7 Autumn/Winter 2023 Fashion Trends To Wear Now

Fashion
By Astrid Carter | 30th August 2023
2023 Fashion Trends

As much as we love the summer months and embracing a more bohemian, carefree aesthetic whilst the sun is out, when it comes to style, the Autumn/Winter collections are always the best. It always feels like a fresh start and a sucker punch of style to bring you back to reality after a heady summer of fun. This season, the collections did not disappoint, with so many fresh 2023 fashion trends to choose from, with one common thread: wearability.

Perhaps it’s fashion’s new direction on buying less, buying better, and the fact that even if we want to spy a host of new trends on the runway, we don’t necessarily want to shop them all, and if we do, we want to be savvier and more responsible.

‌So, let us take you through seven of our favorites, from the buttery new shade that’s an antidote to the oversaturated Barbiecore phenomenon to the return of a Y2K classic and tailoring pieces you’ll wear forever.

Pinstripe Tailoring

 

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Business casual is back for AW23 in the form of pinstripes. Waistcoats, oversized blazers, full suits, wide-leg trousers and shirts have all had a corporate makeover. Tip? Go oversized to ensure your look feels more Frankie Shop than Fleet Street.

Buttery Shades

- mango Crossed dress with bow neckline

If you’re sick to the back teeth of Barbie pink, this might be an Autumn/Winter trend you can get on board with. Yellow was everywhere at the shows this season, from faux fur co-ords at Christopher Kane to fluid silk slips at Tove.

‌But it’s not the usual mustard or pretty pastel palettes we are used to, there’s a certain softness to the yellows showing up for autumn, a feeling of understated cool that taps into quiet luxury but with a peppy twist. We’re calling it ‘butter’.

‌This gloriously unctuous shade plays particularly well to texture, so look for coats in tactile bouclé, floor-skimming dresses in oily silks, and layers of taffeta and tulle that show off a little bit of skin underneath.

On the high street, get an affordable hit with Mango’s playful margarine-hued dress with giant bow detail – a winner come party season; or smarten the look up with Reiss’ flare tailored trousers – brilliant as a whole suit or mixed with a chunky grey roll neck.

The Return of the Peplum

It’s always a little unsettling when you remember a trend the last time it was done and it doesn’t feel long enough for it to come right back round. Well, if you had a penchant for the 2010 peplum, prepare yourselves for its return.

A contemporary take on all things Y2K

Spotted at the shows of Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane, McQueen and Givenchy, the trend this time around feels a bit softer, more fluid, and definitely more wearable. Think cable knits cinched with thick black waist belts (another Y2K trend making a comeback), or ruffled satin bodice tops with just a flirt of a peplum poking out.

‌Expect this to be picked up on the high street with full force. We are loving H&M’s subtle nod to the trend with their ivory satin blouse below…

High Shine Metallics

 

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There’s always an element of metallics taking centre stage come party season, but with the offerings from the AW23 collections, we want to wear them all season long. We love a brocade bodice teamed with low-key jeans; a white shirt with high-shine silver pants; or a sequin embellished slip skirt with a fuzzy grey knit.

Maxi Hemlines

Spring gave us the return of ‘90s favourite, the denim maxi, and by summer, practically every Instagram style star worth their salt was wafting around in silk floor sweepers and linen iterations

The hemline du jour seems set to stay for Autumn/Winter, and whilst it initially filled us with dread on how to style it without looking like some sort of Victorian cosplay, there are ways around a sweeping hemline to make it feel modern and cool.

When it comes to styling AW23’s maxi skirts, it’s all about hitting that high-low sweet spot.

Case in point, Valeria styles her balletcore-inspired skirt with a colour pop knit and a sporty cap to keep things understated. We also love the trend with oversized bombers or sporty sweatshirts and retro colourful trainers. It’s all about hitting that high-low sweet spot.

Practical Fashion

 

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Hot on the heels of “Quiet Luxury,” the runways were awash with practical, functional pieces that anyone could wear and that would stand the test of time. Granted, not the most headline-worthy of trends but an important step in the right direction if we are all to be a little more sustainable and thoughtful of our wardrobes and the impacts they have.

All the main players of the Quiet Luxury trend – Toteme, Max Mara, The Row, provided a line of capsule, classic pieces, but other brands have tapped in too, from beautiful shirt dresses at Louis Vuitton to elevated parkas at Nanushka.

‌If your budget doesn’t stretch to high-end names, the high street has some great options – we love COS’s cashmere knits, Jigsaw’s oversized trench and fashion editor-esque straight-leg jeans from Abercrombie.

The LBC (Long Black Coat)

 

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The classic black coat has taken a bit of a fashion break in recent years, allowing for every shade of grey and inky navy to take the lead. But for AW23 the black coat – or more specifically, the Long Black Coat (LBC) – was everywhere.

‌Just like skirts and dresses, the hemlines have been inching further south, giving your everyday winter coat a more dramatic feel.

‌Victoria Beckham played with utilitarian necklines, whilst Max Mara’s classic double-breasted coat will be a piece to treasure for years to come. For something more affordable, check out London-based label Marcella, who has nailed that oversized, awkwardly proportioned take on tailoring – think The Frankie Shop for a more mature wardrobe.

‌We love these styled with head-to-toe black for an impactful look; white wide-leg trousers for something fashion-forward; or a palette of browns and beiges for a softer feel.

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