Autumn has been teasing us here in Brisbane. It cooled down a little before zooming back up to 30 degrees again. Yet, that little taste of cool weather and cooler mornings and evenings had me heading to my wardrobe to plan my Autumn outfits and see which trends would suit me and my lifestyle this year.
1. Animal Print – This trend is everywhere this year! The good thing is that most of us already have a few hints of this in our wardrobe. Dig out those animal print scarves, shoes and blouses. I was surprised to find I already own quite a few pieces, although I’ve now added an animal print dress from Witchery. I love it. I can wear it now with sandals and heels and change it up with tights and ankle boots for winter. Heading to lunch last week we saw women in so many great animal print choices and they all looked stylish. There are so many choices that you just need to find the right style for you. There are even animal prints with red, pink, yellow and green as their base. So unleash your inner animal!
2. Knotting- Look around and you will see that everyone is tying their shirts. Collared shirts look great with a knot and to me it adds effortless chic and flatters your shape.
I’m embracing this trend wholeheartedly as a few of my shirts that were too long now have a new lease on life. Try knotting your summer white linen shirt with a pleated skirt or jeans and see the instant transformation to chic and fun Autumn style. Many blouses instore come knotted already. Tie t- shirts to the side to give instant shape without the bulk. Add a maxi skirt and you are good to go anywhere. So give it a try this Autumn. You will be amazed at how your look is transformed.
3. Colours- Mustard, dark green, burgundy, red, rust and shades of purple can now take centre stage in your wardrobe. I love the depth of these Autumnal colours and the drama they can bring to an outfit. Try on a few shades to see which suits you best. I have just purchased a shirt with mustard, brown, cream and black stripes which will transition perfectly into Autumn / Winter. It was inexpensive from L’Adore & co but was just the perfect addition for my everyday wardrobe. Try head to toe berry shades and feel like you’ve just stepped out of a glossy magazine.
4. Pink- As regular readers will know Pink is never out of fashion for me and it is still going strong for Autumn. This year there is every shade of pink available in every style! I’ve seen some soft longline cardigans in soft pink or why not a dusty pink denim jacket? Fuchsia pink or Magenta coats are right on trend, as are tailored suits in hot pink. Still not convinced ? Handbags or a bright lipstick in pink are an easy way to add colour to your all black or berry ensemble.
5. Tailored suits- There are such a variety of tailored suits on offer this year. Myer has a pink one with bold black buttons or if that’s too daring look out for the checked suits in more subdued hues of blue and grey. Zara has a range of trendy suits in every colour from yellow, to printed, metallic, jacquard or the super hot beige and oatmeal hues. You can wear your suit head to toe to stand out from the crowd or break up the pieces and pair your blazer with a floaty skirt and jeans or dress down trousers with a tee and leather jacket.
6. Tortoiseshell accessories – Instantly update your Autumn ensemble with some lovely tortoiseshell accessories. Whether it be earrings, a bracelet or a hair clip even the simplest outfit looks bang on trend with the right accessories. I’ve just bought a pair of earrings to update my jeans and white tee combo and there are plenty of pieces at every price, so this little update won’t break the bank.
7. Wide Belts and Shoulder Pads – They’re back! Joan Collins was on to something all those years ago. I just saw a photo of Angela Bishop, entertainment reporter for Studio 10, rocking some oversized shoulders whilst interviewing Kendall Jenner (dressed all in pink). In this updated version of the look it’s all about structure and proportion. Luckily I did not Marie Kondo my belt selection as wide belts are back. Yes, the nostalgic noughties accessory has had a makeover and is back to accentuate your waist. Think Keira Knightley in ladylike Chanel or pair a floaty dress with a wide belt and chunky boots to toughen your look. Kylie Minogue showed us wide belts in a Western style in her latest show, as did Isabel Marant on the catwalk. The belt and bag trend shows no sign of abating and Dior has some covetable saddle bag pieces in berry and navy.
Autumn is not a long season here in Australia, but it is one of my favourites for fashion. It is perhaps the easiest season to team old favourites with something new for a quick update. After shopping with friends they are all keen to add some animal print and to try on a few new colours to add to the mix this season. Have a play with tying shirts for playful instant chic and dig out those wide belts from the back of your cupboard to accentuate your shape. Autumn is whispering to we lovers of fashion, so now is a good time to experiment with a few new looks that will take you through to Winter and beyond.
Freelance writer, wife and mother of three sons, occasional supply teacher and aspiring romance author, Michelle Beesley can be most often found in a coffee shop chatting with friends or beside a rugby field cheering on her favourite teams.
Michelle is a prolific—albeit reluctant—traveller, keen walker, bookworm and yoga enthusiast who loves anything pink or sparkly (including champagne!).