By Katie Burke

Now that our five minutes of Summer is over and we’ve been breezily brought into the chillier months, it’s time to dive into the high street and see what key trends are in store for us this Autumn/Winter.

Red Alert

Possibly the biggest trend to come from the AW17 runway shows, this colour has now become a staple on the high street. Taking inspiration from design houses such as Alexander McQueen, Max Mara and Clio Peppiatt, to name just a few, this trend is ruling this current season. Also, red’s neighbours on the colour spectrum, orange and pink, are having their own mini-trend moment so you’re sure to find something of a similar hue in stores if a vibrant red just is not for you.

Credit: Courtesy of Topshop

Heritage Chic

Another key trend from brands such as Prada and Mulberry was heritage chic. Tartan, check and houndstooth prints flooded the runways, which we have included in this month’s photoshoot through the River Island mini-skirt and statement wide leg trousers from Stradivarius. However, if you’re still not brave enough to try this trend on your bottom half, there are plenty of patterned coats arriving in shops that might just take your fancy.

Winter Sunshine

Courtesy of Penneys

When asked what colours Autumn, and particularly Winter, bring to mind, yellow is rarely one of them.  Despite this, this bold colour has found its way from the A/W runway shows of Botega Veneta and Hermès into our beloved affordable high street stores. Yellow can be a tricky colour to pull off; however, the denim jacket from Bershka which we have styled in our shoot is a perfect example of how to work the trend into your wardrobe for the coming season.

The denim jacket is a classic item for many college students, so it will casually blend in, as opposed to an eye-catching luminous yellow fur coat, but still give you that kick of colour.

Pair the colour with monochrome shades of black and white, and you’ll have a perfect pop of colour added to your outfit without going overboard.


There are many other trends having a moment, perhaps on a smaller scale, but gaining fans nevertheless. Polka dots are making a return to the rails, which we’ve styled in our shoot with the adorable Topshop blouse. As party season approaches an important trend to keep an eye on is space-age metallic, which were seen at Chanel’s show. Finally, the key college student staples of knitwear and sportswear are continuing to dominate both the runway and the high street so there’s no doubt you’ll be on trend somehow, or someway.


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