How on Earth is it almost September? I don’t know about you, but I’ve finally slowed down with any Spring/Summer shopping, and I’m fully turning my attention to the upcoming Autumn/Winter fashion season.
Of course, I hate the cold. And the dark. I spend a lot of time during the Winter months whinging about being freezing. But there’s something about A/W fashion that I much more prefer.
I mean, I always know that I need to layer up when it’s Autumn or Winter, and it’s silly not to embrace thick coats and ankle boots. Whereas Summer in the UK has me all kinds of confused, from the start of April right through to the end of August.
Let’s take a look at five key Autumn/Winter 2019 fashion trends that are set to be big, straight from the catwalks of New York, Paris, Milan and London.
This season, the utility fashion trend is back, showcasing everything from boxy coats and square shapes, to pocket adorned blazers, belted shirt dresses and a nod to masculinity.
It’s a continuation from Summers laid back trend, where bumb bags and cross body bags were worn with boxy t-shirts, and jumpsuits became all one colour and with a more simple style.
The colour scheme for the utility trend will play on dusky hues, focusing on items in one block colour. You can expect to see beiges, creams, khakis, navys and plums in the form of more boxy fitted playsuits, jumpsuits, linen jackets, belted jackets, tailored trousers and shirts.
An item I absolutely adore and feel with work perfectly for the S/S to A/W transition is the waist detail playsuit above, from Topshop at Very.co.uk. If you hadn’t yet heard, one of the newest brands to join Very.co.uk is Topshop, which is super exciting for me because I’ve always been a die-hard Topshop fan, and I shop on Very.co.uk a lot!
Shop Direct already stocks a number of Arcadia brands, which includes Wallis, Evans and Miss Selfridge. I’ve always been a loyal shopper across each one of those brands, although I have to say Topshop has been my very favourite since I was about 15!
I also found out that this will be further enhanced by Burton and Dorothy Perkins ranges, launching at Very.co.uk on September 9th, following Topshop and Topman.
For those who like more daring, edgy looks, you’re in for some good news: grunge is back, but it’s much more sophisticated than those 1990’s grungy vibes which usually come back around every few years or so.
Patterned leather, loose plaid shirts, graphic tee’s chunky black boots, lots of red, even more black, mirrored sunnies and chunky accessories. Grunge is going to be especially big when the Autumn fades into the Winter, embracing a lot of mixing and matching. Think of striking gothic pieces from cradleofgoth.com mixed with laid-back staples.
If you want to strip it back, you’ll be pleased to know that you can keep your clothing quite simple, and add that striking grungy edge with make-up instead. Along with Topshop clothing launching at Very.co.uk, you can also shop Topshop beauty too, which features soooo much incredible makeup!
I remember owning a shimmering gold highlighter powder from Topshop Beauty years ago, and I still have it now, it literally lasts forever! They stock some fab glittery eyeshadows which are super pigmented, which I feel would work perfectly for creating a more sophisticated take on the gothic and grunge trend. Smokey silvers and greys on the eyelids, with a touch of liquid eyeliner should work a treat!
PU & Leather
As we embrace a darker colour palette and thicker textured materials for A/W 2019, expect to see tough-girl style PU, Leather and Faux Leather hitting the High Street and Designer fashion trends. The luxe fabric is levelling up to give everything from knee length skirts and day dresses, to trousers and shirts a mature yet ladylike makeover.
The black leather/leather look jacket will be the key item to dress up your evening wear, along with leather and high shine PU accessories coming forward. Think about leather in buttery-soft versions and colour palettes aswell as black, where dark leather can be paired with cream and beige accessories, like shoes and bags.
A favourite item of mine that I have my eye on for layering up this Winter is this Leather Classic Biker Jacket, from Topshop at Very.co.uk. It’s got that striking finish to it, yet works being layered up over smart tailored shirts, giving it a lot of versatility.
And what about for men?
It seem’s that this years A/W mens 2019 fashion trends slightly blend into those of the women’s trends, except of course, are worn in different ways.
Leather outerwear: It’s all about that Milan inspiration! Think leather trench coats and heavy duty leather donkey jackets, to strong black belts and matte leather satchels.
As Topman has also launched at Very.co.uk, you can find a few rather stylish faux leather aviator jackets over there which are right on trend this coming Autumn.
Denim suits: Though tailoring may have taken a hit in recent seasons as there has been a huge move towards athleisure gear and hardcore sportswear, for Autumn Winter ‘19 – suits are back! This time around, it’s not quite as you know it. On the first day of London Fashion Week Men’s there were countless two pieces which hit the runways, but the majority were cut from denim rather than flannel.
Oversized denim and neat little sixties-style denim jackets work well, along with jeans with patch pockets and slim cut styles. Even double denim works!
The Topman range at Very.co.uk has a smart range of slim fitting denim jeans which work really well with loafers and sneakers – the key footwear trend for men this Autumn.
High-Neck Knitwear: Knitwear takes on a sleek and modern approach for menswear this upcoming A/W, and this is where the high-neck is to become key.
Think polo shirts with collars that encourage being buttoned up high, and slim fitting knitted tops with small rock necks. It’s grown-up, classic and highly sophisticated!
Is there a certain A/W 2019 trend you’re looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!