The autumn/winter season is upon us, which means lots of layers, warm colours and thick fabrics. Autumn and winter are fun times for fashion, but the need for layering means that planning is required. There is a fine line of transition between the two seasons, and without the right layers you can quickly be left too hot or too cold. The first step in planning your layering is to know what?s on trend.
WHAT'S TRENDING THIS AUTUMN/WINTER?
Just because summer is over doesn't mean that florals have disappeared. Florals are still popular, but colours are slightly richer than they were in the warmer months. Look for florals in shades of cobalt blue, black and plum.
Oversized coats that feature squares and checked prints are huge this season and suit just about any colouring. Keep the summer vibe going with an oversized pair of sunnies.
Calf length skirts
If you're not quite ready to don pants all season and the mini skirt has made its way to the back of the wardrobe, the good news is that calf-length skirts are all the rage. Be a little adventurous with a printed pencil skirt, or let a printed skirt flow with a beautiful white blouse.
Emma Watson, Rihanna and Chloe Moretz are all fans of the tartan dress, and if it's good enough for them it's good enough for you. A tartan dress should be short (not too short at the office) and accessories kept simple.
A great way to take cover from the chill is to throw a monochrome cape over your workwear when stepping out for lunch. It's that little bit of comfort in the middle of the day that still sees you looking super stylish.
Beanies return year after year, largely in part for their ability to hide even the worst of bad hair days. Beanies are great for the weekend, just be sure to take them off before entering the office.
A printed kimono looks super stylish over your traditional office wear and brings a bit of personality to your desk. They also look great over a blouse and shorts when combined with a pair of chunky boots.
Patent shoes have made a big comeback, and that's great news for women everywhere. Patent shoes are practical and pretty, and go with just about everything.
Knowing what's on trend helps you start shopping, but in order to make the transition between the seasons easy, there are certain essentials that must be part of your autumn/winter wardrobe.
Skinny jeans are easy to dress up and down, making them one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe. Running errands? Tuck them into a pair of comfy boots. Meeting the girls for coffee? Team them with a pair of ballet flats and a funky leather jacket. Hitting the town for cocktails? Slip on some pointy heels, throw on a drapey top and you're good to go. To keep the chill off, add a structured blazer.
A neutral cashmere sweater will go with just about everything, be it a pair of jeans or a printed pencil skirt. For a preppy look, try wearing a collared shirt and tuck out the collar and cuffs.
A chambray shirt over a pair of dark jeans is perfect for a relaxing autumn/winter day. Finish it off with a pop of colour through your choice of bag and wear a vest underneath if you're unsure of the weather. You can always undo a few buttons to let your skin breathe if it turns out to be a warm day.
A blazer gives structure to every outfit and makes you look professional and chic. Create a pop of colour with a brightly coloured blazer over a neutral outfit.
A printed scarf gives your outfit a touch of personality and will also keep the chill off your neck - a win-win. It also takes up no room in your bag, but can make all the difference in keeping you warm. Don't be afraid to play with colour and pattern.