I know, don't wish your life away right? Having not really had a summer and now with retailers launching their sales online and instores, I always hate this time of year for shopping! It's great to grab a bargin, especially if you know what you are looking for or have something specific to buy for. This makes sale shopping all the more easier and you don't waste money on items you don't need. Unless you are buying for a holiday, honeymoon or an occasion outfit such as a wedding, I like to know that what I am buying will last me a little bit longer than to the end of August.
In buying and fashion calendars, Autumn/Winter products go on sale in July, but as summer sales have been so bad some are selling new season right now (see Zara, Whistles, Matches.com, Selfridges). So it's time to make sure that what you are buying in the sales is right for now and also right for next season.
Here is my round up for the 5 biggest Autumn trends that you won't be able to resist once summer is over:
1. Geek Chic - Think Royal Tenenbaum's movie and Margot Tenenbaum is your main muse. Loafers, prim pussy bows, crisp white shirts and cute suits. Designer's were all over this on the catwalks with Tommy Hilfiger’s varsity girl wears her team colours on her sleeve.The only thing missing from Chloe’s professeur chic, meanwhile, is a couple of suede elbow patches. Whilst Gucci's kooky bookworm look will have us tucking our shirt into our skirts and popping off to the library.
2. 70's Boho - The folksy theme continues from Summer into Winter, so a great one to continue to invest in whilst sale shopping. Your key piece for the season is going to be the poncho. Yes again it is making a comeback! If you just brought those denim flares that was a good call as they are the must-have denim shape for next season. With statement tassles and textures such as knits and suede's giving the trend an update. Valentino, Chloe, Burberry and Lanvin were piling on the prints and fringing in a texture overload on the catwalk.
3. 80's revival - There is a massive move toward's a revival of the Eighties, if Balmain does it then it's likely most will follow next season, so this is one to look out for! The 80's revival has everything from power shoulders, to ruffles, colour block knits and retro waisted belts. Channel Dynasty, early Madonna and Wham! then you will be way ahead of the fash-pack next season!
4. Where the wild things are - If you didn't buy your fur coat or gilet last winter then you will not be able to escape it this year- it is about to explode! Come September the high street will be covered in fluff and everything furry, if you can find one in the sale now, bag it! This warm and fuzzy friend needs to be your essential first buy of the season. Whether you go for curly sheep gilets in glorious bold colours or abominable yeti-like black and white jackets, you will also find fur in accessories such as shoes and bags.
5. Bold prints - The most vibrant of the new season trends is the bold, graphic art-inspired mood which came in every hue imaginable at shows in all four cities. Monochromatic checkerboard prints appeared on drop-waisted dresses at Valentino while grey tunics at Loewe came emblazoned with red and black cubes. Christopher Kane's scarlett coat with black zig-zags is bound to be an AW15 must-have. Wear top-to-toe if you are feeling brave, otherwise break it up with some retro colour blocking.
Follow my AW15 pinterest board for more inspiration here - https://www.pinterest.com/EditsStyling/aw15-trends-board/