With so many trends to fall in love with this Autumn Winter, it’s hard to pin down the key pieces everyone needs in their wardrobe.
From denim to knitwear, sheer fabrics to practical puffers, there are an abundance of trends on the horizon, but which should you pay attention to and which can you do without?
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It can feel overwhelming, but with a little streamlining, this season’s must-have fashion favourites are just a click away.
I’ve done my research and pinpointed the 10 key pieces to pay attention to.
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It’s time to go bold or go home when it comes to jeans this autumn.
After months of loungewear, the skinny jean feels a tad daunting and designers everywhere embraced the chance to go big when it came to this wardrobe hero.
Team wide-leg denim with chunky heels and tailored blazers for a smart way to wear this trend, or keep it casual in box fresh trainers, a retro T-shirt and denim jacket.
Keep in mind proportions and opt for a high-rise styles that will elongate the body to create some balance.
Wide relaxed jeans, now £23, & Other Stories – buy now
High Loose Jeans, £120, Levi [Sustainable] – Buy Now
Organic Cotton Jeans, £25.99, Reserved [Eco Aware] – Buy Now
The Mini Skirt
It’s time to get those pins out and walk like you’re on your very own runway.
This itsy-bitsy item adds a whole lotta sass and a great excuse to show off our new love affair with tights, another key trend.
Team with slouchy cardies or chunky jumpers in the day, or a skin tight polo neck, over the top jewellery and knee high boots for the evening.
Lined mini skirt, £29.99, Zara – buy now
Cream faux leather mini skirt, £38, River Island – buy now
Lilac croc pu mini skirt, £23.40, Nasty Gal – buy now
The jumper dress is the chicest way to stay comfy and stylish all at the same time this season.
This winter wonder can be dressed up or down, lounge about in it when at home and layer it up in the winter months.
Keep it cool in high tops, throw on a puffer and you’re good to go when out and about.
Block heel boots and an oversized belt add a girl about town vibe, while biker boots and jacket make it the perfect weekend go-to.
Wool knit V-neck dress, £89.95, Massimo Dutti – buy now
V-Neck belted dress, £30, Next – buy now
Knit Dress, £50, Monki – buy now
Faux leather midi skirt
The mini may be taking it to the max, but the midi is still making its mark when it comes to show stopping skirts.
With its kick out hem and belted waistline, this 70’s superstar looks great with a trench (check out these trenches we love) and roll neck. For the ultimate retro finish team with block heel knee high boots.
Faux leather popper front midi skirt, now £44, Warehouse – buy now
Faux Leather Midi Skirt, £49, Sonder Studio – buy now
Belted leather look skirt, £60, Monsoon – buy now
Its diverse wearability appeals to all styles; simply add Dr Martens to embrace grunge, or if minimal feels more natural, simply slick back your hair and apply a nude lip.
It also works perfectly over a long sleeved tee and trainers in the day and cute kitten heels at night.
Cowl back satin maxi dress, £25.20, Missguided – buy now
Printed camisole dress, £45.99, Zara – buy now
Cut-out back dress, £29.99, Mango – buy now
It’s time to get prepped and preppy, as the sweater vest is the perfect piece to see you through the season.
Wear with bare arms during the sunnier days of September, layer over a crisp white shirt for the office and add a polo neck when the colder months hit. It’s the knit that hits all the right fashion marks.
Orange cable knit sweater vest, £29.50, M&S Collection – buy now
Crest sweater vest, now £94.50, GANT – buy now
Oversized wool sweater vest, £65, & Other Stories – buy now
One piece wonder
The one piece is the easiest way to wear a show stopper. Perfected by street stylers and fashion editors everywhere and a hit on the catwalks of Prada, Halpern and Bottega Veneta, it can turn heads with minimal effort.
Simply team catsuits with killer heels, or a high neck maxi dress with matching satin platforms to create this top to toe trend that screams style icon.
Leopard Print Jumpsuit, £635, Philipp Plein at Farfetch – buy now
Floral High Neck Satin Maxi Dress, £48, ASOS – buy now
Block Colour Seamless Jumpsuit, £25.99, Zara – buy now
We’ve been covered up in our comfies for far too long, but baring all is an art form and the sheer dress is a great way to embrace coming out of the restraints of lockdown in a stylish and sophisticated way.
Valentino styled it right with a mix of lace and draping, while Versace kept it classic with a belted bodice surrounded by billowing sleeves and flowing skirt.
Don’t be afraid of big pants or shapewear when wearing this trend.
Organza Midi Dress, £175, Dream Sister Jane – buy now
Organza Sleeve Dress, £175, Rejina Pyo x & Other Stories – buy now
Zebra printed organza dress, now £51, Coast – buy now
It was the must have item of 2020 and now you’ve tried it, there’s no going back!
This giant hug of a coat doesn’t have to be dowdy. Once relegated to hikers and your nan, thanks to lockdown and socially distance walks it has become part of our lives.
This year designers and brands have updated it with a revamp and a much needed injection of fun.
Team bright coloured puffers with super cute prints as seen at Dsquared, play around with proportions like Louis Vuitton or rock it Celine-style in a biker version. There’s a cosy cool coat out there for every style.
Cropped puffer jacket, £50, Monki – buy now
High-collared puffer jacket, £29.99, Pull & Bear – buy now
Knee length coat with hood, £109.99, Ultamodan – buy now
The suit coat
Longer than a blazer, shorter than a coat, this in-between is the perfect transitional piece of outerwear you can own right now.
Tailoring has always been a favourite of the fash-pack, whether it’s a trouser suit, skirt suit and even the odd shirt, tie and waistcoat combo, but this year’s best dressed comes in the form of the suit coat.
In one simple move, this designer hero smartens up any outfit. Worn over a trouser suit it hits the mark, toughens up a maxi in minutes and adds sophistication to your denim.
Pinstripe oversized longline blazer, £25, Boohoo – buy now
Straight masculine coat, £99.99, Zara – buy now
Zebra print blazer, £70, River Island – buy now