With clusters of leaves now camouflaging the ground and Halloween coming up very soon, all the signs point to autumn being here, and here to stay. As the new season arrives, it’s time to put those summer clothes away and look to incorporate some warm and cosy items back into your wardrobe.
We know what you’re thinking; keeping up to date with the latest fashion trends can be costly, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s why we’ve accumulated the best tips and tricks to help you look good for less this autumn.
Autumn Trend Watch
Women - This autumn it’s all about wrapping up warm and sheltering from the cold in chunky, over-sized pieces. Capes and large blanket scarves are very popular this season and the perfect easy-to-wear accessory on a cold, winter’s day. There are two ‘IT’ coats of the season: the billowing wrap coat that cinches in at the waist and the contrasting jacket with fur or shearling features on the collar. For your feet, two essentials are a colourful sports trainer and a leather detailed biker boot.
Men - For men, colour palettes this autumn vary from combining black and white, to the colour of the season: orange. Two coats that are going to be big this autumn and winter are the quilted bomber jacket and the classic biker. Turtle necks are a great item for both men and women this autumn, but men should layer them under other garments. And this season the sports trainer is still making waves, as well as military style lace-up boots.
The notion of fashion coming in a cycle is very true, with pieces from all decades providing inspiration for modern designers. At the moment, this could not be truer than with the revival of the humble turtle neck; a mainstay of the 1960s and 1970s. Pieces that have made the fashion rounds before are great items to go searching for second-hand in your local charity shops. You’re also likely to find these shops offer much cheaper prices than on the high street and you might even bag some great vintage buys. Our top tips for shopping at charity shops are:
1. Go regularly and try different locations. The first time you head into a charity shop you might not be met with that unbelievable bargain, but you could find it eventually.
2. Imagine the pieces out of their surroundings. Think of what they could be matched with in your wardrobe and you might be surprised at where your imagination takes you.
3. Don’t be grossed out; many things in charity shops have never been worn and are often steam cleaned before being put on sale, but one hot wash will take away any lingering smells.
The high street provides you with a good selection of shops that will help you get the latest fashion trends for much less. Primark, Matalan, New Look and Peacocks are all great shops to go to for affordable fashion, and are often perfect for purchasing one-off fashion trends.
Alternatively, you could merge your weekly food shop with searching the aisles for the latest fashions at your local supermarket. Tesco and Sainsbury’s both have their own clothing brands, with prices being comparable to that of Matalan and New Look. If online shopping is more your thing, companies like ASOS, Boohoo and MissGuided have some great deals on at the moment.
Here are a few of our top fashion picks that won’t break the bank*:
1. An affordable version of the blanket scarf made famous by Burberry this year can be found at Matalan. This red checked design is a great buy at just £12.
2. This Matalan biker jacket with faux fur trim on the collar is a great affordable coat that will keep you on-trend this autumn.
3. Biker boots with zip and buckle detailing are everywhere at the moment, but to get yourself a pair for an affordable price look out for these biker boots at your local Primark.
1. Quilted jackets have been around for a while now and it would seem that they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Primark have their own men’s quilted jacket in dark navy and at only £25, it’s quite the bargain – and warm!
2. Men’s military and brogue style boots are the perfect shoe to take you from day to night, so check out this Brogue winter boot from Matalan at only £25.
3. Steely grey is a popular colour for this autumn, so why not try this grey turtle neck jumper to combine two of the hottest autumnal trends?
*All prices and offers correct at time of writing – 24/10/2014.