How to wear this season’s trends…

Are you ready for cosier months and thermal knickers? Have you cried whilst vacuum packing your kaftans? Are you now desperately searching for your ‘big coat’ and donning bed socks? Oh well, it is what it is!

Autumn/Winter 2017-18 style trendsThe seasons are changing and so too is the High Street, although depressingly they started whipping out the sunny stuff and replacing them with knitwear back in August.

It signals the coming months of dark times and white walkers…. sorry, no seriously it just means it’s the onset of the Christmas countdown. Wait, what?! I’ll shut up now It’s causing me distress.

Quickly moving onto lighten the tone. I did my homework over the school holidays by scouring the seasonal trends, reading the fashionista predictions and then, well….. Ignoring the stupid (giant duvet coats) and discarding the less practical feathery coats (rain generally wets things) and compiling my own sensible summarised version to suit us normal folk. Give me an amen!

So without further adieu, let my ‘A La Mode’ low-down commence….

Colour pops

bright seasonal coloursI have to say that the richer, darker hues that usually fill the shops to subdue the mood this time of year, are surprisingly absent and instead some of summer’s bright and playful colours are being stretched out a little longer.

Yes the deeper burgundies, purples, oranges and evergreens lead the way but they aren’t as heavy as usual. You’ll be pleased to know that red will be firing up the aisles in all its scarlet loveliness, so Santa will fit right in and pink is still lingering in the form of a bright bubble-gum.

metallic colour clothes and accessoriesThe usual metallic will be added to the seasonal glitterati, this time in the form of silver and pewter, so you can go all space age or well, dust off your nail polishes and fish out your shiny stuff.

Things don’t have to get full-on or spaceman weird.

Before you start thinking “what a gaudy sounding mixture” of colour, it’s important to note that the beloved neutrals will always be around to soak up the loudness and mix it up in prints and careful pairing, so you can feel a little more contained.

There are plenty of blues, greys and browns to add to the pot too, so fill your boots.

Jumper with embellishment

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Cotton Blend Embellished Cable Knit Jumper

Tactile lovelies

There’s always something a little bit extra going on with garments during the party season to help you feel amazeballs and this season certainly delivers.

All things strokable, satin and sheer are made more tactile with embroidery and embellishment to add glam, so look out for decorative knits on the rails along with crystal encrusted satins and velvets alike.

It really is all about touchable loveliness and textures, in a ‘craft work’ kind of way. Also don’t fear the corduroy, I kid you not, its not all geography teachers and elbow pads.

Styling themes

Marie military coat from Boden

No we’re not talking “Comic Con” or gangsters and mols, I’m merely referencing the looks, inspirations and styling usually taken from the fashion houses chosen eras, icons and genres to get you in the mind-set of the stores.

First off this season, think retro ‘Americana’ so dust off your gingham, detangle your fringes, and get line dancing. Well not quite, it’s more ‘Broke back mountain’ really, but you get the idea.

There’s a lot to choose from to keep cosy in actually, from cowboy boots, corduroy and shearling touches to varsity jackets and vintage trainers, all of which can be picked through and added to suit your personality.

M&S Suede Block Heel Mid-calf Boots

On a more local note, there’s also British Heritage again, this time with a stately home kind of vibe with rich florals creating soft dresses, through to tweed and dogtooth checks adding neat tailored lines. If you’re not sure what I mean, rock up to your near est National Trust house and absorb the mixed décor. Note to diary must visit Chatsworth again!

There’s also the 70’s still buzzing around with its monochromal colours and geometric prints which I’ve particularly noticed in long sleeved dresses and wrap styles alike and to be honest are always a great coupling with the boot in colder months.

Lengths are longer in everything from hems to boots and from sleeves to coats, so covering up and playing with soft layers will be key and great for boosting your confidence if you don’t like to flash too much flesh.

Finishing touches

If you like to keep things simple, just look for key elements of trends to update firm favourites or buy small trinkets you can add to your outfit, then look no further than bows, feathers and crystals. Jewellery, bags, hair accessories and shoes can all be refreshed with these textures or shapes in mind along with the big colours, fabrics and themed styles.

Red beret from John Lewis

Hats are even more popular now and you just won’t be able to beat a beret this season for a bit of Parisian chic courtesy of the Dior influence and it doesn’t have to be leather either.

So with shoes, there’s a whole lot going on from keeping it kitten (heels) through to block heeled courts. And there’s loads of sensible boots to choose from with room to ‘bling it up’ come party season. The patterned, coloured or textured tight also makes an entrance to allow your outfit to be hosiery happy.

Jewellery becomes both eclectic and layered with a mix and match feeling, so if you love talismans or pendants why not pair with fine crystal beads or pearls. Alternatively, just layer what you love, anything goes for bracelets, earrings and rings too.

M&S Embroidered Long Sleeve Midi Dress

Bags seem to have taken on more of a structured upright bucket shape and the top handled style is everywhere, which although more glamourous, offers less limb freedom and practicality compared to last season’s ‘look no hands’ backpacks.

Personally I find the elbow crutch a great place to hang your handbag and if the style is good enough for Queen Liz it’s good enough for me, though to be honest I don’t have a butler to walk around behind me carrying my other stuff whilst I shake hands, so I’m going to be using my beady eye to look for those brands whom generously donate a shoulder strap inside them.. Love that feeling when you open the zip, it’s like finding a fiver in your coat pocket. Thank you bag universe.

Righty then, lastly I like to pick out a few go-to key pieces that I think would add va-va-voom to your wardrobe and look for the months ahead. You don’t need all of them and they are by no means the law but just a gentle prod to get you going in the right purchasing direction, should you need to replace anything that’s on its last legs from last season.

1. Blingy jumper

2. Slouch boots

3. The neat coat

4. Embroidered dress

5. Beret

So there you have it, a lot to ponder for I know, so I’ll leave my suggestions and observations to permeate in your minds and I will be back with my party picks a little later on in the season.

Sara MARSDEN-SHREEVE

About Sara MARSDEN-SHREEVE

I’m an image consultant which means I get to help women look and feel great – it’s my dream job! I became tired of seeing so-called ‘perfection’ portrayed in the media, and it’s my aim to help women feel confident whatever their body shape. You can find out more about how I can help you by visiting my website.