on The Glass Pineapple from Polish designer Mnishkha. Look out for their collection hitting our site in the next week.

Words by Vanessa Gainford

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