All I’ve wanted to wear for the last few weeks is strappy dresses, shorts and vest tops, which is glorious (I could live with this weather all year round – I love the sunshine). But all good things must come to an end and as usual at this time of year, new, autumnal items are starting to appear all over the high street (and the internet). I thought I’d dedicate this weekend’s wishlist to a few new season trends. And while some are more wearable than others – I’ll be steering clear of capes, thank you very much – there are some gorgeous new season pieces appearing. Here are some of the ones I’ve spotted.
Animal print is going to be huge for autumn/winter 2018/19: zebra, tiger, snake and more, all in a multitude of colours.
What’s wearable? I’m really glad to see that there’s loads of leopard still about. I love this flattering, flowy bias cut midi from & Other Stories (quite reasonably priced at £59 too, I think):
I’m still loving everything about AND/OR at John Lewis. Their new season pieces are landing, and these boots handily cross over into another one of the key new season trends : the wild west/cowboy look. How flipping gorgeous are these flat leopard ankle boots?
Ooh, and while I’m talking about leopard and new season trends, do take a look at the brand new Love Stories x H&M lingerie collection – I love these gorgeous satin pyjamas, but they have loads of other items too, including some really cute soft bras and knickers.
New love for leggings
Yeah, I can see your face right now, but I actually don’t mind leggings as a look – only if they’re really good quality and not at all see-through obviously. I wore my Next pleather leggings to death last AW: they’re mega-flattering, look great with a big white shirt or a chunky jumper, and they’re stupidly comfy too. I’m expecting more of the same this year. I mean, if Victoria Beckham says we should be wearing leggings, I’m wearing leggings.
What’s wearable? These are new in at Next and come in a surprising range of colours. I’m not so keen on the lilac and purple, but the berry looks wearable, as does the black.
And a variation on the theme: these sporty side stripe straight leg trousers from River Island.
Long, statement print dresses
Our love for the print midi/maxi doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, and frankly, they transition easily into autumn/winter – just add boots (or trainers). This also ties in with the whole Little House on the Prairie/cowboy feel that’s one of my favourite new season trends.
What’s wearable? AND/OR at John Lewis have loads of pieces that really fit with this feel. I love this floaty midi in suitably autumnal colours – I love the volume in the sleeves too.
Is it me or does this one just roll round every AW? I’ve seen a few really cute tweedy skirts, quite a lot of tartan, loads of textured bouclé jackets and a good few textured handbags. If we’re talking texture, I suppose we should mention the amount of high-gloss leather and patent that was on the catwalk, but I don’t think I’ll be indulging. This one extends to chunky jumpers too, but I can’t even think about a chunky jumper right now without breaking into a sweat. Talking of texture, there’s quite a lot of corduroy about for AW18 – especially big fat baby cord in soft pinks and mustards.
What’s wearable? I’m loving these tweedy culottes (which are still everywhere) from River Island (although I might change the bow to a belt):
Another RI find is this black bouclé mini backpack – a great way to bring some texture into your transition wardrobe (ooh, get me talking in fashion speak):
This washed tartan shirt is perfect for layering on those weird in-between autumn days
Blazing a trail
Blazers are set to be everywhere this autumn, and with a nod to the above, I was expecting to see the odd tweed blazer, but maybe I’m just a bit early. I love the boxy fit of this & Other Stories oversized wool blazer, which makes it feel a bit more substantial and more coat like than just a normal blazer.
Boden have the most beautiful British tweed blazer, available in a range of different colours, but I think my fave is this navy and ivory hotchpotch. It’s got a flattering nipped in waist, but I think I might size up to make sure I could fit a jumper underneath it.
So what do you think? Any trends you’ll be diving into, and any you’ll be avoiding? I’m loving the cowboy/Little House on the Prairie trend, and am fully expecting to waft through autumn in flowy dresses and cowboy boots. Have a lovely weekend y’all!