A/W 2016 trends


With the blazing sunshine we’ve had lately it’s hard to think ahead to wrapping up for colder months. The shops are starting to get their new season collections though, so here’s my seasonal look at the new trends, interpretations for the dancefloor and where to find tango-appropriate pieces.


The cold weather love affair with velvet continues this year but with a rise in pink tones that are a bit different to the usual black and navy. It can be easy to get hot quickly in velvet so if you find it too much for dancing, nod to fashion with a very on-trend velvet choker or shoes in a plush material. Have velvet shoes already? Bring them up to date by pairing with translucent socks. For menswear, full velvet suits are available if you’re feeling brave.

As seen at: Preen, Valentino, Prada, Emporio Armani, Rochas, Gucci.

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Tango shoes at Amy’s: Turquoise M38 red velvet, Turquoise M69 black suede, Mr Tango Shoes Carolina in burgundy suede.

High street finds: Marks & Spencer pleated velvet skirt, New Look pink velvet skirt. See more high street finds in velvet on this Pinterest board.

Tango finds: Reina dark green velvet skirt, Bailemos textured two tone velvet skirt, Mirada Tenue dark red velvet skirt, ConDiva black velvet and lace dress.


Every winter there is a trend involving embroidery, sequins and other adornments. This year the embellishments extended to hair, with bands, pins and slides a feature or paired with elaborate earrings. Sumptuous embroidery on delicate tulle was also a feature for tops and skirts. Sequins were seen worn top to toe, especially with long sleeves. For the dancefloor, lots of embellishments on the front can lead to close embrace entanglements so look for strategic placement, well-finished stitching and side or back detail.

As seen at: Peter Pilotto, Erdem, Rodarte, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana.

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Tango shoes at Amy’s: Turquoise M38 embossed green, Turquoise M31 gold sparkle.

High street finds: River Island wrap front sequin midi skirt, Next embroidered trousers.

Tango finds: Mirada Tenue green sequin low back dress and embroidered tulle skirt, SurReal sequin open back blue dress, La Capa Danzante black sequin skirt.


The fussy Victorian-inspired ruffles of the past two seasons have calmed down a bit for winter. The go-to look is a v-shaped ruffle trim on a top. It’s a classic Victorian shape in a very modern way. Ruffles were also seen in abundance on hemlines and sleeves. If it’s too much, tone it down with denim and black shoes.

As seen at: Erdem, Viktor & Rolf, Stella McCartney, Rodarte, Gucci, Fendi.

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Tango shoes at Amy’s: Turquoise M02 black, Very Fine 1688 black.

High street finds: New Look ruffle trim black top, River Island silver satin ruffle crop top, Warehouse ruffle front red top and ruffle trim midi skirt, Next aubergine ruffle dress.

Tango finds: Libertas Atelier ruffle trim dress, Tango Leva ruffle skirt.

Long layers

Every season there’s something in fashion that’s just perfect for tango. This time it’s a very wearable trend for longer layers – tunics and dresses over trousers in particular. If you already wear tunics and leggings for tango, this trend should distill to the high street soon so there will be more longer length tunics to choose from in the coming months.

As seen at: Celine, Proenza Schouler, Chloe.

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High street finds: Next embellished side tunic.

Rust red

The ‘it’ colour for the season is emerging as a lovely dark brick red. It’s a bit retro and very autumnal. Look for variations on dark orange, warm reds and coppers. Pair with metallic shoes for impact.

As seen at: Amanda Wakeley, Victoria Beckham, Burberry.

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Tango shoes at Amy’s: Mr Tango Shoes Carolina gold.

High street finds: Warehouse pleated orange dress, Next jumpsuitH&M airy rust blouse.

Tango finds: Tanguito Essential Skirt in rust red or tangerine.

What trends are you looking forward to trying this season? Share your tips and ideas in the reply box below!

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