It’s always hard to bid goodbye to summer, and with a bit of luck we’ll experience a couple more warm days before we get to October, but there’s no doubt the nights are drawing in and there is a coolness in the air that’s definitely autumnal.
The summer clothes have disappeared from the shops and have been replaced with the new looks for autumn/winter 2017, and much as I love the light bright fabrics of summer, there is something much more luxurious about winter fabrics.
So the time has come to take a look at the top trends that were seen on the catwalks ,and I’m going to share with you my favourite trends that can be adapted easily to your wardrobe. I’ve also picked five outfits from the online stores, and high street that represent each trend.
Razzle Dazzle Them!
Designers across the board embraced sequins, gold and silver lame, glitter, and metallic fabrics this season, which made for catwalks that sparkled and dazzled under the bright lights. Chanel teamed tweed jackets woven through with gold and silver metallic threads, with glitter boots, while at Max Mara gold lame pencil skirts were worn with chunky knit gold jumpers. Dolce and Gabbana’s short silver dress was delicate and pretty, and at Yves St Laurent black dresses were embellished with silver sequins. Don’t save the razzle dazzle for parties this season, enjoy wearing it during the day, and in the evening. This navy sequin skirt is from J D Williams and is just £22.95. Take inspiration from Max Mara and team it with a chunky sweater, or try it with a tweed jacket.
After several seasons of fitted tailored coats that finished on the knee it’s all change this season. Coats have gone long and roomy. Armani sent models down the catwalk in lavender and pink mohair coats, while Max Mara’s gorgeous oversized camel hair and silk coats will be perfect on a cold winter’s day. At Dior long coats were double breasted and fitted around the bust and waist which then flared out to mid-calf, while at Valentino there were embroidered coats, patterns, and bright colours. If you like to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe to cheer up dreary winter days, then this gorgeous orange coat from Zara for £179 will do the job beautifully. It would look great worn over a pair of jeans and sweater or a dress.
Trouser suits are making a comeback this season, and a great trouser suit is always a versatile outfit to have in your wardrobe. This autumn/winter shoulders are pronounced and trousers tailored, while waists are defined…a perfect combination. At Ralph Lauren suits were is a classic Price of Wales check and at Calvin Klein long jackets were teamed with slim leg trousers. At The Row suit jackets were oversized, and Alexander McQueen the tuxedo was given a 2017 twist with a waterfall drape from below the pocket on one side of the jacket. If you love a tailored trouser suit in checks then take a look at this fabulous suit from Masssiomo Dutti. It would look great teamed with a white shirt and heels, or wear the jacket with black jeans, or the trousers with an oversized jumper.
It’s not only coats that have got longer and bigger this season, so have jumpers. These look great if they are soft, drape well and you adopt the J Crew half tuck, and of course they are very comfortable to wear. ( You can see how to do this in my private Facebook group Stylish Confident You!) At Balenciaga the jumpers were ribbed and chunky in turquoise green, and red, while at Yves St Laurent the look was edgy and cream polo necks were teamed with leather, and bomber jackets. The oversized grey cashmere blend jumper is £59.99 from H&M, and would look great with a pencil skirt, jeans or slim leg trousers that finish at the ankle and a pair of heels.
Leather always makes an appearance on the autumn/winter catwalks but this season leather is super soft, so that it can be gathered, pleated and draped. Yves Saint Laurent’s collection was reminiscent of the latest Mad Max film, and butter soft leather was moulded and gathered to create short one shoulder dresses, that were teamed with boots that fell into multiple folds. Valentino took black leather and created a dress with pin tucks, a ruffle collar and a pleated skirt, while at Tod’s gathered leather skirts, and full sleeved shirts were the order of the day. If you love butter soft leather Massimo Dutti’s pleated leather skirt will be perfect for you. War it with a short jacket, a tailored shirt or a cashmere sweater.
Which of this seasons trends are you likely to adopt? Leave a comment below, or for lots more top tips, personal style advice, and ideas on how to style the new looks, join my Facebook group Stylish Confident You! here.