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The autumn trends that actually matter

The autumn trends that actually matter

There’s something about autumn that feels particularly fleeting. Leaves quickly lose their pigment, cool air turns icy overnight, and suddenly you need to swap your lightweight jacket for a Michelin Man-alike puffer coat. You’d think the season’s trends would be equally ephemeral, but they needn’t be.

If, like us, you prefer to buy clothes that last more than a few months, you’ll be happy to learn that it is possible to be both on-trend and intelligent about where you invest. We’ve done the hard work for you and sifted through the season’s biggest trends to find the ones that deserve your hard-earned cash.

Cue the colour blocking

Instead of dipping into a predictable autumnal palette of greys and blacks, extend a bit of summer’s colour into the colder weather season. Colour blocking is a trend with legs, and an easy way to wake up a bleak wardrobe. “The pieces you choose don’t have to be outlandish,” says Thread stylist Freddie Kemp. “Choose practical essentials in bold colours, like an emerald green crew-neck knit or a cobalt blue jacket. They’ll create a visually dynamic colour-blocked look that you can continue to wear through winter and even spring.” A bonus? You can find new ways to mix and match different autumnal shades, like jewel tones, to get optimal wear out of them.

Pile on the patterns 

If you find yourself wondering to yourself why summer gets to have all the fun when it comes to prints and patterns, then you’re in luck. Autumn is getting into the patterns game, just not in the form of the punchy tropical prints and pastel stripes you rocked all summer – that would feel alarmingly out of place next to a roaring fire. “We’re seeing a lot of pieces in pinstripes and herringbone that add visual texture to a look while still feeling visually on point,” Freddie says. When you choose two more subtle patterns, like the aforementioned ones, you can even pair them together with a bolder pattern, like a colourful patchwork. We promise you’ll have a helluva lot more fun than sticking to solids. 

Embrace voluminous coats 

Fortunately for everyone into this comfort kick we’re on, the pull towards looser, more relaxed silhouettes is still going strong. “This autumn and winter, it’s all about coats with voluminous shapes,” Freddie says. “We saw tonnes of these on the catwalk but done in a wearable way.” If you’re a bit reluctant to try this trend, there are some easy access points. “Choosing a coat a size up from your standard is a simple cheat that will yield the same effect,” Freddie says. Proof that you can still play with proportions, even when you’re bundled up.

Dress down tailored trousers

The trend gods have blessed us with even more comfort in the form of dressy trousers with an elasticated waist. “Changes in suiting have led to more casual styles, whether that’s unstructured blazers or looser-fitting trousers,” Freddie says. “What’s great is you don’t have to commit to a head-to-toe formal look. You can use tailored trousers to elevate more casual pieces, and your nine-to-five look will be instantly more comfortable.” There are no shortage of wool options available that will guide you through the cold-weather months, and come spring, simply opt for a lightweight fabric in a similar silhouette. This style’s here to stay.

Words: Allison Pavlick
Photography: Mark Sanders
Styling: Freddie Kemp