It's the humble hood. This year, elevating your AW18 wardrobe from cool to hot (excuse the irony) is as simple as throwing a hooded top under your jacket or over your sweater. Brands from Burberry Prorsum and Dries Van Noten to Fashion East and Preen were among the heavy-hitting labels that marched the utilitarian staple down their AW18 runways. Where premium brands go, the rest of us try to follow, though that's not always easy. So hurrah for a practical, inexpensive, cool-girl micro-trend that we can all buy into (literally; you'll find a hoodie to suit your price range whatever it is). Here are my favourites, from premium to pocket-friendly.
This piece by Beyoncé's Ivy Park label offers more than a humble hood. It also offers a beautifully draped scarf-come-cardigan that will allow you to reinvent it with different outfits again and again. I would wear this constantly at weekends.
Hooded drape scarf, Ivy Park, €55 at topshop.com
What happens when you combine a basic utilitarian staple with ultra-glam sequins? You get this showstopper piece from Zara. Great style is all about contrasts, and this top delivers. I love how it's been styled simply with a pair of denims. It's always more interesting if you make sequins work for day. It creates a look that's unexpected and modern, which is how we all want to look, isn't it?
Sequinned hooded top, €39.95 at Zara
We don't usually associate the word sexy with hoodie, but designer Dion Lee has taken two completely disparate ideas and made them work as one. This is a great statement piece that will add a real point of difference to your AW18 wardrobe.
Open-back hoodie, Dion Lee, €93 (was €310) at net-a-porter.com
This athleisure-style dress in a potent shade of red is a real statement piece for the new season. Layered up with an overlong cardigan and a longline jacket, it will look seriously cool come autumn/winter.
Long hooded dress, €20 (was €40) at monki.com