Baby it’s cold outside… it’s impossible to deny that it is now well and truly autumn. Seriously, when it did start getting dark at 4pm?! Madness.
But do not despair! There are lots of ways to look good while keeping (relatively) cosy this autumn/ winter. I’ve written already about how to work stylish separates to create fabulous autumn looks, but now the weather is becoming even colder imma introduce you to Stage Two of seasonal dressing.
Let me present to you three takes on autumn/ winter’s biggest trends, with some of my favourite pieces from brands including Shein, Hidden Fashion and Coco Boo Loves (my new favourite indie boutique).
Trend one: heritage
To paraphrase Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada: “tweed? For autumn? Groundbreaking”. The heritage trend is a surefire thing once the leaves start to fall, but with good reason: it just works. No one would describe my style as classic, yet even I can find pieces to fall in love with that follow the heritage trend. My red tartan wool coat was my number one Fashion Week item, and since then I’ve been embracing this look with aplomb (great word that, aplomb. Definitely underused. Aplomb, aplomb, aplomb).
So what constitutes heritage exactly? Think anything classic, country-casual or, actually, almost anything you associate with autumn/ winter fashion. We’re talking tweed, tartan, chunky knits, autumn tones, tailored trousers, and weather-proof boots. Horn button detailing, corduroy fabric, and anything burgundy or mustard are particularly popular for 2018.
My favourite piece for this trend has to be a cape coat. I’ve always thought capes seemed so glamorous and sophisticated. I wouldn’t recommend this look for when it’s really cold, but if you layer your cape over a cosy jumper and some leather-look gloves you’ll have a killer outfit in an instant.
Heritage fashion is a great investment as it will always (and I mean, like, always) be in fashion. Treat yourself to some quality knitwear, cosy woollen trousers and well-made winter boots. If you’re low on dolla then this is also an easy find in any charity shop or vintage store. Your gran can probably supply the goods too!
Trend two: animal print
If you haven’t realised that animal print is the trend of autumn/ winter 2018, then guuurl where have you been?! Leopard, snakeskin and zebra print are everywhere on the high street right now and I LOVE it.
I’ve long been a fan of anything animal patterned, but if you’re a print-clashing newbie then I’ll break you in slowly. The key to mastering this trend if you usually lean to the more cautious side of fashion is to work with a neutral palette. I’ve paired my (very) jazzy tassel leopard print biker jacket with a black jumper and trousers – simple yet effective.
If that’s still too out there for you, then you can add a nod to the animal print trend with your accessories. I wear my leopard belt a lot as it adds just that extra something to most outfits. Then, of course, there is these ah-may-zing leopard and tiger boots from Public Desire. They might look familiar – that’s because they are the animal version of blogger favourite Chaos black and white boots. What I thought was going to be a totally bonkers yet enjoyable buy has turned out to be one of the most complimented items in my wardrobe. True story.
The best thing about all the animal print goodies on the High Street is that no animals were actually used in the process. It’s great that brands are really embracing vegan-friendly styles. However, as much as I love a lil’ leopard print, I’m not convinced of the longevity of this trend (remember when animal print was considered tacky?). Therefore, I wouldn’t go too wild (pun not intended) filling your shopping basket with all things animal.
Trend three: 70s-inspired
Styles inspired by bohemian style have been on the fashion radar for a while now, but this season there seems to be a particularly strong 70s influence on the High Street. The animal print trend certainly has a lot to answer for, but recreating a look a young Stevie Nicks or Debbie Harry would wear is much more versatile than that.
The first thing I’ve got to mention is the brilliant trend that is baker boy hats. I do love some good headgear, especially a beret or a gorgeous floppy straw hat, but baker boys may have knocked both off the top spot for me. You’ll pick one up just about anywhere on the High Street, but I’m especially fond of this mustard offering from New Look, especially when teamed with other yellow accessories. Yellow is the colour of 2018, dontcha know?!
OK, so enough obsessing over accessories. The key to 70s boho-inspired dressing is mixing textures. Here I’ve contrasted a shaggy, boxy coat with the sleek fabric of snakeskin trousers, then further contrasted with an elasticated gypsy top. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your fabric combos. Go on, make Stevie proud!
Other top 70s-inspired styles you’ll love this autumn/ winter are zip front jumpsuits, polo necks, knee high boots, and funky shirt dresses. On the High Street Zara has your back here, but for true bohemian vibes shop vintage.
See, autumn/ winter dressing isn’t so bad after all! If in doubt, get creative and remember cosy knits and statement trousers are your best friend. What looks are you living for this season?
Keep cosy, my lovelies!
I was gifted some items in this post. However, all opinions are my own.
Photos taken by Edinburgh photographer Katie Blair Matthews.