The Biggest Autumn/Winter Fashion Trends You Can Actually Wear

From bold colours to great knits...

versace autumn winter 2021

by Emma Firth |

Autumn may mean colder temperatures and longer nights but there's also the crunchy leaves underfoot, the pumpkin spiced lattes and the bracing country walks. Summer's all well and good, but you've got to admit that the winter months have their upsides.

What we're craving is seasonal style to the tune of cosy knits, tights, knee-high boots and coats (aka, autumn fashion at its finest). Thankfully, the autumn/winter 2021 catwalks were full of all of the above, as well as some other brilliant trends that are actually very wearable indeed like baggy jeans - spotted at Balenciaga, Alberta Ferretti and Celine - or bold colours (Halpern, Gucci and Marc Jacobs). Keep scrolling for the autumn fashion moments you won't want to miss out on.


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CREDIT: Versace

The best thing about autumn clothes has got to be hosiery. Model your tights on Versace's, where they were crayon-bright and logoed, or Bora Aksu, where they had an almost bridal vibe.

Bora Aksu
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CREDIT: Bora Aksu/Getty

Marine Serre
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Falke, Rhonda 50 DEN Women Tights, £69
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Heist, The Lady Garden Tights, £26
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M&S, 2 Pack Silky Soft Knee-Highs, £6
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CREDIT: Chanel

Calling all Bettys! Cher Horowitz's most reliable outfit - a thigh-grazing miniskirt skirt - got a great showing on the autumn catwalks at Chanel, Michael Kors and Saint Laurent.

Michael Kors
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CREDIT: Michael Kors/Getty

Saint Laurent
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CREDIT: Saint Laurent

Maje, Checked Jacket With Contrasting Necktie, £329
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Maje, Checked Pleated Skirt, £219
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Zara, Textured Double-Breasted Blazer, £79.99
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Zara, Textured Skort, £27.99
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CREDIT: Halpern

So many designers were pushing bold, bright colours this season. And as Halpern, Gucci and Marc Jacobs proved, a luminescent dress will lift the spirits on a dull day.

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Marc Jacobs
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CREDIT: Marc Jacobs

& Other Stories, Voluminous Tiered Maxi Dress, £95
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Asceno, Valencia Rust Orange Silk Twill Slip Dress, £345
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Uterqu00fce, Textured Dress With Chain Detail, £185
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Alberta Ferretti
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CREDIT: Alberta Ferretti

As well as bold colours, shades that mirror the seasonal change (all embodied by this particular outfit at Alberta Ferretti) are always on-point for autumn.

Max Mara
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CREDIT: Max Mara/Getty

Acne Studios
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CREDIT: Acne Studios

Max Mara, Tedgirl Alpaca-Blend Teddy Coat, £1,975
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Nanushka, Merino Wool Top, £225
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Nanushka, Vegan Leather Midi Skirt, £345
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JW Anderson
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CREDIT: JW Anderson

Again, summer's about minimal fabrics most of the time. Autumn, on the other hand, is when volume becomes viable. Hello, the perfect puffball frock, courtesy of JW Anderson, as well as the puffer to end all puffers from Marc Jacobs.

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CREDIT: Balmain

Marc Jacobs
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CREDIT: Marc Jacobs

COS, Gathered Dress, £79
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Stine Goya, Wilma Coat, £490
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Want to wear a feathered skirt with a studded corset with a leather cap? Go right ahead says Gucci, who incidentally is going to be front and centre of our minds this autumn thanks to a certain film starring Lady Gaga. P.S. Bottega Veneta's corseted mini has got to be the ultimate way to do party season.

Bottega Veneta
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CREDIT: Bottega Veneta

16Arlington, Feather Skirt, £595 at Harvey Nichols
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Rat & Boa, Juliana Jumpsuit, £195
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CREDIT: Balenciaga

We've done skinny, straight, flared and cropped. This autumn, say hello to your new favourite jeans: baggy. As demonstrated by Balenciaga, they might just be the comfiest (and, thus, the coolest) shape ever invented.

Alberta Ferretti
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CREDIT: Alberta Ferretti

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CREDIT: Celine

Weekday, Rail Mid Loose Straight Jeans, £50
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COS, Tapered High-Rise Jeans, £69
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Gabriela Hearst
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CREDIT: Gabriela Hearst

Nobody does knitwear quite like Gabriela Hearst. While hers are a serious investment, you'll pleased to know that every designer went big on cosy jumpers, sweater vests and even ponchos for this season.

Acne Studios
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CREDIT: Acne Studios

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CREDIT: Balmain

Gabriela Hearst, Cashmere Sweater, £2,790 at Matchesfashion
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& Daughter, Wicklow Hand Intarsia Patchwork Jacket, £550
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CREDIT: Schiaparelli

The LBD is given a facelift every season, but Schiaparelli's - with its daringly simple silhouette (enhanced with a family of gold brooches) - is perfection for AW21.

Carolina Herrera
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CREDIT: Carolina Herrera

Bottega Veneta
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CREDIT: Bottega Veneta

Zara, Cut-Out Mini Dress With Ring, £27.99
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Mango, Back Vent Dress, £59.99
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