Swinging Sixties hit the right note for AW2014
While we're still dragging out the last wear of our flip-flops this year, the fashion industry is already teasing us with photos of their Christmas collections. Bah humbug!
We're not even considering jumping the gun that much. Instead, we're easing in with a look at what's hot for autumn.
So it looks like Britpop with a nod to the 60s is the big look for AW2014; this means lots of bold patterns, miniskirts, trapeze dress and boxy bags. Here are 5 big trends you won't want to miss this season:
1. Faux fur
Big news - faux fur is huge, and it'll carry you right through to winter. It's appearing in an array of colours and on everything from leather biker jackets to thick winter coats. And, as this M&S coat, that's been causing quite a stir, proves - less isn't more where faux fur is concerned.
2. Leopard print
An eternal print that's always on the high street in some form, this season it's all about the leopard mini - as modelled by Cara Delevingne for Topshop. If you've had enough of baring your pins for one year, we say throw on a pair of black tights for a classic autumn look.
There are no worries about style over comfort this autumn - trainers are everywhere, and they've had a funky update. Wear a pair of bright, patterned trainers with skirts or ripped jeans. We love these kicks from River Island.
4. Bold print
Bold prints on 60s-cut dresses will be all over the high street after Valentino's AW2014 collection was revealed. Just like this beautiful dress modelled by Miss Delevingne, you should look for eye-catching colours and patterns. Be bold!
5. Chunky heels
Dainty heels are a no-no this autumn; make sure you're putting the right foot forward in a pair of ankle boots with chunky heels. Lace-up or buckle, anything goes, just make sure your boot has a thick platform and towering heel.