Five AW17 Trends and How to Add Them to Your Wardrobe

Monday, 4 September 2017

Five AW17 Trends and How to Add Them to Your Wardrobe

So we are in that period of time between summer and autumn, otherwise known as the transitional period. Although it feels like Scotland has skipped the transitional period and jumped straight into full on autumn, I still feel like I need to add a few transitional pieces to my wardrobe. There are so many trends coming up for A/W17 and I really want to add some transitional pieces to my wardrobe that fit into the trends I love from this up-and-coming fashion season. Of course, like the meticulous woman I am, I like to weigh up my options when it comes to following trends. Not only do I like to pick and choose the trends I follow, but I weigh up all my options including the shops and price range I will choose for each trend. I decided that this season I would let you guys in on my strategy and let you look at a broken down version of my mood board, so let's get going. 

Each season designers take to the runway to showcase the biggest, best and most wearable trends for the season and each year millions of fashion fans, journalists and bloggers interpret these shows in any way they see fit. This means that different people notice different trends within the shows resulting in a long list of trends each season. Although I am a massive fan of fashion and usually look through photos of the shows myself (sadly I will never be relevant enough to go along), I wanted to do some research for this blog post. I decided to sift through a bunch of articles, youtube videos and blog posts on the up-and-coming trends, create lists and pick and choose which ones I would love to wear this autumn. I have picked the top five trends I would definitely love to add to my autumn wardrobe and I am going to share them with you along with some pieces from each trend that I am lusting after and I will be covering all price ranges so you can find items which suit your budget.

ACCENTUATED WAIST
The accentuated waist trend is making a comeback, I remember it being a huge trend back when I was in high school around 2008 and now it's back. The trend can go in any of two ways brands such as Mui Mui and Louis Vuitton used large buckled waist belts to draw baggy items in and give them more structure while Max Mara and Roksanda were among the brands to use non-traditional tie belts to tie up jackets and accentuate the waist. I love a good jacket with a belt so I have included some gorgeous jackets in this little wishlist, but a waist belt can definitely make any outfit look instantly more stylish and expensive even if the belt itself is under £10.

UNDER £50
On the more affordable side of the spectrum is this gorgeous River Island mac with a tie belt to bring the slouchy material in towards the waist and accentuate it. You could also take the belt off and add another, more fashionable belt if you see fit. I couldn't not add this gorgeous belt by Boohoo, definitely has a more night out feel to it than other pieces in this wishlist, but the gold creates a more expensive look. You could pair these items together or wear them separately, but both are on trend and definitely look more expensive than they are. 


OVER £50
For the premium high-street section I opted for a gorgeous ASOS mac in a beautiful deep grey tone that looks autumnal but thick enough to do you well into winter. Not only does the mac come with a gorgeous tier belt to tie into a bow and accentuate the waist, but you could also remove it and replace it with another belt if you see fit. The gorgeous Karen Millen belt is very corset-like, very in style this season and similar to the ones Hermes and Roksanda styled on the runway. It would look gorgeous over coats, over dresses and over t-shirts.

DESIGNER
For the designer section I opted for this stunning belted trench coat by Mui Mui, I have been desperate for a new trench coat and this one is definitely on the wishlist, although way out of my price range. The belt can be buckled or wrapped up to accentuate the waist and draw attention to the area. This beautiful Alexander McQueen belt is very unique and definitely big enough to draw attention to the waist. Unlike the Karen Millen belt, this one isn't corset-like and instead looks like three belts piled on top of each other making it super easy to dupe. This beautiful belt would look gorgeous both during the day and for a night out and can be both dressed up and dressed down. 

BLUE
Vogue coined this trend 'Forties Blues' as a lot of the big designers stayed within the dusky blue realm such as Celine and Mui Mui, but the envelope was pushed to navy shades of blue by Dior and Agnona among other incredible designers. To mimic this I decided to add both dusky blue and navy items into my post. I think blue is such an easy colour to wear and by adding more navy shades it just makes it much easier to pull off the blue trend and not just rely on your jeans to make you trendy in shades of blue.

UNDER £50
For the more affordable side of the spectrum, I thought I would incorporate some of the summer's trends in with the blue trend for autumn. The gorgeous dusky blue ASOS blouse has frills, cold shoulder and fluted sleeves which were all major trends throughout SS17. The gorgeous M&S ankle boots are perfect for autumn while the Topshop jumpsuit can be dressed up or down during autumn and winter making it a super versatile piece. If you pair this jumpsuit with a waist belt to accentuate the waist it will tick yet another autumn post as waists are in this season.

OVER £50
The premium section of this trend sticks to the dusky blues side of the spectrum, but are very wearable pieces. The Tommy Hilfiger blouse is definitely being added to my wishlist, I think it is such a gorgeous shade and will look fabulous dressed down for a day out shopping but also be super business friendly. The dress from French Connection is perfect for any event you have coming up. While the Dorateymur boots touch on the 70s trend which is also massive this autumn and will look incredible with some rolled up jeans for a casual look.

DESIGNER
The designer section consists of just one item for blue because this bag is all you need. The Dolce and Gabanna Rosalia bags are stunning and this shade is the perfect dusky blue shade that is perfectly on trend throughout autumn. This bag is also easy to dupe by the likes of New Look, Primark and River Island, therefore, you can get this look for much less. 

FEATHERS, FUR AND FLUFF
One of the big trends this year on the runway was textures, particularly fluffy, fuzzy and fun textures. We saw everything from teddy bear fluffy bags at Marni to feathered skirts at Prada. Personally, I am a fan of the fuzz, the fluff and the (faux) fur, but not the feathers, so I apologise for the lack of feathers included. When it comes to this trend you can go full on for a head-to-toe look a la Balenciaga or you can be more subtle like the other designers with fluffy trimming on your sleeves, a feather trim on your pencil skirt of you can just pair your casual outfit with a big teddy bear styled fluffy cardigan.

