FASHION Hot looks for the cool seasons


Maggie Gibbons

The leaves finally started to fall last week, and autumn felt like it had properly arrived. The seasons are changing, and so are our wardrobes, as could be seen on the autumn/winter 2015/16 catwalks.
If you’re a fan of earthy, autumnal colour, then you will be in your element this winter, as there’s an abundance of earthy neutrals through all the main fashion lines. Thankfully, there are also some bright, bold colours to create a rich palette.
Fashion influencers will be anything from the Downton ’20s to the hippy ’60s and bohemian ’70s. There’s even a bit of ’80s Dynasty glamour.

Pantone announced the following colours as the autumn/winter palette for 2015: Desert Sage (a greenish grey); Stormy Weather (a grey/blue shade reminiscent of an overcast day); Oak Buff (a tan/yellowy shade); Dried Herb (earthy); Biscay Bay (blue/green similar to teal); Amethyst Orchid (rich and bold); Cadmium Orange (warm and dramatic); Reflecting Pond (a warm deep navy), Cashmere Rose (a soft pink) and Marsala (wine/burgundy). The last colour, Marsala, was declared Pantone’s colour of the year.
I have to admit, I’m not hugely fond of any of those colours, and while I love pink, Cashmere Rose is a bit too ‘dusky’ for me. It’s worth bearing in mind too, some of this year’s colours can be unflattering unless you are blessed with a warm skin tone. The Marsala burgundy shade can particularly be difficult to wear, as it’s yellow based and really does nothing for pale skins … but like it or not it will be everywhere.
Thankfully, bringing this colour into your wardrobe does not necessarily mean wearing it head-to-toe. You can make it more flattering by combining it with one of your favourite colours. Marsala is also easier to wear if chosen as a ‘bottom’ piece, like a skirt or trousers, rather in a garment worn next to the face. If you decide it’s not for you then just introduce it in an accessory.

Maxi and floor-length duster coats are bang on trend. I watched Brendan Courtney (of Lennon Courtney) being interviewed recently and was amused to hear him say they don’t ‘do’ maxis in their collection, just floor-length. Is there a difference? Regardless, if you’re going to try out this trend, you need a bit of height on your side … or a great pair of heels.
Furs, gilets and jackets adorned with fur are also in, reminiscent of the Downton era – all glamour and glitz. Faux fur stoles draped over the shoulders will complete the look. All fur should be faux, of course!
Patchwork and boho styles with fringes everywhere will provide a distinct ’70s flavour. You will see fringes hanging off everything, from bags to boots and jackets. Not my thing, but I was never a fan of ’70s fashion.
An ’80s theme will be all about Lurex coming closer to Christmas. I can’t believe I said that!
Wide-legged trousers will be all the rage, so goodbye skinnies for the moment. Wear with heals to create an illusion of height.
Victoriana elegance with lots of lace detailing on blouses and skirts remain popular. Lace and fur are so luxurious and make a wonderful marriage, so wedding these two trends will definitely work.
Statement earrings will be the accessory of the season. If you love big danglies, then you’re right on trend.
There you have it. As always, there’s something for everyone. Of course you can just do your own thing and ignore all the trends. It might even be a good idea to wear the clothes you already own more often. Apparently we wear just 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time. Sounds about right to me!

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