Autumn has officially started! The temperature is cooling and it’s hard not to want to wrap up and get excited for Autumn/Winter fashion. Autumn is one of my favourite seasons to shop for, although the leaves are falling, it always feels like a fresh start. It still reminds me of fresh uniforms, new stationary and goals for the next school year. I wanted to share some of my favourite trends for the upcoming season and some of the way’s I plan on styling them.
Leather (or pleather!) on steroids is the look, many designers had models strut down the A/W 19 runways in leather head to toe. It’s a tad much for me, so I plan to incorporate a leather skirt I already own with a cosy knit jumper to soften the look. If you have a curvier figure like myself, I suggest opting for soft, flowy leather over stiffer versions. I find it way more comfortable as it skims curves rather than cling.
Shine and Shimmer
Sparkle all day and night. Rhinestones, sequins and glitter are no longer reserved just for the office Christmas party but are also invited to board meetings. I’m a bit of a magpie and love shiny things so having some sparkly elements in daywear is right up my street. I work at an engineering company, so full on glam isn’t always practical. A few ways come to mind to subtly work this trend in the day through accessories like jewelled hair clips, liquidy, shimmery Lamé fabric or a splattering of crystals on a crisp white shirt. If I did work somewhere where I could get away with it, I’d opt for a tailored suit paired with a crystal encrusted camisole
Gorgeous ballgowns floated down the runway but they had a twist. The usual demure colours you associate with these types of gowns were replaced with unexpected, bright punchy colours. Now, I’m nowhere near cool enough to have somewhere to wear these beautiful pieces. But if you still want to get in on the colour trend think daywear colour blocking. Head to toe fuchsia, nuclear neon’s and chilli pepper red. A great way to adopt this trend is a long overcoat in the most shocking colour you can find. Although I love it, I don’t believe this is a trend that will stick around so I’ll pull out something I already own instead of investing in a new piece. My plan is to incorporate a pair of shocking pink heels as a nod to this trend.
Dark, romantic florals were all over the A/W catwalks. Imagine a gothic garden where you read romantic poems to your secret lover as night falls. I think this is a really wearable trend and I’m sure we will see it all over the highstreet at price points which meet all budgets. It’s a great transition piece from summer to autumn, I plan to pair my floral dresses with either chunky knit tights or chunky boots.
Houndstooth was heavily featured in Karl Lagerfeld’s last collection with Chanel before passing. The show was super luxe which saw the Grand Palais in Paris transformed into the most beautiful ski resort. Houndstooth is a great print for outwear, especially if you want a coat or jacket which makes a statement but isn’t OTT. Houndstooth is always coming and going in fashion, and you would definitely get your money’s worth if you were thinking of investing in a piece. The great thing about the pattern is that it’s easy to style, being a combination of neutral colours means it’s really versatile. I plan to pop on my blazer over an all-black outfit, tailored trousers, a white or black tee with heels.
Puffy sleeves seem all the rage! I went to the shops over the last few days and you can’t escape them! The ones seen on the runway are very exaggerated, but it has translated onto the highstreet as more feminine and softer looking by using light and sheer materials. Don’t judge me but it’s giving me serious Disney princess vibes and I love it! It may be trend overload for some but pairing these whimsical tops with killer leather trousers would toughen up this feminine style.
Which of the trends are you lusting over? What I really like is that I actually have something for every trend as there’s been some crossover over the last few years. I’m sure the chances are you already have a piece you can pull out too for an instant seasonal update. For more inspiration, check out my Autumn/Winter 2019 Pinterest Board.