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5 Key Womenswear trends to update your wardrobe for A/W 18

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

Although it hasn’t felt like it lately with out impromptu heat wave, the weather is getting cooler. It’s also one of the best times of the year to update your wardrobe with a few key items to help you transition easily into Autumn. It’s a great time for personal shopping trips, mainly because the stores have all sizes in stock.

If you’re wondering how to make the most out of your wardrobe, I’ve outlined a few notable trends that can help you update those summer maxi dresses and cropped trousers and take you through to Autumn seamlessly.

Animal Print

One of the hottest trends of the season is animal print, not just leopard, but snakeskin, zebra, python and croc in many different colours. If you’re not confident about a statement look, it can be worn easily by incorporating a nice belt, shoes or bag or if you’re feeling more daring a long ‘a’ line maxi skirt worn with paired down accessories or trainers is both stylish and practical.

Brown is the new black

Most people can wear some shade of brown and it’s a good thing they can because this season it’s one of the key colours. The most important thing to remember when choosing the shade that’s right for you is that you get the depth and tone right to flatter your colouring. From tan to darkest chocolate there is a huge choice of shades and textures, it can also work well with bright colours, red looks lovely with camel as does pale blue, so don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit as you would with black.


The Western trend has been lingering since last year and one of my favourite items is the cowboy boot, so if you own a pair, get them out of your wardrobe to be ahead of the game. On the high street Zara has a lovely pair of deep red cowboy boots that will no doubt sell out quickly and my favourite designer pair are by Isabel Marant at Matches Fashion. These can be worn with your summer dresses and a leather jacket or a sweater over the top to keep you warm. Sheer fabrics and lace shirts can be toughened up with denim and cowboy boots, it a very wearable trend and one that many items you already own can be combined with one or two key pieces.


One of the most dominant fabrics this season is leather. I always find a leather jacket to be the most useful items as the weather gets colder but before it’s ‘winter coat’ cold. There are some fabulous leather pieces filtering into stores, including ‘a’ line skirts, skinny trousers and dresses. It’s not all about black either, there are some beautiful deep greens, wine colours and browns, so think about the colour that will go with your wardrobe and what suits you the best. My top tip with leather is buy the best quality that you can afford, it will prove to be one of the best investment buys that you will make and will pay for itself time and time again.

Gloss & Sparkle

Normally reserved for evening wear, this year has seen sequins and shine transition into day wear pieces. On the high street Zara’s gorgeous silver sequin skirt has almost sold out and on the catwalk designers like Givenchy went all out with full sparkle. Heavily embellished shoes can be worn for daytime, as long as you keep the rest of your outfit reasonably plain you won’t look like a Christmas tree and for evening wear you can afford to up the glamour stakes.

These are just a selection of some of the strongest influences coming from the catwalks, there are lots more. Pick a few looks that you like and find a way to incorporate them into your wardrobe and if you need help you can always call us on 07742081487.

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