Now that autumn is upon us (not that you can really tell the difference between summer and autumn in Britain), layers and warm colours are coming back in style. And along with the basics, we have a surge of other trends like:
The military jackets of the summer take a more autumn-y turn: military coats are appearing everywhere, in either the characteristic khaki or in darker shades with gold buttons and strong collars. However, military details are not limited to coats, but also appear on blazers, trousers, even everyday outfits (take a look at the River Island catalogue for inspiration).
The fabric has resurfaced this season either in head-to-toe (and sometimes to sweeping-the-floor) tailoring, as seen in Topshop Unique, or in the attempt to transition the slip dress from summer to autumn. For velvet slips look no further than Urban Outfitters, but keep an eye out for Topshop’s cute velvet blazers that tie in the middle. H & M also styles velvet in a chic way, creating a feminine silhouette for his fall.
Tracksuits have been taken steadily from the street to the catwalk and nothing is gonna stop them. You will also find long hoodies à la Vetements, varsity bombers and sporty details in pretty much any high street store. Embrace the comfortable and nonchalant attitude this fall and rock fitness wear whether you are a gym freak or not.
Bling It On
Channel party season a bit earlier this year and give in to metallic outerwear and sequined dresses and shirts, as spotted in Topshop Unique. For the less brave, you can keep it bling-less and throw in a sequined detail as an accessory – adorn your outfit with sequined skinny scarves or sequined beanies from the Zara collection.
There is definitely something to be said about the longevity of a shearling coat. If you haven’t invested in one, now is the time, since they seem to have flooded the high street once again.
The Puffer Jacket
Although many would consider the puffer jacket chunky and a bit unflattering, this season has taken it off the shelves of North Face and other outdoorsy stores and into the catwalk. From Chanel to Balenciaga, the jacket is having its moment – and it is the must-have practical protection from the autumn showers.
The romantic mood continues as the leaves fall with frills, ruffles and see-through, delicate dresses. Layer them under a long coat or a blazer (anything goes!) to survive the chill and preserve the magic!
Text and picture research by Alice Vily, feature image from the Zara Woman AW 16 campaign.