by Lisa Haynes
THE heating button isn’t the only thing you should be getting acquainted with around about now.
Autumn/winter’s new trends are ready and waiting for your big wardrobe switchover. And, chosen wisely, they’re all you need to feel fashionably warm and fuzzy.
Varying wildly from bright jewel shades to fetish black, feminine Forties to boyish androgyny, the biggest decision is which direction to go.
But there’s no need to foot the bill for a Forties-inspired Miu Miu dress or Yves Saint Laurent heritage blanket coat, because the high street has got it sussed when it comes to this season’s big looks.
Give the catwalks a run-way for their money with your top trend.
Black aficionados, please don’t cry, but kaleidoscopic shades have ousted winter’s favourite shade.
Give colour the green light (or indeed red, blue, yellow or purple) as this season has far more to offer than the usual black, grey and navy.
Autumn’s jewel collection is much more muted and richer than summer’s shock-bright neons. Opt for uber-luxe shades of sumptuous sapphire, deep ruby and dazzling amethyst instead.
How you flash your favourite gem tone is up to you. Try top-to-toe in one hue for maximum impact or go for colour blocking, clashing opposing colours together for a fashion-forward look that’s sure to brighten your day.
Warn your partner to lock up his wardrobe because masculine togs are huge this season. The subtle difference is that they’re made to fit the female form.
This boy/girl twist trend of anti-feminine fashion is multifaceted, from toyboy sexiness with tailored blazers, sharp shirts and oversized coats, to dandy cuteness with dickie bow ties, tuxedos and brogue flats.
But while you can celebrate the opportunity to ditch your high heels and ‘breathe in’ dresses, this doesn’t mean losing your inner glamazon completely. Sparkly trousers, embellished tuxedo jackets and sexy silk shirts are all ways to do ‘glam man’ and avoid showing up your husband’s dress sense.
Without the sunshine to dazzle us, statement prints are a fitting replacement.
Emblazoned on shirts, dresses and trousers, this season’s bold patterns are the clothing equivalent of an art gallery with their elaborate designs.
Plump for pop art by going dotty for spots. From monochrome and colour to polka dot and oversized, circles are winter’s big replacement for summer’s nautical stripes.
The fashion world is also seeing stars for astrology-inspired prints, but unlike the real things, these can sparkle on both day or night-time wear.
For a more opulent and intricate print, the catwalk world took inspiration from Faberge eggs, moody winter florals and William Morris prints.
If last summer was a Seventies celebration then this season is a retro love-in.
There’s a decade to re-visit for every style taste, so make a choice based on your body shape and favourite colour palette.
For a flirtation with ladylike glamour, head back to the Forties with form-fitting dresses and two-piece suits topped off by faux fur shrugs, pretty gloves and pearls.
Ideal for petites, the Sixties scene is cute and playful with monochromatic shift dresses, swing coats and graphic prints that embrace the mod period.
Or make a return to the Seventies with this carry-over trend of midi skirts, wide-leg pants and floppy felt hats in muted tones like mustard, rust and teal.
Be inspired by the Royals and choose tartan, tweed and Prince of Wales checks this autumn.
This season’s heritage chic follows a forest-inspired palette of mossy greens, greys and navys with subtle accents of hot mustard or chocolate.
Go on the hunt for a statement overcoat or try a cheeky twist on the kilt with a knee-length skirt or Vivienne Westwood-inspired dress.
Made for the great outdoors, this is one look that fuses effortlessly with Barbour jackets, sheepskin, cable knits and riding boots, to keep you snug throughout the winter.