This Season’s Key Trends

Animal print

This is never out of style and is the single biggest trend for Autumn-Winter. You can take your pick from leopard, zebra or snake print in a multitude of colours from natural animal colours to pink, blue and green.

Cast aside your memories of Pat Butcher and Bet Lynch! Nowadays, animal print is regarded by many as a neutral that can be mixed and matched with all sorts of other prints.

If you’re not ready for full-on print though, bring your wardrobe up to date with a few animal print accessories, maybe a scarf, bag or shoes.

Pleats Please!

Pleats and particularly midi length pleated skirts are very much on trend, particularly when teamed with chunky knits. These are best on straight body shapes.

Check Mate

Checks and tartan also work best on straight body shapes. They’re everywhere this season, sometimes even teamed with leopard print as in this trouser suit from Top Shop.

If you’ve got long, slim legs, a pair of  check trousers would be flattering. Beware the size of the check though – small frames will be overwhelmed by big checks.

Autumn Bouquet

There are lots of florals around this season which will appeal to those with a romantic style personality. They tend to feature on a dark background and are great for curvier body shapes. Again, match the size of the print to your frame.


Who’d have thought it? Cord is cool again! Naturals will love the comfort of cord whether it’s in dresses, trousers, skirts or jackets.

Brown is the new black!

Hurrah! Brown is so much more flattering than black for anyone with a warm undertone and it’s this season’s key neutral.  Now is the time to buy those brown boots and shoes which are normally so hard to come by.

If brown’s not your colour though, navy is a good alternative. Fortunately, over the past couple of years, designers have woken up to the fact that it’s more flattering on most people than black so there’s quite a lot of this around too.

Half Tuck Your Top

If you want to be on-trend, THE way to wear your top this season is half in half out. Tuck the front into your waistband but let the back hang free and ignore anyone who tells you you’re not properly tucked in!