The 9 Key Trends Londoners Will Be Wearing This Autumn


In my humble opinion, I think London in the autumn-time is a pretty special thing. The capital may not match up to the spectacular visual show of rusty-leafed trees that somewhere like New York City has to offer, but it feels like an exciting time where new prospects are upon us and that "back to school" excitement is palpable. Most people are still buoyed by the joys of British summertime and not yet so fed up with dark nights and rainy days to hibernate and ignore you in the street.

It's all about fresh outfit ideas and still being able to bare a little leg or go sans coat. It's the perfect window of opportunity for creative layering or getting extra mileage out of your favourite summer items that you simply aren't ready or willing to retire yet. It's my favourite season and so I'm very excited to place some bets on the autumn trends I think London fashion people will really get behind in 2022. Being the keen outfit-building types this captial's best-dressed are, the signs have already started to surface. There are hints of newness as well as some ideas that have held so strong throughout the summer so far that I just know they won't be retired at the first glimpse of rain. From an ongoing fascination with truly nostalgic designer handbags through to the extension of hemlines into maxi skirt territory, these are the 9 key trends I think Londoners will adopt for autumn 2022. 



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Style Notes: Balenciaga's reworked City bags and the new Le Cagole styles have a lot to answer for. They spearhead a return to the extra-fussy It bag styles of the noughties, and now I'm seeing girls picking up vintage styles all over the city.



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Style Notes: The great thing about this maxi skirt comeback is that no matter where you buys yours from—high end or high street—the overall effect of a very plain, pared back style is wealth!



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Style Notes: Savile Row is the epicentre of tailoring in the world, so London fashion people are no strangers to a fantastic suit. This season the trend continues for slouchy, oversized shapes with looser, wide-leg fits and boxy jackets.



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Style Notes: Super-bright shirts have been going strong for two summers now and I don't expect to see them being put to rest over the autumn months. Instead, they'll be worn under suits or layered over fine-knit roll-necks.



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Style Notes: Bikers, blazer and bombers are all on the agenda for AW22, but there's nothing a bohemian London girl likes more than a swishy fringed jacket. Particularly good with jeans and over long dresses.



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Style Notes: From Loewe's anagram tank to Prada's see-through logo-stamped heels, there are endless trending branded pieces out in the capital right now.



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Style Notes: Following on from the resurgence of maxi skirts you'll also find that form-fitting tube dresses are set to be big (and very comfy) news. I've already bought mine



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Style Notes: We Londoners love our comfy shoes (Birkenstocks, Tevas and Dr Martens still rule) but with a renewed energy for heels you'll find lots of the city's trendsetters stepping into slingbacks with low or kitten heels. Especially if they are Gucci and covered in crystals.



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Style Notes: Crochet has taken over my feeds this summer and I see no reason for it to quieten down over the colder months. 

Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.