Tuesday 24 September 2013

The Autumn Hitlist

While I've been distracted by all the lovely Spring/Summer clothes at LFW, the temperature has dropped and the nights are drawing in. Which can mean only one thing - time for a change in wardrobe! Here's my pick of the hottest trends this Autumn/Winter:

1. Tartan

Tartan is EVERYWHERE at the moment, and I think it's probably one of those things you either love or hate (me? I love it!). There's so many different ways to wear it though - so don't be put off if a huge tartan coat or skirt just isn't you. My favourite way to wear it is accessories - especially shoes (at the moment I'm living in my tartan print Converse). This backpack from Next is practical as well - bonus!

2. Heritage


Heritage always rears it's head this time of year - think faux fur, animal motifs, trench coats and tweed (stately home not required). If it's inspired by the British countryside - spot on! A big, chunky jumper is vital for this look - simply pair it with some skinny jeans and some utilitarian boots for countryside chic!

 3. Preppy Layers

 This is one of those trends which is amazingly practical. For a preppy layer, just wear a shirt underneath a dress, jumper or top. It's also lovely and cosy too. Who said being warm couldn't look fabulous? Look out for plain shirts you can wear with pretty much anything, or a patterned shirt to add a quirky pop to a minimal jumper. Too warm to wear a shirt AND a jumper? Why not make a detachable collar (trust me, it's simple)?

 4. The Tube Skirt

Pencil Skirt

 More suitable for those rare, warmer winter days, the tube skirt should ideally fall just below your knee and be made from a lovely, soft jersey fabric. Apart from being INCREDIBLY comfy (elastic waist = more fun) the main attraction here is versatility. Wear with a leather jacket and Converse for a casual look, wear with ballet pumps and a fluffy jumper or go all out and wear it with an kick-ass pair of heels. Choose one in a colour that compliments the majority of your wardrobe and you'll find hundreds of ways to wear it.

 5. Leather

Image 1 of Just Female Sweat Dress With Faux Leather

My leather jacket is perfect for this time of year - it bridges the gap between no-coat weather and huge-coat weather. Leather seems to be branching out though and making it's way onto other pieces of clothing - leather skirts, dresses and trousers. I particularly like pieces of clothing with just a leather accent - a leather collar or pockets or edging, it gives clothes a luxurious feel. If you had leather scraps or offcuts you could easily experiment with adding a touch of leather to an otherwise plain top.

Ah, all these trends almost make me glad it's going colder. What are you looking forward to wearing this Autumn/Winter?

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