Trend Report: What to wear this autumn!

Summer’s definitely coming to a close and though we might be praying for some last-minute sunshine, it’s time to embrace autumn and the great style opportunities that come with it.

The autumn/winter catwalks this year were all about more relaxed, wearable looks. Here’s some of our favourite trends for this season…

1. Mad for plaid
Tartans have come in and out of fashion time and time again, but they were all over the catwalks for this season, most notably at Tommy Hilfiger with full-on plaid dresses in heavy wool fabrics. Chloë Moretz wore this trend a little differently, rocking a Simone Rocha top with cut-out sleeves as she headed to the Jimmy Kimmell studios earlier this month:

2. Floating on air
Floaty fairytale styles are big this season – they took centre stage at Dolce & Gabanna, Alexander McQueen and Valentino, who all showcased floor length gowns in light-as-air fabrics. Go for a skirt or dress with a higher hemline for a more user-friendly take on this trend, à la Clemence Poésy. The actress wore this Chloé dress beautifully at a recent launch for the label’s new perfume:

3. High-octane metallics
Glittering metallics are a great way to work an autumn trend into your Saturday night outfit. Marc by Marc Jacobs was all over this look, and Alexa Chung showed off one of the label’s key pieces at New York Fashion Week earlier this year:

4. Whiter than white
Forget ivory or cream, stark bleached whites are where it’s at this season – if you can manage to avoid spilling red wine all over them, that is. Helmut Lang models walked the catwalk in all-white tailored trousers, fur coats and flowing sweaters. Taylor Swift had a slightly more glamourous take on the trend though, in this black and white Jonathan Simkhai dress for her appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers:

5. Eye-catching embellishments
This is one trend that you can be as safe or as far-out as you like with. Wear all-over sequins or just go for some subtle panels of beading on shoulders or sleeves. Gucci models paraded down the catwalk in embellished shift dresses this season, and Keira Knightley looked every bit the glittering goddess in this Delpozo dress at an appearance in London recently:

6. Take the plunge
Low cut necklines might not be for everyone, but they are a sure way to inject some old-school glamour into your look. Donna Karan went all out with plunging necklines this season, combined with some very high hemlines, while Diane Von Furstenburg’s looks were a little more demure. Suki Waterhouse looked stunning in this Burberry Prorsum dress at Serpentine Gallery’s summer party: