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Author: Val Starr, Posted: Wednesday, 22nd September 2021, 09:00

We all know meteorologists have a hard time predicting long-term forecasts; fortunately the fashion world is often a lot more accurate about what the future season holds.

You might have noticed shops are now full of autumn/winter wear, and have been for some time. Fashion seasons are always on display early, but don’t hesitate for long if you have an eye on a special item, as outerwear is generally snapped up early in the season.

The following are some examples of what you can expect to see on the catwalk and in shops this season, from colour to style.

Lilac
This is the predominant shade this autumn/winter season; from soft lilacs to pinks and purples, these shades are flattering for most skin tones. River Island has a lovely 1970s swing style dress in various lilac shades with feathers on the cuffs for £50. Falling just above the knee, this style is perfect for a ‘dressy’ occasion.

Puffer jackets
Every high-end designer is showing a quilted style puffer jacket this season. These are not like the bulky jackets of old that were not very flattering – instead, they are much more fitted, some are belted, and they come in a range of colours, which makes a change from the standard black or blue.

Designer jackets are of course pricey, but where they go the high street is sure to follow, so you will soon find what you are looking for at a fraction of the price.

Biker jackets
Like puffer jackets, these are everywhere. What was thought last year to be a one-off has now become a staple fashion item, worn with dresses and skirts, as well as trousers and jeans. This is certainly the ‘go to’ jacket for between seasons.

Leather is taking a back seat to make room for faux leather, faux suede and man-made material biker jackets. Leather often has little stretch so the size must be spot on, whereas faux versions have a lot more give and are often washable.

Leggings
After spending so much time at home, we are used to being more relaxed and comfortable, and are reluctant to return to more restrictive styles of dressing. Leggings are extremely popular, as people find them comfortable and easy to wear.

Now they have become a popular, staple item, some of the more expensive brands are manufacturing their lines with more durable materials. This helps to ensure sagging at the knee does not happen, as well as the material going see through after two washes.

If you want a long-lasting legging, it’s perhaps better to spend that little extra for good quality. Whatever you choose, pair them with an over-sized jumper for perfect autumn/winter fashion. Ponchos also give good coverage when paired with leggings.

Trousers
If leggings or slim fit jeans are not your style, then you can relax, as most designers are showing wide leg, flowing trousers alongside very sheer tops. In fact, look out for lots of sheer fabrics in most ranges.

I’m not sure how successful this look will be on the average person, but when shown on recent catwalks it certainly did draw attention, which of course is the name of the game. Heavier material trousers go well with a sheer top to balance out the look. Experiment and enjoy the seasonal new look.

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