#ActiveApril is almost over and I think we all deserve to treat ourselves to something new to wear. Of course, our Northern Hemisphere Sizzlers are heading into Summer, but here in Australia we are in Autumn and the mornings and evenings are cool and crisp.
Autumn is my favourite time of year and I also love Winter fashion, although here in Queensland where I live we don’t really need heavy jackets or coats.
Christine Blundell from My Private Stylist is also Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond’s Fashion Editor. After a trip to Melbourne, Christine has come back brimming with ideas with what is on trend to look stylish during Autumn and Winter. She has put together some ideas for a new Winter Wardrobe.
Autumn/Winter Fashion Trends 2019
Recently, while visiting family in Melbourne, the fashion capital of Australia I had a lovely day to myself to wander around one of the large shopping centres to take in the coming trends for Autumn/winter 2019. Mind you, this was with the heatwave taking place outside!
I have always loved animal print, to me it’s almost a neutral, but I didn’t quite realise the extent to which it is going crazy this coming season! It’s absolutely everywhere, much to my daughters disgust as she is not a fan at all, probably because her mother has worn so much of it over the years!
I am excited to see that knitwear is making a comeback this season, both bought knits and hand knitted. When my children were babies and growing up, my mother who was a keen knitter used to make some wonderful garments for them and I whenever I saw anyone in hand knits it made me think they had someone who loved them a lot and I love hand knits on adults as well. So comforting! Let’s get those needles clicking! Unfortunately my own knitting skills are restricted to scarves etc. for which my sister from the Gold Coast, visiting Hobart last year in mid winter was very thankful for!
In the shops we will see a wide variety of knits from long coats, comfortable oversized jackets, capes, shawls to jumpers, cardigans, skirts and dresses
CHANEL STYLE JACKETS
Coco Chanel first designed her signature jacket in 1954 and since then it has been a timeless classic that has endured. It’s a little more casual and comfortable than a jacket, but smarter than a cardigan. The most popular fabric for this style of jacket this season is the boucle, which adds warmth and textural interest and often with fringed edged. It can be worn by any age and either dressed up over dress or more casually with jeans.
CHECKS AND PLAIDS
Checks, plaids, gingham, small and large, double checks even! You name it, it’s back!
I don’t think I would be brave enough to wear the double check trend, or the clashing check trend, but hey if that’s you….go for it!
These are just some of the looks I have seen, it’s by no means the only ones, for example winter floral prints are popular as well. Another look I love is the twist or knot front tops and dresses, they are very flattering for all body shapes.
As for colour, I am seeing lots of mustard, lime, reds including rust to burgundy and vivid red poppy, Lavender from pale to deeper violet, pinks from mellow rose to fuschia. Another colour popular this winter is deep teal or petrel which I am keen to try as it is in my colour swatch and I love it.
There is something for everyone regarding both style and colour trends, the fun bit it to decide which ones are for you!
Always remember to shop your wardrobe first as there are no new fashions, just new takes on the old ones and you never know what is still lurking in the deep dark depths of your closet!