Autumn Winter Trends 2011

23rd September 2011

As our non-existent summer comes to a close, says Simon Glazin, it means exciting times for our wardrobes. Autumn/winter has never looked so good, with lots of colour and print, so now is the time to welcome the colder months and invest in some new, fabulous pieces! Here’s a few key trends to help you on your way…

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Polka Dots All Round

If there’s one print you need to embrace this season, it’s polka dots: the sure-fire way to inject a bit of fun into your autumn wardrobe.

Queen of the wrap dress Diane Von Furstenberg sent many a spot down her catwalk and Stella McCartney’s dots whipped some red carpets into a frenzy, with celebs choosing her sheer paneled dresses to make a statement. Team a polka dot sweater with a chic pencil skirt for an up-to-date outfit, or put together something daring like this Marc Jacobs look.

Check It Out

Probably one of fashion’s oldest fabrics, check has come back again for the next few months, and I’m delighted. One of the Queen’s favourites – a staple with all the royals, in fact (Prince of Wales check, anyone?) – and a hit with English country folk, the catwalks were awash with plaid. It was definitely Burberry that mastered it, sending check coat after check coat gliding down the catwalk. Wear one piece at a time, maybe opting for this jacket from Betty Barclay to start with.

Lady In Red

If you thought autumn/winter was all about dark, dull colours, think again. And put that black and grey away. Red is the way forward, especially deep, red-wine red. Easily worn with most other hues, try a mix of navy, cream and even brown. Victoria Beckham has designed many a figure-flattering dress in deep rouge, as did Gucci. Never fear though, you don’t need to blow the budget on one piece. Head to Box 2 for this little number….

Boy Meets Girl

Possibly one of the season’s most popular trends, androgyny is also one of the simplest to emulate.

Don’t be scared by the name, either; it just means that you can be comfortable for once, ladies – a relaxed blazer or a wide leg pair of trousers would be a good place to start. It also embodies the idea of power dressing: a trouser suit or tuxedo blazer will make you stand tall, believe me.

Add a shirt or pussy-bow blouse underneath and you’re good to go. Jacques Vert offer these great black crepe trousers: simply add a heeled boot underneath and step out with your head held high.

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