What to wear this Autumn

It seems most odd covering autumn/winter fashion styles when I really don’t feel that I’ve had much wear from my summer purchases yet! Having given up on any hopes of an Indian summer I am going to pack everything away carefully and next spring take a good long look at the fashion pages and see what I can adapt and wear again.

Meanwhile, I must admit that it has been fun looking at the predictions for this season. Firstly because at least I know I’m actually going to get to wear them and secondly because there seems to be a range of styles for every body shape – more on that next time!


However, to the trends…..

Firstly, across pretty much everything we’re seeing:

  • Polka Dots
  • Lace
  • Florals
  • Snakeskin


Whether these details adorn your whole outfit, or are worn as an accessory such as a scarf or a bag you are certain to immediately be on trend.


1. Natural Texture

You’ll see a lot of tweed and houndstooth in the stores, along with chunky oversize knits in country tones. Match smart fabrics with casual denim or body skimming leather – we will see the return of leather trousers and leather pencil skirts are everywhere. Contrast fabric and fit to emphasise your good points and hide those that are less than perfect. This year’s fashion must-have is the Mexican inspired poncho or serape – in muted ethnic prints and worn around the shoulders.


2. Retro – 40s

Continuing the texture theme – fake fur, velvet, lace, silk and satin will make an appearance at parties and during the day throughout the autumn. We will see bias-cut dresses, wartime tea dresses and slim pencil skirts worn with structured pussy bow tops and fitted jackets. There’s print here too – think of classic florals and the polka dots.


3.  60s Minimalist

Yes it’s still with us and this is the last refuge of colour blocking. We’re seeing short A lines and trapeze styles, with geometric prints and bright colours. Peter pan collars feature heavily and pretty embellished necklines provide an alternative way to wear the trend.


4. Boyish tailoring

This look has been creeping in for a while and its now properly got a foot in the door. A white shirt or simple unfussy blouse/shirt is essential, coupled with a boyish blazer or tuxedo, paired with skinny trousers or tailored crops. Finish off with brogues or loafers and keep patterns to a minimum.


5. Spice Tones

There’s a whole range of colours here from balmy yellows and golds through to russet and tobacco shades.  All are warming and look great jumbled together or featured as contrasting separates. If you have cool colouring look out for the various shades of burgundy mixed with grey.


6. Tunics over Trousers

This look sounds a bit Star Trekkie but it appeared all over the catwalks this season. I’ve seen layers of toning colours, colour-blocking and plain monochrome two pieces. The trick with this look is not to go too floaty – trousers should be straight and tunics need to be fashioned in a heavy fabric to give the necessary structured look.



Shoes and Boots

Streamlined loafers replace ballet pumps, still worn with skinny jeans. Mens style shoes like lace-up brogues complete the androgynous look whilst brown boots with chunky heels worn ankle length or just below the knee can be paired with the textured looks. I’ve also seen slipper shoes – not the fluffy type but in satins or velvets, beautifully embellished. There is also a definite return to pointed toe court shoes, especially in patent or an animal print – to keep it subtle and to elongate your leg, look for deeper tones of brown/caramel or burgundy/grey/black. If you want to be brave and beautiful go for boots with fringing – they are selling out everywhere.



Needless to say there’s a lot of crocodile skin, snakeskin and glorious colour – although there’s also fair amount of natural colours around. We’re actually seeing matchy-matchy styling too as well as the discreet tassel. We really have said goodbye to big baggy statement bags – everything is much more structured and styles are getting smaller, even down to the return of the clutch as well as teeny tiny purse bagsSaddle bags are everywhere as are colour-blocked 60s style bags featuring the warm hues we saw earlier.

Fashion Trends Autumn/Winter 2011