5 Autumn 2016 Fashion Trends Explained: The Edit

Autumn (or Fall) 2016 fashion trends offer a wide array of choices and styles for the savvy trendsetter. Here we decode why there has never been a better season to fall in love with fashion all over again.

Autumn 2016 fashion trends offer a wide array of choices and styles for the savvy trendsetter but the one thing which brings them together is their sense of theatrics and nods to other eras.

It’s like designers have decided in unison to offer a vision of the modern woman who is strong, bold and knows what she wants.

Her modern lifestyle doesn’t prevent her from referencing other periods in time like the 80s which are making a major comeback or the gothic romanticism of the 90s.

Autumn 2016 also sees the advent of individualism in fashion as these trends are meant to be appropriated by the wearer.

Autumn 2016 is the season to be you.

Discover our edit of Autumn 2016 fashion trends, explained.

  • All Black
    All Black

    Dolce & Gabbana 3/4 length dress

    Marc Jacobs set the mood with his deliciously dark goth collection which featured layers upon layers of you guessed it, black.

    If the street style hordes are to be believed, long evening dresses are now acceptable choices during the day.  A flowing evening gown is an easy way to adopt this trend for autumn 2016.

    Think lace, front button panels and long sleeves.

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  • Velvet

    ASOS Laurel Ballet Flats

    Coming in rich and vibrant hues, velvet is no longer the dark romantic fabric it was made to be.

    Peeped on accessories and evening dresses, velvet is also made easy to wear by being incorporated in day-to-day wardrobe items.

    Mixed with embroideries or embellishments (as seen at Dries Van Noten), velvet is given a modern update which creates intriguing silhouettes.

    Our take: embrace velvet shoes as your easy introduction to the trend.

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  • Lingerie As Outerwear
    Lingerie As Outerwear

    Bardot Sleeveless Lace Bralet

    The lingerie as outerwear has slowly been creeping over but it’s this season that it has reached its full trend potential.

    We’ve had slip dresses with lace inserts and crop tops which were only paving the way for bralets and corsets worn over dresses and shirts.

    This time again, lace, broderie anglaise and ruffles are aplenty as a statement of unabashed femininity.

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  • Sports Luxe
    Sports Luxe

    Alexander Wang Short Dress

    Athleisure has been around for a while now, with the rise of health-conscious crowds and gym addicts which normalised incorporating sports items into the wardrobe.

    This season, the style is refined and a touch of luxury is added into the mix with leathers and neoprene being the key fabrics of this trend.

    Think road trip explorer goes high fashion. The quick way to adopt the trend would be with sporty dresses with mesh inserts or deconstructed puffer jackets like those seen at Balenciaga by Demna Gvasalia.

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  • 80's Nostalgia
    80's Nostalgia

    Alexander McQueen Cropped Leather Jacket

    If there is one thing which defines 80’s fashion it is incredible volumes.

    This year, Hedi Slimane’s last show as Creative Director of Saint Laurent was an homage to the 80s with all the elements of power dressing on display.

    Pointy stilettos, polished leather and fishnet stockings are making a comeback big time. As are ruffles and gathered fabrics structured by asymmetric cuts and over-the-top sleeves.

    The easy way into the trend? Padded shoulder jackets.

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