Your Guide to Autumn/Winter Trends 2017

by Freya Wilcox
AW17 Fashion Trends

As we transition into autumn/winter 2017 fashion trends, a new wave of fabrics, cuts and styles now grace the pages of our favourite glossy mags and the haven of the high street. It’s time to embrace a new seasonal wardrobe with some of our top picks that will make the colder days and darker nights far more bearable.

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Tailor Made

Catwalk fashion has made it from the runway to the high street with some amazing pieces. A fresh take on tailoring is one of the key ingredients to nailing your signature look for winter 2017.

There’s a new take on the classic suit – with more fitted, double breasted styles appearing and not a shoulder pad in sight. The shoulders on jackets are slightly wider and the overall look is longer too. And the print you’ll be seeing a lot of this season? Checks. From the rails of Topshop to New Look to Miss Selfridge to Mango (and everywhere in between), grey check blazer and trousers, in various styles, are front and centre. But we’re loving how the trouser trend is evolving in this instance. Gone are the days of simple slim fit – now there are wide leg, tapered, cropped, frills, stretch skinny and more to choose from. So whatever your shape, you can be sure that a take on this powerful monochrome styling will ‘suit’.

This look incorporates the well-known slogan tee trend, too, where the clash between corporate and casual works so well.

Not one for co-ords? Fitted jumpers tucked into a pair of checked trousers with loafers or shoe boots will be perfect for 9-5, or how about combining them with something oversized on top and comfy trainers for weekends?

AW17 fashion trends tailoring checks

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Back, to Discover the Future

Cool in Corduroy

We’re stepping back in time to the 70s heyday with this one, but with a fresh injection of colour. From burnt orange to dusky pink; deep purple to pale blue – no tone is off limits this autumn winter.

We’re seeing lots of mini skirts, the return of the comfortable pinafore dress, casual jackets with fur collars and even ankle boots sporting this warm, durable fabric. If you’re bored of denim, this is the next best thing.

Feel the Flare

Fluted sleeves are a subtle nod to the 70s fashion trend and have evolved since the days of summer 2017. Now you can embrace the look on oversized jumpers, long sleeve tops and day to night dresses. This style is certainly flattering and is growing in popularity due to the way the fabric drapes. The variety on the high street is huge so be sure to indulge next pay day.

Make the flare the statement piece in your outfit choice by combining it with more fitted trousers, skinny jeans or skirts. Dress up with an elegant nude heel or cute loafers if you’re heading out.

AW17 fashion trends 70s fluted sleeves corduroy

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Hail the Hourglass

The return of the waist through hourglass shapes is echoed through more fitted tailoring, including double breasted jackets and high waisted trousers. But we’re also seeing the statement belt return in 2017 fashion; enhancing that sought after hourglass silhouette.

Corset belts paired with oversized white shirts (you can even find some built in!) have been around for a while, but we’re now seeing a refresh for autumn. Chunky, lace-up and giant bows are just some of the features of statement belts this season, showcased over knitted dresses, oversized t-shirts, as well as more fitted pieces such as skirts and jumper dresses.

Depending on the styling, a belt can really transform an outfit from day to night and these new styles are the perfect go-to.

AW17 fashion trends corset belts

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Let’s Get to Leather

The winter staple – whether that’s in the form of a jacket, trousers, skirt or dress – there is a place for leather in every wardrobe and, let’s face it, any time of day.

If you’re in the market for a new take on the classic leather jacket, look no further than the oversized aviator style this season. Every high street store has a take on this Top Gun inspired piece – complete with fur trim and colour choices that go far beyond the standard black. Comfortable, incredibly warm and effortlessly cool – we love!

Pleats, buckles and zip detailing are big hits on leather mini skirts in particular this season. Tuck in a slogan jumper and ankle boots and you’ll be bang on trend.

Western influences are also coming through in winter fashion with leather belts and footwear. From buckles to intricate stitching and studs, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Interested in finding the perfect leather look pants to suit both work and play? We’ve got you covered here.

AW17 fashion trends leather pleated skirt western belt aviator jacket

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Injecting Colour

Red Alert

No wardrobe should ever embody the dark and dismal side of winter. The latest trends are basking in bright colour – with red being the most dominant on the catwalks this season. Add some fierceness to your clothing collection with striking scarlet knitwear against a cool grey check suit – power play at its very best. Or, perhaps a deeper red such as maroon is more your bag. That classic autumn colour is showing no signs of disappearing from the shop floors.

Feeling Blue

From the safety of denim to the boldness of something electric, the colour blue is never one to go out of style. This season, however, it’s all about forties blue, where dusky hues take the lead in an interesting contrast to the vibrancy of red.

Earthy Tones

It wouldn’t be autumn without the return of 70s caramel, mustard yellow, burnt orange and khaki. Bright plisse crop trouser styles have been replaced by more mellow, flattering jumpsuits, while light denim jackets have stepped aside for the return of suede.
There are certainly more boho influences with this colour palette, as winter florals begin to emerge on the ever popular maxi style fluted dresses, tops and even shoes. They complement the various jacket and jumper styles beautifully and can be found in places like New Look, Primark, Topshop, Mango, Warehouse and Miss Selfridge.
AW17 fashion trends red forties blue mustard yellow

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Space Age

We all love a bit of sparkle at Christmas, but the space influences this autumn/winter are truly ‘out of this world’, with metallics and galactic prints galore thanks to the inspiration of Chanel and Christopher Kane, to name a few.

Variations on glitter ankle boots with block heels can be found all across the high street and are perfect for nights out. And, if you’re feeling brave, rock them with casual, high waisted mom jeans and an oversized jumper – no one said they had to be saved just for special occasions (they’re far too pretty anyway). Not ready to go all out with shoes? Socks with a bit of futuristic sparkle could well be the answer with your fave pair of heels.

We’re also loving the graphic tees sporting planets, stars and rockets in places such as Zara, Topshop, ASOS and Boohoo right now. Great with black skinny jeans, biker boots and oversized leather jackets.

AW17 fashion trends space age glitter ankle boots planet t-shirt

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Celebrity Sightings

There’s nothing like a celebrity sighting to inspire our outfit choices. Take a look at who’s rocking the AW17 trends…

Victoria Beckham

The queen of chic rocks the red trend with this flattering and incredibly stylish outfit. Light, floaty fabrics against oversized chunky knits is a growing trend this season and VB has perfected this look in her personal styling and own collections.

Victoria Beckham AW17 collection

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Sienna Miller

It feels as if Sienna always hits the mark with her outfit choices. Combining tailored check with block heels in a caramel shade ticks two of the aw17 boxes instantly. And there’s nothing shy about this look thanks to the clashing prints, even with the less structured shirt choice. Statement dressing at its best.

Sienna Miller AW17 trend check tailored trousers

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Keira Knightley

There’s something very refreshing about this look on Keira Knightley. Some may be used to seeing her in beautiful red carpet gowns or pretty tea dresses, but she oozes cool in this oversized aviator and boyfriend fit jeans.

Keira Knightley black aviator biker jacket

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The Round-Up

From more daring shades of red to 1970s influences, fashion styles this autumn covers a rather wide spectrum in terms of shape, style and substance. Certain trends such as forties blue, tailoring, leather and fluted sleeves are perhaps more suited to work days, whereas corduroy and space age prints have a more relaxed edge that are perfect for the weekend. In saying this, there’s no doubt that some of these trends are interchangeable and often complement each other, while still being diverse.

And that is exactly why we love fashion. Enjoy experimenting!

Read more great articles on women’s fashion here.

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