As we roll to the end of what sometimes felt like a summer, it’s time to start thinking autumn. It’s a favourite season for lots of us, with just enough warmth to feel joyful and just enough cold to get cosy. Autumn 2023 catwalks have been very much reflecting this vibe, with strong layering looks and iconic colours. There’s a sense of investment and wearability in fashion this season, with a focus on more timeless styles. We look at some key trends and which ones look like they’re here to stay.
In the spirit of investing in lasting garments, we should all think about the quality of the fabrics that we choose. This autumn’s on trend fabric styles are very draped. This means that they really need good quality fabrics and a strong silhouette for maximum impact.
You’ll find gathers, pleats and ruching round the chest, the waist, sleeves, or right down to the toes on so many garments this season. It’s great because it’s a very flattering look, especially over a stable foundation.
Gothic floral print
Based in blacks and greys, the print to look out for through autumn 2023 is big and bold and dark. Florals remain a pretty reliable fashion staple, and this trend requires a decidedly gothic edge.
Head to toe metallics
While metallics are always a feature as autumn segues into festive party season, this year it’s a full on look. From head to toe lame to sparkly tassels, these styles are designed to leave us dripping in shimmer. These fabrics can really highlight every bump, so think about a smoothing cami as a base.
Autumn colour trends don’t always have to reflect the falling leaves. This season, though, it feels a bit like it with shades of red and yellow all around.
The most seen colour on the autumn 2023 catwalks was vibrant, scarlet red. It’s utterly unapologetic and has to be worn with confidence. So shun hints of colour in accessories and go strong in a red dress, red suit, or red coat.
Any shade of yellow is on trend, but the most enduring will be creamy, pastel butter shades. While dramatic reds feel very explosive, warm yellow is likely to stick around for a while. These mellow yellows are the ultimate in understated elegance.
Autumn is always a time to bring out the tights, but this year they’re making a splash! You can colour match to stick to a monochrome style, or go for a clashing contrast. Either way, colourful tights are an ideal tool to breathe new life into an existing outfit.
90’s / 00’s layering is still around, and there’s no better season for it than autumn! With weather highs and lows, it’s a look that will make sure you’re never inappropriately dressed.
It’s a little bit cheeky, but sheer styles are a great layering look to flash a little flesh. Just take care that your underneath layer is fit for viewing. Something like a cool tank or a sleek corset.
Long black coat
You probably already have one of these. 2023 certainly isn’t the first time that the long black coat has been a style staple. As the weather begins to turn, this is the fail safe top layer for your autumn look.
Shirts and ties
A white shirt and black tie combo is a retro look that has been popping up everywhere. It’s very versatile and won’t cost the earth to achieve. Go for a tailored shirt to give your shape an air of femininity.
Two very different trends are strong for autumn; both nostalgic, and both waist focussed. The 00’s super casual hipster is one, and the cinched in hourglass another.
Low slung belts
You don’t have to have a naval skimming waistband to get the hipster look this autumn. Try a chunky low slung belt around a stretch dress instead.
Cinch and flare is an 80’s throwback look that’s set to be one of the more unusual trends this autumn. Get a dramatic look with a high waisted control foundation and structured fabrics.
A lot of the trends for this autumn can probably be found in your existing wardrobe. Even if it’s been languishing at the back for a few years! A control foundation is a great way to rejuvenate your clothes to make a comeback, and you’ll look bang on trend in the process!