The end of the Spring/Summer 2019 season is nigh, which means it’s almost time to kiss goodbye to shorter hemlines and lightweight fabrics. (Wah!)
That said, don’t despair. We also get to embrace a new season of looks with open arms - and this is a welcome change after exhausting our wardrobes of the same key pieces all summer long.
Whether you’re a fan of full-on maximalism or you prefer a more understated aesthetic, Autumn/Winter 2019 has something to suit every taste. And a bonus? You can wear some of these AW19 trends right now.
If you were a fan of the ladylike luxe trend of SS19, then you’re going to adore the AW19 extension.
Say hello to puffed shoulders, which reigned supreme on catwalks such as Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Richard Quinn. Some were large and in charge with an aim to juxtapose sharp tailoring, whereas others were more subtle and used as an alluring accent on pretty dresses.
Like the sound of the latter? Try it for yourself in the form of this sophisticated Ted Baker Puffed Sleeve Chiffon Belted Dress - £32 (Size S).
Either way, it’s safe to say that the cold shoulder has officially left the building. Puffed shoulders have never looked so bold (or felt more beautiful).
Love to make an impact with what you wear? Feel like fashion is a form of self-expression? Consider clothes a work of art? Then you’re going to swoon over the colour splash trend of AW19.
SS19 neutrals, be gone! Loud and proud acid brights such as egg-yolk yellow, turquoise, hot pink and jade green totally stole the shows and made converts of us all.
Why not opt for a head-to-toe vivid hue taking inspiration from Marc Jacobs? Alternatively, inject a pop of colour into your outfit a la Fendi with this Antipodium Zip Front Cardigan With Statement Collar - £22 (Size S) and stand out for all the right reasons.
Newsflash: grunge is going to be one of the chicest ways to rock fashion this AW19. From rose bloom prints to black lace and plum lipstick, Wednesday Addams is soon to become the latest style icon.
Having said that, there’s an easy way to tap into the trend for autumn if you feel like making a slower transition to the dark side.
Whether it’s a long Matrix-style coat a la Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger or biker-inspired trousers as seen at Bottega Veneta and Roberto Cavalli, the trick is to make leather your new go-to.
Struggling to get your head around so much of one fabric? Try these H&M Leather Look Side Zip Shorts - £5 (Size 8) or a skirt featuring leather detailing, like this Oasis Wrap Over Skirt With Leather Trim - £21 (Size 14). Pair each of these options with a neutral-hued long sleeve top, tights and boots for biker chic at its finest.
If the power shoulders aren’t enough eighties for you for AW19, then I’m about to make your day.
The fruity tailored two-pieces of SS19 has now been updated in the form of eighties-inspired neutrals. Grey oversized flannel blazers and matching jackets were particularly huge across catwalks like Zadig & Voltaire, Jacquemus and Lemaire.
And if the blazer was double-breasted, it was even more popular!
A surefire winning trend for minimalists everywhere, get the look with this Next Tailored Jacket - £13 (Size 14) and team it with these Per Una Tailored Trousers - £11 (Size 14) and barely-there heels for your next smart-casual outing. Then be prepared for the compliments to come a-rolling in.
Utilising AW19 Trends in Your Wardrobe
FYI, you don’t have to spend a lot to look fashion-forward during the transitional period between SS19 and AW19. In fact, second-hand vintage pieces cost much less while simultaneously helping you do your bit for the environment.
And you can also make the most of some of your SS19 leftovers. For instance, last season’s nineties neon can be re-worn as part of next season’s colour splash trend.
Either way, the AW19 trends may be extravagant, but they’re not to be shied away from. After all, they say that life begins at the end of your comfort zone.