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“Florals, for spring? Ground breaking.” We’ve heard it all before, but perhaps we haven’t thought to turn to florals for autumn and winter. This season, think dark and moody trimmed with lace and you’re well on your way to nailing the first major autumn 2019 trend. Another perfect way to channel this trend is to reuse those major midi-skirts that were all the rage this summer and simply throw a chunky knit over your ditsy-print satin to transition into the cooler months.

Type in “chunky knit” to ASOS and you get over 100 results back, anything from a cardigan to a beanie. For this next trend, steer clear of headwear and instead invest in a neutral coloured roll neck, anything from cream to camel. These knits give the illusion of effort even when paired with a simple jean, and even better, they work for all genders.

Another gender neutral trend is bright monochromatic. Now, hear me out: pick a warm colour to beat those winter blues and wear it head-to-toe. Topshop have some coloured jeans that would pair beautifully with a jumper in a matching colour. The key here is to mix slightly different shades of the same colour; maybe a bright red knit with a washed out jean and a pair of oxblood boots.

If bold colours are not for you, what about bold shapes? The next key autumn trend is all about a bold shoulder and a power suit. Zara offer blazers every season and right now their suits are double-breasted, and more importantly, they have subtle shoulder pads. Don’t be put-off, a small amount of padding does not scream 80’s nightmare, but rather creates a slightly curved shoulder that has been walking down all the major runways. If blazers are too formal for you, you can mimic this trend with a square neck or balloon sleeve blouse, giving bold shape in a more discrete way.

Finally, we turn to street style, arguably a step ahead of the runways these days. A bonus trend this season that all the ‘it girls’ seem to be trying out involves a strappy sandal and a wide leg trouser. Simply tie the straps of your heeled sandal around your ankle and over the trouser, creating a slight flare to the hem. Instant tailoring.  


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