10 autumn trends that will help you get dressed
Don’t be daunted by some of the more foolish fashion ideas out there. Victoria Moss and Krissy Turner have pinpointed the new treats which will sort out your wardrobe for many winters to come.
1 The (not so) crazy cat lady
Feline familiars were spotted prowling along the catwalks of Dolce & Gabbana, Loewe and Marc Jacobs — as in actual cat faces and figures. It’s been copiously picked up by the high street — Zara has brilliant pieces, and if you’re splashing out then be tempted by Stella McCartney’s excellent cat-face blouse (€595, Brown Thomas). This H&M dress, for €19.99 (above), however, is beyond adorable. Meow.
2 Velvet goldmine
After ages out in the cold, velvet has made an astonishing return to the fold. Its inky, feathery form was trotted out by myriad designers (Valentino), clearly buoyed by last winter’s furtive forays into the trend. We like it best in jacket or shoe form (trousers are tricky unless your legs are pin-thin).
The velvet sandal (Prada and Jil Sander) is a stealth purchase, as is a chunky-heeled ankle boot (Topshop, above, for €89). Jacket-wise, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Topshop has a crinkled green blazer (€89) while Marks & Spencer has several designs in elegant colours, from pale pink to navy, chocolate and deep red (from €95).
3 Stand to attention
For winter, sharp-shouldered military coats complete with epaulettes and piped edges are in bountiful supply. Tibi showed the most excellent coats, in long and pea form. At Burberry, jaunty officer’s jackets were thrown over party dresses and Zara has a very good navy knitted coat with sharp-red piping for €99.95 (above).
4 Chunk up your boot
To anyone who looks at a stiletto and winces, we offer the chunky boot. You’ll find a lot of Chelsea styles out there, but the lace-up workman’s boot feels a little more reassuringly rugged and unusual. Prada had the most exceptional versions on its catwalk. The idea is to pair them with everything, but ideally skirts and dresses for a messy mash-up. Go forth and stomp in this Dr Martens pair, €173, available at ASOS.com.
5 Mid-century hues
Last winter, the Barbican held an exhibition dedicated to Charles and Ray Eames, godfathers of mid-century modern style. This winter fashion is all over its colour palette. #Justsayin. But look how chic all those muted, burnt shades are.
Mustard is going to make a particular bid for your affections — it’s everywhere — but don’t overlook the lure of a burgundy, russet or deep khaki — they’re exceptionally flattering and a welcome change from grey and navy. New Look’s €29.99 multi-striped jumper ticks every box colour-wise — and will be great now tucked into a midi-length skirt. Snap it up before it sells out.
6 The colour purple
Clothing-wise, purple hasn’t been our go-to, but Michael Kors’ sumptuous lilac coat on the A/W catwalk (above) swayed us. Purple is easier to pull off than you may think and already goes with everything in your wardrobe. Pair a lilac blouse with grey trousers, velvet pumps with navy trousers, or this wool jacket with dark-wash denim, €175, at Cos.
7 Town & Country
Isn’t it great when a wardrobe staple is on‑trend, too? Classic heritage checks of all kinds — tweed, herringbone, Prince of Wales — are big news. H&M has this overcoat for €129, while Next has expensive-looking tapered wool blazers in rust and grey. For the avid heritage fan, look to Ralph Lauren for your inspiration, where culottes, tops and blazers make for a stylish outfit.
8 The mixi-length floral dress
A dark, floral dress is a trans-seasonal must-have. It holds its own in the office with chic flats and a tote, and on weekends with trainers and a crossbody bag. If you opt for short sleeves, stay cosy with a polo neck underneath. As seen at Erdem and Topshop Unique, it’s the length of the dress that really has us talking. The uber-flattering new style (this great three-quarter sleeved one for €72, Warehouse) is neither maxi nor midi. A mixi, perhaps? Either way, we’re loving the new half-calf-length, particularly with a chunky boot.
9 The blousy pussy bow
Thanks to Gucci, the flouncy chiffon bow is still huge, and when paired with a tapered trouser and block heel it adds a feminine flourish to work wear. We also like them under sleeveless knitted vest-tops and under a round-neck sleeveless dress. But for those who find the Thatcher-classic too frill-ish, look for muted tones, like this H&M blue blouse for €39.99, which should do the job paired with navy culottes. Or tie a piece of black velvet ribbon around your existing white shirt. Chic ’n cheap.
10 Unexpected pearls
Quirky pearl details are popping up in the most unlikely places. Dotted around the heel of a shoe like these Gucci loafers, €890 at Brown Thomas? Scattered across a fine knit? But of course. After spotting them jazzing up collars and in place of buttons down pea coats at Gucci, we noted that a pearl makes for a chic and eye-catching detail.