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Three of the most wearable autumn trends

Three of the most wearable autumn trends

Autumn is often seen as the ‘back-to-school’ season, the fresh start – and for many of us, it’s a time when lockdown restrictions are starting to ease. After a summer spent frozen in old sweats and washed-out vests, the season’s shiny new trends are a welcome reminder that all is not lost when it comes to style.

While many of autumn’s style concepts are consistent year after year – like the importance of layering and quality knitwear – others have changed. “As clothing becomes less defined by work, the same goes for the season,” says Thread stylist Freddie Kemp. What does that mean for your wardrobe? Items that work now but also later will become even more valuable. That’s why we’ve sifted through the fad trends and short-lived clothing to bring you only the ones you’ll get the most wear out of this autumn.

Nod to the ‘70s

Key pieces: retro-inspired trainers, staple brown shades, and looser cuts

“This trend is quite prominent across menswear this season, so there’s a lot of choice,” Freddie says. “As work and casual wardrobes merge, it’s an ideal time to experiment with different silhouettes and textures – something which ‘70s style is renowned for.”

You don’t have to pull on the flares, though – instead, look to looser silhouettes such as straight- and regular-cut jeans. “A slightly cropped hem will give the look a contemporary twist,” Freddie says.

Photographed: Nike Zoom Blazer Low GT ($54)

“Look out for archival trainers and remastered blazers, too,” he adds. By teaming these with details such as slightly bigger collars, corduroy fabrics, and staple brown shades, you’ll nod to the trend without entering fancy-dress territory.

Take a hike

Key pieces: ripstop cargo trousers and overshirts

“The hiker/outdoor trend isn’t going anywhere this season, which is ideal if you want to keep your wardrobe practical without having to compromise on style,” Freddie says.

“Ripstop fabrics are particularly noteworthy for the season ahead – we’ll start to see them across lots of shapes and styles.” This look is slightly more elevated than the outdoor gear you might wear on a hike, though. Freddie suggests going for a ripstop overshirt to tap into the trend’s utility-meets-urban aesthetic. “Wear it with t-shirts, jumpers, and hoodies – it’s an easy lightweight layer to pair with most styles,” he says.

Photographed: Karhu Fusion 2.0 ($175)

“And when it comes to trousers, there are lots of options, but I think this fabric works especially well on cargos.”

Take your pick of pastels

Key pieces: soft-hued knitwear

“These colours are usually worn in spring/summer, but we’re seeing them transition into the cold season too,” Freddie says. This is largely due to the move towards a more sustainable fashion cycle, where certain styles and colours are no longer restricted to one season.

Photographed: Mr P. Colour-Block Suede Sneakers ($192)

“They’re a fresh way to complement darker shades – and bring some much-needed colour to the winter months. The easiest way to pull off the look is with a good knit. You’d be buying one anyway as the weather cools down, so why not try a more exciting shade this year?”

Words: Ashlie Brombley
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Freddie Kemp