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So Last Season

Getting ahead of this season's trends

Wednesday, 15th August, 2018 4:48pm

It’s so difficult not to be starting to get a tad bit bored with our summer wardrobes, especially when all around us autumn pieces are hitting the shop floor.

You want to buy pieces that you can wear now but that you’re also going to be wearing come winter time.

Here are a few of the new season trends that I’m especially taken with and how I’ll be wearing them:

One of the major new trends is leopard print and it’s absolutely everywhere at the moment and it’s a print that we are going to be wearing long into winter.

A leopard print dress is a great investment as you can wear it now with some sandals and when it gets a bit chillier you can just add tights, boots and a leather jacket.

Leopard print coats also look set to be a huge winter trend, and with all the high street stores getting on board, there’s a coat out there for all budgets.

If the print just isn’t for you but you’d like to give it a go, then try adding a leopard print boot or scarf to your look.

Look to Fearne Cotton for inspiration as she always knows how to work the trend.

Another piece I started getting on board with last year but didn’t quite find the right fit for me was the trench coat.

It’s a great piece for stretching out your summer midi dress and now is the time to buy as they are the ultimate autumn outerwear and are in all the shops at the moment.

I’ve dabbled with the more loose styles before but as I’m quite short I needed to wear heels with it or otherwise I was swamped, so this year I’m on the lookout for a trench with a more structured silhouette. The classic beige is the ultimate investment but if you have one already then you could branch out with khaki green or navy.

Speaking of khaki green, which just happens to be one of AW18’s colour trends, I am all for the earthy colour palette of the new season. I’ve already majorly got on board with khaki and it just so happens that it looks equally great with tan sandals and gold jewelry, as it does layered with heavier pieces in the winter.

Brown spent many a year in the fashion doldrums but I am happy to report this chocolate shade has made a comeback. Brown can be a bit of a Marmite colour - you either love it or loathe it - but it’s a highly adaptable colour which works well as a base for lots of other colours and prints. Plus I definitely dig the slightly seventies vibe it lends to an outfit.

If these tones aren’t your thing then fear not, as there’s also a winter pastel thrown into the mix.

Say hello to powder blue which just so happens to look great worn with other punchy pastels or with the aforementioned brown or even black.

It’s also a colour that lends itself well to chunky knits, suiting and heavy winter coats which leads me to ask the question: will the blue coat knock the pastel pink coat off its top fashion spot?

This blue also looks ever so stylish paired with silver accessories, and while I’m normally a gold girl, my head has been turned by the lure of a silver disco inspired shoe.

Silver is also having a moment when it comes to clothing with some designers sending silver suits layered with silver puffa jackets down the runway.

I suspect however that’s a fashion step to far for us mere mortals who have no desire to resemble a metallic Michelin Man.

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