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Sep 4, 2012

Autumn-Winter 2012 Trends

This summer we`ve all been enjoying the comfort and flow of the luscious maxi dress and the nautical touch of stripes, but what fashion trends can we expect to be hankering after when the cold weather sets in? Here`s our guide to key trends for autumn winter 2012.

Big is beautiful - particularly when it comes to coats. These, trousers and hips all get the oversized treatment this winter. Catwalks were, quite literally, full of voluminous coats. Often double breasted, these were anything but skin tight. Effortless to wear, this is one key trend you`ll be oh so grateful for come the windy weather. Not one for the faint-hearted, baggy leather trousers were also a common theme, seen from Sportmax and Mulberry. Many designers also exaggerated hips on dresses and skirts.

Pick a pattern - a winter wardrobe staple is the oversized jumper with bold, geometric print. Cuddle up in a statement knit and, this year, the louder the better. Trouser suits are an evergreen, but don`t be a plain Jane. However utilitarian the structure, be sure your two-piece has a look of luxury and glamour with elaborate brocades and appliqu├ęs. Another print theme making an appearance, the swirly prints of the psychedelic seventies were also seen from Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs among others.

Belt up - with volume the watch word of the season, belts come into their own once more. Whichever style you choose, stay on trend by keeping it on show on your outer layer. Mulberry and Marc by Marc Jacobs among others showcased the wonders of the belt in fantastic style.

Watch the birdie - every season has its favourite animal theme, whether by prints or design. By winter you can forget summer`s favourite the flamingo and opt for an owl. Make it big and bold for maximum impact. The models of the Mulberry Porsum runway, wore theirs with pride.

Anyone for polo? - layering is so often top of the agenda for the colder months and, this year, make your base layer a classic polo neck. Keep it simple and comfortable in an ultra-fine fabric.

Colours of the season - burgundy is this season`s wardrobe staple, as an alternative to black. Black on the other hand will be bang on trend when paired with navy blue.

Love lace - luxurious and detailed fabrics dominated the runways of spring summer 2012 and, with luxury and detailed fabrics in the spotlight for autumn winter, continues to be a popular choice. Choose lace inspired accessories such as the stunning Dolce et Gabana ankle boot.

The thighs have it - most designers agreed that longer is better. You can`t go wrong this autumn with a knee length skirt or dress like these at Couture Candy. Whichever style you choose, think luxurious and ornate fabric, add a belt and you will be well on your way to mastering the look of the season.

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