The 9 big fashion trends for autumn

From investment pieces to colour-pop tailoring


Autumn/winter 2022 is here bringing with it a season of colour and upbeat takes on the classics. 

Leading the way are autumn’s go-to looks: classic trenches and oversize blazers are leading a smart new tailored finish, colour is huge and accessories are show-stopping and fun – discover the nine essential trends for this season with Royal Victoria Place’s eclectic mix of stores from Fenwick (with brands including Eileen FisherTed Baker and Kate Spade), Marks & SpencerHobbsFrench ConnectionSuperdryMonsoonNext and Oliver Bonas to Office,AccessorizeClaire’sPandoraErnest JonesBurrellsClaybrooks and Toulson Jones.


1. The autumn coat

Models wearing beige trench coats
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The coat is always an autumn staple but this year they’re a little more slouchy, a little more detailed (embroidery is a huge trend for the season) and a lot more tactile. For the transition between late summer and early autumn, a tweed-style oversize blazer or classic trench won’t let you down and its iconic design – defined lapels and belted – has also been translated into woollen styles for a beautiful tailored look. For an investment piece, book a personal shopping experience at Fenwick Tunbridge Wells


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FenwickMarks & SpencerHobbsFrench ConnectionMonsoonNext and Oliver Bonas


2. Chunky boots, loafers and ballet flats

A black chunky boot
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Go practical this season: while chunky boots are everywhere if heavy lace-ups aren’t your thing then the new style of loafers inspired by them are the perfect crossover look to wear with crop trousers and suits. Dainty ballet flats and Mary-Jane straps have also made a welcome return for the new season while sneakers are retro, big on the soles and statement-making. 


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OfficeFenwickMarks & SpencerHobbsFrench Connection and Next


3. Cargo trousers

A model wearing a white top and some greyish cargo pants
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This season sees the return of cargo trousers. From practical cotton and denim in khaki and black and denim to elegant jewel-coloured silk, cargos are going to be everywhere this season and the perfect mix of fresh and practical. Pair with an understated pristine white top and statement jewellery. 


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FenwickMarks & SpencerHobbsFrench ConnectionNextGas Station and Renaissance


4. Statement tops and dresses

A model wearing jeans and a flowery colourful top
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Accentuated shoulders, bold colours, lace, stripe, midriff-baring and asymmetrical, up-top statement dressing is a major look for autumn while the maxi dress that has dominated over the past few seasons has a slightly more sophisticated update in beautiful materials and more defined silhouettes. 


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FenwickMarks & SpencerHobbsFrench ConnectionMonsoonNextOliver Bonas and Renaissance


5. Colour pops

A model wearing a lilac boilersuit
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From fuchsia pink to leaf green, dramatic colour is cutting through all of the biggest looks. There’s also cobalt blue, lilac, neons of all hues and burgundy all pepping up this season’s monochrome short suits, maxi dresses and woollen coats. The best thing is you just need to add one statement colour to your existing wardrobe and you’re good to go. 


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FenwickMarks & SpencerHobbsFrench ConnectionMonsoonNextOliver BonasGas Station and Renaissance


6. The puffer jacket

A model wearing a blue puffer jacket
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Whether you’re going full on colour (think lilac, sage green or primary) or for a slightly subtler take, the puffer jacket will not let you down. A huge street style favourite at the Copenhagen and New York fashion weeks (where they know it’s going to be freezing), the secret of a good puffer is finding the perfect length for you  then pairing it with smart athleisure and trainers or tailored trousers and shirts. Fortunately, they’re everywhere this season so you’ll easily find your ideal match. 


Head to: FenwickMarks & SpencerHobbsFrench ConnectionMonsoonNextOliver BonasGas Station and Renaissance


7. Autumn knits

A model wearing a white, black and pink jumper
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While the chunky autumn knit (brilliant paired with silk skirts) remains a perennial fashion investment, this season’s knitwear is coming in many forms: midi dresses, crop tops, bold and colourful embroidered cardigans, textured lightweight jumpers with the rollneck being a real favourite worn with crop jeans and this season’s pjacket. 


Head to: FenwickMarks & SpencerHobbsFrench ConnectionMonsoonNext and Oliver Bonas.


8. Autumn accessories and bags 

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Get ready to layer up your arms as bold stacks of bangles take centre stage this autumn – the bigger and more dramatic the better. Standouts watches also look incredible with this look. When it comes to bags – it’s all about embellishment with chunky chains, beads, pearls and metallic finishes livening up the looks. Hats are also getting an upgrade with oversized, textured looks complemented with statement gloves that offset your autumn coat. Put simply: subtle isn’t going to cut it this season. 


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FenwickMarks & SpencerHobbsFrench ConnectionSuperdryMonsoonNextOliver BonasAccessorizeClaire’sPandoraErnest JonesBurrellsClaybrooks and Toulson Jones.


9. Go-to jeans

A model wearing bell bottom jeans
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Straight-crop, puddle, flare, barrel-shaped and side-sliced. There’s a whole move away from the skinny cut of yesteryear with more voluptuous cuts of denim taking over. If you want something that’s a bit neater, the midrise crop paired with high sneakers is your friend especially in white, khaki and burgundy. 


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FenwickMarks & SpencerHobbsFrench ConnectionMonsoonNextGas Station and Renaissance


Get all the autumn feels while you shop

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Make it seasonal with Maple Hazel lattes at Caffe Nero and Hotel Chocolat or give your interiors an autumnal spin with incredible candles, centrepieces and cosy throws and cushions from PaperchaseL’OccitaneCollingwood BatchellorThe Body ShopBootsLushFenwickMarks & Spencer and Next.


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