13 Autumn Winter 2021 Trends You Need to Know (and Where to Shop Them) Now

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Every year when we start writing our trend report for Autumn Winter, we have to stop ourselves from exclaiming, ‘How has it come around so soon?!’

This year feels like it’s flying faster than ever before, and it’s very probably because of the pandemic.

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While we were confined to our houses for the most-part of 18 months, fashion became practical and most importantly, comfortable.

Lanvin Autumn Winter mini dress
Courtesy of Lanvin

There will always be a place in our hearts for practical fashion, but now we’re embracing our ability to go out, see our friends and, of course, dress up.

Elsa Schiaparelli got it perfectly right when she said, “In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous.”

This autumn, we’re ditching dark hues and simple silhouettes in favour of fluorescent brights, exaggerated faux fur coats, extravagant party looks and embellished accessories.

There’s already a chill in the air and it won’t be long before the cold weather creeps up on us. There are plenty of trends for fall that you can start embracing now.

prada poncho aw21
Courtesy of Prada

Here are 13 you’re going to see a lot more of over the coming months and where to buy the look on the high street right now.

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Aprés-Ski

Miu Miu AW21 apres ski
Courtesy of Miu Miu
Molly Goddard aw21
Courtesy of Molly Goddard

Who says knitwear needs to be plain?

Fair Isle knits covered the catwalks at Molly Goddard, Chanel, Etro, Paco Rabanne, Balenciaga and Miu Miu, the latter actually staging its show at a ski resort in Italy.

The trend could be a nod to the nation craving adventure and escaping to the country during and since the pandemic, but even if you haven’t, these knits will get you in the mood for the slopes.

Spotted at Etro, Miu Miu, Emilio Pucci, Paco Rabanne, Molly Goddard, Junya Watanabe, MM6, Balenciaga, Dsquared2, Rentrayage, Chanel, and Vivienne Westwood.

Etro Fall 2021
Courtesy of Etro
Image 1 of P.A.R.O.S.H. fairisle high-neck jumper

Fairisle High-neck Jumper, £283, P.A.R.O.S.H. at Farfetch – buy now

Wool Jacquard Wool Jacquard Zipper Vest, Polyamide, in colour Egret - 1 - GANNI

Wool Jacquard Wool Jacquard Zipper Vest, £175, GANNI – buy now

Bold Brights

Prada AW21  green catwalk look
Courtesy of Prada
Rodarte aw21
Courtesy of Rodarte

Every year dark hues dominate for Autumn Winter but crayola brights stole the AW21 shows, with neon featuring heavily at Balmain, Roksanda, Prada, Versace and Bottega Veneta.

After 18 months of loungewear, expect to see colour covering everything, from head-to-toe.

Spotted at Balmain, Roksanda, Prada, Versace, Molly Goddard, Bottega Veneta, Ferragamo, Raf Simons, Loewe, JW Anderson, Chanel and Burberry.

Versace AW21 pink catwalk look
Courtesy of Versace
Molly goddard aw21
Molly Goddard
quilted shoulder bag zara

Quilted Shoulder Bag, £25.99, Zara – buy now

A-line lyocell-blend dress - Green - Ladies | H&M GB

A-line Lyocell-blend Dress, £34.99, H&M – buy now

Oversized Linen Shirt Arket

Oversized Linen Shirt, £69, Arket – buy now

Shades of Brown

Acne studios aw21
Courtesy of Acne Studios

Chocolate brown might often skip your imagination when it comes to fashion, but it was good enough to eat on the AW21 runway.

At Chloé, brown came in an abundance of textures and teamed together for a comfy, cosy look, while Acne mixed textures with leather and knitted details.

If you’re not into Crayola brights, this could be the trend for you this season.

Spotted at Acne, Chloé, Chanel, Fendi, Ami, Schiaparelli, Gestuz, Rabens Saloner and Holzweiler.

Chloe aw21
Courtesy of Chloé
Image 2 of The Attico single-breasted blazer

The Attico Single-breasted Blazer, £867, The Attico at Farfetch – buy now

Open Back Puff Sleeve Midi Dress & Other Stories

Open Back Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, £95, & Other Stories – buy now

Matteau The Tank slip dress

The Tank Slip Dress, £340, Matteau at Farfetch – buy now

Logos

Versace aw21 logo catwalk look
Courtesy of Versace

Logos and monograms have been growing in popularity in recent years, with Fendi and Gucci being just some of the labels to champion the retro look.

Now, Versace, Balmain, Loewe and Max Mara are celebrating the look with their AW21 collections, bringing back the 70s-inspired trend in an array of head-to-toe monogrammed looks in muted and monochrome tones.

This look doesn’t need to break the bank. While luxury labels have championed the look for decades, the high street has plenty of monogrammed pieces up for grabs.

