With the leaves on the trees now having turned all the golds, rusts and browns, and bright colours of the autumn, it’s time to turn to your wardrobe and review what you need to renew. Dresses are the big fashion story of the autumn and winter of 2012, with a glorious choice of looks and styles to choose from. The looks of the season – from Gothic to minimalist, from demure country chic to OTT lace and glitter – and hem lengths, ranging from maxi to the tiniest of mini skater skirts, give you an endless range of choice.
If you’re an organized wardrobe sorter, then your work wear is likely to come first to hand. Those dresses and skirts that looked so up-to-the-minute last year are likely to be less fetching when you review them in the light of the new trends. Fashion this autumn is perfect for that efficient-yet-fun look for the office.
Sharply tailored peplum dresses in deep greys and russets with deep necklines can be brightened up with a pair of peep-toe stiletto heels. The line is sleek and subtle, with soft jersey material or draped cross-overs creating the interest. Hints are to team demure with fun, like the range of animal print dresses in the Oasis collection. Zebra patterns, snakeskin and exotic butterflies give pencil dresses an exotic look. Waists are cinched in with narrow leather belts, or emphasized by wide contrasting material belts with over-size buckles.
Checks of every size and shade are the story for both work and leisure-wear, with no holds barred on pairing checks with hounds-tooth, or tartans with animal prints. Skirt lengths are above the knee or mini, with maxi dresses reserved for evening glamour. Going out or staying in, the leisure wear look for the autumn continues to be fun and flirty, with variations on the theme of skater skirts in jersey or gathered silk emphasizing the long-legged look.
And for those colder days, leggings are back, worn with mini-skirts, and patterned in fun prints, tartans or splashed with a hint of glitter. The new season’s long and wide fluffy sweaters are perfect for wearing over a pair of leggings for a cosy stay-at-home day.