By Katie Wright
If you’re feeling sad that summer is starting to fade, here’s something fun to look forward to: Fresh autumn fashion.
Before you know it, we’ll be pulling on jumpers and wrapping up in coats and scarves – but first we’ve got the tricky matter of ‘transitional’ season, when it’s not warm enough for floaty dresses but not quite knitwear weather either.
For those in-between days, you want clothes that are practical and easy to mix and match, that gently nod to the new season rather than running into it head first.
To that end, here are six trends that you can buy now and wear later, safe in the knowledge they’ll be staying in fashion for the rest of the season…
Essentially a ready-made outfit, boiler suits are the jumpsuit’s cooler counterpart, characterised by their loose fit and patch pockets.
Give your all-in-one an urban edge by pairing it with box-fresh trainers and a backpack. Then when the weather turns cooler, layer it over a roll-neck top.
We all know THAT white spotty Zara midi dress has dominated over the summer, but now it’s time to move on – to darker colours and Seventies inspired prints, teamed with ankle boots now and knee-highs later.
Straight leg jeans
Give your denim wardrobe a much-deserved update by investing in a pair of on-trend straight leg jeans.
A retro faded blue wash or creamy hue will mesh with an autumnal colour palette – try tucking a fine knit body top or slub cotton T-shirt into high-waisted jeans.
Old-school check is going to be a major autumn trend, so get with the programme now by finding your perfect A-line skirt in tweed or wool, one of the season’s key pieces.
Whether super-short or longer line, a kilt-inspired skirt can be dressed up for work with heels or down with trainers and a slouchy jumper.
Denim isn’t just about jeans for autumn. The indigo split skirt is having a moment, and it’s the ideal transitional piece if you’re looking for something that offers a bit more coverage than a tweed mini.
Keep it casual with trainers and a long-sleeved tee, or nod to the Western trend by teaming with a saddle bag and brown leather ankle boots.
A fluid satin blouse is another Seventies-inspired piece that will come in very handy for autumn, whether you’re styling it with tailoring or your newly-acquired straight leg jeans.
There are two options here: Go totally retro with a pussy-bow, or make it minimal with a chic high neckline.