The September issues of the monthly magazines is one of the biggest entries to the fashion calendar. This is the time to decide what’s going to be in fashion for the next season, and what you’re going to be wearing. Not got your Vogue yet? InStyle, Marie Claire or Elle? No?
Well, before you do, here are a few quick tips – direct from the magazines – to get you ahead of the fashion parade.
From biker jackets to dresses to pencil skirts, leather is in. Whether you like leather as a finishing touch or the main feature, just make sure it’s buttery soft and with plenty of attitude.
Texture is always a big hit on the Autumn-Winter runway, and this season is all about brocade. Think rich Sicilian hues and textures – and always aim for gold threads (it is the Olympics after all!) Team it with the Edwardian silhouette that’s back in fashion and you’re on to a winner.
It’s not just about the Autumnal tones any more – prints are everywhere. Try animal print with leather, or an all-over 70s graphic print.
Big, vintage jewels should be a staple part of your Autumn-Winter wardrobe – glam up your plain outfits with oversized earrings and statement necklaces. Or pick from the influx of pre-embellished fashions.
It’s not just thin ties and oversized shirts. Think trouser suits and coats one-size-too-big; combine two styles by adding print trousers to a crisp white shirt and heels.
Blend, blend and more blend. Try tulle and leather and velvet. Keep silhouettes simple, and make your attitude known with texture.
Military is a frequent appearance on the catwalks, especially around Autumn time. This season, it’s about keeping it true to form; look for bold brass buttons and epaulettes.
The simplest way to follow this style is to buy a pair of riding boots. They’re everywhere this season. Team with super-skinny jeans and tweed for true Brit style. If knee-high boots aren’t your taste, try this style with fitted blazers and super-tight trousers… but avoid the riding hat.
It’s not all about greens and browns this Autumn. Sure, the berry colours are back with a vengeance; try bold purples instead of just reds. But this season add some blue. It doesn’t really matter what blue – navy, azure or electric will do. But be sure to make blue a staple colour this Autumn. Too afraid to try out blue clothes? The beauty pages are drowning in blues; try blue mascara for extra pop.
Where to Get It
Can’t afford the designer gear? Never fear (because neither can I). Key highstreet shops this season include Karen Millen, Topshop, Miss Selfridge and French Connection. Hitting all the trends with acres of tulle, jewels and brocade in bright Autumnal colours, these are the shops that need to be at the top of your Saturday shopping itinerary.
Best Picks from the September Issues
Best for your A-Z on how to pull off the latest trends AND the best 100 designers to keep your eye on
Best for quickly summing up what to look out for in the new season, and a fab interview with cover girl Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – oh, and keep a tight hold on the accessories mini-mag, it’s going to be your bible
Get this if you want some handy hints on where to get the trends at highstreet prices, and an insight into the shoes you’ll be wearing this winter
Apart from being the style bible, there is one particular reason I recommend you get this month’s issue of Vogue: to see the incredible Nick Knight photoshoot “Midas Touch”, featuring top supermodels and all designed for the fashion segment closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.