The start of any new season is always a cause for celebration in fashion circles. New trends, a fresh colour palette and endless new styling combos to experiment with always get us excited. (Not to mention it’s yet another great excuse to go shoe shopping.) But in the Who What Wear UK office, the chance to start building—and more importantly, finally wearing—our new autumn wardrobes is always a particularly fabulous event. From the ankle boots we’ve had on hold for months to the coats and new-season styling tricks we’ve spotted on street stylers, models and others, these are the months that really allow for upping our fashion game.
That said, building a new-season wardrobe doesn’t need to break the bank. While there are always a few key investment items we like to splurge on, shopping smart and saving where we can on the rest is our preferred approach. If you’re of the same mind (think of the wine money you’ll be saving), you’ll be glad to hear that we’ve already spotted several of autumn/winter 2018’s major runway trends on TheOutnet.com, with as much as 50% off the original designer price tag. So if you’re ready to join us on a cash-savvy shopping spree, keep scrolling for the trend-led items we’ll be snapping up for less money this season.
From leopard to zebra and snake, animal prints are major this season. But of course, they’re far from a new idea, which means that if you’re prepared to do the scroll-work, you’ll find a trove of pleasantly discounted wild motifs that’ll slide nicely into your autumn wardrobe (particularly leopard-printed ankle boots and faux-snakeskin heels).
Shades of Brown
From camel to deep chocolate, shades of brown worn with a ’70s bent are giving black a run for its money as the key neutral this season. Since this trend is more about how you mix and style your brown pieces rather than the actual items themselves, there are a ton of past-season staples you can snap up. Look for knitwear, trench coats and co-ords to keep things feeling focused.
From cami tops over roll-neck knit, to scarves belted into trenches and denim jackets worn under winter coats, the autumn/winter 2018 runways offered up fresh new ways to approach cosy layering. Luckily, you’ll find plenty of the essentials—from luxe cashmere sweaters to throw-on silk and satin slips—all for a snip.
Mini Party Dresses
Before you know it, wedding-guest dress shopping will trade places with party-season prep, and when the time comes, we’ll all be making a beeline for throwback minis. Think ’80s styling and you’ll be on the right track. Look for satin, silk and velvet finished with all the Madonna-worthy bling you can lay your hands on.
From tweed to tartan, plaid is no autumn/winter newbie. But this season, it’s revisiting its punk era with a rocker vibe that feels particularly London. We’d suggest bagging checked shirts, blouses and suits from past collections, and then investing in a few fresh accessories to add an on-trend edge.
A curveball shade for autumn, powdery pastel blues are staying put for the next few months. Expect to see it all over tailoring, cashmere, coats and more. If you move fast, you can still bag a few of The Outnet’s remaining spring pieces (think knitwear, jackets and trousers).
Western boots were a microtrend throughout the summer, but come autumn, the style is poised to go macro. From studs and blocky heels to fringing, you’ll bag style points from even the subtlest nod to the trend. Luckily, designers have been pushing the Western-boot agenda for several seasons now, meaning you’ve got plenty of slash-priced options to choose from.
Move fast—these won’t be available for long.