If New York Fashion Week outfits are anything to go by, Autumn fashion is going to be pretty exciting and colourful again this year. Our favourite retailers are already filled with coats, winter boots and knitwear ready for the change in weather, and the key items of the season are already starting to show. So I rounded up the most wearable five, and picked out the items that had me swooning the most.
The padded, oversized jacket was everywhere last Autumn/Winter and I’m so pleased to see it return again for the season. Nothing is cosier than a jacket that almost doubles as a sleeping bag. With Prada, Balenciaga and Miu Miu filling the luxury space with incredible colours, the high street was quick to catch on once again. There are an abundance of styles and colours available all over the high street, especially at Zara, but this one from Topshop is a great shape, fit and a perfect shade of red.
Animal, snake and anything exotic is everywhere in abundance. You can’t escape it regardless of which retailer you prefer to shop in. But the leopard print coat especially is that key item to invest in for the season. Throw it over an easy pair of jeans and a white tee with some cool, black ankle boots and you can kick your outfit up a notch into Autumn. This coat from Stand is the best I’ve found for under £300, with a soft, fluffy exterior and a vintage vibe to the overall style.
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Coach and DSquared have brought the western trend full-throttle into another season with their incredible boot collections, and of course the trend has trickled right over to our favourite high-street stores. Cool, western ankle boots in tan, black or white especially, paired with your most flattering pair of ankle grazing jeans, and you’re bang on trend. Throw in snake print, and you’re mixing a number of trends together for a definite hit. You might want to take a peek at Zara if that’s your thing. This pair from Aldo though, are the best Western style I’ve found for easy day-to-day wear, and come in all three colours depending on your mood.
This is one of the most classic styles of outerwear for every season and is once again popular for the upcoming Autumn. Layering long, maxi trench coats with scarves, shirts and turtlenecks was a prominent feature of the AW18 catwalks, and whilst you might not want to invest in all of the layers at once, starting with the key piece is the easiest way to integrate this trend easily into your wardrobe.
Brown, camel and beige coats were extremely popular, and appeared to be the outerwear colour of the season. There are so many trench style coats on the market, but this suede, rusted brown number from All Saints mixes both colour and style trends into one. There is a similar trench from All Saints in a brown snake print too, if you’d like to tick three trends off in one go.
There was a definite revival of heritage prints, fabrics and royal inspirations at the AW18 shows - most likely due to the hysteria around the Royal Wedding.
From the colourful scarf prints seen at London’s Richard Quinn, watched by the Queen herself, to Salvatore Ferragamo and Celine, the catwalk was filled with printed styles that I’m sure we have seen the Queen sporting herself in years gone by. But it was tweed and plaid, too, that found itself back on the runway for our Autumn wardrobes. Blazers, trousers, suits and mini dresses in varying tweeds and plaids can be found from Mango to Topshop, but this colourful tweed top from Zara, for £17.99, is an affordable way to pull a classic style into an easy, wearable wardrobe piece.
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