Unfortunately it is looking like we are not going to get the sun soaked summer we hoped for. Rather than mourn for the summer we never had, start planning for the cold autumn/winter winds with next season's most sought after trends. This autumn, an air of understated elegance and luxury is key. Classic and traditional looks are making a come-back and dark graphic prints are a style staple.
From corduroy pants to tweed jackets to warm cable knits, country classics are essential winter wear. This traditional look works best with utility fabrics and earthy, autumnal fabrics.
Power of purple
This regal shade featured heavily at London Fashion week autumn/winter 2012. This luxurious colour is predicted to be the colour of the season. Alternatively pair lavender or lilac with black in order to effectively translate spring's pastels into autumn.
If you can't get enough of this summer's floral prints then I have some good news! Florals are continuing to bloom for autumn and winter. However, the girly feminine prints will become graphic, bold, dark and edgy. Also expect some lace over-lays.
Velvet, which featured slightly last winter, is making a massive comeback this coming winter. Velvet creates an effortlessly elegant look, perfect for the party season.
Leather is not just limited to jackets this coming season. Leather, skirts, trouser and dresses have all been very popular on the runways of late. Gothic glamour is a big trend and glossy black leather is the epitome of autumn's new decadent air.
Sequined clothing and accessories is another trend which is continuing from summer to autumn. Swap your candy colour sequins for dark gothic hues to match your winter wardrobe. Wear with velvet or leather for a glamourous night out. And remember, less is more!
Boy meets girl
Oversized garments are perfect for the cold winter months as they are ideal for layering. Expect modern shaped tops with masculine over-sizing. Choose muted or feminine shades in order to soften the masculine tailoring.
Head to Penneys to get the look for less!