I sweated up a storm yesterday … for those 20 minutes I was forced to be outside the cool cocoon that is my air-conditioned office.
It was hot. Damn hot.
Despite these epic proportions of perspiration, there DJs was on Wednesday night telling us at the store’s celebrity-packed launch what we’ll be wearing this autumn-winter.
I’ve been writing about all things fashion for almost 20 years and you’d think I’d no longer be surprised at how quickly retailers are keen to forget that summer ever happened as they march us kicking and screaming into cooler weather clothes.
Rather than bury my head in the sand about this industry craziness, I took it upon myself to study the key trends and share with you three autumn winter 2017 trends you can wear right now – while it’s still summer.
You know, in case you’re wanting to stay ahead of the game.
Following all – or any trends – is far from necessary in my style book.
But when it comes to a seasonal wardrobe refresh, making even a small nod to a new trend is the quickest way to breathe new life into existing pieces.
The three trends below can easily be worn now and adapted later when it does cool down.
Trend #1: The bomber
The bomber jacket is not a new style but it will return to stores with newfound excitement in autumn. The shape works well with the athleisure movement. My petite sisters should look for a cropped style to prevent overwhelm. My curvy sisters, seek out a longer length – hip or even longer. All of us should seek out a bomber that fits well – not too tight or not too boxy – on the shoulders. For a bit of fun, choose a bomber in a dressy fabric for a fabulous contrast to a casual outfit.
Trend #2: florals
Personally, I approach florals with caution. Not all suit me. I need a good amount of base colour making up the entire pattern for it not to overwhelm me – particularly near my face. You might be quite different and that’s ok. There are florals out there for all style personalities and they will be huge for autumn-winter. I know – florals are usually a spring perennial but winter is looking blooming marvellous.
Trend #3: red
I do love wearing red – I just need to embrace it and wear it more often. This autumn winter, wine and maroon has made way for this show-stopping colour and I’m super excited about it. If you’re hesitant about wearing it near your face, opt instead for a red skirt. It will still make a powerful statement. Bright red is the key shade of the season but if you like a little blue in your shade of red, then go for it. Wear a version that makes you feel confident and complements your skin tone.
So tell me, are you coping in the heat? Cannot believe there are knits and coats for sale in your favourite stores? Which of these trends can you see yourself wearing this autumn-winter – or now?