Autumn 09 Trends

August 6, 2009

Daily Digest

Autumn 09 Trends

It’s August already and with it comes a new season, autumn. It’s hard to believe we know, but the shops are already showing their new collections.

I’ve been asked to pull together an autumn/winter work wardrobe for my sister Angela in London (more on how that goes later this month) so with a new season in mind I’ve come up with a few key Autumn pieces that we have to look forward to this season.

Strong Shoulders

The sculptured shoulder continues to be in fashion this season, which is no surprise really, especially considering how trendy the eighties are right now.  Early adapters of this look (e.g. Balmain) are still endorsing the silhouette, though autumn’s take on this look is definitely more refined.  Try dresses and jackets that have a subtler sculpted shoulder.

Buy one: A designer leather jacket by Rick Owens (£1460, €1724) from

Winter Shorts

While we’ve written reams about summer’s denim shorts and spring’s tailored shorts, the big thing this season is the tights-with-shorts combination. Yes, we know it’s been around in seasons past, but there’s no doubt now that it’s a full-blown trend.

This key look comes in an assortment of fabrics—from wool to leather to lamé—so finding the right pair shouldn’t be hard.

Personally, I will be going back to the city shorts I bought in Awear two seasons ago but if you do need to buy a pair, we suggest the kitsch style of these Limited Collection Pure Linen Foil Shorts from Marks and Spencers (£29.50, €35).

Thigh-High Boots

Although not applicable to a work wardrobe, we just had to mention that the thigh-high boot is one of the statement boot styles for autumn.

The shape can be either really skinny or relaxed; where the latter is a more forgiving look.

Buy some: Black suede and leather boots from Schuh (£141.37, €167)

Long-Sleeve Mini Dress

This mouthful-of-a-pronunciation-of- a-dress is having a major moment right now. And sequin detail and all things glitter will still be big news this autumn winter. 

Sarah Jessica Parker (SJP) was well ahead of the trend when she graced the cover of Grazia magazine in one during the summer.

So if you’re going to buy one dress this season, make it a mini with long sleeves. You’ll have plenty of choice in fabric too – from sequined to details of zips and studs, or simply one shouldered.

Buy one: We love this Antik Batik backless sequinned mini dress, with long sleeves of course (£364, €430) from

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2 Responses to “Autumn 09 Trends”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Thigh high boots are really in demand, I see that Stella McCartney’s faux-leather ones are 12 inches higher than normal (they look like leggings!)and have already sold out on net-a!


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