FASHION Trends for autumn/winter 2011

trends for autumn/winter 2011

Hot fashion trends this autumn

Maggie Gibbons

I feel a bit guilty telling you about autumn/winter fashion trends after what has passed as summer. Didn’t that New Zealand fella get it very wrong with his prediction of a heat wave?
I have been raiding my winter clothes lately, so I suppose it’s a good time to tell you what’s coming for autumn/winter 2011. You may have a wedding coming up or just want to break out and buy something new so let’s look at what’s in.

Back in time
This season revisits the ’40s and ’70s. The glamour of the ’40s is ultra feminine. Think furs, pearls and knee-length skirts, with the emphasis is on the waist.
The ’70s is sophisticated glamour with Maxi skirts and dresses aswell as  high-waisted, wide-leg pants and elegant blouses. The main theme is ladylike this season – the more hippy ’70s trends have been largely ignored.

The fashion colour palette sees glorious jewel tones replacing summer’s acid brights:  amethyst, jade, sapphire, emerald, ruby, garnet and regal purple – colours that exude elegance and sophistication. There was plenty of black to be seen on all the runways and generally mixed in with dazzling jewel colours. Of course there are plenty of browns, camel, burgundies and cream for those of you who prefer more classic colours.

Get the look
  • Fabrics will be Tweeds, Tartan, leather, silk, lace and brocade. (I notice Kate Middleton wore brocade to Zara Phillips’s wedding recently).
  • Chokers will be the style adornment for the neck, as well as demure strands of pearls.
  • Cuff for the wrist – a must have!
  • Pleats will be everywhere this coming season, and they can be seen in all the high-street stores. Knife pleats are IN and they will stay around and influence next year’s trends also.
  • Long skirts will also be evident everywhere, ‘midi’ is the new mini! If you’re not a fan of long skirts then opt for the knee-length.
  • Fur is staying. Dig out that faux jacket again and throw on those pearls for a real style statement.
  • Tunics with Trousers. This elegant chic combination is a wonderful trend for all us ladies who have surrendered our waists to  overeating, age and/or menopause … Loving this. It is a flattering silhouette that covers a multiple of sins while at the same time looks glamorous.
  • Shoes are very feminine with lots of colour blocking. There will be oodles of fur adorning boots and shoes, as well as lace detailing.

Well, there you have it. And remember, runway style is always way over the top, but thankfully it’s well diluted by the time it reaches the high street.

Style tip of the week
Always wear darker colours on the heaviest part of your body, as light colours draw attention and will make you look heavier.

Maggie Gibbons
is an Image/Style Consultant based in Louisburgh. She can be contacted at