Even though I’m definitely not ready to say goodbye to my bare legs just yet, a change of season is the perfect time for a wardrobe refresh. As much as I love shopping, I do believe that the ideal autumn wardrobe is based on a foundation of staple items and classics we can revisit every year, updated with a few tweaks and new pieces to make it feel fresh and exciting. As usual, the autumn/winter trends are expansive and varied, but there are a few styles in particular that have really caught my eye this year. If you’re a minimalist, sophisticated tailoring is a key theme this coming season, which makes for a refreshing change after so many seasons of sportswear and athleisure. If you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum, however, you definitely won’t be left disappointed either; sunny brights, bold prints and statement details are soon set to become all the rage.
If you dread heading into the winter months with subdued colours to match the sombre weather, then you’ll be pleased to know that varying tones of yellow were all over the autumn and winter runways. If too much colour isn’t your thing though, you’ll also find that shades of beige and caramel are still very much on the scene, and incidentally make for a perfect pairing with yellow, should you wish to pluck up the courage and brave a bright.
This season, minimalism is having a bit of a moment, and we’re seeing a newfound appreciation for the more refined; a stark contrast to the joggers and trainers trends that have taken hold over the past couple of years. 70s-style bourgeois glam found its way onto many an autumn catwalk, and one of the standout pieces, of course, was a classic checked blazer. A tried and trusted autumn staple, checked blazers are one of my favourite pieces to shop for and look just as good with a satin midi dress as they do with jeans and a simple tee. In a similar vein, statement trench coats are back in full force, so be prepared to see many Burberry-inspired iterations amongst the high-street racks very soon.
Pleated skirts have always been a long-time classic, and this season they’re about to make a major comeback. In terms of silhouette, the longer length and cinched waist flatters all figures, and the pleats do wonders to inject a burst of femininity and put-togetherness to any look. Try two trends at once by pairing a sharp jacket with a flowy pleated skirt and a tucked-in blouse for a stylish juxtaposition.
Floral dresses are a wardrobe staple no matter the season, but instead of dainty micro-florals and vivid colours, autumn will see a moodier colour palette and unapologetically-sized prints.
I love my strappy sandals as much as the next gal, but I must say I am so excited to step back into my boots. The word on the street is that lace-up boots have arrived on the fashion scene and shaken things up; a particular pair from Zara has already sold out various times since first making an appearance. This particular style and silhouette feels very Victorian-esque, but they’ve been
updated for the modern woman and ooze contemporaneity and wearability. Pair them with a flowy midi dress or even with some rolled up straight leg jeans for the perfect transitional look
When it comes to handbag trends, the frame bag is the key piece you’ll see all over the high-street these days. Comprising of a simple rigid structure with a top handle, it’s a classic style with a vintage feel, and inherently possesses a great staying power. Although last season’s micro styles are still very much in vogue, a growing love for larger bags is emerging slowly, making them one of the most utilitarian trends of the season.
It was only a matter of time before chokers made their way back onto the scene. For the past few seasons, it’s been all about dainty and layered jewellery. Sometimes the smallest details are the ones that are able to make the biggest impact on your wardrobe, and this year, almost no catwalk was complete without a choker as its standout accessory.
Headbands first made an appearance back in spring, and have quickly become one of this year’s biggest accessory trends. Not only do they conveniently conceal the awkward stages between hair washes, but they also work well with pretty much any aesthetic, from formal and feminine, to a lazy day of knitwear and jeans. Although I’m not usually big on hair accessories, I think it may be time to channel my inner Blair Waldorf this autumn at last. From silks and satins to polka dot prints and oversized bows, there’s more than plenty to choose from.