As we say BUH-BYE to summer and start slipping into something a little more autumnal it's time to cast our eyes to the runway and see what trends are in store for the upcoming season. We're sure there's definitely a few comfy winter pieces hidden in your wardrobe that you're excited to dig out again, but freshening up your look with a few key pieces is a great way get prepped for a new season. 

Maybe it's the cycle of fashion, or perhaps just how a lot of the world are feeling right now, but the overall feel for AW19 is pretty emo; with gothic touches, dark palettes and 19th century vibes. Put on your best pussy-bow blouse, slip into some lacy black tights and let's dive into winter. 

Top 10 Trends For A/W19

1. Moody Florals

From Richard Quinn to Miu Miu, dark and wintery florals were all over the runways for A/W19. On pieces such as cape-like coats and flowing maxi-dresses there's no garment left untouched by the moody floral trend. Don't go putting your floral maxi's away just yet, try pairing them with thick woolen tights or socks and chunky boots for a autumnal twist. 

Richard Quinn, Paco Rabanne, Miu Miu

2. Corduroy

A favourite among dads, farmers and fashionistas alike; cord has taken over as the fabric of the season this year. In rich caramel trousers at Alexa Chung and in a delicious, cobalt suit at A.W.A.K.E. Mode, we've been getting a serious craving for corduroy. Don't be scared by it's traditional roots, a pair of vintage cord trousers are surprisingly versatile and will see you through the season effortlessly. Pair with a vintage band tee or a loose-fitting blouse for a cool, casual, daytime look or with a sparkly top and faux fur coat for some serious 70s glam vibes.

A.W.A.K.E Mode, Michael Kors, Alexa Chung

3. Tie-Dye

Keep those chilled, summer vibes coming despite the turning weather. Tie-dye has been seen on runways from New York to Milan for the last few seasons and there's no sign of it going away. This trend is great because of it's simplicity and DIY nature. Either bag yourself a tie-dye tee to layer over a contrasting long-sleeve or find a pair of vintage joggers to tie-dye yourself. Bleach tie-dye is an especially fitting way to take the trend into winter as it involved removing colour from your palette rather than adding. #emo.

Area, Ashley Williams, Collina Strada

4. Tartan

Sometimes you just don't need to mess with a classic. As soon as the temperature drops a couple of degrees tartan seems to spring up all over, for good reason! With a rich history behind the textile not only in its origin but it's adoption by the punk movement means that it's a fun and easy way to toughen up any autumnal look. Our favourite way to style a tartan skirt is with an over-sized sweater and as much black eyeliner as we can fit on our eyelids. 

Ashley Williams, Coach 1941, Marine Serre

5. Layers upon layers

Layers to autumn are what florals are to spring; groundbreaking or not layered looks are still all over the runway for A/W19. Sometimes practicality can be stylish and why would we argue against that! Mix up your classic styling with a pair of vintage Levi's 501s, a baggy striped shirt worn hanging out of an over-sized hoodie and throw on a blazer to finish; so fashion. 

Aigner, Altuzarra, Annakiki

6. Suiting

Smart, tailored details will never go out of style and that's a fact. Heading into winter we often start to reach for comfy, rounded silhouettes but it can be a refreshing change to mix up your autumnal wardrobe with some sharp, tailored looks. At Adeam, Gucci and Eckhaus Latta, tailored shapes were on the agenda for 2019/2020, so take note and start looking for those perfect suiting pieces. It can be difficult to find perfect-fitting suits but search for some vintage pieces, whether herringbone, check or prince of wales and invest in getting them tailored to fit you perfectly. The ultimate way to get yourself a stand-out, custom piece without splashing the cash.

Adeam, Gucci, Eckhaus Latta

7. Rich Fabrics

Wrap up and feel like a glamorous starlet with in autumns most luxurious trend. Soft crushed velvets, buttery silks and satins paired with faux-fur and leathers come together for this season to make a multi-faceted and rich aesthetic. For inspiration look to brands such as Alexander Wang and Claudia Li for their subtle inclusions of luxurious fabrics. 

 Alexander Wang, Dennis Basso, Claudia Li

8. Prairie Chic

Summer 2019 will forever be remembered as three months where yeehaw culture swept the fashion scene, taking it by storm with cowboy-inspired looks. As we move away from summer the wild western theme is still going strong but re-imagined for a more autumnal feel. Prairie chic is a girly and often floral-heavy interpretation of the cowboy trend which is perfectly suited for colder weather. Layers of floral and lace with leather touches and soft draped silhouettes are perfect for incorporating both the gothic floral and layering trends too. Longchamp and Maryam Nassir Zadeh are your go-to reference points for this trend, keep an eye out for maxi-length vintage floral dresses, lace tops and mid length boots

Jonathan Cohen, Longchamp, Maryam Nassir Zadeh

9. Lilac

Every season there area couple of colours that stand out and seem to be everywhere, we've had Millennial pink and Gen Z green but now we have two more colours de jour to fall in love with. The first colour of the season is lilac, whether you go head to toe like Balmain or add in touches of the hue like Mazarine, there's many ways to wear lilac for autumn. 

Balmain, Dries Van Noten, Mazarine

10. Orange

 The second big colour for the season is orange. Intimidating to some, maybe, but it will be everywhere this winter. In toned-down leafy tones or in near-neon vibrancy there's a whole lot of ways to wear it. Fashion East alum Charlotte Knowles showed gorgeously tailored, feminine pieces in layers of orange whilst Kenzo showed one of our new go-to winter looks; a bright woolen jumper layered under a flowing floral slip dress


If you're feeling suitably wintery and in the mood to start putting together your wardrobe for A/W19 then head over to our In Bloom edit to shop A/W19 trend pieces or if you need a little more inspo for how to put together your winter wardrobe then check out our blog on our favourite vintage-inspired looks for autumn. Also check out our playlist below for the perfect soundtrack for autumnal shopping. 

Words Eloise Gendry

September 10, 2019 — Eloise Gendry