Autumn Trends Preview

Yes, it’s July, but chances are it might be raining outside, and you might be thinking about Autumn already. So, it’s time for an autumn trends preview.

Our autumn trends preview is in the shape of a weekly wishlist – 14 items we are popping down on our autumn trends list now, to buy later. Most of these items will hit the stores around late August/early September.

But what are the autumn trends you should be looking for? There are a few in particular that stand out. One of those is fashion perennial, leopard print. No longer thought of as brassy or cheap, leopard print is a fashionista musthave, and our tip for this coming autumn season is to wear it in coat-form.

So, trust us, leopard print coats will be everywhere. But it also looks fab on dresses and accessories too. Another big one of the autumn trends we love is ruffles. They previewed in the spring, but this winter, they’re everywhere, and look fab on knitwear. Plaids and checks are big, as is embellishment and metallics.

Dunagrees will still be on-trend for another season at least – they look fab with roll neck sweaters and high neck blouses.

And our other big ‘trend to watch’ for this autumn is velvet. Velvet EVERYTHING! From coats, to dresses, to tops, to boots, to shoes!

Autumn trends 16 preview

1.Belted coat, £79.99, H&M 2. Ruffle top, £35, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams 3. Check skirt, £19.99, New Look 4. Velvet Bardot top, £17.99, New Look 5. Glittery Mary Janes, £24.99, New Look 6. Star embellished clutch, £19.99, New Look 7. Check sweater, £24.99, New Look 8. Velvet jacquard dress, £tbc, Red Herring @ Debenhams 9. Ruffle check blouse, £35, H! by Henry Holland @ Debenhams 10. Leopard print dress, £29.99, New Look 11. Dungarees, £tbc, White Stuff 12. Velvet boots, £29.99, New Look 13. Floral embellished top, £45, RJR John Rocha @ Debenhams 14. Leopard print courts, £59, Debenhams

Shearling Style

Shearling, sheepskin, pile. Call it what you want, this cosy look is perfect for autumn and winter.

First off, what is shearling? Real shearling is a skin from a recently sheared sheep or lamb that has been tanned and dressed with the wool left on. It has a suede surface on one side and a clipped fur surface on the other. Usually the suede side is worn outward.

If course, more within budget might be the artificial version. And there is plenty of it around – fake and real – this season, on everything, from traditional coats, to bags,boots and ballet pumps!

Let’s start with New Look’s two-toned coat (£54.99) – fluffy and gorgeous, it has the wool side showing reversed to the front on the bottom of the coat.

New Look Shearling sheepskin coatDebenhams biker-jacket style jacket from Red Herring (£59) is in a gorgeous neutral tone – and how cosy does that collar look?

Debenhams shearling jacketH&M have dispersed with the suede/suedette side, with this gorgeous belted jacket (£49.99) which is all pile-side.

H&M shearling jacketNew Look’s shearling style boots (£49.99) are a proper autumnal statement item that we are in love with!

New Look shearling bootsAlso at New Look, this lovely wintry, and practical black woolly tote bag (£19.99).

New Look shearling bagSchuh’s rubber and fleece shearling-style boots (£45) are super-comfy and super-cosy for winter days -perfect with jeans or skirts.

Schuh Shearling bootsGilets are big this season, with the 1970s vibe. Give this fake shearling gilet from H&M (£29.99) a whirl with jeans and a roll-neck for a 1970s vibe.

H&M faux shearling giletSlip your hands into New Look’s shearling gloves (£7.99) to keep them cosy and warm when the winter chill sets in.

New Look shearling glovesWe want to wear our ballet pumps in the winter, but they’re so, well, cold. Unless they’re these amazing Twists ballet pumps from JOY (£33) – which are only wool-lined!

JOY shearling pumpsFinally, the winter king of all shearling, sheepskin, wool, pile, whatever you want to call it!  Classic UGG boots. We cannot get through the winter without our UGG boots. We love the classic tall style – find all the styles and colours of this iconic boot, from Schuh. These classic talls are £195.

Classic tall UGG Australia boots