Ladies, it’s that time of year again when the sun disappears for months on end and the cold weather sets in. It’s also that time of year where you can go out and buy a new wardrobe for Autumn. Take inspiration from the catwalk with my favourite five trends for this season:
1. Baroque – Opulence is everything and this season it’s all about embellishments. From beads to buckles, metallic to embroidery, embrace it all this Autumn. Designers nailed decadence with heavily beaded dresses and trousers at Balmain and embroidered coats at Louis Vuitton. On the high street I recommend looking for a soft velvet dress, skirts with crystal beaded hems and heels with pretty gold buckles stitched on to make a statement. Miss Selfridge (jacket, pictured) is a great place to look as is Zara for a muted take on the trend.
2. Oversized – Go big this season! In fact the bigger the better! Think soft creamy coloured wool cocoon coats to power shoulder blazers. Or if you want to be a little more adventurous try structured bell skirts and wide billowing trousers as seen at Proenza Schouler and Chloe. It all about the super-sized. Check out Next and Unique at Topshop for more budget friendly purchases, the clothes might be big but the cost shouldn’t have to be!
3. Gothic – Glamour takes a new form this Autumn. The gothic girl only needs one colour in her wardrobe. Black. Maybe a purple too for your lipstick. Other than that everything should be black. From leather coats and skirts, velvet dresses and lace shirts, channel your dark side into your clothing. In terms of make-up I suggest thick eyeliner and dark lips. Find Christopher Kane style pieces on the high street for less at River Island (pictured) and Reiss.
4. Heritage – The countryside alliance is calling so hunt out your best tweed now! To achieve this look think plaid, green wool and corduroy. Designers like Burberry Prorsum and Ralph Lauren took inspiration from the Downtown Abbey era of shooting weekends sending jodhpurs, lace up boots and mannish woollen coats down the catwalk. Advice for this trend is not to overdo it so statement buys like tailored tweed blazers from Primark and ASOS (pictured) are best for nailing this trend.
5. Military – Stand to attention ladies as autumn approaches your uniform of choice should consist of structured khaki trench coats, cinched in waists and military boots. At Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton sent polished and preened models down the catwalk with not one stray hair out of place. Fall into line with a woodland green dress as seen at Victoria Beckham, or go more street style with skinny combat jeans with a sheer shirt neatly tucked in. Look to Topshop’s latest military collection (pictured) to stock up on camouflage, and Urban Outfitters.