New 90s Grunge

Reading the Sunday Times Style magazine yesterday, I noticed a little feature about the latest micro-trend du jour. Micro-trends are the ones that aren't official "trends", as dictated by the big fashion houses, these are the little extras that tend to be more mainstream and more accessible on the high street- and thus more wearable! Past examples include coloured blazers and patterned trousers. A muddle of micro-trends can probably be spotted on the staff at your local Topshop.

This season there are a fair few cropping up- but my favourite has to be the recycling of an old classic. We all know that fashion just goes in one big circle, and once more the time has come to channel our inner Gallagher brothers and sling on a cosy khaki parka.

Well, parka's have been around for a while, but the 'it' way to style yours for A/W '11 is a'la Kate Moss by pairing with a flimsy little sheath dress (check the lingerie departments- keep it authentic eh?) and edgy footwear.

This look is definitely a favourite of mine- channeling those amazing 1990s Corinne Day shots (featuring in a upcoming exhibition at Gimpel Fils). It balances femininity with subtle sexiness and a hefty dose of Alexander Wang-esque cool. Think Erin Wasson crossed with Courtney Love (if you like) and work this look to a loud soundtrack of Nirvana and with a couldn't-care-less stomp.

Another bonus? It'll keep you warm which will come in handy given that August seems to think it's January at the moment. Lucky us, eh?

Here are a couple of the hottest parka+slip combos around at the moment.

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