A new season is upon us. Up in the Northern Hemisphere flowers are blooming, baby animals are being born left, right and centre and it is getting warmer. Down in the Southern Hemisphere leaves are dying, it’s getting colder and we’re preparing ourselves for winter. So how does this affect fashion? Fashion week is over and all the new trends for Spring are appearing but for us folks in the Southern Hemisphere these Spring trends don’t seem to apply to us. So how do you stay on trend? Well look no further because I have the post for you, I am going to share how I take Spring trends and apply them to Autumn fashion. I am including pieces that I have found that I think work with this and will include both a luxury/high end piece and a high street/budget piece to cater for all!
The easiest way to take a trend from season to season is to apply different hues of the colours that are being featured.
Think reds, blues and yellows. Balenciaga featured all yellow outfits while we saw bright red at Givenchy. Luckily for us, these colours are easy to transition into Autumn. With reds go for a more crimson, deeper red. Gold and burnt oranges are a great replacement for yellow or if you want to stick with yellow, look for a more mustard yellow than canary. In my opinion, blues are a safe option year round however if you want to scream Autumn try a navy or steel blue. Don’t be afraid to experiment with other colours too, forest greens are great and aubergine is a stunning combination of red and blue perfect for Autumn. For a striking look, try dressing head to toe in these colours or if you are more subtle add these colours into your accessories.
Left: Cotton On - NZD$44.99
Right: Splendid, available at net-a-porter - USD$330
There is nothing wrong with wearing pastels during Autumn or even Winter by choosing the colour palette correctly and featuring these colours on soft fabrics. Céline featured combinations of pastel colours and Chanel showed a more harmonious look sticking with single colours for the whole outfit.
Left: Country Road - NZD$179
Right: Paul & Joe, available at net-a-porter - USD$453
Checks were a big hit for SS18 with Burberry featuring checked trench coats and Fendi going head-to-toe in this print. In my mind, checks are a great print year round however when wearing them for Autumn, opt for warmer or neutral tones.
Left: Witchery - NZD$299.90
Right: Sacai, available at net-a-porter - USD$1,354
Whether it be regal, puff sleeves as shown by Jill Stuart or a more tailored, masculine square shoulder like at Givenchy, over the top sleeves are in! When going for volume, you can either go soft and feminine with puff or edgy and striking with square. If the feminine puff is what you look for, try looking for shirts and dresses in Autumn colours, this way you are keeping with the Spring fashion but making it work for Autumn. Looking for a more androgynous look? Try the square shoulders to make a bold statement. I personally think shoulder pads look great with a check print, and you’ll be ticking off two trends in one garment.
Left: Witchery - NZD$109.90
Right: Zimmermann, available at net-a-porter - USD$618
Wet look clothes:
Ah, wet look garments. I have a pair of wet look tights which I wear all the time and my love for them will never diminish. Luckily for me, they are now trending and I can bust them out of my wardrobe and not feel like I’m a time traveller from the 80s, not that that has ever stopped me. Now, I find that a lot of wet look garments are typically in black but why not try and inject some colour in it? Red, blue, any colour you like really! Mary Katrantzou featured colour blocking plastic clothes with quirky puff sleeves while Balmain stuck with traditional black in their jumpsuit creating a bold and sexy look.
Left: Isabel Marant, available at net-a-porter - USD$663
Right: H&M - NZD$29.99
Want to show off your legs but still look like you can take on the world? Well may I introduce to you, the power short! Balmain ticked two boxes by combining their suit shorts with a check print. While Saint Laurent stuck with classic black while having a glossy, wet look finish, another SS18 trend. These suit shorts are perfect for Autumn as the weather is still warm, although as winter approaches you might find yourself reaching for the full length trousers.
Left: Country Road - NZD$109
Right: Alice & Olivia, available at net-a-porter - USD$383
Yay! Functionality meets trendy. Anoraks were featured in a lot of designers collections this season, in both full colour and even clear. Nothing is better than when a fabulous garment serves a purpose other than looking good. Oscar de La Renta showed a shocking pink rain coat while Valentino had clear coats with detailed trim. Now, do you go for block colours in navy, deep reds and mustard yellow? Or do you opt for clear, adding flair to your outfit while still showing off the pieces underneath? The choice is yours.
Left: Vetements, available at net-a-porter - USD$854
Right: Cotton On - NZD$95
Nothing yells “Spring” like a pretty, floral dress. But can you make it work for Autumn? I think so. Investing in floral pieces that stay within the Autumn colour palette is a great way to add some spring into your step. Try small, floral prints for a more girly look while larger, bolder prints are great for edge.
Left: Witchery - NZD$179.90
Right: Borgo De Nor, available at net-a-porter - USD$1,837
I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe found some inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time,