TAKING a look at the latest fashions for autumn, Lisa Haynes rounds up the coolest trends for the upcoming season.
OUR spring/summer wardrobes barely got an airing but, good news for those who calculate cost-per-wear, autumn is already upon us.
This is the season that really delivers on value thanks to the British climate. Unlike the shorts and sandals we’ve barely worn, a winter coat and ankle boots are often sported on a daily basis.
So wrap up warm with the hottest shapes, colours and prints of the season. Whether you’re a country girl or city sister, there’s a trend to suit every wardrobe.
Gothic blooms - Style greenhouses have been working overtime for autumn. The print typically associated with summer has been extended to this season with a moodier, darker edge. Avoid pretty pastels and pale backdrops, these winter blooms thrive with a gothic colour palette.
Rich reds, pink and purple florals look dramatic and seductive set against black or blue. Cultivate your wardrobe with feminine silhouettes like dresses, skirts and tops or give your look extra edge with trousers and blazers.
Military moment - Stand to attention, military is having a moment. Do away with London guard-style visions of bright red and brassy buttons, this season’s trend is an army-inspired palette of khaki, brown and black.
If camouflage jackets are a step too far, try a sleek winter coat with double breasted button fastenings. Stay muted for daytime and add flashes of metallics for evening to give this utilitarian look added luxe factor.
Purple reign - Look to the Quality Street favourite for inspiration, purple is the colour of the season. Bold shades of indigo, amethyst and violet ruled the autumn/winter catwalks.
Wear top-to-toe for an extreme look or pick out one statement piece like a winter coat or dress to pack a purple punch.
If the colour feels too bold, turn down the tone with more of an autumnal berry shade or experiment with accessories. A bright purple clutch or shoes will transform a tired LBD for party season.
Country bumpkin - Form a countryside alliance with this season’s rural fashion trend. Look to your grandfather’s closet for a steer in the Downton Abbey direction; all heritage tweeds, plaids and checks in an earthy colour palette.
There are various ways to work the look, ranging from Horse & Hound equestrian to Town & Country chic. Just add corduroy, chunky knits, an all-weather coat and basset hound to complete the look.