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Interesting new trends this autumn

Thursday, 21st September, 2017 9:20am

‘Tis the season for fashion shows and last week I styled an Opera Lane fashion show in the glamorous new cocktail bar Cask.

I always find shows are a great way to get familiar with all the new season trends and get inspired for the coming season. For this latest show, I focused on five of autumn/winters strongest style stories including texture, winter florals, tailoring, layering and some pre-Christmas glamour.

Sartorially autumn is one of my fashion times of the year and that’s mainly because of all the rich and luxurious textures that we’ve come to associate with the season.

One of the biggest texture trends at the moment is borg. You may have seen borg which is a very nubby synthetic pile imitation fur which is traditionally used as a lining for denim jackets but this season borg has come into its own.

There are a number of borg jackets out there at the moment including a cream oversized biker style from H&M which is an Instagram favourite. If you’re worried about this fabric adding bulk then opt for a more structured silhouette or give a nod to the trend with a handbag featuring the fabric.

Florals have traditionally been viewed as a summer print but they are now making their way into our winter wardrobe too. An autumn/winter floral is big and bold and looks great paired with jewel tones or chunky knitwear.

I’ve added a black and red pleated floral midi skirt from H&M to my shopping list and will wear it with a simple black roll neck knit and black ankle boots. If midi skirts aren’t your thing then Topshop have a 1960s inspired mini which just begs to be paired with black opaques and a boot.

This is a look that also works well with autumnal layering and is a great way to get the most out of those summer dresses. I find I can get an extra month or so out of them by layering over roll necks or light knits and the slip dress over tshirt trends transitions into autumn by switching it up with some knitwear.

Tailoring used to be more of a workwear look but it’s really filtered down to our everyday look now and this is particularly true this season with so many high street stores giving us affordable tailored pieces.

I’m loving everything tailored in houndstooth or check print and have spotted an amazing check suit in New Look which looks great dressed down with a tshirt and trainer or glammed up with some heels.

If you want to add a pop of colour to this outfit then red really packs a punch, so layer up with a red overcoat for extra style points. You don’t have to go full on two piece suit to get the look.

I wore a lot of tailored trousers during the summer with sandals and I’ll be continuing the trend into autumn with ankle boots or trainers with printed shirts and a tailored coat from Gap.

Finally, it’s never too early to start prepping for the festive season and there are lots of glam pieces in the shops at the moment which would be handy to have in the wardrobe for all those last minute party invites. I like to stock up on easy to wear dresses that can be dressed up with killer accessories. One of my favourite pieces from the show is a dress from Next with a brocade full skirt and black lace top which would be perfect for a glam Christmas party or for a winter wedding.

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