Summer isn’t officially over just yet, but you’ll notice that cosy yarns and stylish coats are starting to fill up the shop floors. September has kicked in, and there is no better time to let our cravings for autumn/winter fashion come through.
I mean, for me personally, I love autumn/winter fashion. Mainly it’s because I find it hard to know how to dress in the Summer months, due to the up and down weather. The UK is so unpredictable with it’s weather, but one thing is always pretty much certain: you gotta layer up during the Autumn and Winter seasons.
So let the layering up begin!
It’s time to forget about a fluke warm weekend and start focusing on transitioning your wardrobe for a new A/W season. If you find yourself yearning to splash your cash on some new-season items, there are plenty of ways to get your cold-weather fashion fix as the stores bring out new season stock from now onward.
The trick for starting the transition period is to try your best to invest in autumn/winter trends that will work both now (hen the temperature is still in double figures) and as those crispy autumn leaves begin to fall. I’ve been gathering up some inspiration from my favourite online retailers – Lily Lulu Fashion being one of them – to get myself in the transition mind set!
To help, I’ve rounded up a pick of the best autumn/winter 2019 trends that you can wear from today, safely knowing that they aren’t going out of style any time soon.
This vibrant, mysterious shade that was once associated with royalty, power and wealth, is going to be one of the key colours for A/W 2019. We’ve seen it appear across the catwalks, being supported by major names including Dries Van Noten, Tom Ford and Comme des Garcons.
It;s regal and it’s pretty. Think deep purple luxurious dresses and shirts, as well as faux velvet heels. It’s a colour which has a whole spectrum of different shades, from delicate lavender to valiant violet.
To use this trend as a transition trend, look at using it as an accent colour. So you could pair a purple T-shirt with off-white jeans or lighter denims, which in time, you can switch to darker jeans and layer up the purple tee with a long waistcoat and ankle boots.
Hooray! Teddy coats are back for A/W ’19, and I for one couldn’t be happier. There is something about the casual yet chunky look, especially when in wool or faux fur. Super cosy!
Teddy coats can be worn over t-shirts or day dresses on the cooler nights we are currently having, ready to be stepped up a notch to layer over sweaters once October arrives.
I personally love the faux fur ones, as a lovely fur looking coat can take you right through the autumn up until the first few days of spring in my opinion! I’ve currently got my eye on a few teddy coats from Lily Lulu – an online retailer who currently have a lovely selection. They have all kinds of styles from longer line styles to teddy borg and fluffy truckers, each one keeping style and comfort in mind.
My favourite is this longer line teddy borg style below, as I just love wearing black (it’s not boring before you say it!) and will be perfect for trapping in the heat later on this year. It’s £54 from Lily Lulu.
For S/S 2019 we saw the mini-bag serve as the ultimate status symbol. Little clutches and handheld pocket bags have been seen as cute, but lets be honest, they can be slightly inconvenient. They work well for those Summer days and nights, but come A/W, we have umbrellas, jumpers, hairspray and all sorts stuffed into our bags to keep us going.
Welcome to the season of super-sized purses, which will appear instead of mini versions. We can now stylishly carry our junk around with us where ever we go!
Think rucksacks with various compartments, huge tote bags which sit on the shoulder, and large messenger style bags. The same for purses. You can now carry around as many business cards and cash (I should be so lucky) as you like.
Floral dresses are usually associated with Summer, but this new season has brought a more gothic approach to them. Think black, moody and whimsical.
Florals are a wardrobe staple that are perfect for transitioning into the Autumn/Winter season, and have been seen on the runways at Prada, Erdem and Marc Jacobs.
Look at rich floral hues adorned on midi dresses and flouncy skirts. Those calf skimming skirts and dresses are perfect to wear with a dark floral print when working and socialising during those ‘in-between season’ days.
Where you midi length florals with open-toe sandals for now, and then start to layer with roll-neck jumpers and ankle boots as the temperatures begin to fall.
Power Puff Shoulders
Huge puffy shoulders made their breakthrough this Summer, and it looks like they are only going to become more developed and stylish for A/W.
OTT puffs give silhouettes a boost, and portray that look of power and stature. One for the girl bosses, I think! Recent puff sleeves have been largely present on milkmaid-style cotton blouses and dresses, but switch it up a little now in the form of more sharp tailoring.
Think shirts with more dramatic puff sleeves, and long sleeve dresses which are oversized and puff off at the shoulders. a number of designers including Givenchy and Alexander McQueen used the trend in their collections to add a fun contrast to sharp tailoring. Think about the girly accents, accentuating feminine, floral designs worn on smarter, polished items.
You can layer up with button-up cardigans and lightweight knits that can be worn on their own now and layered with T-shirts in the months to come.
Are you looking forward to Autumn/Winter 2019? What is your favourite thing about fashion during the colder months? Do share your faves!