Switch to autumn-mode with new season style. Lisa Haynes reveals how to work the top catwalk trends on a high street budget.
If you’ve become stuck in that awkward summer to autumn style rut, it’s time to turn over a new leaf.
Use the fall catwalk collections for inspiration and inject some fresh new looks into your wardrobe for the winter months ahead.
The high street has swiftly adopted the designer trends, making them more accessible and affordable than ever.
And if you’re not quite ready to let go of summer, try transitional looks like icy pastels, to bridge the gap seamlessly.
Time to say hello to the new season hero trends.
You don’t have to quit your summer sorbet addiction just yet. Pastels have been put on ice for the new season giving the usual wintry palette a shot of fresh colour.
Just picture a black dress teamed with a mint green or candy floss pink fuzzy coat. Pastels are the instant tonic for a dark wardrobe and can look incredible contrasted with grey.
Create more impact by sticking to plain pastels rather than prints, and keep the tone cool and icy to make them winter appropriate.
No longer reserved for the Queen’s countryside wardrobe, heritage fabrics have been given a contemporary twist.
If it’s square, it’s around - and hot - this season. Anything goes from fine, subtle tweeds through to bright, bold tartans that resemble picnic blankets. Also on the checklist, there’s girly gingham or ladylike dogstooth.
Just about every staple has been decked out in graphic checks. Embrace the trend head-on and snuggle up in a statement winter coat, or try separates, like a skirt or top.
For a casual look, pick out a plaid shirt and wear it prim ‘n’ proper buttoned up, or nonchalantly loose and undone.
Checks, spots, stripes or colour-blocking; just make sure it’s monochrome.
Black and white is back, but this season it’s bolder with an emphasis on clean, flattering lines that pack a punch.
Being limited to two colours doesn’t have to mean plain and simple if you prefer a more playful look. Experiment with extreme textures like fur, leather and patent.
If you’re conscious about your curves, stick to a mainly black palette with white accents.
Embrace your inner punk for this season’s most rebellious trend. Think lashings of leather and hints of hardware, like studs, zips and buckles.
Employ some A-lister rock star attitude - this is about an elegant tough look, not teenage angst.
If in doubt, turn to black, black, and more black, injected with punchy red to stop the look veering into gothic territory.
Take an average jumper into punk mode by simply adding spiky jewellery over the top in tarnished metals.
Bright florals have wilted to make way for moody blooms in a rich, dark palette.
The key to the shift is a black or navy base for the printed or embroidered blooms to be planted on. It immediately gives the florals a grown-up, mysterious elegance.
If you want something that’s rich but not necessarily dark, turn to sumptuous berry shades. For added wow factor, look for 3D applique blooms that will transform your body into a beautiful walking flower bed.
Feeling adventurous? Cultivate your blooms with a mixed print, like florals on tartan.
The antithesis to the ladylike silhouette, the androgyny trend is the answer for those who shy away from skirts and dresses.
This is more Savile Row chic than scruffy tomboy. A tailored trouser suit is the easiest way to access this look - make it a man’s world with a crisp white shirt underneath, or wear a camisole top for a feminine touch.
If you don’t want to dramatically change your look, a pair of handsome brogues or chunky loafers will instantly give your silhouette a cool masculine spin.
Get the look
Dame Helen Mirren dazzles in her role as green goddess at the LA premiere of Red 2. Emulate her designer Elie Saab full-length gown with this Fearne Cotton for Very Backless Maxi Dress, £69, (www.very.co.uk).
Buy it now
Fashion blogger Susanna Lau, aka Susie Bubble, has put a spring in Clarks’ step. The new Juno sportswear collection has been given a streetwear edge, styled with trend-led pieces and pops of colour to the original Clarks design. Way too cool for the gym, choose from Juno Hi, £79.99, and Juno Lo, £69.99, available now from www.office.co.uk
:: Mono mania
A summer of heatwaves may have paved the way for bright colours and prints, but monochrome was the season’s defining colour story. A whopping 9.5% of the best-selling products at retailers were black, 14.7% were white, and 13% black and white, according to a seasonal report by EDITD, which reveals how well the fashion colours from the spring/summer 13 runways sold commercially this summer. Though orange didn’t feature highly, tangerine was a surprisingly popular hue, with 13% of Topshop’s orange offerings proving to be items that flew off the rails.
:: Recessionista alert
Celebrate Fashion Week this month with a free designer bag. Throughout September purchase any 50ml Moschino fragrance (from £34.50) and you could also bag yourself a monochrome tote featuring iconic Moschino emblem badges. Available while stocks last at participating stores nationwide: Debenhams, House Of Fraser, Harrods, Harvey Nichols and The Perfume Shop.