We have to come to terms with it: summer is coming to an end. August is drawing to a close and that means back to school adverts, the first leaves changing colour and nighttime creeping further and further into our precious daylight hours. Although the forecast for September in the UK seems pretty mild, it’s almost time to batten down the hatches and throw all those bikinis, sandals and shorts to the back of your closet until the next sunny day, whenever that may be. Just because the sun may be shining a little less brightly doesn’t mean you should though, and trend forecasts predict that bright and unlikely tones for autumn/winter will be out in full force. Check out our picks for this bright and bold autumn trend, and see how you can introduce some curveballs into your wardrobe.
Dramatic silhouettes, disjointed patterns and enhanced textures combined with confused colourways will make for striking and unexpected aesthetics, disrupting the usually muted palette of fall fashion. For inspiration, look to fashion designers such as Manish Arora, Jeremy Scott and Casely-Hayford for pops of confusing colour, elements of surprise and street art-inspired prints, all of which have been slowly but steadily making their way into high street and mainstream fashion.
If you’re liking these looks, but you don’t want to jump straight in the deep end, or if you want to take a more subtle approach, accessorising is always a sure fire method for testing a trend out. It’s perfectly acceptable to incorporate bolder items into your wardrobe by wearing them as statement pieces alongside more subtle garments, meaning you can still pack a small punch without being centre of attention.
With the long-awaited drop this week of Frank Ocean’s Blond (or Blonde, whichever you prefer it seems), and the limited release of its companion magazine ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, we’re thinking this trend could kick in sooner than expected, with the visuals surrounding the album taking cues from street fashion and art, as well as featuring imagery reminiscent of digital distortions and glitches.
Incorporating just one out-there item can work just as well as a full blown feast of colour for the eyes, but there’s something to be said about the impact of a super loud outfit. And the best thing is, there are no rules when it comes to these looks – pair each item with anything and everything, make it as gaudy as you like, and we guarantee you’ll still be on trend.
What do you think of these fall fashion picks? Will you be braving the bolds?