Guys, I don’t think I have ever prepared for Autumn Winter so early on in the year, it's crazy! I still have another summer holiday coming up, yet I am planning my coats and knitwear, madness! I cannot help but be a little excited for next season's fashion though; especially as there are some trends that are going to work so well with my personal style.
I am not an avid trend follower anymore; as soon as something gets popular I automatically start to dislike it. I avoided gingham like the plague this summer as it was just everywhere and I feel I will be doing the same with check for next season. Plus as I am getting older I am trying to refine my wardrobe slightly, investing in more timeless pieces and a strict code of feminine tailoring and ladylike dresses. However, if a trend comes along that fits into those categories or is more of a micro trend, then I can definitely be persuaded! There are a few trends that have taken my fancy for this autumn, and I am going to share them with you in today’s post.
On Sunday I decided it was time to really start planning for autumn. When the shift in seasons approaches, this is when I turn to my trusty pin-board and start getting creative. I myself find it really helpful, especially as a fashion blogger to have visual and tangible inspiration, so in my bedroom I have a pin board on the wall. Every season I pull off the previous season's inspo and start to collate new images to put up.
I usually turn magazine images, ripping them out, and printing photos from the internet. I then cut them out and lay them out on the floor. I usually have a rough idea of what I am after as I follow the catwalks and trend reports and already know months ahead what trends I am going to try out. I also have a Pinterest account that I constantly pin on, so this helps me see which looks are catching my interest the most, as I analyse the images I have pulled.
I split my board into categories, separating the different trends I like, from knitwear, outerwear, accessories, dresses etc. Then arrange them into designated areas on the board s it is easy to navigate around at a glance.
Having this in front of me in my room, next to my wardrobe is so good for instant inspiration on what to buy and what outfits to wear. It also helps me hone in on my personal style and how I want to look for the season. So once carrying out this activity, I now have three key trends I will be donning for Autumn, there are of course lots of other little trends I am sure to find myself wearing, however these three will be the predominant.
Florals have been a big part of my spring summer wardrobe this year and so I am really looking forward to carrying them into my autumn winter looks also. This season there are lots of different approaches to florals, however I am looking to continue wearing the romantic style. Romantic florals are such a classic print, extremely feminine and just beautiful.
Giambattista Valli created my favourite floral designs for spring summer with the stunning romantic style dresses and the same has to be said for the autumn winter catwalks as well! I am completely obsessed with his ultra-feminine styles and he is soon becoming one of my favourite designers. I will be looking to Giambattista Valli as my main inspiration for this trend. I also loved Zimmermann florals using soft, pale pink palettes for autumn winter.
For autumn winter I will continue wearing pale pink palettes but opting for longer lengths and full sleeves, and I am looking forward to introducing some darker romantic dresses too. I will also be on the hunt for a feminine floral print suit or at least some tailored trousers or a skirt in a pretty floral print to inject the trend further into my wardrobe
Suits and tailoring will take centre stage for me next season of course, and so I am very pleased to see that suiting is having a fresh update for autumn winter. Suits for next season are set to be quite voluminous in some styles and more fitted in others, however a re-occurring feature for autumn will be the nipped in waist and a bigger shoulder. Silhouettes are taking an hourglass turn, either with the cut of the blazer, a belt to cinch in the waist or something I am keen to try, a high-waisted trouser teamed with a cropped, boxy jacket. This then gives the illusion of a smaller waist. Suiting this coming season is sharper and you will see trousers with a slightly flared bottom to them. I also want to wear more skirt suits through autumn as a change up from the short suits I have worn during spring summer.
So many designers included sharp suits in their collections for autumn winter and to be truthful there wasn't a designer that stood out for me, more just certain pieces from each collection that stood out for me. I am however going to take inspiration from a recent movie I watched in the cinema called Atomic Blonde set in 1989. The outfits donned by Charlize Theron were amazing! Charlize's character wore the most incredible 80s inspired tailored looks and I am going to use this movie as some serious inspo. She rocked a John Galliano white vinyl trench coat that stole my heart, now I need one! Definitely watch it for some fashion inspiration if nothing else!
Let’s face it we all become denim worshippers when the weather gets colder. It’s so easy and so warm to wear. Denim is often quite relaxed and casual in appearance; however a ‘new denim’ is taking centre stage for autumn winter. Denim is getting a tailored edge which of course brings joy to my ears. Think really structured, think straight leg, slightly boot cut trousers and think smart one-piece denim. Western style, fitted denim shirts are going to be big and again it is all about the silhouettes. I love denim and cannot wait to work this trend into my outfits. Calvin Klein were my favourite designer with the straight cut, slim fit denim and I am already seeing interesting denim hit the high streets.
So those are the three key trends I will be adopting in autumn, you will see these creeping up on my blog from later this week. I would love to know which trends have taken your fancy!