As the tea dresses and linen double-breasted jackets are retired to the wardrobe to signal the end of summer, shoppers are lining up to be first in the queue to get the look of autumn. It’s a mix of retro prints, chunky wools and solidly-made boots this season – topped off with Deidre Barlow specs and cowgirl fringed bags.

Which decade to channel

Many designers are definitely showing inspiration from the 70s this autumn. Large floral prints, pussybow blouses and lots of shades of beige are being used to create the look of the moment. Bobble hats with a look of being homemade and large-framed glasses give the added emphasis to the eclectic style which reflects on a decade which originally brought us glam rock and school discos.

There are a couple of designers though – Jonathan Anderson in particular – who has revived the 80s look. Plastic earrings, oversized jackets and – it was only a matter of time – shoulder pads in coats are being mixed with neon accessories, lurex, knee high baggy Dick Whittington boots and pleated skirts.


The academic look is very de rigour this autumn with thick Aran knits and chunky cable being combined with professor-esque glasses perfecting the intellectual geek look.

For women, the polo neck is still very much in evidence with stars such as Yasmin le Bon, Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung sporting the classic style in a range of colours when out and about at social events.

The Peter Pan collar has made a return with pointed ends peeking over jumpers. The twist this season is that the emphasis is on unusual fabrics such as chain metal mesh or silk stripes giving a hint of what could be hidden under the outer layer of yarn.


Gucci has been embraced by high street chains this season with the shaggy faux fur coat being a much-emulated item and is now popping up everywhere alongside maxi length camel coats and  military-look jackets.

Brown is the new black when it comes to outerwear and every style has to be over-sized.

Shoes and boots

Another look inspired by Gucci and their eclectic range of choices including a pair with comical fur tufts, the loafer is the must have style of the autumn.  The high street is full of colours and styles – without exterior fur accessorising and they capture the desirable look known as ‘winningly nerdy’.

When it comes to boots, the jury is out as to the height of leg at the moment. This time of year usually heralds the annual viewing of the mid-calf boot but much more practical is the ankle boot. The continued use of the Chelsea boot by many designers adds weight to this thought with patent leather being the look of choice.


Bags are fringed with majorette-outfit style tassles and the style to be storing essentials is the tote. For those who are looking to push the envelope with their bag collection or want something for special occasions which really shouts ‘on-trend’, the bucket style is now reaching the high street after the sell-out success of the black £325 design this summer from Mansur Gavriel.

Brooches have made a huge comeback to team with prim and proper thin knit jumpers.  Not glimpsed for many a season, Prada leads the return to pinning crusted jewels which sit against man-made textiles bases such as plastic, thus showing that some fashions don’t die, they are just sleeping waiting for their time to come again.