If you’ve been following this blog since its conception back in 2012 (yes, I know it was a heck of along time ago), you’ll know that I try to do a bit of a fashion trend report ahead of each season so that you know exactly what to invest in now. This time it’s AW18 fashion trends that we’re going to be looking at and you’re going to fall in love with.
(Because I’m already in love with them. Bible.)
We’ve already seen a fair few of these trickle their way onto the UK high street but they’ll likely be coming in thicker and faster within the coming days.
If you missed my transitional dressing guide for in between seasons, you can check that out here.
However, if you’re ready to jump in at the deep end when it comes to all things autumn/winter related, let’s get to it!
Read on for the key AW18 fashion trends and what to buy for the season ahead.
AW18 has finally made it acceptable to dress like we belong in the cast of Clueless.
(90’s kids, rejoice!)
Whether it was plaid, Prince of Wales or tartan, heritage checks were all over the AW18 catwalks like a rash that you simply can’t get away from.
If you’re feeling brave, why not go head-to-toe tartan a la Emilia Wickstead? Alternatively, if you prefer something more understated, take inspiration from Erdem or Gucci and inject some checks into your outfit through a tailored blazer or tunic-length pea coat.
- For instance, CHECK out (sorry) this Stradivarius Yellow Check Double Breasted Blazer via ASOS. It puts the perfect finishing touch on any autumnal outfit.
Essentially, it’s hip to be square this season.
Perhaps the most unoriginal of the AW18 fashion trends, stripes are sticking around following SS18.
But you know what? That’s A-OK by me, as I love good striped top. In fact, I’ve already invested in several snuggly knitted jumpers with stripes to take me through to fall/winter, taking inspiration from Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton.
- For example, this Multi Rainbow Stripe Sweater from NEXT can brighten up even the dreariest autumnal day for less.
Horizontal striped knits make this trend super accessible for AW18; however, if you feel like making more of a style statement, consider vertical pinstripe overalls following in the footsteps of Calvin Klein.
(Being a size 12 and resembling a human giraffe, I’m not sure if I’m brave enough…)
With AW18 fashion trends come a new season of colours for us to experiment with. Huzzah!
Mustard reigned supreme at shows such as Valentino, with floor-length coats making the utmost impact. We also saw a lot of burnt orange through cute A-line skirts at Chloe and bold boiler suits at Calvin Klein.
More of a tomato red person? You’re in luck. Versace, Gucci, Simone Rocha and Valentino (to name a few) were all championing this captivating colour.
There was also an influx of emerald green via leather trench coats at Givenchy and jumpsuits at Missoni.
Oh, and let’s not forget my boo camel. Camel is going to be huge for AW18, thanks to designers like Miu Miu and De Vincenzo.
Me, personally? I’m loving a bit of camel, like this Brown Bobble Knit Cardigan from River Island. Ideal for throwing on over high-waisted jeans and a graphic tee, it’s just as cosy as it is sophisticated.
And that’s a combo I can get on board with.
Glossy and Glamorous
If you’re not into “out-there” AW18 fashion trends, then look away now.
This season, it’s going to be acceptable to shine bright like a diamond through majestic metallics and glossy fabrics. Whether it’s vinyl, latex, plastic, leather or sequins—the glitzier, the better!
From two-piece silver suits at Balmain and Tom Ford to patent separates at Simone Rocha and Fendi, it’s time to embrace your inner maximalist and put your best reflective foot forward.
- Bit nervous? Glossy and glamorous starter kit 101: a beautiful one-piece with a bit of sheen, like this Flounce London Gold Metallic Bralet via ASOS. Pair it with a leather skirt and heels to create a stop-traffic outfit for a night out.
Shine on, girlfriend.
It’s the decade that just keeps on giving on the style-sphere, and the AW18 fashion trends are no different.
I absolutely loved the bell sleeve crop tops and flares that were present throughout spring/summer, so I’m really happy that these key pieces are getting re-vamped through different fabric choices for autumn/winter.
- For example, I’m in love with this Mustard Tie Front Frill Sleeve Blouse from Pretty Little Thing. Pretty yet versatile, you can dress it up or down depending on the occasion.
Thanks to Roksanda, Miu Miu and De Vincenzo for bringing the 70s back!
Perhaps push your long, flowing floral maxi dress to the back of your wardrobe though. English weather ain’t going to allow for that, sister.
Animal Print Magic
OMG—if you haven’t seen the influx of animal print on the high street, then where the heck have you been?
From zebra print to leopard print to snake print alike, e’rrryyyone seems to be going animal print crazy!
Why not take inspiration from Givenchy and wear a faux fur leopard print coat to keep you warm in the wintry months? Alternatively, rock a zebra print midi-length dress for a smart social event a la Halpern to stand out for all the right reasons.
Confession time: I’m slightly afraid of too much animal print. However, I can’t resist these Snake Print Flared Trousers by Pretty Little Thing that seem to be all the rage at the moment. Teamed with a long sleeved black vest top and strappy heels, this piece would look kickass for a family meal out or drinks with friends.
I think it’s about time we all brought out our inner animal—am I right?
Finally, perhaps one of my favourite AW18 fashion trends, trendy suits are slowly starting to filter their way onto the high street.
Whether you channel a co-ordinated two-piece a la Bottega Veneta or tailored silk pyjama separates inspired by Peter Pilotto, as long as you’re suited and booted then you’re doing this trend right!
Either way, suits when teamed with complimentary pieces can create a striking ensemble ideal for work or play.
- For instance, I’m living for this Monki Oversized Check Co-Ord featuring a lush jacket and skirt combo. It’s smart, feminine and undeniably chic.
Whether you’re an avid trend follower or prefer to mix and match different looks according to your personal style, make sure you at least experiment with AW18 fashion trends.
There’s a perfect mix of serious and playful to satisfy the tastes of each and every fashionista.