This season’s catwalk-inspired trends are wonderfully wearable, from jumper dresses and checked blazers to adventure-ready chunky ankle boots
The chic jumper dress
The new dress to know for autumn is the elegant body-skimming knitted or jersey jumper dress. Effortlessly chic, as comfortable as your favourite sweater and warm enough to take you through to winter, it’s the ultimate wear-everywhere wardrobe hero. Whether you go for a block colour or an all-over pattern, team it with autumn staples such as leather jackets and ankle boots or trainer and denim jacket combos.
Chunky ankle boots
Along with a weather-beating coat and cosy knitwear, a practical pair of boots is a key buy for making the most of crisp autumnal days. Chunky ankle boots are big news this season, with stompy slip-on Chelsea boots leading the charge and made-for-walking hiking boots back again. Equally comfortable, hard-wearing and cool, they’re perfect for outdoorsy days and long walks. If you want to add edge to floral dresses or elevate jeans and jumper combinations, look no further.
Cricket jumpers and rugby tops are the latest sportswear stars to be embraced by the fashion set. At Burberry, oversized cricket sweaters and rugby stripes gave a sporty spin to the proceedings, and at Versace, rugby-striped cardigans were styled over white shirts. Wear rugby tops small and pair with a dark denim midi skirt for a preppy look, and team cricket jumpers with indigo boyfriend jeans and box-fresh white trainers for off-duty style.
The mood was, well, moody on catwalks for autumn, with head-to-toe black looks opening many shows including Celine and Valentino. Embrace the trend by adding a timeless black piece or two to your wardrobe, such as a luxurious cashmere sweater to team with cropped leather trousers or PU leggings for a texture contrast. If head-to-toe black feels too severe, break it up with a white blouse, or dip your toe into the trend with a pair of chunky boots.
Checked coats and blazers
It’s hip to be square this season, with checks – whether they’re plaid, tartan, Prince of Wales or hound’s-tooth – making a welcome return for autumn. The new way to wear checks is all together, clashing colour, scale and style to create a playful pattern pile-up. However, the easiest way to try the trend is to add one key piece to your wardrobe, such as a checked coat or blazer, but dresses, trousers, jumpers and blouses are all getting the square treatment, too.
Words: Miranda Eason