You may not want to think about the days getting colder and the nights drawing in, but now is the time to start snapping up the key pieces that will ensure your place in the style stakes this autumn. Look out for statement earrings and anything 80s-inspired if you want to get ahead, and a great fluffy coat is a must. Want to know more? Here is our lowdown on the top trends that are ready to rock the high street and online retailers alike.
Like the idea of fluffy fashion? Think wooly gilets in bold colours for cooler days and maxi faux-fur coats, ala Stella McCartney and Louis Vuitton, for when a real chill is in the air. Check out the River Island Faux Fur Collar Gilet, £60 from Asos, and the Caramel Long Line Faux Fur Coat, £59 from Dorothy Perkins. Meanwhile, the 80s revival has been sparked by the likes of Olivier Rousteing, Christopher Kane and JW Anderson. If your budget doesn’t stand up to their test, simply look out for padded shoulders, retro belts and ruffles. The Organza Ruffle Dress by Unique from Topshop is a corker – and it’s on sale at £110. If you don’t fancy the 80s, another alternative is to go 70s boho – again. It’s another season for the look, but this time follow in the footsteps of Lanvin, Valentino and Burberry Prorsum and think more folk rather than glam rock. The key piece you just have to have? A patchwork poncho. You could even get in early, before you need the true woollens, with the Spiritual Hippie Poncho Top With V Neck & Tassel Details, £32 from Asos.
Cuffs will be big news this autumn, whether you go for Gucci-esque muff-like panels or gathered Celine-style bells. For an affordable option, go for a £46 Striped Topshop Bell Sleeved Dress or the slightly more expensive Free People Thermal Layering Top With Crochet Cuff Detail, £68 from Asos. If you simply want to be on-trend when it comes to colour, meanwhile, red is the way to go. Get the designer look with a head-to-toe scarlet ensemble or simple finish off your autumn outfits with a pair of show-stopping boots like the Women’s Hush Puppies Red Vivianna Boots, £80 from Schuh. For those elegant occasions – or just when you want to make a fashion statement – think debutante. Follow in the footsteps of the likes of Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, and Chanel and get elegant in dresses showing off plenty of décolletage and stylish tulip skirts. Don’t want to face a designer price tag? Have a look at the £35 Dorothy Perkins Closet Pink Tulip Skirt Dress or the ASOS Bandeau Debutante Midi Dress, now reduced to £72. To top it all off, bling is undoubtedly back. Think statement necklaces and chandelier earrings such as the Kate Bushey Tassel Earrings, £10 from Accessorize, and the ASOS Statement Shapes Mismatch Earrings, a bargain at just £8 a pair.