On the eve of a new fashion season, Chadstone offers a comprehensive breakdown of the six trends that will dominate the Australian autumn and winter. You can thank us later...
A new season is upon us, and with it, an opportunity to freshen up and rejuvenate our look. Autumn and Winter can sometimes be cast as Spring and Summer’s less exciting cousin—but the sartorial opportunities presented by the cooler months shouldn’t be overlooked. Statement-making knits, keep-for-life outerwear, and lustworthy boots are just a few of the delights on offer at Chadstone this season—say nothing of the hyper-trendy pieces that will send your heart aflutter.
A new season is upon us, and with it, an opportunity to freshen up and rejuvenate our look. Autumn and winter can sometimes be cast as spring and summer’s less exciting cousin—but the sartorial opportunities presented by the cooler months shouldn’t be overlooked. Statement-making knits, keep-for-life outerwear, and lustworthy boots are just a few of the delights on offer at Chadstone this season—say nothing of the hyper-trendy pieces that will send your heart aflutter.
In this spirit, we’re offering a comprehensive breakdown of the six key trends to know for the new season. Having trawled through the best collections from the runways of New York, London, Milan, and Paris, we’ve plucked the key styles you’ll want to emulate yourself, from new-season silhouettes to year-defining colours.
Given we’ve just experienced a year unlike any other, the role of fashion as a means of fantasy and escapism feels more relevant than ever. As we head confidently into 2021, optimism has become a recurring phrase. This optimism has touched every part of the fashion industry, and greatly informed the range of pieces currently on offer. From microscopic minis (all grown-up, courtesy of hyper-feminine blouses), to high fashion florals, to the surprising but welcome resurgence of head-to-toe red, this new season is all about stepping out into the world with boldness, fearlessness, and strength of character.
If the last year proved anything, it’s that we already possess each of these qualities in droves—now it’s time to embrace a wardrobe to match.
“There is a shade of red for every woman,” said legendary style icon Audrey Hepburn. This season, that sentiment is more true than ever. Designers as eclectic as Aje, Country Road and Golden Goose are all offering pieces in head-turning hues of cherry, scarlet, and crimson. Your mantra here? Go big or go home—rock head-to-toe red ensembles, then polish the final look with classic black accessories. Audrey would be proud.
Switch out your beloved blacks, whites, and navys for a new neutral colour palette this season—khakis, beiges, and tans. Beige-hued cotton pieces will seamlessly integrate into your existing wardrobe (just add denim), while khaki pieces will shake off any unwanted Tropic Thunder overtones with the addition of slickly tailored blazers and sleek ribbed knits. With new season pieces from Bally, Viktoria & Woods (David Jones), and Witchery—you’ll find yourself a khaki convert for life.
Contrary to the eternalised The Devil Wears Prada quote, florals can be groundbreaking—you just need to know how to style them. For the autumn winter ‘21 season embrace a darker colour palette, looking to hyper-feminine dresses from Bec + Bridge and Kenzo. High fashion florals are given added finesse when paired with perennial wardrobe classics, like beige trench coats, chunky knits and leather jackets. The best part? You can swap out your chunky winter boots for minimal leather sandals come summer, making delicate floral dresses the ultimate transseasonal investment.
After an uncertain 12 months spent largely indoors, is it any wonder that fashion is looking optimistically forward, toward a time where shorter hemlines are back on the agenda? This season, the microscopic mini is all grown up, finished in hyper-sophisticated tweed and worn with a matching blazer (Cher Horowitz, eat your heart out), or paired with demure, feminine blouses. Your moodboard is ‘Versace-clad supermodels circa the ‘90s’—with that image in mind, you can’t fail.
Long beloved by style icons like Princess Diana and Jackie O, statement belts are enjoying a long-awaited comeback in 2021. Cinch boxy, oversized silhouettes like blazers and shirting at the waist to create a more flattering shape, or elevate petite day dresses to soaring new heights with belts in contrasting materials and fabrics. With nods on the runway from the likes of Chanel and Dior, and current iterations available from Moncler (David Jones), Sandro, and Reiss, the possibilities are endless, from statement bows to chunky gold chains.
With ticks of approval from Celine, Hermès, Alexander McQueen, and Boss, the fashion industry has well and truly fallen back in love with leather. This season, classic wardrobe staples—blazers, shorts, well-cut trousers—are reinvented in buttery leather, fashion’s most durable material. Play it safe with tasteful injections (think: pleated mini skirts) or go all-out with a head-to-toe leather ensemble by Sandro. Wallflowers need not apply.
Be inspired by the AW21 Trend Report and shop the look in centre from featured retailers.
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