The wind has gotten a bit chilly, the leaves have started to turn a stunning burnt orange, and Starbucks has now begun selling everything with pumpkin spice. So, it is safe to say that autumn is now official here! For most people, autumn is the best time of the year – a time for hot chocolates, a time they can wear comfy wool cardigans, a time for crackling fires and Halloween. But is also a time that signals a significant shift within the fashion industry as summer clothing lines start to disappear and warmer styles take over. You might be wondering what we should expect to see on rails and runways this autumn and what you should start ditching from last year’s autumn collections. Here is a look at four fashion trends that are set to rock the 2018 autumn fashion world.
Forget all preconception you’ve had about animal print and it being trashy because the trend is coming back again in 2019, and in a big way! Leopard and zebra seem to be the favourites this year considering that designers like Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Tom Ford, and Victoria Beckham have all included them in their lines. It looks like most designers are currently pairing these prints with simple back accents that make the prints pop. This seems like a popular option for those trying to rock animal print this year. Leopard shoes and coats are likely going to be the way the trend represents itself. However, you probably see some crocodile, cheetah, zebra and snake patterns on the high streets too. While neutral, more natural tones are usually more prominent, don’t be surprised to see some wackier wild colours this year, especially in ladies leather driving gloves. If you are worried about the impact too much fur print will have, do not. Even major luxury houses and the even more prominent names of the fashion industry are avoiding real fur looks and are going for faux furs to achieve that chic safari look.
2018’s biggest autumn trend, it seems, is all about embracing that inner Shrek. There is no need to worry; it is not all ogre-ish and green! Extreme layering is back and in a big way. Look at it this way, why go with one favourite coat when you could wear three, or four, or even six. While this may seem like it is gone a bit too far, remember there were a couple of adventurous combinations of puffa jackets, waterproofs, capes, and blanket throws gracing the runways last month. So, rather than just snuggling up in a single jumper this autumn, fashion trendsetters are confident that you will still achieve the same warm and comfy look with several layers. You can achieve this look by fastening your trench coat and scarf together, or you could match that shirtdress with a pair of jeans, a snug blazer, and a warm overcoat for that insanely elegant yet smart look. Well, the more layers you can get, the better!
The 1970’s Biscuit
70’s fashion never seems to quit, with trends from the decade reappearing ever so often throughout the years. This autumn, it is all about the sepia-toned retro feel of the ’70s. Like a biscuit dunked in a cup of steaming hot tea. From chocolate monogrammed accessories and clothes and Chloe’s ‘ode to Fendi’s beige to everything brown’, which incorporates as many shades of brown as possible in a single outfit, brown is most certainly now the number one contender for the ‘new black’ title. So, be it you are going slouchy Sunday, uptown girl, casual, or smart, make sure your outfit is tan, tobacco, toffee, caramel, or any variation of the colour brown/caramel.
Shiny Crystals’ Revenge
One of this year’s most prominent summer trends was, without a doubt, glitz and glam – from crystals to glitter and anything that gave off a nice shimmer. Interestingly, it looks like autumn isn’t going to be any different. Helping channel our innermost magpie, the coolest brands and designers are incorporating fake diamonds and crystals into everything from earrings and sunglasses to boots and even hair clips. From gleaming barrettes to trainers with giant jewels, there is a crystal or shiny item to suit your taste. This autumn, expect jewellery departments and shops around the globe to be oozing in faux diamonds.