As the days begin to get shorter and the temperature cools, there’s no denying that autumn is here. One of the best things about this time of year is the opportunity to restock your wardrobe, with autumn/winter fashions. This year, there are some unmistakable African fashion influences in the new season’s style. Let’s take a look at some of the key trends…
This year, red is a very prominent autumn/winter colour. You’ll see it in everything from dresses and jumpers to shoes and hosiery. Alongside jewel tones, such as ruby, sapphire and amber, traditional autumn colours will also see a comeback. If you prefer natural tones, go for moss green or earthy browns. Dark purple and mustard yellow are also a great choice for this season. As well as head-turning colours, we’ll see a lot of striking prints in the shops. To stay on-trend, try colour blocking the different items of your outfit. Alternatively, embrace the world of geometric shapes and large, swirling patterns.
The poncho is reminiscent of a lot of traditional African fashion and has been very popular over the summer months. We’ve seen poncho style tops, dresses and even beach cover-ups. This trend will continue into the autumn and winter months, so keep your poncho supplies stocked up! As it gets colder, bohemian, 70s style ponchos will be everywhere. Chunky knit versions can be worn instead of a cardigan, or on dry days, in place of a coat. The bold, coloured prints trend will continue amongst the ponchos, making them a fun, cosy option for the weekend or a day out with friends. If you’re heading into the office, you could work the poncho trend with a fine-knit version in a sophisticated neutral tone.
There’s nothing subtle about autumn/winter 2015 accessories. Large pieces will be very popular during the coming season. Dainty African jewellery will be replaced by decadent chandelier earrings, statement necklaces, and cocktail rings. Many of the headwear trends will be equally oversized, including wide-brimmed hats, bobbles and faux fur. Patchwork patterns will be in, so take the opportunity to mix up your style and express yourself. If you prefer something a little more modest, the classic styles, such as the trilby and beret, will also be very popular in the coming months.
Tailoring will take an asymmetrical turn this season. For the office, this will include structured suits, with an asymmetrical edge to their design. Similarly, eveningwear will feature high-low skirts and dresses with a diagonally cut hemline. Asymmetry is an eye-catching look and is flattering in a lot of styles. For a glamorous look, pair an asymmetrical evening dress with some statement coloured heels. For a more edgy look, try layering asymmetrical items in coordinating colours. Alternatively, dress up a conservative outfit with one, asymmetrical, attention-grabbing piece.
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