The start of a new season is always a really exciting time, when we get to change up our style with the change in weather. I am always drawn to all the gorgeous textures, layering, fabrics and colours in Autumn, more so than in a Summer season. AW22 is no exception, the catwalks and street trends were full of beautiful colours, fabrics and patterns.
It’s important to remember most of the high street retailers create their designs 1 year ahead of when you buy them in store, apart from real fast fashion retailers like Zara who can achieve a faster turnaround. So don’t be a slave to the trends, but instead use them as inspiration to first shop your own wardrobe. Use the trends to create new outfits from what you already own. Or get creative with sourcing new colours and items that you haven’t tried before in your own wardrobe – swap with friends, go to a local charity shop, or set up an alert on Ebay.
When it comes to colour - it's all about the Bright Colour Pop and I am here for it! It's so uplifting to see such a bright colour palette in an Autumn season, where we're so accustomed to seeing darker, more muted or jewel tones. There was every neon and bright colour imaginable - from bright fuschia pink to acid green. Green and Pink were definitely THE colours of the season for me, and there is a shade for everyone. From the bright acid green, to the deep forest green, so I'm sure you can find an item in your existing wardrobe to suit!
My Top 5 Wearable Trends with Longevity were:
1. Beautiful Bold Tailoring
This trend has been strong for the last 3 seasons and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere! I absolutely adore this look of statement colour suits and bold shoulders. My favourite looks were from Alexander McQueen with the green suit and Valentino with the bright pink! You can easily pick this up second hand. I recently bought a beautiful bold shoulder pinstripe blazer second hand, so it doesn’t have to be all about the bright colours if that’s not your thing. Any tailoring goes! There were a lot of beautiful checks too.
2. Luxe Leather
I am a sucker for a bit of luxurious leather, and again this trend has been around since last season with the nostalgic nod to the biker chick look. However, this season it felt more luxurious and broad appeal. My favourite looks came from Chloe who always give such a feminine touch to their collection, I particularly loved the ruffle burgundy coat, and Dion Lee, who had a much more edgy approach to the trend with the classic black aviator and straight leg leather trousers. The Leather Biker and Leather Skirt are such classics which will last a lifetime in your wardrobe.
3. 90s Minimalism
The 90’s and Y2K have definitely been having a comeback for some time, and AW22 season was no different. The real hero pieces within this trend for me, are the Plain White Tank and the Bomber Jacket. I remember the days back in the late 90/00’s when the tank top was the Topshop staple that jane Sheperdson and her team created. It’s the reimagining of a wardrobe staple, again, I loved Chloe’s take on this worn back with beautiful leather trousers, and equally coveted the super casual styling of it at Bottega Veneta with wide leg jeans. It’s a great layering piece under chunky knits too. And the Bomber Jacket is an easy staple to elevate your casual style or dress down your evening look. I won't be going for the micro mini skirt and dresses, but it's definitely one I'm sure the high street have gone after!
You couldn’t have an AW season without a trend focused around knitwear! For AW22 there were still a lot of knitted co-ords which I loved, I especially liked at Jil Sander how she mixed up the textures with a pink monotone look. There was also still a continuation of last year’s Fairisle trend, which always come back in some guise or another! My favourite was the bright red cardigan from JW Anderson and I love how he’d styled it with a belt which had a nod to the Western trend which is also huge this season. I couldn’t write about the trends without mentioning the Cowboy boot as a key piece!
5. Magpie Magic
There is always a maximalist trend within an Autumn season where designers go all out with their sequins, glitz and glamour for the party season and this season was no exception. All of the luxury fabrics you would expect from lace, velvet, sequins, fur and silk. This also had a very luxurious vibe to it, the more opulent the better. But there were some super simple silhouettes where the colour and fabric did all the talking like the beautiful yellow silk dress above from Eudon Choi. Dust off your own pieces from your wardrobe and get dressed up for Christmas this year!
I hope that’s give you some inspiration to create some new looks from your existing wardrobe, or helped refine your wish list for the new season with trends which you know will be here to stay! If you’d like some help reconnecting with your own style identity, figuring out what works for you uniquely, and creating new looks from your existing wardrobe, get in touch for a free Style Consultation. I’d love to help transform your style and confidence! Book your call here