Autumn Winter 2018
Trends for the season ahead.
Welcome to October. For a lot of us it is like the start of a New Year. Maybe it’s because I work in the fashion industry, but I find that Autumn brings a need for change.
In my line of work that means one thing… shopping!
Before we all go off on a tangent thinking about change (shopping) the best way to embrace this feeling is to start with a detox. I personally do this throughout the whole of the house. One of the best places to start before you get distracted by the new seasonal collections in the shops and in the media, is in your wardrobe.
Early October is the time to pack away the last of those summer staples. Vacuum pack and put that container out of sight until next year. Whilst you are packing don’t forget to chuck anything that has seen better days or anything you really didn’t wear! We all have that one item we bought, we wore and vowed never to again!
Now get out all of your winter staples and review them individually before hanging them up (if you’re anything like me, it has to be arranged in ascending colour order!) Imagine your wardrobe is a shop that you are re-stocking, would you buy this item today? Does it deserve a hanger?
From this you can work out the gaps in your winter collection and then go forth to the shopping centre armed with your capsule gaps and then add in some current trends. This is the key to dressing well and having more to wear - rather than nothing to wear with lots stuffed in every nook and cranny of a wardrobe or drawer.
So what’s on trend I hear you cry?
Unless you’ve been on a social media detox or lucky enough to have travelled the high sea’s without internet connection, you’ll already know that leopard, snake and chain print is all the rage. It is awash on the high street and all of the social feeds. There is no escaping it, but there is a way of doing it so that you don’t look like you fell in the door of H&M and Zara rolled around and left looking like something from a Safari on steroids.
The best way to approach a trend like this is by deciding if you are incisively a fashion lover that adopts the ‘more is more’ approach or, less is more. Depending on the trend your thoughts may vary. I personally think the best way to approach a trend like animal print is to add an accessory to your seasonal capsule wardrobe. Perhaps you could add an animal ankle boot, bag, scarf or commit further by adding a coat (but then you must take away the accessories)
This year is the year of the slouchy knee high boot and the return of the Western Boot not to mention the animal print in snake, leopard and zebra. Boots are big business and quite the statement. Your outfit may be bland, but those boots will scream decibels.
Brown is the new Black
Brown is dominating the colour pallets this season. Some say brown is the new black and although brown gets a pretty bad reputation when it comes to fashion, it’s usually reserved for those stereotypical librarians in those Americans drama’s and movies we watch. This year Wintour and likes have pretty much declared it’s the new must have. From Fendi to M&S, you’ll notice a dramatic appeasement. A trench coat or tanned accessories is the way forward here. Don’t go full out 70’s, that’s not the look we are going for.
Western boot (AKA Cowboy boot)
Teaming these little beauties with a shearling coat, midi dress or with your best staple trousers can literally put your best fashion foot forward this season. The high street and beyond has a ton of Western boots in all shapes and sizes, check out Russell & Bromley and Topshop.
It has been confirmed, the heritage check has made a huge comeback. Embrace it. From a full on power suit for work to a boyish belted check jumpsuit. For a touch of understated elegance, throw on your best high rise jeans and team with some block heels. Add a pop of colour with a contrasting handbag, completing your look with a belted check trench coat. Take a look at John Lewis, New Look and Vivienne Westwood for some inspiration.
Layering is the absolute key to wintery Boho-chic. Think: burgundy blouse underneath a block colour sweater, contrasting earthy tones with a mid-length skirt, knitted socks with block heels and finally accessorised with a wide brim hat and knitted cape. Another simple and chic touch, and there are plenty on the high street is to go for the midi or maxi dress with the Western boots and tassel bag. Double coating and ‘protection’ in the form of outerwear is also a big trend this season so throw on that favourite oversized coat for good measure with this look too!
It’s awash on the catwalks and an emerging trend to take us through to s/s19. Combine your favourite biscuit tone wardrobe pieces with eye-catching colours such as mustard or peach offering a wonderful alternative to the beige shade and a hint of warmth.