Now is the time to perform the ritual sacrifice of summer’s impulse purchases and five-year-old wardrobe repeats to make way for some fresh and fabulous threads. If the recent fashion weeks of Autumn/Winter 2014 is seeing the return of some of our recurring favourites, plus the arrival of some exciting new trends for your experimentation.
Stripes are one of those looks that seem to be popping up season after season. We just can’t get enough. With the options of classic black and white, navy and white and even red and white with a multitude of options for stripe thickness, you can’t stop at just one stripped top.
Stripes are super classic and look trés chic paired with a plain black bottom - but this season shake things up a little. Don’t be afraid to pattern clash. Pair your striped top with a floral skirt and a bold, bright pair or shoes or clutch.
You may have guessed it from the bits and pieces floating into stores already, but this season’s guest star is the one and only tartan. No longer reserved for schoolgirls and Scots, tartan is taking the runways by storm and will soon be making its way to a wardrobe near you. Start with the darker black watch variant of tartan. The green, navy, grey and black colour combinations work seamlessly into your existing wardrobe and are less in-your-face than its bright, red sister.
Work tartan accessories into your look with a tartan scarf over a plain or stripped top. Tartan socks poking out of the top of your ankle boots makes for cute and subtle detail. This look will go particularly well with our next fashion must-have.
3. Black Leather:
Black leather never goes out of style but this season; leather is everywhere. Pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, tops, jackets and boots - in matte, gloss and in various textures and colours. There are also plenty of faux leather options for those who are animal or budget conscious.
A pop of red can take an outfit from day to night while adding an element of class. A red lip and nail combo adds that touch of colour to a wintery monochrome black, grey and white palette. For eveningwear, a red dress is always a showstopper and works well on just about any complexion.
While the last few seasons have brought us power-shoulders and structured suiting, get ready for plenty of loose layers this season. While it may not get quite cold enough in Brisbane to take a dip in the head-to-toe layering trend, do try it with lighter, loose fitting fabrics in the form of scarves, oversized jumpers and jackets.
The best part about the trends for the colder months this year is that they all work together. Match a long sleeve, striped top, tartan scarf, black leather bottoms and a red lip/nail combo and you will be bang on trend.