Autumn dressing is all about earthy shades and statement pieces
The cooler months are upon us and while us Aussies don’t generally shiver through sub-zero temperatures like our northern hemisphere cousins, we certainly still take their lead when it comes to fashion trends.
So pack up the boardies and thongs and scope out your wardrobe for these four Autumn staples to ensure you stay in style and on trend all season.
Banish thoughts of dorky, awkward drab shades of brown and instead channel neutral shades of beige, taupe and rich chocolate for an on-trend look this Autumn. Brown was a staple of the men’s Autumn/Winter fashion shows in Paris, Milan and London favoured by designers such as Louis Vuitton, Armani and Ermenegildo Zegna. If you’re unsure, start with a great pair of beige chinos or a rich chocolate knit before branching out to bolder pieces such as suits, shirts or jackets. Accessories are also a great starting point – think leather bags, shoes and watches.
The Autumn catwalks were awash with statement jumpers – from bright colours to bold patterns to bring some personality to your ensemble. When it comes to statement jumpers, the true beauty is there’s no right or wrong… just pick what you love and own it. The only rule is to let your statement piece shine by keeping the rest of your outfit as neutral as possible. Plain blue or black jeans and neutral chinos are a great choice. If it’s particularly cold where you live, take your cue from the catwalks of Paris and team a contrasting scarf for a truly on-trend look.
Here is Australia, there’s not much call for bulky jackets in Autumn but if you are heading for colder climes or just want to get the jump on winter fashion you can’t go past the ubiquitous (and squishy) quilted jacket. Classic padded jackets and puffers are still the look du jour when the wind chill factor kicks in and, of course, darker neutrals such as navy, charcoal and black are amongst the most popular colours. If you want to stand-out go for bright, eye-catching hues as seen on the runway at Versace.
No longer the sole domain of stuffy bankers or stockbrokers, pinstripes have emerged as a preeminent theme for autumn/winter 2018, but not as we know them. Instead of straight-laced business suits, pinstripes are making their presence felt in a more street-smart way. “”Pinstripes immediately convey a tailoring and menswear message but this season, I liked mixing up the scales and dimensions, as well as using new fabrications: linen, cotton blends, wool-silk, which give a more relaxed mood to traditional pinstripes,” Jason Basmajian, creative director of Cerruti 1881 told Esquire magazine. “They feel right at the moment, when fashion is exploring and reinventing the codes.”