I’ve always loved September. As a schoolgirl, it meant new term, new pencil case, virgin notebooks and new shoes. As an undergraduate, September was time catch-up on summer shenanigans and work placements. And to have a week or two of freedom, (and a bit of madness), before the start of the semester proper. Now, September signifies the start of a new sartorial season. The time of year to rethink, refresh and re-imagine. It is no coincidence that the September issue of Vogue is the most anticipated and most widely circulated of the year.
This new season grants permission to fling open the wardrobe, dress up and celebrate. After all, we have a lot of catching up to do. Hand-sanitiser and face mask might still be the latest “must-haves” on the “before-we-leave-the-house-checklist”, but what are the new fashion trends for Autumn Winter 2021?
Trends for Autumn Winter 2021
The extreme circumstances of the pandemic seems to have inspired designers to be equally extreme in their visions for the new season. Knitwear is huge and to the max. Minis are miniscule. Puffer jackets, the size of duvets, are like giant cocoons. Sequins on steroids embellish head-to-toe layering. Suiting is strong, the plaid game is stronger. Chunky boots, power platforms and big cushiony sandals will adorn fashion souls’ soles this winter. Jewellery will party like never before, with oversized hoops and layer upon layer of neck candy. Arm candy, will have to compete with super-long sleeves. Or maybe not- why not have both?
I ADORE fashion but I’ll never be its slave. Rather I’ll take inspiration from the glossy pages and interpret the trends for autumn winter 2021 to suit my existing wardrobe, my budget and my style. Here, I’ve shopped my wardrobe, (and my husband’s), to showcase my interpretation of some of the season’s standout trends.
Admittedly, I bought some of these pieces for my recent honeymoon, but it works together beautifully for the season’s more-is-more approach to jewellery. My white dress is still good for a few more weeks at least- I’ll add a cosy knit or a jacket during early autumn. (See how I styled it last winter in this blog post). The gold jewellery contrasts beautifully with the eyewear, model SI-20104 F210, and shows off the delicate grey front and subtle gold sides.
My sequinned tuxedo has been a party staple for several seasons now. The silver and black camisole with its larger sequins adds more texture and shine for a celebratory look that’s bang up to date. Model SI-20104 F920 is strong enough to hold its own; it isn’t out-dazzled by the sequins.
My husband’s Christmas jumper manages to tick not one, but three trend boxes: après-ski, over-sized knitwear and extra-long sleeves. I’m glad I married him. The beautiful burgundy colour of eyewear model SI-50242 F039 is subtle, yet very, very effective.
This was one of my favourite work suits. Because of the pandemic, we now have to don scrubs, something that’s unlikely to change. So I’m delighted that both plaid and suiting are back in a big way. This tartan trouser suit can continue to earn its keep. The warm gold titanium finish on model SI-50242 F013 is the perfect desk to dinner style.
A version of this article first appeared on the Stepper Eyewear blog as part of my ongoing paid partnership with them.