Spotted at Versace, Balmain, Loewe, Max Mara, Fendi, Chanel and Gucci.

Balmain aw21 logo catwalk look
Courtesy of Balmain
Fendi aw21 logo catwalk look
Courtesy of Fendi
Image 1 of Gucci GG Marmont matelassé mini bag

GG Marmont Matelassé Mini Bag, £1,230, Gucci at Farfetch – buy now

Dior Oblique Diortwin Square Scarf

Oblique Diortwin Square Scarf, £360, Dior – buy now

Coach Soft Tabby Shoulder Bag in Signature Jacquard B4/Stone Ivory New Women's New Arrivals Bags

Soft Tabby Shoulder Bag, £425, Coach – buy now

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More is More

Stella McCartney

Party fashion comes back around every winter, but this year, prepare for all out extravagance.

Sequins, embellishment, glitter and silky fabrics are back with a bang, while silhouettes are exaggerated and too much is never enough.

Spotted at Stella McCartney, Halpern, Ashish, Burberry, Loewe, Erdem, Dries Van Noten, Versace, Valentino and Louis Vuitton.

halpern aw21
Halpern
SEQUIN MINI DRESS Zara

Sequin Mini Dress, £49.99, Zara – buy now

Warehouse
Sequin Halter Flared Jumpsuit

Sequin Halter Flared Jumpsuit, now £55.20, Warehouse – buy now

ASOS EDITION sequin spot top in silver

Sequin Spot Top, £75, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

Ponchos and Capes

Alberta Feretti AW21 catwalk look
Courtesy of Alberta Feretti

I’ve been waiting for ponchos and capes to take off after years of the trend being teased on the runway.

This year, designers including Prada, Chloé, Burberry, JW Anderson and many more showed iterations of the outerwear piece in their shows, making a clear case for their return.

Spotted at Prada, Alberta Feretti, JW Anderson, Burberry and Chloé.

prada aw21 poncho
Courtesy of Prada
Chloé AW21
Courtesy of Chloé

Check Cape, £125, Uterqüe – buy now

Oversized knitted cape - Mango

Oversized Knitted Cape, now £19.99, Mango – buy now

RUSTIC KNIT PONCHO WITH FRINGING Zara

Rustic Knit Poncho, £59.99, Zara – buy now

Quilted Recycled Polyester Oversized Cape, Polyester, in colour Dark Green - 1 - GANNI

Recycled Polyester Oversized Cape, £375, GANNI – buy now

Slouchy Denim

Alberta Feretti AW21 catwalk look
Courtesy of Alberta Feretti

As we all now know, skinny jeans are out. Of course, trends never disappear for long, but that’s what fashion (and Gen Z) has decided since the start of the pandemic.

Instead, slouchy denim is taking over, with Celine, Chanel, Peter Petrov, Ganni and many more amongst the designers celebrating the re-emergence of Y2K style.

Spotted at Celine, Chanel, Peter Petrov, Ganni, Rag & Bone, Peter Do and Petar Petrov.

Chanel AW21
Courtesy of Chanel
Peter Petrov AW21
Courtesy of Peter Petrov
Lucy & Yak jeans Cole Wide-leg Jeans: ORGANIC DENIM - Mid Wash

Cole Wide-Leg Jeans, £55, Lucy & Yak – buy now

Dear Cut Jeans & Other Stories

Dear Cut Jeans, £75, & Other Stories – buy now

Loose Straight High Jeans - Charcoal grey - Ladies | H&M GB

Loose Straight High Jeans, £49.99, H&M – buy now

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Faux Fur

Fendi aw21 faux fur coat catwalk look
Courtesy of Fendi

Faux fur never strays far from the runway during Autumn Winter, but this time, it’s not just coats adorned with fur.

In 2021, as well as chic outerwear from Fendi, Givenchy, Prada and more, furry boots, hats and scarves appeared at Chanel, Burberry and Stand Studio, among others.

For those who prefer to keep it understated, adding a touch of faux fur in the form of accessories this autumn will make the perfect style statement and keep you cosy too.

Spotted at Fendi, Givenchy, Prada, Chanel, Burberry, Petar Petrov, Peter Do, Acne Studios and Stand.

Stand Studio leopard-print coat AW21
Courtesy of Stand Studio
Givenchy AW21 fur
Courtesy of Givenchy
Daisy Faux Fur Jacket 'Wear & Care' Chestnut Jakke LDN

Daisy Faux Fur Jacket ‘Wear & Care’ Chestnut, £179, Jakke LDN – buy now

Image 2 of STAND STUDIO tiger print faux-fur coat

Tiger Print Faux-fur Coat, £323, STAND STUDIO at Farfetch – buy now

Oversized Faux Shearling Coat & Other Stories

Oversized Faux Shearling Coat, £135, & Other Stories – buy now

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Statement Tights

Prabal Gurung AW21
Courtesy of Prabal Gurung

If you were as in love with Gucci’s monogrammed tights last year, you’ll love the fact that printed tights are making their comeback for AW21.

