The warm weather’s pretty much disappeared now, there’s a slight chill in the air and I’m slowly (but reluctantly) waving goodbye to my summer wardrobe. The one thing I do love about the colder months, though, is digging out my cosy knitwear and knee-high boots. Besides the old favourites and basic staples though, there lots of new and exciting patterns and trends appearing for A/W 18.
Houndstooth, check, herringbone, tweed. My favourite A/W patterns year after year, always with a slight twist. I don’t think there’s a heritage print that isn’t universally flattering, and the various colour, texture and fabric options are near-enough limitless. I’ve found myself especially drawn to the punk-inspired red and the yellow clueless-vibes check. I’m not usually one for vibrant colours, at all. I usually find myself sticking with black and grey, but i’m tempted out of my comfort zone. The injection of a little colour, especially in winter, is definitely something to be embraced during the upcoming due and drawn-out days!
Leopard was a big trend for S/S, and i’m pleased to see it’s made its way into A/W, bringing a long a couple of further additions – snake and tiger. As I’ve mentioned already, i’m not usually one for bold, but i’ve already been drawn in once by leopard, and I can feel it happening again with snake. Animal prints are another print, that in my opinion, are universally appealing. The colours and tones are browns, greys and beiges – a colour palette that i’m always drawn in to and couldn’t be more in favour of. Team this with a silky-style fabric or a boxy shoulder and i’m sold.
I am all for a sensible trend. My eighteen year old self would probably cringe at that, and would never consider that there could possibly be a trend that’s comfortable. These days, as a self-confessed granny, i’m way over sporting painful shoes and inappropriate clothing for the sake of fashion. Leaving the house in a duvet is like my dream, so this is the closest thing I can possibly get to it. Team it with one of the on-trend prints i’ve mentioned above, or just opt for something plain – preferably bright and colourful or more understated if you prefer to blend in with a crowd (like me…)
I’ve chosen to save the most simple, but my personal favourite, until last. One colour. A colour that is often overlooked – I have to admit I am usually guilty of it myself. Navy and black often draw me in more than brown, but this A/W is a whole different story. Rust, chestnut, cocoa, umber – brown is taking centre stage. In the form of everything from a tapered trouser or a pinafore dress, this colour is perfect for a subtle injection of neutral into a wardrobe.
I hope you’ve found some inspiration for the coming season from this post. Some of the pieces are already contenders for firm favourites and i’m definitely adding many of them to my wishlist for this season!