How to Stay Stylish and Warm This Autumn

Autumn is an exciting time in fashion. Seasonal shifts seem to inspire real innovation and creativity; and this year is no exception. The beauty of the autumnal season is that it provides an opportunity to really experiment with different styles of fabric and texture. This season places a strong emphasis on layering, and with so much choice available, this allows you to experiment with different combinations and create a look that makes a statement, is truly original and expresses your personality.

Typical autumn colours are making a welcome return for both men and women this year. Dark reds, rusty oranges and block colours of black and navy are all over the catwalk right now. The use of block colour is great, because it provides a blank canvas to which you can begin to introduce different combinations of accessories. This is where you can really start to get creative. Team together a hat, scarf and pair of gloves in a matching colour, (a rich deep red works particularly well with a block navy blue outfit) and then try contrasting different textures to create a multi-dimensional look.

Casual and cosy oversized knits are proving to be just as popular this year as last, and they’re likely to stay on trend right through to winter. Knits are particularly versatile and are a great way to stay both warm and stylish when it’s cold outside. They look great when teamed with a pair of black leggings, but if you really want to make a statement, try styling with a pair of cable-knit tights. Grey is a particularly good colour to go for as it really emphasises texture and will give your look some real depth.

This autumn sees the return of more sober colours in men’s fashion. Gone are the vivid patterns and tribal influences of last season, having been replaced by cooler colours like navy blues, browns, greys and blacks. Natural, warm textures such as wool and tweed are teamed with accessories that have leather and metal detailing, creating a sophisticated, yet edgy look that has been somewhat absent on the catwalk in recent years.

The most important thing to remember is that whatever you wear this autumn should allow you to look your best, keep warm, and above all, you should feel comfortable and natural whilst wearing it. Seasonal trends are a great way to find fashion inspiration however, any item of clothing that you wear, whatever time of year, should be a visual extension of your personality.

So never be afraid to follow your instinct – if you feel good, then chances are you’ll look good. Have the confidence to experiment with your wardrobe, dare to be different and create a truly original look this autumn.

By master