Autumn/Winter 2013

After one of the best summers I can remember, autumn has very definitely arrived this week. I’m the first to admit that I adore the sun’s beneficial rays on my skin but I get even more excited when I can wrap myself up in gorgeous, winter clothes – and we do winter clothing so well in Great Britain.

The shops and online are now full of wonderful new colours, shapes, fabrics and accessories and there’s something out there for everyone. It’s just a matter of deciding what it is you need in order to update your wardrobe.

I’ve already started to get panic requests from clients pleading for help to fill in the gaps that have appeared since they last took a look at their warmer clothes. Stress less – help is at hand and it starts with me giving you the details of the main fashion trends for this season.

I’m going to stick to clothing this week, as there’s lots to tell you, but my blog on Autumn/Winter ‘13 accessories will follow very shortly.

Main trends


Paul Smith straight leg trouser

Burgundy men’s straight leg trouser from Paul Smith

It’s the season of the berry – all berry colours are available from strong red, through mulberry, burgundy, aubergine and purple with all shades in-between.  Orange has taken on a burnt shading and looks stunning worn with some of the cooler pink and purple tones as a contrast.

Royal blue and black dress from Zara

Royal blue and black dress from Zara

Blue is everywhere and many basics are now available in navy as an option to the proverbial black. Mixing blues is a wonderful way to update your wardrobe. Wear a pastel blue garment with navy, or add bright cobalt blue to grey or black staples. There seems to be an old rule that black and blue shouldn’t be worn together. Ignore it! I think that teaming these two colours creates a smart, sophisticated look.

If you can wear the warmest colour in the spectrum then head for some yellow. It looks very grown up worn with the easier tones of camel and biscuit and certainly livens up black. Green is also being stocked extensively in khaki and pea-green shades and brightens up grey garments amazingly.

Pink wool coat from M&S

Pink wool coat from M&S

And then there’s pink. From the softest baby-pinks to the strongest shocking tones, pink has hit the high street in a big way. Go the whole hog and get your new winter coat in pink wool – however I advise this should not be worn when handling animals and small children!!


Checks are gorgeous this season and come in all shapes, sizes and colours. If you want to be daring then mix contrasting checks for a very modern take on this Autumn/Winter look or team with plain pieces for a more classic interpretation.

Monochrome checked shirt from Next

Men’s monochrome checked shirt from Next

Monochrome black and white prints and checks are very strong and there is a lot of marled fabrication around. Leather is important and the classic biker jacket remains a failsafe favourite and is appearing in fashion colours as well as black. Leather trousers and skirts are of the moment.

Fake fur pieces are snuggling up on collars, cuffs, jackets and even bags, shoes and sunglasses! All this is a bit too extreme for my taste but I love a fur muffler or a furry gilet to combat the cold. Texture in brocade and lace fabrics has carried over from the summer in deeper shades for the winter.

Furry knit from & Other Stories

Furry knit from & Other Stories

Knits will provide an instant update to your wardrobe this season. From sumptuous cashmeres to chunky cables in oversized styling this is a great look and a very practical one too.

Still important are prints with florals having darker backgrounds and spots and animal prints are major themes. There is a lot of camouflage print around but be very careful! If you must wear it, try to find pieces in colours and styles that won’t make you look like you’ve just returned from a war zone.

There have been major advances made over the last few years with innovative technical fabrics – look out for these crease resistant, easy wash, lightweight pieces, a godsend for those who travel.


Layered look from Hugo Boss

Layered look from Hugo Boss

Shapes are predominantly very simple and sharp with lots of boxy jackets, edge to edge styling and big, oversized coats. Layering is a strong fashion statement with garments of different lengths being worn over each other.

Hobbs A-line skirt

Burnt orange A-line skirt from Hobbs

Autumn/Winter ’13 sees the return of the A-line skirt (hurrah!) and skater skirt styles. In addition to the skinny, straight, narrow legged trousers are the fashion look for both men and women. The more daring amongst us are trying out the tapered trouser shape – baggier on the thigh and skinny at the ankle – but this might take a bit of getting used to!

Double-breasted jacket from Reiss

Navy double-breasted jacket from Reiss

Double-breasted coat and jacket styles are a trend for men’s fashion and are often being worn belted. A kind word of caution here – if you tend to be on the large side – avoid!

There are lots of sporty and preppy looks and the baseball bomber jacket has been styled in a multitude of fabrics. Sweatshirts have taken on a new lease of life and are available in interesting fabrics with lots of different prints and  embellishment.

Take a trip to a shop or website near you for further autumnal inspiration!

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