Tap into the latest looks for autumn. Lisa Haynes rounds up the coolest trends for the coming season ...
AUTUMN is the season that really delivers on value thanks to the British climate. Unlike the shorts and sandals we've barely worn, a winter coat and ankle boots are often sported on a daily basis.
So wrap up warm with the hottest shapes, colours and prints of the season. Whether you're a country girl or city sister, there's a trend to suit every wardrobe.
Style greenhouses have been working overtime for autumn. The print typically associated with summer has been extended to this season with a moodier, darker edge. Avoid pretty pastels and pale backdrops, these winter blooms thrive with a Gothic colour palette. Rich reds, pink and purple florals look dramatic and seductive set against black or blue.
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Cultivate your wardrobe with feminine silhouettes, such as dresses, skirts and tops.
Stand to attention, military is having a moment. Do away with London Guard-style visions of bright red and brassy buttons, this season's trend is an army-inspired palette of khaki, brown and black.
If camouflage jackets are a step too far, try a sleek winter coat with double-breasted button fastenings. Stay muted for daytime and add flashes of metallics for evening to give this utilitarian look added luxe factor.
For this season's rural fashion trend, look to your grandfather's wardrobe for a steer in the Downton Abbey direction – think heritage tweeds, plaids and checks in an earthy colour palette.
There are various ways to work the look, ranging from horse and hound equestrian, to town and country chic. Just add corduroy, chunky knits and an all-weather coat.
Bold shades of indigo, amethyst and violet ruled the autumn/winter catwalks. Wear top-to-toe for an extreme look or pick out one statement piece, such as a winter coat or dress to pack a purple punch.
If the colour feels too bold, turn down the tone with more of an autumnal berry shade or experiment with accessories. A bright purple clutch or shoes will transform a tired LBD for party season.
Not just for jackets, leather dominates entire wardrobes this season. Dresses, tops, skirts and trousers – nothing has escaped the takeover. Classic black will deliver Gothic glamour, but if you want something softer, try berry shades of plum or burgundy to stand out from the traditionalists.
Keep the silhouette clean and powerful – this material takes no prisoners when it comes to excess fuss and accessories.