It may only be September, but given that August officially marks the start of fall in fashion circles, it’s time to start thinking about dusting off your winter wardrobe in preparation for cooler days and the evenings drawing in. But what can you recycle from last year, and what should you invest in this fall? We’ve picked some key fashion trends for autumn 2019, to help you upcycle the old and decide what to invest in to ensure you stay fashion forward. Remember, it’s not about an all-new wardrobe, you can update by investing in some key pieces and by using accessories, to ensure you stay ahead of the fashion pack.
Caramels and purples
When it comes to choosing your colour palette for the season, two colour trends have come up on our radar.
Caramels and soft butterscotch shades are set to be really popular, especially for outerwear this season. That old Burberry mac can definitely come out of the closet, or how about a fabulous camel midi coat to take you through to winter?
The other colour that looks set to dominate the season is purple, in all its hues, from dark violet to delicate lilacs. Within the colour range, there’s definitely something for everyone, and a simple tee shirt will ensure you’re fashion forward. Synonymous with royalty, this colour is set to reign supreme!
Gothic florals and checks
Florals never really go out of fashion, and this summer saw a strong renaissance in printed fabrics. However, we’re expecting even bolder petaled prints during the autumn season. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing this head to toe, try experimenting with a skirt, or even just by throwing on a beautiful floral scarf.
As well as floral patterns, you can also expect to see a lot of tartan and check prints in the coming season. If reds and yellows are too bold for you, then look for pieces in this season’s dominant colours, in brown or purple hues. That way you’ll be ticking two boxes in one go!
Puffed sleeves and cinched-in waists
In a nod to a more feminine silhouette, we’ll see more jackets, shirts and tops with puffed sleeves in stores. We’ve seen the trend over the summer, on milkmaid-style blouses, but it’s set to become even more exaggerated and is a nice contrast to sharp androgynous tailoring.
In another move to more feminine styling, cinched-in waists are set to be really popular this season. So buy a few wide belts and experiment – this trend will be everywhere so you’ll see it over shirts, cardigans and coats. We may not all have Kardashian curves, but this will definitely create some contours and help in our quest for that perfect hourglass figure!
Argyle knits and corduroy
It’s official, argyle jumpers and cardigans are back in fashion! No longer the preserve of middle age golfers, this Pringle styling is set to be huge this season, in oversized knits and fitted tank tops. You can refresh your wardrobe and stay warm as the season’s change, so what’s not to love?
Another fashion blast from the past that’s been slowing making a comeback is corduroy. We’ve seen it on fashion forward teens over the summer, but this trend is set to hit the masses in coming months, so it’s time to invest in some corduroy trousers now.
Oversized bags and platform shoes
Forget the trend for mini bags that can barely carry your lippy and keys, it’s time to supersize your handbag! Fashion brands including Michael Kors and Lacoste favoured these massive carryalls on their AW19 catwalks, so you can expect them to be big – and bigger! – as summer rolls into autumn. Think Mary Poppins, or Pandora’s box, this is a bag you can fit everything in. Just imagine, you can prepare for all eventualities and everything the weather can throw at you. Raining? Umbrella. Sunshine? Hat and shades. Cool temperatures? Comfy argyle knit cardigan. Need some fabulous? That Hermes-esque floral scarf. Really, this is a trend we’re going to love.
So that’s the bag sorted, but how about your shoes? Forget the kitten heels and wedges of the summer, it’s time to get 70’s chic and invest in some platform boots. While designers such as Stella McCartney featured sky high platforms on their catwalks, you’ll be able to source more practical options as this trend flows down the high street. They’re set to be equally popular with skirts and jeans, so will be a good versatile addition to your wardrobe.
Hope you’ve enjoyed our fashion edit for the coming months. Whatever you choose to wear, don’t forget to begin your styling with the right foundation garment. Be that a corset to wear under that fitted floral dress, control briefs for under your corduroy jeans or the perfect panty girdle to maximise your curves under that high waisted check skirt, we’ve got everything you need at Elle Courbee.