Hello, autumn! Snuggly knitwear, muted colors, shiny leather boots and endless layering is back at last. My style is always at its best this time of year since I can be more creative with what I wear. This week I scoured the web in search of the best autumnal trends to invest in this season. Whenever a new season rolls around I mood board any style inspiration I find like crazy to pinpoint what trends I gravitate towards the most. Then I find the best high street options online and add them to my shopping wishlist. My already hefty list grows by the minute! Right now my autumn wardrobe is dismal. I have a pair of beaten up boots, two pairs of jeans that I don't even like, one sweater with a conspicuous brown stain from a botched at home hair dye and one cozy shearling faux leather jacket that's seen better days. I'm desperate to add new pieces! Here are some of the trends I’m excited about this season and the high-street pieces that I’m most likely going to snap up as soon as my next paycheck hits…
The Seventies are back in full force this season! A huge trend I noticed is an excessive amount of corduroy. Nearly every major retailer is embracing this nod to the past. I never thought I'd be interested in buying corduroy clothes but this year I'm kind of in love with them. Thankfully there are a lot of options from the high-street at the moment. Mini skirts, dungarees, jackets, etc... There are many ways to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe. Personally, I'm aiming to invest in a corduroy blazer or wide-leg trousers. Maybe both? There’s a rust-colored New Look blazer from ASOS that I have my eye on. Since I'm not sure corduroy will suit my style, I find it’s always best to opt for an affordable high-street option first as a sort of test drive. If you’re searching for a proper investment piece, I recommend this gorgeous burgundy blazer from Massimo Dutti burgundy blazer. For trousers, I love these burgundy & Other Stories ones. Heads up, & Other Stories has a ton of corduroy pieces right now!
Mustard, oxblood, rust, and burgundy. Those are just some of the colors that keep cropping up everywhere I look. My style veers towards neutral territory nearly every season. Colorful clothing and I have a love-hate relationship. Well, it's mostly 'hate' if I’m being honest. Black, white, beige. That's what I always stick to. I’m the most boring, basic dresser of all! To switch things up, this season I'm forcing myself to pick up a few colorful pieces to end this color-phobia of mine. Thankfully autumnal colors are in! An easy way to inject color into your wardrobe is to invest in a couple tops to start. I'm slightly obsessed with this golden Aritzia knit crop top. It'll be a great piece for layering and for going out, out! I also have my eye on this sweater from & Other Stories, pictured here on one of my biggest style inspirations, Alyssa Coscarelli. The corduroy pieces I mentioned before are all moody autumnal shades too!
Wide Leg Pants
Remember when I said the 70s were back in fashion? Well, that means wide-leg trousers are trendy once again. The skinny jean obsession that dominated the industry for nearly a decade is on its last legs. While the past few seasons were all about the vintage-inspired straight leg jeans, I’m starting to notice a new style gaining popularity: the wide-leg pant. At first, I balked at the possibility of wearing the style but now that just about every cool influencer I follow is rocking it so I'm eager to try it out for myself. I'm keen to invest in some wide-leg culottes like these green & Other Stories ones. Madewell has a fab rust-colored option. Need Supply has this denim version, which is very tempting since I could use new jeans in my life... Obviously, there are corduroy styles available too! The options are endless right now!
I’m blaming the resurgence of animal print on the uber-popular Réalisation Par Naomi skirt that just about every Instagram style influencer had this summer. Although that skirt still maintains unwavering popularity amongst the it girl types, I'm keeping my distance. I'm bored with the leopard print skirt trend already. Instead I'm searching for other ways to incorporate animal print into my wardrobe. Mango has this simple silky leopard print cami that I plan on grabbing as soon as that direct deposit hits in a couple weeks. The way they styled it with a black turtleneck knit sweater is exactly the way I'd wear it. They also have this grey button-up short sleeve shirt that I'm obsessed with! It'll look cute tucked into my black skinny jeans with my vintage Western belt and combat boots.
I'm on a mission to find the best boiler suit on the high street! Boiler suits were on my wishlist last winter but there weren't many affordable or appealing options. The only one I liked was the outrageously expensive white denim Orseund Iris one that took the fashion industry by storm. Thankfully, this season there are a plethora of cheap and stylish options. This Topshop one is at the top of my boiler suit wishlist! While a white one is tempting, I would be too concerned about staining it. A black one, though predictable and perhaps dull, is a safer bet. Already some UK-based influencers I obsessively follow are sporting it in their latest Instagrams so I'm predicting this will sell out fast. If you're still not over the Orseund Iris pick, Zara made their own rip-off.
Fall fashion is all about blazers. For years all I've wanted was a well made checked blazer like this Kooples one. Last winter I snagged a few black blazers from the Zara sale but none of them suited me or didn't fit properly. I love the look on others and think I could pull it off. I just need to find a proper, slightly pricey blazer that fits. Aritzia has a beautiful warm brown option right now that I might invest in. Other than those two, I haven't discovered many that interest me. I'm hoping that more retailers will bring out more blazers this month as winter approaches. Right now we're in an awkward transitional phase. Summer sales are all around. Brands are slowly releasing their AW18 collections. I have my eye on ASOS and & Other Stories. Mango might bring out some more but I doubt the quality will be worth investing in. As I found out last year, Zara blazers are definitely not worth the money even on sale.
First and only non-clothing trend on the list! I didn't want to get too into accessories and shoes because that's a big ol' topic I could drove on about for ages. That being said, I couldn't ignore the one shoe trend I'm drooling over this autumn. Western cowboy-esque boots are having a bit of a moment. Edgy combat boots and chic Chelsea boots are always my go-to shoe styles this time of year but it'd be nice to break away from my usual. While I could go all out for this trend like these ASOS boots, I'm hesitant to take it to that level so I have my eye on these sleek Topshop ones that combine my minimalist style with the Western trend. They have the iconic cowboy boot shape but without all the bells and whistles. It's a smarter investment, in my opinion. These are less likely to look dated down the road. They're also more versatile than other options since they can be dressed up or down. Most Western boots on the market are more daytime appropriate. I prefer to invest a pair that can do both!
Who knew I'd be into cardigans post-high school?! I certainly never expected this to happen anytime soon. Yet here I am fawning over this rather expensive & Other Stories cropped wool cardigan. Ever since I saw Lizzy Hadfield from Shot From The Street donning the exact same one last year I knew I desperately needed it in my life. (Speaking of, Lizzy just posted a Testing Basics video on her YouTube with cardigans! Go have a nosey if you’re curious about the ones she picked out this season.) While I didn't manage to snag it before the season ended last year, this time around I'm determined to get it. I intend to wear it buttoned up with nothing underneath to avoid looking too frumpy. If this one is out of your price range, Topshop has a fab alternative. Other than those two, nothing else stands out. Most are too long, too uncool or too thin for my taste.