Adapting your style for the fall
Don’t be too quick to hide away your midis and crops as AfroNoire gives you a great, affordable guide that gets you autumn ready, whilst still keeping your summer favourites. If the weather on Bank holiday Monday wasn’t proof that summer has finally departed, then the new collections in the high street will definitely remind you. With autumn and winter clothing, you're able to experiment more and showcase more of a stylised look with more layers, more prints and longer lengths. Yet just because there’s a change in season that doesn’t mean that all our summer clothes have to be chucked to the lonely and desolate depths of our wardrobes.
For the upcoming season you will begin to see a lot of print on print, western influences and knee-high boots as the-of the moment decade is the 60s. Also look out for metallics, cobalt blues, sheer fabrics and chunky knits; with influences from Red Riding in terms of hood capes and jackets and some simple tailoring.
But it's your culottes, dungarees, midis,midi skirts and crops that can be transitioned from summer to suit the new trends of autumn/winter.
One look that has definitely carried over from summer is the love of the culottes. The longer length short and more androgynous style is a perfect bottom choice for days where the breeze is picking up but the temperatures are still cool. A nice alternative from skinny jeans or trousers, the culottes are very versatile despite the mixed reviews it has received. Neutral and darker colours are best for those who are still unsure about this length. Pair with a brighter coloured crop knit jumper and some chunky cut-out heeled boots for a chic day- to day look.
The Midi skirt
Keeping length for the colder months is always a good idea and the midi skirt is a great option. The love affair that fashion has with the mid-calf length skirt will continue. The midi can be flirty, polite and cool as the lengths are less strict especially for autumn, meaning that more people can try this style. Take your A-line midis from the summer and pair them with shirts and long Breton stripes for a more chilled fall look. Also stripes are hot at the moment so you will definitely be bang on trend. Other midi styles to look out for are the pleat. To finish your ensemble I would recommend some casual western boots.
An unlikely addition to the list, the flatform sandal seems to be the perfect shoe to finish and outfit for summer and autumn. The only difference is that for fall, the chunkier the wedge the better. The thicker base adds some edge to any look whilst adding some height.
Monochrome colours are perfect as they are very versatile. Pop Kitsch Tops/Jumpers, pop Art and funky logos and prints were a big feature this summer and this will continue throughout the fall. However this time around you can either play it safe with a single logo or go hard with some funky pop kitsch prints. Think Henry Holland and Andy Warhol for inspiration, the more over the top the better! Look for a top/jumper that is adorned with a cultural icon with some crazy colours to ensure you are pulling the look off right. A must have is this cool mash-up Michael Jackson/Marilyn Monroe top from eBay. Or if you’d rather be slightly less bold then this cute Topshop Pineapple Motif Jumper is right up your street. You still have that strong pop of colour, but your logo is very simple.
It’s safe to say that all year round you can probably get good use out of a figure-hugging bodycon. As night time creeps up on us much quicker, you should take out your cream, white and nude bodycon dresses and prepare for a night on the town. These colours, along with black, are the colours to be wearing on a night out, so if you already have an unworn bodycon in this colour then now’s the time to wear it! Although styles of the bodycon have grown with the bandage, wrap and lace becoming very popular, the much loved plunge neck and spaghetti strap dresses are still being rocked. Check in your wardrobe for something similar to this Missguided Nude Colour block summer dress. It provides you with this season’s look but at last season’s price.
Words: Yasmina Mcnabb