SUMMER wasn’t much to write home about, but autumn brings the opportunity to run riot in some fabulous rustic colours
Our spring/summer wardrobes barely had an airing, but, good news for those who calculate cost-per-wear, autumn is upon us.
This is the season that delivers on value thanks to the Edinburgh climate. Unlike the shorts and sandals we’ve barely worn, a winter coat and ankle boots are sported on a daily basis.
So, wrap up warm with the hottest shapes, colours and prints of the season. Whether you’re a country girl or city sister, there’s a trend to suit every wardrobe.
Style greenhouses have been working overtime for autumn. The print typically associated with summer has been extended to this season with a moodier, darker edge. Avoid pretty pastels and pale backdrops, these winter blooms thrive with a gothic palette. Rich reds, pink and purple florals look dramatic set against black or blue. Cultivate your wardrobe with feminine silhouettes like dresses, skirts and tops or give your look an edge with trousers and blazers.
This season’s trend is an army-inspired palette of khaki, brown and black. If camouflage is a step too far, try a sleek winter coat with double-breasted button fastenings. Add flashes of metallics for evening to give this utilitarian look added luxe factor.
Look to the Quality Street favourite for inspiration, purple is the colour of the season. Bold shades of indigo, amethyst and violet ruled the autumn/winter catwalks. Wear top-to-toe for an extreme look or pick out one statement piece like a winter coat or dress to pack a purple punch. Tone down with more of an autumnal berry shade or experiment with accessories.
Look to your grandfather’s closet for a steer on the Downton Abbey direction; all heritage tweeds, plaids and checks in an earthy colour palette. There are various ways to work the look, from Horse & Hound equestrian to Town & Country chic. Add corduroy, chunky knits, an all-weather coat and basset hound to complete the look.
Dresses, tops, skirts and trousers – nothing has escaped the glossy leather takeover. Classic black will deliver gothic glamour, but if you want something softer, try shades of plum or burgundy.
Minimalists, take cover. The baroque trend is all about extreme adornment, luxury accessories and lavish details. Think gem-encrusted collars, metallic brocades and lavish embroidery. Try mixing up fabrics and finishes to keep the look modern, but stay within the same colour palette to avoid any costume dramas. If you’re considering accessories, think deliciously decadent, never dainty.
1: Corby military coat, £349; Corby dress, £189; Iris boots, £279; all Hobbs.
2: Baroque dress, £38; shoes, £25; both BHS.
3: Khaki ruffle shirt, £69; charcoal jeans, £59; both Mint Velvet.
4: Idette indigo top, £75; Idette indigo skirt, £80; both Coast.
5: Audrey floral dress, £150; Madeline shrug, £85; both Phase Eight.
6: Coat, £99.99; blouse, £19.99; trousers, £19.99; all TK Maxx.
7: Jacket, £175; pullover, £135; beanie, £35; Oxford trousers, £145, bag, £199; boots, £199; all Toast.