If you’ve been shopping of late to seek out some hard-core air-conditioning action as part of your heat-avoidance program, you may have been surprised to see your favourite stores trying to convince you that it’s nearly winter.
See, it doesn’t matter how much we’re sweating and how LITTLE clothing we’re wearing right now because it’s so hot and sticky, in Fashion Land, the summer kaftans have been packed away and it’s full steam (see what I did there) ahead into the season of boots and knits.
In a previous life, I would simply shake my head, walk away and come back when it was cold enough to wear such pieces.
The enlightened me knows that if I wait to go shopping for winter clothes when it’s actually winter, there will be nothing in store.
It will either all be on clearance (and therefore limited in sizing and choice) or the stores will only have high-winter stock available.
I find I get the most seasonal longevity out of the clothes that are available and for sale in the early autumn months.
They are pieces that reflect the trends of the new season (and that’s always fun to change up to after a long summer) but the fabrics are lighter in weight so you’re more likely to wear them for longer.
Many pieces also lend themselves to being worn now and layered up for later.
Below I’ve listed 7 autumn winter 2016 fashion trends to watch out for – plus pieces within those trends that you can embrace right now.
As with all trends, they are just that. There is absolutely no need to embrace all – or any – of them.
Fashion is fashion.
Style is confidence that comes from dressing to suit your personality and your lifestyle.
Key pieces: turtleneck, blanket scarves, midi pencil skirts, feminine blouses, a-line skirts, flared trousers, longline coats, capes
Key colours: cream, muted grey
Wear now: Witchery Double Face Skirt $129.95
Key pieces: floaty maxi dresses, sleek jumpsuits, details – sheer fabrics, pin tucks, fringing and tassels
Key colours: black, indigo, rust, tan, cream
Wear now: Katies kaftan dress $69.95
Key pieces: knitwear, skirts, dresses
Key colours: turquoise, rust, black, white
Wear now: Sussan check knit duster cardigan $109.95
Key pieces: soft, fluid tops and dresses, bell sleeves, high necklines
Key colours: rich terracotta, nude
Wear now: Belle Bird Belle Flute Sleeve Top $89.95
Key pieces: soft knitwear, tied waists, flared hems, off-the-shoulder knits
Key colours: every shade of grey, rust
Wear now: Trenery merino knit t-shirt $99.95
Key pieces: a-line skirts, shirts, off-the-shoulder tops, anoraks, jackets, shirt dresses
Key colour: indigo denim
Wear now: Country Road Denim Bandeau Shirt $129
Key pieces: trench, utility pant,
Key colours: khaki, white, black
Wear now: Target cargo pants $49
So tell me, seen a taste of the new-season that might fit into your exisiting wardrobe?