Autumn style tips

Helen Venables encourages you to get creative with your wardrobe as autumn arrives with some styling tips for the coming months.
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Colours to suit Autumn palettes

This season the Autumn palette is particularly on trend for beautiful silks and satins. Look out for yellow ochre and amber for dresses to wear all year round while kingfisher and bronze look particularly stunning for the party season. For something vibrant seek out orange and lime.  Rich, sumptuous tones of amber, saffron and mustard were popular on the catwalk. Tones of green such as apple jade, grass and moss green, and dark and light olive were also prevalent, especially in satin.


M&S gold button blazerNew Minimalism

A combination of feminine and masculine silhouettes with strong shouldered, tailored blazers (like this M&S gold button jacket – £65) teamed with wide leg trousers or midi skirts is perfect for the dramatics amongst us. Layering is also key with beautiful tailored coats in neutral tones.


On the back of a new wave of love for knitting and crafting, an alternative way to embrace the minimalism look are very wearable, comfort-led elements such as oversized knitwear and tunics for anyone who enjoys uncontrived, natural garments. Unusual knits and cardigans are equally hitting the shops making the colder weather seem just a bit more appealing.

Utility Femme

With boiler suits, cargo trousers and belted field jackets emerging as key items, utility-inspired looks return for another season. Hi-lo styling is key; pair chunky utility jackets with pleated skirts and heeled boots, or workwear-inspired all-in-ones with pretty flats. Details are another important way to feminise this look, with ruching and gentle folds making silhouettes more flattering.

Tough Love

Toughness verses femininity is a powerful and strong trend this season with leather trousers a key AW19 investment. Think contrasts with colour as well as fabrics such as leather, lace and soft satins worn together. Suiting is definitely having a moment so make a power statement.  Tailored jackets have oversized shoulders and define the waist whilst sequins and pearls adorn leather jackets and accessories.

Refined Heritage

Prairie and country references carry on into this season with prairie style dresses S/S19 teamed with oversized knitwear, plush jackets and textured coats. Checks also continue, but the look moves towards country heritage as opposed to sartorial checks. To give yourself an edge accessorise with trainers and statement earrings.

Romantic Legacy

This party season will see a more sophisticated approach to glitz and glam with vintage-inspired beading, flowers, embellishments, big skirts and lace trims. Pay particular attention to sleeves. Statement dresses have flowing silhouettes while blouses comprise dramatic sleeves, flounces and pussy bows. Velvet (such as this Joanna Hope teal cross front velvet maxi dress – £20.50 at Marisota), satins and luxurious brocades are mixed with rich, sumptuous colours for glamour, perfect for romantic personalities. Wear with shoes that shout attitude if you prefer to toughen up your look.

Last modified: June 10, 2021

Written by 3:24 pm Fashion, Fashion & Beauty