UNDER £50
For the affordable section, there are a few items that integrate more than one trend of the season, for a start, the gorgeous fluffy ASOS cardigan is a gorgeous vibrant red shade as is the faux fur Missguided scarf. Both of these items can be added to a casual outfit to add a pop of colour and texture as can the Topshop fluffy millennial pink bag. I have been obsessed with this bag ever since Fashion Mumblr hauled it in her Topshop haul. It is the perfect slouchy piece that will look cool with any outfit and can be used to finish off any outfit and make it incredibly stylish for the up-and-coming season.

OVER £50
For the premium high street section, there are a few more fluffy items that can be used to finish off an outfit or that your outfit can be based around. The Missguided jacket is absolutely adorable and is a new take on the teddy bear trend from AW16, which leaves you stylish and cosy all the way through until winter. The John Lewis faux fur gilet is absolutely gorgeous, it can make any outfit look more stylish and put together and can be the focal piece of any outfit if paired with a waist belt it can also be used as part of the accentuated waist trend.

DESIGNER
For the designer section, I picked out one of the more wearable skirts from Prada's fathered collection, although you probably wouldn't wear it to work on an average day, it is still more wearable than the rest. The tweed pattern gives it a more business friendly look, but the feathers show a fun side of fashion. The fluffy and furry Mui Mui coat was one of very few faux fur designer jackets, but I still adore how gorgeous and cosy it looks while still allowing you to look stylish and ready to take on the chilly air of autumn and winter.

FASHION FORWARD GRANNY KNITS
Autumn is the season of knit jumpers, layering with cosy jumpers and cardigans and more or less resembling your grandparents, but we love it nonetheless. Louis Vuitton, Christopher Kane and Prada among others showcased this look on the runway this year and proved granny chic is in. I am a massive fan of jumpers and I don't think you have to pay a lot to be on trend with this one, if you take good care of your knitwear then they can last a long time no matter the price, but still, I have split this one into sections one again.

UNDER £50
My favourite of them all is this Miss Selfridge jumper from the affordable section. At just £35 it is the perfect granny knit, cosy, oversized and a turtle neck, what more could you want? All of the knits from this section are turtle necks because I think a turtle neck looks more expensive than it really is and it adds a more stylish look to any typical jumper. You can tuck these into jeans, skirts, trousers or even wear them over stylish autumn dresses like a la Balenciaga and Dior.

OVER £50
When it comes to the more premium picks they look extremely similar to the affordable ones, but for a higher price tag, of course, these jumpers may last through until next autumn and keep you cosy again a year from now. It totally up to you whether you spend that extra money on these jumpers, but personally, I think they are absolutely gorgeous. My favourite of the three is the abstract print jumper from ASOS, it is different from the rest of the jumpers and looks a little more high-end and stylish and would add definition to any outfit.

DESIGNER
Personally, I found it hard to find designer jumpers which were actually wearable for any normal person, they were all a bit cooky and strange, but these two are gorgeous. The Altuzarra jumper fits into the waist trend with a cinched in waist as well as the blue trend with a navy tone to it and of course it is a chunky granny knit, so you'll be super stylish. This Protagonist jumper also looks very grampa chic and the cool malenial pink tone makes it on trend this season.

RED-TO-TOE
This trend was massive on the catwalk, Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Fendi were just some of the brands showcasing this AW17 trend. At the shows, the models strutted down the runways in head to toe red a la the name for the trend; red-to-toe, but don't worry you don't have to do this. You can wear a much more casual version of this trend by adding a pop of colour to your wardrobe with just a red blouse or accessorising with a red bag or a pair of killer red boots. For a lot of people, the fashion shows are just inspiration and you don't have to follow every trend to a tee. Instead, you can take that trend and fit it into your own personal style, so don't worry, you don't have to wear all red to take part in this trend.

UNDER £50
For the lower price end of the spectrum, I opted for some more vibrant reds thus adding a bright pop of colour to any outfit. I would picture any of these pieces with a normal, maybe black orientated outfit and use the bright shades to split the darkness of the outfit up. Although these pieces are lower in price than the rest they have an expensive look to them, especially the gorgeous bag, so wearing them would not only make you on trend but extremely fashion forward.

OVER £50
The higher end of the spectrum is much more premium pieces where you are investing in a clothing item that will not only last a long time but that you can wear season after season. In the shows, a lot of the designers stuck to bright, vibrant shades of red, whereas Max Mara touched on more deep burgundy shades of red. When I spotted this Dune bag it reminded me of the shades from Max Mara's show, it's a deeper and more wearable shade of red. The Isabel Marant scarf, I adore, it looks tartan and as a Scottish person, of course, I love a bit of wearable tartan. This scarf touches on another trend for this season; 'New Tartan' styled by the likes of Mugler and Chanel.

DESIGNER
When it came to the designer pieces I thought it would be better to post fewer items, after all, I don't think many, if any, of my readers, have wardrobes packed with designer items. I decided to pick some cheaper designer items which can also be easily duped. This Oscar De La Renta blouse is perfect for transitioning from summer to autumn, it embodies as many summer trends as it does autumn. The ruffled sleeves were big during summer and are said to be sticking around during the colder months too while the vibrant red shade is one of autumns biggest trends. While the Givenchy boots could have been mistaken for the Chloe Susanna boots with their twinkly effect and embroidered buckles and there are many dupes on the high street already. 

So which trends are you most excited for this season? Are you excited to try out all the dupes that make an appearance on the market? Tell me in the comments below. 

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