7 Season-Defining Trends That'll Make This Autumn/Winter Your Most Stylish Yet

Despite what the bright skies may lead us to believe, summer has fully checked out and now is time to embrace all things autumnal. The transition from summer to autumn is not always the easiest to dress for (cue intermittent shivering and sweating), but there's no denying the excitement in the air when it comes to new season shopping. As editors, the first step is often studying the runways to determine which trends make the cut, but as of late we've also been turning to social media and street style to which pieces some of fashion's best dressed have already tried and tested. 

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Flash-in-the-pan fads and trending aesthetics need not apply, as the smartest buys are often the ones will work with our existing wardrobes, so it's always wroth considering which pieces will go the distance before adding to basket.

With that in mind, we've scoured autumn/winter 2023 runways and the feeds of our favourite influencers, editors, buyers and industry insiders to figure out what to wear now, and there are seven particularly wearable trends that we'd happily plan all of our autumn outfits around. So, should you be looking for some new season shopping inspo, keep scrolling for our pick of the season-defining trends about to shake up your autumn/winter.

1. BACK TO SCHOOL

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Style Notes: We may have given up our school uniforms a long time ago, but there's something about the beginning of autumn that always speaks to our inner child. Swap plimsolls for loafers and cardigans for knitted vests and you're one step closer to this season's take on polished varsity prep. 

SHOP VARSITY PREP:

2. TAILORING 2.0

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Style Notes: Blazers and wide-leg trousers are a mainstay in our wardrobes all year round, but this autumn we're stocking up on classic pieces with a modern update. Double breasted jackets go triple breasted, silhouettes are exaggerated and the waistcoat worn as a top sticks around for another year at least.

SHOP TAILORING:

3. CAFE AU LAIT

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Style Notes: Buzzy colour trends may come and go, but you can always rely on neutrals to look effortlessly expensive. This year we're dressing in café au lait: fifty shades of cocoa, caramel and cream that echo the seasonal shift and always look bang up to date. 

SHOP CAMEL, BROWN, AND CREAM:

4. GET YOUR COAT

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Style Notes: It's been difficult enough trying to determine whether or not to grab a jacket when we leave the house but soon enough the winter weather will make the decision for us. Get ahead of the crowd by investing in a chic longline coat that will dress up even the most simple outfit. It's time to make the coat the star of the show again. 

SHOP COATS:

5. PRINT CLASH

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Style Notes: Can't settle on one print trend? Why not wear them all. As Grace Ghanem (pictured above) proves, there's no one way to celebrate print, colour and texture, and when the weather outside starts to take a turn for the worse, dopamine dressing can provide the lift we so desperately need. Mix and clash prints of different sizes to nail the trend, and stick to pieces in a similar palette to help make it easier on the eye.

SHOP PRINTS:

6. SUPERSIZED SILHOUETTES

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Style Notes: We knew it—bigger really is better, and we've been waiting for an excuse to shelve spray-on clothing and look for something a little roomier. Any trend that prioritises comfort first is a winner in our book, but it isn't just loose leg jeans and baggy trousers, pencil skirts are swapped for fuller a-line skirts for evening and the bomber has undergone a supersized makeover. Size up this season and wear everything a little looser and with extra nonchalance. 

SHOP SLOUCHY FIT:

7. GREAT LENGTHS

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Style Notes: According to the street style set we've seen the last of bare-legged season for another year, and sweeping maxis are the current look du jour. Midi hemlines may have dominated the scene for the last few years, but the answer to spring/summer 2022's micro mini hemline could only be the ankle-grazing maxi (and it'll save you a lot of money on hosiery).

SHOP MAXIS:

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Remy Farrell
Fashion Editor

Remy Farrell is a London-based shopping editor with nearly 10 years of editorial experience covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. After graduating with a journalism degree and working on the editorial and fashion teams for titles such as Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, she moved into the luxury e-commerce sector, working as fashion assistant at TheOutnet.com styling for the social media channels and helping to develop the collections for the in-house brand Iris & Ink. After expanding an assisting and styling portfolio that includes shooting talent such as Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miquita Oliver, she also branched out into beauty, creating tried-and-tested reviews and diverse beauty content.

In her role as shopping editor at Who What Wear, Remy is interested in discovering new and exciting brands to share with the Who What Wear readership and particularly loves uncovering hidden gems at affordable prices to make shopping accessible to everyone.

Born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Remy moved to London in 2014 and lives in the Docklands with her partner and pug Billie.