It seems recently that trends have become a dirty word and don’t sit well with sustainability and making more of what you have already. But that’s not my view, trends, when used well can uplift, refresh and ultimately bring new life to old faves in your wardrobe. Also the emphasis is on sustainability meaning as well as industries having to seriously up their game (Fashion, I am looking at you!) there is a place to help sustain our high streets and make some purchases.
Having said that, there are things trends won’t do – they won’t all be your cup of tea and invariably they won’t all suit all people and all body shapes and some may have a short shelf life. So the emphasis is to choose carefully, go for those that speak to you, don’t spend tons on something unlikely to last past Christmas, embrace accessories and most importantly think about how pieces will work with what you already have.
Here’s my guide to on the top trends season with tips on how they can add life to your wardrobe not volume.
First up – animal print is going next level and this is the season to be seen in snakeskin. Actually this is one trend that has the feel of a classic depending on the piece. Take this mini top handle bag from M&S, yes its snake print but the classic shape makes it feel as if has always been in your wardrobe. Accessories are also the easiest way to try a trend without full commitment – belts are a great option.
Another way is to try it in a neutral palette like these two tops one cosy and one with hints of metallic
If you prefer to go all out then how about this pencil skirt in full on snake – team with a logo tee and trainers for a casual take or how about a neutral polo neck and court shoes for a smarter look.
Checks – this trend has become one which repeats almost every Autumn – this year go for it in rich browns, caramels and tans or up the ante and embrace tartan.
Luxe Leather – choose to go fake or real the choice is yours just pick a cut that holds its shape, looking like a crinkled plastic bag isn’t what you are after.
Puff shoulder or a bell sleeve, what you have up your sleeve this season counts. It can be subtle or bold your choice.
How about trend mixing? Here are some ideas on how to wear together to re-create the looks seen on the catwalks to wearable everyday style.
Ladylike Elegance has returned this season try styling a pussybow blouse with leather trousers and blazer or combine your snakeskin and checks. Stylist Tip: Keep the tones neutral for the print clash to work.
70’s styling – take a classic denim skirt, team with a camel top, a floral print blouse with puff shoulder details and finish off with a corduroy blazer and a knee high boot.
If you would like to see more- head over to IGTV and watch my series on the trends. If you want to see each of the pieces used above and some more besides then check out my Autumnal Trends Pinterest Board. Prefer the personal touch? Give me a shout and I can help you navigate the trends and shape your wardrobe – currently I’ve got a couple of slots in October left. In the meantime I’d love to know what trends you are hoping to try out this season – leave a comment on here or the socials.