It seems rather bizarre that the time has already come to think about the autumn/winter season – I mean, was it not yesterday that we were talking spring/summer? Believe it or not however, the time has come, with the first part of autumn/winter collections already dropping in stores.
While I have always stressed that a new season and new trends is no need invest in a new wardrobe, that does not mean that trends should be ignored. I urge everyone, as I have previously, to invest in a few key pieces that encompass the new season and the most sought-after trends, pairing these with core basics.
I am always excited about forthcoming trends and what the new season brings; however, I am especially excited for this season as it includes some of my personal favourites – think eccentric pieces, fluff, fuzz and bows. This season is definitely not one for the fainthearted!
Below I display six of the hottest trends from the first part of Zara’s autumn/winter collection. I decided to use all Zara products and pieces for two reasons. Firstly, I am a huge fan of Zara and their collections are always very fashion forward. Secondly, I thought it would be helpful for my readers, to source all the following pieces from one store so only one store visit is required. I also thought it was important to note that all these pieces were chosen in-store with little knowledge of next seasons trends. I simply picked the pieces that I genuinely loved and later researched if they fit into the trends.
Notice that some of the trends from the previous spring/summer season have carried through to this season. These trends will also take you from the scalding summer – you can be on step ahead of the rest and start now, they are suitable to be worn now as they are not hot and heavy – to the darker and colder months – the pieces can also be worn in designated autumn/winter, cooler temperatures, with a few adjustments such as an added jacket or coat.
1. Think Pink
We simply cannot have enough pink! This is the trend for the girly-girls like me but… do not fear not-so-girly-girls! There are ways to style pink without looking like Elle from Legally Blonde.
For the not-so-girly-girls try the Zara jeans pictured (a beautiful shade of pink, amazing quality, good stretch and extremely comfortable) with a plain white or black tee – also accessorise with none-pink pieces.
If you are like me, the girly-girl, then go for the pictured look. It is important to note that though this is an atypical girly-girl look, it is does not mean individuals not inclined to the atypical look cannot wear this. The pink is broken up by pairing the pink jeans with a white top with pink detailing – recommended over a completely pink top as that would look an overkill – additionally, the slides are not pink but black.
Breaking up a pink outfit with other colours and accents creates a more desirable and tasteful outfit overall.
2. Hot Fuzz
Fuzz, Fur and Fluff are hot this season. To wear this trend now, leave the fuzzy, furry and fluffy coats for later on in the season (when it is colder) and invest in a fuzzy tee. Not only can you wear a tee at any time or point in the season but the fuzzy tee is a unique and adventurous take on the classic or slogan tees.
Wear the fuzzy tee with on-trend pink jeans like me, or alternatively wear the tee with a high-waist skirt – I recommend a classic high-waist denim skirt.
(T-Shirt: not online yet but find in-store, for alternative CLICK HERE)
3. Can you Handle It?
The questions are, can you handle it and will you handle it? Quoting Vogue, ‘novelty bags are a no-no this autumn as handbags take a ladylike turn. Expect to see classic “top handle” styles swinging from the most stylish arms.”
If you are thinking of buying a bag this season then the bag to go for is a “top handle.” Wear a top handle over your arm or alternatively carry it like a brief. While admittedly, these bags do not hold a whole lot, “top handles” are undoubtedly ‘ladlylike’ and a ‘classic.’
Invest in dual trends and go for a “top handle” bag that is pink. This is especially relevant to those who wants to classical an ladylike but at the same time youthful.
4. The Big Issue
‘Big’ is the key word here. Think big gems, feathers and exaggerated earrings. This trend resonates to my adolescence – the days when I would make a beeline for Claire’s and their funky, gigantic earrings – never did I imagine that years later those same earrings would be making a comeback or deemed a trend by the likes of Marie Claire and Vogue.
I suggest wearing exaggerated earrings with an off-the-shoulder dress. The two juxtapose each other, draws attention to the ear, neck and shoulder area, accentuates the earrings and the result is a rather elegant affair.
5. Bow Down
Bow down to the latest trend: Bows! This trend can be worn in various ways – on headbands, hairbands, belts, dresses, coats – my personal favourite, however, are bows present on shoes.
Velvet bows were pictured on catwalks around the world, including Chanel; so, when I saw these bowed shoes I made a less-than-graceful beeline for them. I feel velvet is luxurious, thus pairing these velvet bowed shoes with a dress results in an almost regal outfit.
(Shoes: Velvet Ballerinas with Bow)
6. The Dress Code
The dress code is in the title: a dress. This is a rather broad trend as dresses can range from short to long, formal to informal… the list goes on. In light of this, rather than giving you a particular dress to invest in, I would recommend investing in a few dresses that you genuinely like and feel good in. If you really cannot find a dress – or perhaps you are not a dress person – then perhaps invest in a little black dress, the most recognised of core basics.
Pictured is a little black dress with a bit of twist. Notice its off-the-shoulder and has puffed sleeves – a major spring/summer trend that is set to extend into the autumn/winter season – which gives what could be categorised as a basic little black dress a rather unique and special dynamic.
I hope you enjoyed and feel inspired by these trendy Zara outfits. Ultimately, trends are nothing if there are not styled correctly. Trends are also nothing if you cannot adapt them to your own unique style. There have been many times when I have felt pressured – especially as a fashion blogger – to adopt a certain trend that simply does not fit my personal style or taste. I hope that you learn from me while keeping in mind that there is nothing wrong in trialling new styles and trying new things.
I cannot wait to see how you will style this seasons latest trends so please do not forget to either send me an email of your outfits or tag me on Instagram with #JMFashion – after all, JustMoiFashion is all about being JUST YOU.