Prabal Gurung, Vivienne Westwood, Prada and Maisie Wilen followed the more is more mentality, with the former matching their polka dot statement tights to their dresses.

Spotted at Prabal Gurung, Vivienne Westwood, Prada, Gucci, Fendi and Maisie Wilen.

Vivienne Westwood AW21
Courtesy of Vivienne Westwood
Maisie Wilen AW21
Courtesy of Maisie Wilen
Leopard Tights Wolford

Leopard Tights, now £19.50, Wolford – buy now

FALKE - Rhonda 50 DEN Women Tights - Sheer Tights 1

Rhonda Tights, £69, Falke – buy now

Selfridges
MARINE SERRE
Moon-print fishnet high-rise stretch-mesh tights

Moon-print Fishnet High-rise Stretch-mesh Tights, £145, Marine Serre at Net-A-Porter – buy now

Go Green

Ganni AW21 womenswear
Courtesy of Ganni

After being one of the key colours for SS21, green continues to dominate in AW21. In fact, ‘Green Bee,’ a ‘grassy green that perpetuates nature’ was one of Pantone’s colours for London Fashion Week AW21.

Ganni, Kenzo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney and more embraced the colour in a variety of tones, ranging from the deep and earthy, to pastel green and neons.

Spotted at Ganni, Kenzo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney, Elleme, JW Anderson, Baum und Pferdgarten and Rotate.

Salvatore Ferragamo AW21 catwalk look
Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo
Kenzo AW21 catwalk look
Courtesy of Kenzo
Green Ripstop Wrap Midi Dress, Ecovero Viscose, in colour Kelly Green - 1 - GANNI

Green Ripstop Wrap Midi Dress, £225, Ganni – buy now

LINEN BLAZER WITH PRINTED CUFFS zara

Linen Blazer, £49.99, Zara – buy now

Green LEATHER BUCKET HANDBAG from Zara

Leather Bucket Handbag, £99.99, Zara – buy now

Quilted Textures

Stand Studio AW21
Courtesy of Stand Studio

Puffer jackets are bigger, bolder and more exaggerated than ever before. Prada, Givenchy, Marni, Balenciaga, Chanel and Louis Vuitton blew up their padded pieces and they came in every shape and form, from cropped jackets to ponchos and longline coats.

Spotted at Stand, Givenchy, Marni, Isabel Marant, Raf Simons, Remain, Khaite and Jason Wu.

Givenchy AW21 quilted puffer coat
Courtesy of Givenchy
Marni AW21
Courtesy of Marni

READ MORE: If You Like Quilted Jackets, You’ll Love This Key Outerwear Trend for Autumn

Quilted Shawl Collar Jacket, £115, Arket – buy now

Belted Quilted Coat & Other Stories

Belted Quilted Coat, £135, & Other Stories – buy now

Weekender Puffer Jacket Free People

Weekender Puffer Jacket, £88, Free People – buy now

Mini Mania

Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

Another trend continuing its journey from spring summer 2021 are micro minis. Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin and Fendi displayed an array of mini skirts amongst them.

Spotted at Valentino, Chanel, Self-Portrait, Lanvin, Versace, Schiaparelli, D&G, Fendi and Tom Ford.

Courtesy of Lanvin
Courtesy of Valentino
Macramé-style straight-cut skirt : Skirts & Shorts color Beige

Macramé-style Straight-cut Skirt, £219, Maje – buy now

Floral print miniskirt - Mango

Floral Print Miniskirt, £29.99, Mango – buy now

Neutral Knits

Courtesy of Ami

Knitwear can hardly be seen as a trend for AW21 as it features heavily every single year, but what made this season different is the colour palette.

Designers including Chloé, Ports 1961, Fendi were amongst the designers who embraced neutral tones in caramels, outmeals, creams and browns, with layering playing a key part. Chunky scarves were thrown over jumpers worn over knitted skirts at Ports 1961, co-ords were seen at Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler and knitted details featured in Chloé in the form of fringing.

Spotted at Ami, Chloé, Ports 1961, Fendi, Proenza Schouler and Ports 1961.

Courtesy of Ports 1961
Fendi AW21 trends
Courtesy of Fendi
Rib Knit Midi Dress & other stories

Rib Knit Midi Dress, £65, & Other Stories – buy now

Knit pocket sweater - Mango

Knit Pocket Sweater, £59.99, Mango – buy now

KNIT DRESS WITH BEADING - LIMITED EDITION

Knit Dress With Beading, £89.99, Zara- buy now