Don’t shoot the messenger but Autumn is on the way, a fact compounded by this gloomy weather outside my London window. On the upside, AW17/18 is going to be a sartorial extravaganza of a season, filled with colour, playful prints and futuristic inspiration. So, chin up, have a read and get planning your new season wardrobe.

RED ALERT

Red Racil trousers with thick black side stripe
I’m pretty excited about this one. Always had a thing for red and anything on the spectrum goes this season. From blush to mahogany, candy to jam, it’s all good. And moreover you can wear it anyway you like: clothes, jewellery, shoes, accessories and even lipstick. Go red or go home.

KIMONOS

Kimonos are a big AW17/18 trend

Nightwear as daywear has been around for a couple of seasons now (silk pyjamas and slippers, in particular) and the kimono is this trend’s latest reincarnation. Wear yours unwrapped over a jeans and t-shirt for a relaxed weekend vibe or over a feminine dress and heels for added glamour.

POLKA DOTS

Hannah of HøFSisters styles polka dots head-to-toe with the addition of a colourful handbag.

You’ve heard us write about this playful, versatile and striking print a couple of times now – in I’ve Gone A Little Dotty (above) and Spot The New Season Denim. Need I say more?

FURRY, FLUFFY OR FEATHERED

Interesting textures are on trend in AW17/18

NYFW. Source: Vogue

This is a tricky one for us, as we would never recommend buying fur, but there’s so much great faux-fur, that this category warrants a visit. The more colours the better and this is as much about adding interesting textures to a look as it is about fur itself. Look to London-bsaed brand, Shrimps, for very fun faux-fur coats.

SPORTSWEAR

Athleisure trend AW17

Source: Style.com

Ever happy to remain in my gym gear all day, this autumn/winter trend suits me down to the ground. That said, it’s probably meant to be slightly more luxe than the chalky lycra I am currently sitting in (from climbing rather than energetic algebra lessons). The addition of heels is welcome and please note, one now wears “leisure suits” not “track suits”. Ski jackets and retro gilets are encouraged off the slopes.

FLORALS

Florals are one of the key prints of AW17/18

Floral Cropped Top, Rebecca Taylor, £225

Vintage floral prints will adorn everything this season. The print featured heavily in the AW17/18 collections by Christopher Kane and Gucci, amongst others. Wear a floral wrap dress over jeans, or a floral print maxi (more like midi on us tall ones) with ankle boots and a cardigan. Or else pair your floral print cropped top with high-waisted, wide-leg trousers like these from REDValentino.

TAILORING

AW17 trends: tailoring

Joseph AW17. Source: Vogue

Think power dressing – sharp suits, shoulder pads and matching fabrics. Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham showcased this trend in their AW17 collections but, undoubtedly, the go-to brand in this space is one of our favourites, Joseph.

KNITWEAR

Knitwear Trend AW17 - turtleneck, red, oversized

Victoria Beckham AW17. Source: Vogue

Less of a trend, and more of an autumn/winter wardrobe staple, this year it’s all about anything cosy. Cable knits, granny knits, turtlenecks and oversize. In fact, less oversize and more supersize, which is great for us tall girls, who will easily be able to shop knits with beautiful, long sleeves on the high street. Pair your cosy knit with feminine skirts, particularly midis, and over-the-knee boots. Victoria Beckham showed us how to wear a knit in her AW17/18 collection (along with a lesson in tonal dressing).

OVER-THE-KNEE-BOOTS

Over-the-knee boots are on trend again in AW17/18

Returning this winter are over-the-knee boots, so I can happily recycle last year’s beautiful but expensive truffle suede pair from L.K.Bennett (not that I wouldn’t have done anyway). Ever a challenge to find genuine over-the-knee boots, if you’re happy to spend a few bucks on an investment pair, look to high end designers like Isabel Marant or Stuart Weitzman’s go-to Highland boots at a cool £735. Still a little early, high streets will produce their versions in the coming weeks.

TONAL DRESSING

AW17 Trends: Tonal Dressing

Roksanda AW17. Source: The Telegraph

A variation on this week’s main colour block/clash dressing post, choose one colour (red would be a good start) and dress head-to-toe in it’s various tones. If you’re really serious about this, you can even dye your hair. A true fashion victim hero.

SPACE AGE FABRICS

Space Age Materials - Metallic and Lamé

Christopher Kane AW17/18. Source: Vogue

Nod to the future with anything lamé, metallic, vinyl, foil or glitter. Karl Lagerfeld took Space Age fashion into a new stratosphere for Chanel at AW17/18 Paris Fashion Week, building a rocket launch pad in the middle of the Grand Palais. “To the stars!”

VELVET

AW17/18 Trends: Velvet is back again

You remember how we went on and on about velvet last year? Well it’s back again. Which is great if you, like us, stocked your wardrobe with this heavenly, stroke-me-if-you-must material. Remember not to wear in the rain.

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