Autumn fashion trends

It's virtually impossible to predict the British weather but before long, it will almost certainly be time to put away those summer dresses, sandals and shades.

Warehouse faux fur jacket autumn fashion
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Thankfully, there is plenty to look forward to in the world of fashion as autumn approaches so if you're looking to indulge in some retail therapy or give your wardrobe a wintry refresher, here are the key trends for the new season.

All things retro
Just as 1970s bell bottoms and wide-leg trousers were all the rage this spring, retro styles will be big news on the high street this winter.

Look out for classic key pieces based on 1940's designs or be inspired by the short skirts and bright colours of the 1960s.

Belted schoolgirl dresses, gorgeous mid-length coats the likes of which you'd expect to see on Jean Shrimpton or Twiggy, and bright acid colours can give your autumn wardrobe a hint of the psychedelic. Check out Prada and Burberry Prorsum for inspiration.

Mix things up by layering different textures and materials - leather, tweed, wool, sheers or faux fur (the jacket shown above is £70 from Warehouse), whatever you care to combine. Mixing textures means you can change your look again and again without having to spend too much of your hard-earned cash.

Homey fabrics like crochet (keep hold of any spring items for autumn layering) and corduroy are also in, while pretty pleats are still going strong.

Colour and print
The onset of winter might make you feel grey but this year, a wardrobe full of warm, autumn colours should put a spring back in your step. Burnt reds and oranges are the order of the day, along with deep burgundies and clarets - and the good news is that they're here to stay well into next year.

Of course, the return of 1960s trends means you can always add hot, bright hues and these are ideal if you're a fan of still very fashionable block colours.

It's likely you'll be seeing plenty of dots and spots in high street stores in the coming season and everyone from Henry Holland to Givenchy have been showing big feature prints - think feathers, flowers and foliage.

Uncomplicated jewellery is already hot and cuff bracelets and choker necklaces in clean, solid forms (whether your prefer gold, silver or bronze) mean this year's jewellery tends toward the minimalist.

However, there's also a touch of fetishwear about this coming autumn so if you're feeling brave, check out Thierry Mugler, Marc Jacobs or Louis Vuitton for hints on how to wear bondage straps and studded, leather accessories.