Autumn key trends

From oversized capes to subtle animal prints and luxurious fabrics and functional, here’s my round-up of the latest in colours, patterns and prints and key pieces to invest in for the new season ahead and beyond

Colours

Red and its variations (crimson or burgundy) is the dominant colour for autumn winter, and would suit most people. Wear it as a power piece, trousers, dress, coat, or pair it with black, brown or camel.

Camel and grey were the dominant neutrals in the fashion collections and are investment tailored pieces, especially for office attire.

Other favoured colours were shades of dark green such as teal, forest green and olive; orange, best worn as a knit or accessory and paired with brown or camel.  Unexpected bright colours of yellow and pink have been seen, while ice blue mixed with black, white and bright colours in clothing and footwear is another interested hue.

From left: dress by Manley designs; Outfit from Regis boutique Galway; Coat by Aideen Bodkin; Ensemble by People Tree at Oh By Gum boutique; necklace from Design House Barna; Red patent wedges from Prego Galway

From left: dress by Manley designs; Outfit from Regis boutique Galway; Coat by Aideen Bodkin; Ensemble by People Tree at Oh By Gum boutique; necklace from Design House Barna; Red patent wedges from Prego Galway

 

Sharp

Suits and tailored pieces continue to be a major trend, and while the shapes are at times masculine or androgynous, a shock wave of colour and femininity has run through the collections: pastels, primary colours or jewel-toned.

From left: ensemble by Marks & Spencer; Coat and dress by Luke Lovely; Outfit by Marks & Spence; Phillip Lim at Les Jumelles Galway

From left: ensemble by Marks & Spencer; Coat and dress by Luke Lovely; Outfit by Marks & Spence; Phillip Lim at Les Jumelles Galway

Prints

Animal prints are back but in matt and subtle colours.  Think classic leopard prints, butterfly, howl or giraffe prints. Over scaled herringbone and colour blocking were also seen in coats, skirts, shawls and capes giving  personality to casual looks.

 

From left: Outfits from Rococo Galway & Dublin; Ivy Boutique Tuam; Marks & Spencer

From left: Outfits from Rococo Galway & Dublin; Ivy Boutique Tuam; Marks & Spencer

The decade

The 70s are still going strong. Designers have utilized this decade to incorporate flared and feminine trousers, turtle neck jumpers, richer and darker colour palette. Beautiful embroideries, fringing details, suede shoes and accessories are other key elements to this trend.

The 8os revival will emerge but more about dressing up and having fun. Power shoulders, lots of glitter, clash prints and ruffles. If you like to experiment, you will like this trend.

 

From left-right: Bottega Veneta, Jonathan Saunders, Anna Su

From left-right: Bottega Veneta, Jonathan Saunders, Anna Su

Turtle neck

Whether it is worn under a tailored coat, a day dress, or tucked in your skirt. Polo neck will be very much in style for autumn. If they don’t suit you, you can go for a crew neck or cowl neck.

In contrast, plunging necklines are appearing in tops, dresses for night out ensembles. Go for the depth that suits you best and add a statement necklace for extra glamour.

 

Casual and Comfort

For all you casual looks needs, there is a variety of stylish and practical options to suit you. Unstructured garments such as kimono coats, capes, tunics worn over shirts or knits. The sleeveless tailored coat, layered over knitwear, polo or cotton basics continue to be a popular choice for casual wear.

From left: Ail Ruin boutique; Wallis; Style Kloset; Oh by Gum boutique Clifden; Natalie Coleman designs

From left: Ail Ruin boutique; Wallis; Style Kloset; Oh by Gum boutique Clifden; Natalie Coleman designs

Fabric Trends

Autumn/winter will see luxurious yet functional fabrics. Wool, faux fur, faux leather and suede, to name the most popular. Always pair one fabric with a contrasting texture: Velvet worn as a jacket with your jeans; or try faux leather with wool.

Tweed seemed to have become one of this season fabrics of choice. Houndstooth, plaids and refined checks are making a comeback. Opt for a bouclé above the knee skirt with a polo knit and with bright accessories.

The brocade look also took off with modern cuts while still looking as luxurious.

 

From left: Diamond & Pearls; Penny Black at Design house Barna; Stella McCartney

From left: Diamond & Pearls; Penny Black at Design house Barna; Stella McCartney

 

Goth chic

Romance with a dark and modern edge defines this season’s Goth trend. Victorian lace blouses, an abundance of leather, feminine frills, patch of embellishments are the main elements of this look.

River Island; Armani

River Island; Armani

Delilah.

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