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Autumn Winter Trends at Garden City

If you missed out on last week’s Weave Through Winter AW16 Style Workshop hosted by the very stylish Rachael Finch, don’t fret- we’ve summed up our seven AW16 trends and tips on how to get the look. We’ll have you winter ready in no time!

60’s Modernist
Graphic patterns in minimal shapes is a big trend this autumn winter. Think clothes that strike out with bold clean lines and bursts of colour. Print goes optical, fabrics get more extreme and shapes remain lean, mod and simple. A roll neck is a must have, whether it be a classic long sleeve skinny silhouette, on a dress or a sleeveless top. Keeping things minimal is what makes this trend modern.

(Image above: Portmans Trench and Dress)

This season, designers are inspired by the Victorian period. Thanks to delicate fabrics, ruffles, lace and sheer panels this trend is sexier and more romantic than ever before. Modernise this look by pairing romantic ruffle dresses or blouses with cool, tougher pieces like a great leather jacket, the perfect jean or a suit.

(Image above: Blue Illusion top and pants)

Down to Earth
This trend is all about clothes that could walk off the runway and straight into your wardrobe. They are pieces you really want to own. The perfect cut in the perfect shape that gives you that cool effortless look. Ways to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe include adding a touch of military-style relaxed crop trousers, a khaki jacket, silky shirt or a great blazer with gold button details, plus anything in navy or khaki. The cocoon coat is a must have piece.

(Image above: Gabriella Frattini Jacket and Pants)

Fun pleated tennis skirts and cool hoodies found their way onto the runway this season. The luxe fashion sport influence has taken a new direction with a cooler 70’s sports feel. It’s all about a hint of sporty – whether it be a stripe, pleat, hoodie or finishes like toggles, buttons and zips. If you invest in one piece make it a pair of sneakers.

(Image above: Review top and skirt; Colette bag)

Soft Rock
A bit folk, a bit of rock ‘n’ roll and a lot of bohemian – the 70’s are not going away. There are touches of velvet and leather, hemlines are long and necklines are high, fabrics are soft and patchwork is everywhere. Don’t be afraid of layering textures, prints and fabrics. Add fur, metallic, fringing and sheer for a real rock ‘n’ roll look complete with a smoky eye and shaggy bob for maximum impact.

(Image above: Bardot dress and vest; Country Road belt; Myer Gregory Ladner hat)

Geek Chic
Being a geek has never been more chic. AW16 takes us back to school. This season square-framed glasses, pastel mixes of sheer bowed blouses, pleated skirts, berets, loafers and trousers are on trend. Touches of this trend can modernise your wardrobe instantly. Add a buttoned blouse, floral necktie, Mary Janes, oversized librarian glasses with a touch of glitter or cropped flares to your list of must have pieces this season.

(Image above: Veronika Maine shirt, vest and pants; Myer Trent Nathan hat; Laubman and Pank glasses; Colette chain)

Men’s Style
Androgynous dressing is back. The style, cuts, fabrics and finishes as part of this trend are all inspired by menswear. Worn right, women have never looked sexier and cooler than now. Add masculine touches to your wardrobe like an oversized blazer or a crisp shirt and a lace-up brogue.

(Image above: Morrison top and pants; Kikki.K compendium)

Written by Sussan Nguyen, our Women's Fashion & Beauty Expert.

Posted by Garden City on 12 May 2016 within Fashion
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