Fall into autumn with these great fashion trends

As autumn/winter collections begin to appear, here’s Carolyn Moore’s guide to the key buys that will instantly update your look.

AS FASHION rushes ever faster to get ahead of itself, it seems new season collections drop earlier and earlier each year, hitting at a time when we’re itching to get our hands on something new, but long before we get the weather to test drive those new trends.

Investing well in strong transitional pieces is the key to ensuring your new-season buys aren’t languishing in your wardrobe for so long you become sick of the sight of them before they’ve even made it out of the house, and equally that you’re not throwing money away on between-season buys that don’t have the longevity to make it through winter.

When shopping for autumn/winter, look for the kind of instant updates that will easily take you from the tail end of summer, through the milder autumn months, and right into a party season that’s all about opulence and dark romance.

A metallic pleated skirt will take you from the tailend of summer right into party season. Skirt by Luke Lovely, €165, Kilkenny Shop.
A metallic pleated skirt will take you from the tailend of summer right into party season. Skirt by Luke Lovely, €165, Kilkenny Shop.

With styling for the season ahead all about layering — in a nod to ‘90s grunge and English eccentricity — you can make these weather-appropriate simply by putting them together in unexpected ways:A slip dress over a polo neck, under a chunky knit; or a tiered and ruffled midi-dress under a slim duster with added fur tippet.

The perfect coate shape for layering over midi-length dresses and skirts, dona straight-cut duster coat for A/W style. €89.95, Zara. Your staple black blazer can take the season off. Update to navy pinstripe and wear now with boyfriend jeans. Jacket€30, Pennys.
The perfect coate shape for layering over midi-length dresses and skirts, dona straight-cut duster coat for A/W style. €89.95, Zara. Your staple black blazer can take the season off. Update to navy pinstripe and wear now with boyfriend jeans. Jacket€30, Pennys.

With two distinct trend stories developing for autumn/winter 2016, you can embrace the uber femininity of the new romantic look, with lush velvets, rich brocades, folkloric embroidery, and lashings of florals and lace; or go for something more pared back, with fluid, masculine inspired tailoring, the clean lines of a straight-cut duster coat, or the cool curves of voluminous cocoon shapes.

Folkloric embroidery will be on everything from shoes to jackets. We loves this floaty dress. €59.95, Zara. Always a winnder for autumn/winter, knitwear is going next level this year and a knit dress is essential. Dress, €29.99, H&M.
Folkloric embroidery will be on everything from shoes to jackets. We loves this floaty dress. €59.95, Zara. Always a winnder for autumn/winter, knitwear is going next level this year and a knit dress is essential. Dress, €29.99, H&M.

Or better yet, do both, as exemplified by Victoria Beckham’s A/W ‘16 collection, where Prince of Wales checks and harlequin prints met asymmetric tailoring and oversized cuts, and slinky slip dresses and sleek striped knits played with proportion and volume.

The result was a collection that gave that English eccentricity a distinctly modern twist.

To start injecting some autumn/winter nous into your wardrobe now, look to the cuts and proportions Beckham advocates for the season.

The must have for A/W is the humble, practical skinny ribbed polo neck. Jumper, €24, Marks and Spencer. The classic white shirt gets an autumn/winter update with the addition of frills. Shirt, €44, Miss Selfridge.
The must have for A/W is the humble, practical skinny ribbed polo neck. Jumper, €24, Marks and Spencer. The classic white shirt gets an autumn/winter update with the addition of frills. Shirt, €44, Miss Selfridge.

For dresses and skirts think midi-lengths with volume, and a slim cut duster coat is the perfect shape to layer over that.

Romantic, floaty, midi styles or the season’s essential knit dresses can be worn now with bare legs, and updated for winter by layering over a skinny knit polo neck or under a chunky cable knit, with tights and block heeled boots.

Block heels will be on everything from boots to metallic sandals.
Block heels will be on everything from boots to metallic sandals.

Textural knits are an essential investment, and we love the cold shoulder option at M&S for its nod to summer’s biggest trend; and that wardrobe essential, the white shirt, is being reworked with frill details that help it meet the criteria for the must-have “romantic blouse”.

Chunky cable knits are the key textural addition to next season’s wardrobe. Jumper, €55, marks & Spencer. A fresh new occasion wear option is a suit in opulent jacquard or rich brocade fabrics. Suit trousers, €18, Penneys.
Chunky cable knits are the key textural addition to next season’s wardrobe. Jumper, €55, marks & Spencer. A fresh new occasion wear option is a suit in opulent jacquard or rich brocade fabrics. Suit trousers, €18, Penneys.

Blazers get an update in pinstripes and the season’s big fabrics: velvet and brocade; and invest now in unfussy metallics in lamé fabrics.

Cleaner and more suited to day-wear than sequins, they’ll still have a shine come party season.

The fabric of the season in the shape of the season, this velvet slip dress from Zara kills tow trends with one stone. €25.95.
The fabric of the season in the shape of the season, this velvet slip dress from Zara kills tow trends with one stone. €25.95.


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