While right now the thought of the colder dark nights of Autumn is a far off, depressing thought, it won’t be long before the summer comes to a conclusion. But for me Autumn Winter is the most exciting season of the year fashion wise and I’m already prepping! The high street is already awash with the pre-fall collections, these are the items that you can “wear now & wear later” with clever layering, the additions of tights, boots etc. Slightly heavier fabrics than the spring summer collections but not quite full on winter layers.
The autumn winter colour trends feature some beautiful colour palettes and the high street have gone big featuring many that will mix and match beautifully, so when you come to consider your investment pieces for the season such as your coats and boots why not try something different and go for a striking colour rather than the same old safe black.
Dusty Cedar is a muted, warm, dusty pink continuing a similar colour palette from the pink we saw in the spring summer collections. This shade of pink tends to suit those with a muted or warm skin tones, those with blonde, light to medium brown hair suit such muted tones. Those who suit the warmer versions of this shade of pink will have golden blonde, red, golden brown right through to chestnut brown hair.
My High Street faves for this colour trend include this checked bomber from Topshop (not yet online) so keep a look out in store.
The bomber trend continues and is best suited to those with little or no definition at their waist, perfect for those who have a straighter body shape.
This three quarter coat from River Island is called the Chloe, again keep your eye out in stores. This muted pink is perfect for those blonde and light brown haired girls, the style is best suited to those who are taller with little or no waist definition as this will flatter and compliment your shape perfectly.
There are deeper versions of this colour trend which tip towards more burgundy, aubergine shades which will suit ladies with deeper skin tones and hair colours. These deeper shades will best suit those who have a strong contrast between their skin tone and hair colouring, often having dark brown or black hair and deep brown, hazel, green or even dark blue eyes.
This Per Una for M&S Skirt is a steal at £55…again not yet available online so keep your eye out!
This is my piece for the season, without question. I love this faux leather skirt from M&S the colour is sumptuous the style elegant, a piece you will wear again and again. Style it with over the knee sharkskin grey boots and a roll neck sweater. There is a beaut pair coming up at the end of the blog.
Hobbs have some beautiful pieces featuring these darker shades, the cape returns as an alternative to the more traditional coat shapes. The Tatiana Cape is stunning in this rich purple, style this shade with muted pinks and or reds. As the style of the cape is quite long it best suits those who are taller.
I love the matchy matchy colours with the boots and roll neck. This is an image consultant trick! Basically by wearing matching colours on the boots and hemline of your coat you elongate your legs and body, making you look taller! Why? Because if you were to wear a different colour, say black boots, you create a break in the colour and draw a line across your legs thus cutting your legs off giving you the appearance of looking shorter. Top tip ladies! Match the colour of your knee boots to the hem of your coat…
The Hobbs Cape is £249, slightly pricey but Hobbs is such good quality its worth investing as you’ll get a number of seasons out of it. Again these items are ahead of them hitting the high street, so keep your eyes pickled if you like this pieces they’ll be coming real soon..
If wearing such a bold colour head to toe isn’t for you why not add a hint of the shade to your look with a chic accessory like this Pimlico bag also from Hobbs £169
Grey is such a huge colour trend right now, sharkskin grey is the official shade of the season, a versatile shade that can be used as your base. When choosing your outfit your base colour should be your key clothing piece, i.e. your dress/jacket/coat, you then bring in other shades of complimenting colours with your blouse/top/accessories/shoes. This shade of grey works really well with the dusty cedar pinks, rich purples and even the spicy mustard shades that will also be popular this season. Grey as a colour is one that everyone can wear no matter what your skin tone and colouring as there is a shade of grey to suit everyone. My rule of thumb with this colour is, hold the item under your chin in normal day light. Look at the impact the shade has on your skin tone. Does it create shading or darker areas on your skin or does it blend? The aim is for the shade of colour to blend harmoniously with your skin tone, avoid any shades of colour that create shadows as this will make you look dark and dowdy your aim is for the clothes to blend and compliment your skin tone.
This folklore dress is a perfect cohesion of the darker shades of grey with hints of another big colour trend metallic. For me this dress can be worn with boots and tights for a day time look and gorgeous heels for a chic evening outfit, a great office to evening meal look and perfect for girls with curves. Would you believe this is Per Una @ M&S again! Only £55! I know! M&S are picking up their game..you should see the latest Autograph drop…check out the grey knee over the knee boots, the tan suede t bars, the midi black leather skirt, the leather dress, the compact shift dress AND the cashmere coat for £149. Phew! Click here to see what I mean
Two of my favourite coats in this shade of grey feature two of this season’s top trends.
The Hobbs Rosemary blanket coat £329 features the check trend, a perfect shape coat for those with curves as the belt draws you in at the waist complimenting and enhancing your narrow waist.
The J by Jasper Conran coat £159 is also perfect for curvy girls for the same reason but as it has a little more structure it could also be worn by girls with less pronounced curves. This coat is more on the military/nautical trend so will appeal to those looking for a coat to suit a more professional work environment or who prefer the structure of this style of coat.
If you’re investing in new winter boots, my suggestion is to go grey here too! Keep it ankle length or over the knee it’s got to be one extreme or the other.