26 May 2017   

5 min read
Stephanie Stewart is the editor of lifestyle website Lipstick & Cake where she shares beauty, fashion, food and travel inspiration. Her work has appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.au, Yahoo7 and lastminute.com.au. She is also the author of e-cookbook Button-Popping Breakfasts. As the temperature drops, we asked Stephanie to preview the standout fashion trends for autumn and winter and the everyday wearable wardrobe pieces your customers will be asking for.
For the ladies 

It’s time to add some colour to our monochromatic wardrobes. Khaki green, fuchsia, red, metallic and navy are the colour trends of autumn and winter 2017. 

While bare shoulders were one of the biggest trends for spring and summer, this season will be all about high necks and long sleeves. Though there will still be a little shoulder baring here and there, the button-up shirt, will be one of the most coveted pieces for the season ahead. 

Along with the perfect button-up shirt, shoppers will be looking for a structured blazer. While black is always popular, the tweed, check or khaki blazer will be A/W 17s hero piece. 

There is definitely an 80s vibe happening, with slogan and band t-shirts becoming a wardrobe staple, along with trenches, wide leg pants and flares. Ripped denim is still popular, though the rips seemed to have moved down from the knees and to the hem of the pants. Speaking of jeans, fishnet stockings or socks under jeans is a huge craze right now and shows no signs of slowing down. 

Also tapping into the 80s vibe is the winter floral in mostly muted tones, huge sleeves, frills, embroidered shirts, jackets and dresses and velvet. Velvet will feature heavily this season, with everything from t-shirts to evening dresses. 

The sneakers and backless loafers trend won’t be disappearing any time soon. In fact, they will soon be joined in the wardrobe by either a pair of velvet ankle or knee-high boots. Red, blue, pink and metallic versions are dropping thick and fast. 

In regards to accessories, colourful earrings and chandeliers are out and more sculptural styles and metals are in. Hello hoop earrings! Logo belts are still very popular, as is the corset belt, which is worn over t-shirts. 

The clutch has taken a back seat to the cross-body bag this season, with statement straps being very popular. Bracelet and bucket bags are also fast appearing all over social media and throughout magazines. 

For the men 

As the women move away from the neutral colours this season, the men will move towards it. Day-to-day wear will also be a little more on the casual side. 

It’s time for men to put away the flat-brim / snapback and invest in a regular baseball cap. Appearing on many of the catwalks and on nearly every celebrity going through LAX, the baseball cap is the finishing touch to that off-duty look. 

Bomber jackets are a must have for casual wear, as is a long tailored coat for work or more formal occasions. Layering is also big this season, particularly the long shirt / jumper underneath a puffer jacket. 

While wearing different variations of a shade (at the same time) was once a no-no, thanks to Yeezy, tonal dressing is very much a thing. I think we’ll be seeing men wearing a lot of blue on blue or khaki on khaki this season. 

Replacing those skinny jeans are more relaxed-fit chinos and straight leg jeans. Tops will be simple button-ups or crew necks and will be teamed with that puffer or bomber jacket. 

Sneakers are still very much on trend, particularly in white. 

For those looking for a new suit, blues and burgundy are hot colours for A/W 17. Suits should be tailored and teamed with either a slim or woven tie. Gingham and patterned ties are cool, but every man should have at least one plain shade. 

Staying on top of the latest fashion trends will be the key to attracting fashion-hungry shoppers this season, providing them with inspiration, and responding quickly to what they’re seeing and liking on social media.