London designers take a refined approach to workwear silhouettes and khaki colors, extending the range into soft peach tones with accents of yellow. A midcentury brushstroke print adds more visual dimension to these warm neutrals. Utility items like boiler suits, shirtdresses, blazers and duster coats are softened with gathers or tape ties. Even lingerie gets the khaki treatment in a mix of leather, girdle mesh and lace.

Emilia Wickstead Spring-Summer 2020
Margaret Howell Spring-Summer 2020
Rejina Pyo Spring-Summer 2020
Victoria Beckham Spring-Summer 2020
Burberry Spring-Summer 2020
Molly Goddard Spring-Summer 2020


Drawstrings are no longer for sloppy sweats or casual hoodies. The new breed of drawstring appears on polished skirts, pants and dresses, providing an adjustable fit and a sense of ease. Designers used the strings in unexpected ways: wide tape creates a “bunched” hemline, or a self-fabric sash gathers in a halter neckline.

Lemaire Fall/Winter RTW 2018
JW Anderson Fall/Winter RTW 2018
Eckhaus Latta Fall/Winter RTW 2018
Margaret Howell Fall/Winter RTW 2018
Loewe Fall/Winter RTW 2018
Dries Van Noten Fall/Winter RTW 2018

Major Corduroy

With the abundance of velvet saturating the runways in recent seasons it’s no surprise that corduroy, the plush material’s workwear cousin, has emerged in full force for fall’s daytime looks. Paired with cozy sweaters, hefty wide wale cords take the shape of slouchy pants and roomy sack skirts, while fine pincord is cut into 70s-inspired pantsuits. New ways with the material include novel XXL wales and unexpected piecing with luxe fur, but the familiar earthy brown palette maintains a classic, vintage feel.