How to get this season's trends on a budget

Want to tap into this season’s top trends – without the designer price tag? Annmarie O’Connor unveils her high street edit, courtesy of Opera Lane


Suiting gets a softer edge as graphic shapes and abbreviated hems flirt with fluid fabrics and frayed edges. The 2.0 update? Layering tone-on-tone separates for a united front.

H&M Studio tailored coat, H&M, €159; H&M Studio frill hem dress, H&M, €79.99; H&M Studio crop hem trousers, H&M, €89.99; Ankle boots, H&M, €49.99


Code red: it’s a full-scale colour alert! Prepare for notice-me shades of scarlet, tomato, poppy and pillarbox to create a fashion furore. Feeling brave? Wear it red-to-toe!

Coat, River Island, €134; ‘Robin’ sweater dress, River Island, €75; Over-the-knee leather boots, River Island, €114


‘Athleisure’ may be fashion’s biggest buzzword but you don’t have to sweat to win serious style points. A bomber jacket here and a statement sneaker there makes the sporty look anyone’s game.

Leather jacket, Tommy Hilfiger, €699; Leather half flap bag, Tommy Hilfiger, €210; Bomber jacket, Tommy Hilfiger, €189; Pleated skirt, Tommy Hilfiger, €89.90; Glasses, Specsavers, €89; Sneakers, Tommy Hilfiger, €135


Power prints don’t come any sharper than the classic check. Paired with denim and disco glove boots, suddenly the dynamic changes from heritage to a new level of lust-have.

Aphrodite’ satin stretch boot, Office, €104; Check coat, River Island, €107; Check skirt, River Island, €45; Denim jacket, H&M, €39.99; Mesh ruffle hem top, H&M, €39.99; Pierre Cardin glasses, Specsavers, €149; Drop earrings, River Island, €13


Add a romantic edge to your cool weather wardrobe with a bouquet of florals. From punchy head-to-toe prints to delicately decorated accessories, there’s a garden party with your name on it!

Orange trench, H&M, €69.99; Floral pyjama top, H&M, €27.99; Floral pyjama pant, H&M, €22.99; Floral and feather strappy sandal, River Island, €65; Floral choker, New Look, €6.99


Everyone loves a comeback – even when that comeback comes back every year. Enter the perennial trench coat – a closet keeper with oodles of wearability – whatever the weather.

Trenchcoat, Tommy Hilfiger, €299; Men’s Breton sweater, H&M, €34.99; Hiking boots, Tommy Hilfiger, €175; Captain’s hat, River Island, €25; Leather mini skirt, Tommy Hilfiger, €99.90; Kylie Minogue Eyewear round sunglasses, Specsavers, €149; Phone pouch, Gap, €19.95


Pay homage to the quorum of quirky with slouchy sweaters, twee handbags and demure neck scarves. 

Sweater, H&M, €39.99; Tulle skirt, New Look, €24.99; Floral bag, Topshop, €46; Polka dot scarf, Topshop, €10


  • Photographer: Miki Barlok
  • Stylist: Annmarie O’Connor
  • Hair: Karen Buckley @ John Geaney for Hair 
  • Makeup: Emma Ronan Makeup 
  • Model: Aoibhinn Lane @ Lockdown Models
  • Stylist’s Assistant: Natasha Crowley 
  • Shot on location at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, with thanks to Cork County Board
  • All clothes featured from Opera Lane, Cork
  • For the latest fashion vlog ‘Working the Trends’, see the Opera Lane YouTube channel.

  • Gap – 021-4278230
  • H&M – 021-2360080
  • New Look – 021-4273572
  • Office Shoes – 021-4949549
  • River Island – 021-4278284
  • Specsavers – 021-4248722
  • Tommy Hilfiger – 021-4273478
  • Topshop – 021-4278268


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