Seasons change and so do trends – a new season is the perfect time to try wearing something different, out of our closet, and see what works for us as individuals.

Autumn and Winter this season both explore new accessory trends like berets and moon bags, keeping warm with fur or shearling, long coats and double-breasted jackets, and shying away from bright and bold colour is a thing of the past! These are a few trends and tips that I love and think everyone can rock in the new seasons, plus I share where to find them and how to wear them in a subtle way if you’re not ready for a full wardrobe 360.

⁃ Quilt & Puff

Outerwear is a big part of fashion during the colder months, this season volume and proportion in puffer jackets, as well as quilting and padding in bombers and jumpers were seen in shows like Balenciaga, Versace and Prada.

Throw on a fine, quilted jacket for a simple and understated hint at the trend, or go all out with a dramatic puffy jacket – whichever way you choose to wear it, you’ll be right on trend.

⁃ Colour is your friend

Many are afraid of adding colour because they’re unsure how to incorporate it into their wardrobe and everyday style. This season, we saw a lot of bright red, orange, yellow and brown (a more subtle colour, perfect for autumn) on the runways. Colour brings brightness and fun into what is usually miserable weather. These colours were seen everywhere from Givenchy and Dior Homme, to Kenzo and Louis Vuitton.

Many of the looks on the runway were full monochromatic , which can be a little overwhelming for some, so if you’re not ready for one colour had to toe, try subtle hints of the colour in an accessory or the detailing on pants or jacket. Take these colours and make them your own.

⁃ Berets and bags

The accessories for this season, seen in Prada, Dries Van Noten and Louis Vuitton shows, are bags and berets. The French style icon is back in a big way, both on the runway and in streetwear. Cross-body bags and moon bags are also a staple for the season, almost making an outfit with one, incomplete.

These accessories are simple to wear and easy to make your own by choice of beret colour, as well as shape and style of bag – I just love it ’cause it’s a place to keep my belongings.

⁃ Statement statement fashion

Fashion with a purpose and clothing that had an opinion and cause was a common thread in the autumn/winter shows, with designers using their garments to communicate. Fendi, Valentino and Tim Coppens all made literal statements in their shows. Statement jumpers in bright colours and patterns are another way of making a statement and seen in Liam Hodges and Hermès.

This is a simple trend to wear, a simple knit jumper or tee with text on it, tuck it in, and you’ll be sorted! Plus, you have the chance to share your mind and personality through fashion.

⁃ Leather, knits and faux fur

Textures and luxurious materials are in, with leather coats and pants seen in Hermès and Issey Miyake, the classic knitted jumper in the Liam Hodges show, and natural coloured faux-furs in D&G and Dior Homme. All essential fabrics and looks for autumn going into winter.

All perfect materials for the greatest outerwear and to help elevate any look. A good leather jacket, or belted trench coat, a couple knitter jumpers and a simple bomber with fleece/faux-fur detailing will keep you warm have you looking trending this season

⁃ Technical tracksuits

Athleisure wear seems to have become a trend to stay, both in streetwear and on the runway. Practical, functional and utilitarian clothing, with a focus on two-piece looks, both MSGM and Astrid Andersen explored this staple trend.

A comfy, fitted tracksuit or joggers made formal with the right shirt and shoes will have you right on trend. Think modern outerwear, that is technical and will keep the cold out. (I also see this trend as a reference to the 90’s)

⁃ Stripes and checks

Stripes and checks were the prints and patterns that most prominent on the autumn/winter runways, with a noticeable rock influence. Designers like MSGM, Dries Van Noten and Alexander McQueen all had this trend in their collection, with the checks being bold and bright, and the pin-stripes patterning unusual suit forms.

Rock inspired styling is a good way of approaching this trend in your day to day look, think mixing checks (if you’re bold), a loose fitting pin-stripe blazer or a bad-ass leather piece. This trend is about being rebellious and loud – own that!

⁃ The new formal 

Formal wear has become more wearable and trendy for everyday, with two piece suits getting a more relaxed and casual look, while still remaining stylish. Think double-breasted jackets worn open with a tee, two pieces in a looser, more boxy fit, and mid-rise, wide pleated pants. Salvatore Ferragamo, Lemaire and Ermenegildo Zegna all shared these trends in their shows.

This trend is simple and clean, with a sophistication that isn’t difficult to achieve. If you’re not up for a trendy two-piece, try some wide-legged pleated pants, paired with a tucked in tee and your favourite white sneakers – right on trend!

You can get all these and other trendy items from Zando, Woolworths, H&M, Cotton On, Tshirts For Change and Factorie.

These are just some of the trends that I love and will be exploring in the new seasons, plus there are so many more trends to try out, just make sure you’re comfy and happy. Fashion is fun and expressive, so make the trends your own and wear them with confidence!

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