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10 Sep 2010

Autumn fashion trends: How to get the catwalk look on a high-street budget

September is upon us, the weather is getting colder (and wetter!), and although this would normally upset me as I am a summer baby, I’m actually more and more excited about the trends this season!

This season’s catwalks have been full of amazing looks which have REALLY inspired me. However, I can’t afford high-end couture, so here is my look at the catwalks, and my high-street interpretation.

Trend 1 – Capes
The cape was seen everywhere at Autumn/Winter 2010 shows! It was styled in several ways too. Many were short, informal and cute; others long, formal and graceful.
L-R: Hussein Chalayan; Alberta Ferretti; Aquascutum; Matthew Williamson; Rag & Bone; Alexander Wang

Key features to look for in capes: Military additions, furry collars, or even the whole cape! (fake of course). Top tips - keep your trousers tight, or buy a belted cape to avoid looking like a big blob!


Top Row L-R: ASOS Hooded Military Cape - £70 ASOS; Checked cape - £195 Urban Outfitters;  Grey high-neck cape - £150 French Connection;
Bottom Row L-R: Fleece cape - £54 American Apparel; Tie Waist Cape - £95 ASOS; French Connection Hooded Cape - £160 French Connection

Trend 2 – Camel coats
These neutral coloured jackets are classic and completely timeless. First check if any relations have any in the attic and try to pinch them, otherwise get one! The colour will go with any outfit to give it a smart but stylish edge. Perfect to last you a few years.

Chloe; Hussein Chalayan; Aquascutum; Aquascutum; 3.1 Phillip Lim

The catwalks featured really interesting shapes, maxi-coats and elegant details to bring the look up-to-date. Keep an eye out for belts, military detailing and frills.
camel coats

From Left to Right: Oversize camel jacket - £150 at Topshop; Twiggy Cocoon Coat - £89 at Very.co.uk; South Maxi Coat - £79 at Very; Duffle coat -  £50 from Debenhams

Trend 3 – Kilts
Surprisingly, kilts are going to be really big news this Autumn! Wear them during the Autumn with bare legs and cute cardigans, and then in the winter with opaque tights and knee boots.
Clockwise from Left to Right: Margaret Howell; Pringle of Scotland; Pringle; Christopher Kane

On the high street, look out for strap and belt details, frills and pleats. Especially smart black ones! Plus, if you can sew, check out this brilliant pattern from Burdastyle!


Clockwise from top left  - Tartan kilt - £22 from Dorothy Perkins; layered kilt - £40 from Warehouse; Button pleat kilt - £20 from New Look

Trend 4 – Shearling, leather jackets
These leather jackets with a furry trim are perfect for the Autumn - they look tough over feminine dresses and cosy on more rainy days!

Here's the look on the catwalks

Burberry Prorsum; Mulberry; Julien Macdonald; Burberry Prorsum; Wunderkind; Giles
Here's the look on the highstreet!

Shearling jackets
Top Row L-R: Waterfall jacket - £29.99 from New Look; Long-line brown jacket - £89 from Very; Bomber Jacket - £110 from ASOS;
Bottom Row L-R: Long-line brown jacket - £89 from Very; Black synthetic bomber - £49.99 from Uniqlo; Brown aviator jacket - £120 from ASOS

Trend 5 – Wedge boots
Wedges are back! Thank god! I love wedges - so comfortable, stylish and amazing! Love them!

Here's my favourite from the high street

Wedge Boots

Top Row L-R: Brown canvas wedge boots - £35 from Miss Selfridge; Carvela lace up boots - £150 ASOS; Lace up shoe boots - £25 from New Look;
Bottom Row L-R: Wedge open toe boots - £80 from Topshop; Slouch boots - £25 from New Look; Dune knee high wedge boots - £155 from John Lewis

Trend 6 – Bold, bright colours
Bright colours are perfect for the Autumn - they brighten up your day, make you look forwards to leaving the house and make rainy weather less horrible!

Clockwise from top left: Dior; Dior; Givenchy; Dior; Giles; Dior
Finally, curves have been spotted on the runway! This look is all about celebrating a female shape. Long skirts, cinched in waists and bustiers hark back to the days of fifties feminine elegance. Think Mad Men!

It's so exciting to see "normal sized" models on the catwalk! - Louis Vuitton; Prada; Bottega Veneta; Louis Vuitton; Dries Van Noten; Dries Van Noten

And here is a high-street interpretation:
feminine style

Hope you have enjoyed my reworking of the Autumn 2010 catwalk shows!



  1. Freelance FashionistaFri Sep 10, 10:57:00 am BST

    I'm very impressed that you've put this together!It must have taken forever!

    I'm hankering after nearly one of everything you mentioned, but its got to be a shearling jacket for me!

    Have a great weekend!

    E x


  2. Helen [In Elegance]Fri Sep 10, 10:23:00 pm BST

    Great post, I love all these looks.

  3. Laura - Emerald Green 88Fri Sep 10, 11:49:00 pm BST

    This must have taken ages, it's great! I like the ladylike and bright colours the best!

  4. Yai, i am so in love with your review dear :)
    Thanks for making some inspiration :)

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