I'm Anti-Trend, But These New-Season Items Work With My Autumn Capsule Wardrobe


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Fashion month has finally drawn to a close and it has been nothing short of excellence—from the fashion-forward silhouettes of Scandinavian brands showcased at Copenhagen Fashion Week and the exuberance of Haute Couture to the Paris Fashion Week runways. I was lucky enough to experience some outstanding pieces in the flesh, many of which I've added to my imaginary wish list. I’ve come back down to earth and drawn my attention to the slew of A/W that’s been landing in the new-in sections and my goodness have they been good.

While I’ve been squeezing the last drops out of summer and donning carefree frocks when the sun rears its head, now is the best time to start evaluating your clothes for the upcoming seasons as for the majority of us, chilly temperatures await. At the first glimpse of autumn, I turn my attention to the conviviality of Christmas on the horizon (I may have a slight penchant for the festivities) and how I can make my wardrobe more weather-appropriate. Typically my colour pallet deepens and becomes awash with richer tones but this year, I've thrown in some wildcards in the form of a buttery hue (more on that below) and I also turn my attention to the power of outerwear, layering pieces and jewels aplenty (my moto - pile them high). Fear not, fellow lovers of dresses, short sleeves can be swapped for their lengthier counterparts which is no task given the elongated length trend and it may soon be time to refresh the hosiery draw.

The cusp of seasons is also a playful time for fashion. There’s something directional about mixing textures whilst the weather still calls for it too. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t believe it’s time to pack linens away just yet. Instead, pair them with hardened and silken textures to make the most out of your wardrobe. Keep reading to see more examples of wardrobe recycling, plus the styles I’m most drawn to for the upcoming seasons. 


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Avalon Afriyie is a freelance writer and storyteller based in London. She specialises in sustainable fashion, health and the narratives of marginalised communities. She has a background in fashion show production and styling, having previously worked on The Clothes Show and with the Lyst Group. Since graduating in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in English and contemporary media, she’s worked as a feature writer for an independent publication and a contributor for Quill’s creator network. She now marries her passion for words and style, writing for some of the most esteemed fashion and lifestyle publications, Who What Wear UK and Stylist. Avalon also provides copywriting services, creative consultancy, and visual media for independent businesses, including travel guides, interviews, press releases and blog posts. Her work has been featured on Lush, Contiki, Youswim and Ohne. She spends her days writing to her heart’s content for business and pleasure, shooting on film and dreaming of residing a stone’s throw away from the ocean with her love and a pup (clad in a sweeping frock, of course). She’s currently penning ideas for a book of personal essays and free verse poetry on love, life and the stages in between.