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Fashion: Autumn/Winter Fashion Trends

April 26, 2019
Autumn/Winter Fashion Trends 2019

#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

Fashion Autumn Winter 2019


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, 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.

Autumn/Winter Fashion Trends 2019

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!

I love all of these styles and colours in particular the black jacket with red and black plaid and buttons . What is your favourite?

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  • Reply Debbie April 26, 2019 at 18:01

    I’m afraid I’m not a huge animal print fan either Sue. But I do like the other trends and have already bought a few new things for the coming cold weather. It’s turned really cold today for the first time.

    • Reply Christine May 3, 2019 at 16:32

      Hi Debbie, I think animal print is one print we either love or hate! I have loved it as long as I can remember. Christine x

  • Reply Kathy Marris April 26, 2019 at 19:16

    It’s strange how fashion trends seem to recycle. Animal print was only in fashion a few years ago and now it’s back again! Thank goodness I held onto my Leopard print scarf and top. I almost threw them out when we moved house. I do like some of the colours – pink, teal and red but I’m not a big fan of plaid. It reminds me of my school uniform!

  • Reply Retirement Reflections April 27, 2019 at 00:04

    Hi, Christine – It’s nice to see you here again. I love all of the new fashions that you have highlighted for us, and the colour palette. The Channel-Style jacket is my favourite!

  • Reply Candi Randolph April 27, 2019 at 02:17

    I love the plaids, and the simple gray dress in the header image really got my attention! Even though we’re heading into our summers months in the Midwest the weather will be turning cooler before we know it, so I pinned this post for future reference. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 27, 2019 at 04:44

      Yes those two were my favourites, Candi. I used to have a red/black plaid jacket years ago and now it would be back in fashion. Where I live in Queensland, the Winters don’t get cold enough to wear heavy coats but I still love Winter fashion. The Chanel jacket was another favourite. x

    • Reply Christine May 3, 2019 at 16:27

      Hi Candi, I love that Grey dress with the twist front as well. It’s from Dorothy Perkins. Christine x

  • Reply Toni Pike April 27, 2019 at 11:24

    What a great article, Sue – you’ve really nailed the latest trends, and they all look great. I really like animal prints, but used in moderation. In Canberra, we definitely need winter clothes including plenty of jumpers and I love those plaids. The colours you showed here are my favourites.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 28, 2019 at 12:27

      Thanks Toni, I think Christine does a great job of collating these Fashion posts. I need to visit you so I can wear some Winter clothes. x

    • Reply Christine May 3, 2019 at 16:25

      Hi Toni, I have only been to Canberra a couple of times and always remember the cold! Even colder than Tassie! I’m so pleased you found some of your favourite colours. Christine x

  • Reply Janet May 1, 2019 at 09:56

    I’ve just learned that rusts and reds are “my” colours so need to hit the shops and make sure I get some into my wardrobe, stat!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 1, 2019 at 17:20

      Hi Janet, well you are in for a treat because Red is in this Winter!

    • Reply Christine May 3, 2019 at 16:23

      Hi Janet, it’s great that you have found your colours! I love red too and it’s in my colour swatch. Always a lovely bright colour for drab winter days. Christine x

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