If you’re anything like me, the gaggle of new-season trends that you have to herd in sends your stomach sinking (do velvet dresses remind me too much of my primary school disco? Can I really pull off those David Bowie boots? Is off-the-shoulder appropriate for my mid-winter lectures?). I’m sent reeling into a fashion relationship that I can’t determine if I love or loathe. While trends are something I usually get on board with, they also insight great stress *cough*, in case I put my money where the overly enthusiastic fashion magazines tell me to. So instead of ending up with your transition wardrobe consisting of one cerise and black plaid coat, a pin-striped suit and a diamanté embellished choker, I’ve compiled a list of wearable trends to take you seamlessly from this season to the next…
Oh and in case you were wondering, ‘no’ is the answer to all of the bracketed questions above (because who doesn’t love the memories of dancing to S Club in a crushed velvet party dress?!).
The Detailed Sleeves
Yes, the oversized/over-frilled/over-the-top sleeves are still in for the autumn (N.B. See all of Net-a-Porter for inspo). But sadly as the chillier weather sets in we’ve got to ditch the blouses and instead opt for something a bit chunkier. To see you through the September changes try this frilly sleeved jumper from H&M (as seen on Fashion Panic’s Lauren!); cosy and a fraction of The Row’s prices!
The Multi-Wear Dress
I’m often skeptical of dresses because I worry how much wear I’ll get out of them during the summer season! There aren’t too many days when it’s warm enough to wear bare legs but it can also be too warm to wear tights – what’s a girl to do?! But find the right one and you can layer it over polo necks, wear it with or without tights, put jackets over it… The slip dress is set to be a huge trend for A/W so I’ve selected this black Topshop one which I think will go with everything! Being nearly 5′ 7″, I wanted something a bit looser and longer, so the TALL range is the perfect route to go down if you still get goose bumps from the mere idea of wearing tight dresses circa 2009…
The Tan Trench
As you may already know, tan is set to be one of the colours for the up-coming season (hurrah for all the neutral-lovers out there!). For me, one of the best investments for the new season is always a coat, and with the trench being back on top of its fashion game, it’s obvious where to put your money this autumn!
The Refashioned Denim
If you haven’t already noticed this trend during summer then you certainly will over the next few months. Patchworks, rips, uneven hems, flowers – you name it and this season’s jeans will have it!
The Silk Scarf
Say au revoir to your chunky scarves (sort of) because its more feminine counterpart takes pride of place for autumn 2016. Not only is a delicate scarf a low-budget and easy way to update a plain look, but it’s also the perfect transition piece for the September months. Wear it round your neck, wrap it around your arm, twist it round your bag or fashion it onto your head à la Jackie O, this is an accessory that you’ll never get bored of!