Fashion Focus: Autumn Winter wardrobe reshuffle

Check oversized jacket from Very

Check oversized jacket from Very

Sharon Irvine talks through the latest season trends

AT THE end of each season I would normally take a day to go through my wardrobe thoroughly, taking out what I won’t be needing for the season ahead, putting things to one side that I haven’t worn in a while and then decide whether to keep these or bring them to the charity shop and finally leave anything there that will be suitable for next season.

This time I have left my wardrobe reshuffle a bit later than I usually would because we have had a beautiful September and I didn’t want to put away my summer dresses, tops and skirts until I had got full use out of them.

I believe it is essential to do a wardrobe clear out every few months because things can get out of hand very quickly and you find yourself buying things unnecessarily when you might already have something similar.

It’s almost like doing a stock check, reminding yourself what you already have and giving yourself an idea of what you need to get for the season ahead.

It is fairly obvious some of the items that need to be packed away such as beach wear, summer dresses, bright skirts and tops, white jeans and linen trousers, flip-flops, sandals and so on.

I find that I need a lot more space for my winter clothes due to all the bulky knitwear so I try to be as strict as possible when it comes to getting rid of things that haven’t been worn in a long time.

I usually question myself as to whether I will wear it again or if I could see myself wearing it in a few years’ time or if it is likely to come back into fashion again.

Some things that I will definitely be putting to the front of my wardrobe which are big trends for next season are anything with a check or tartan print, anything with an androgynous feel such as blazers, waistcoats, shirts and oversized coats.

Fur as always will feature heavily in the colder winter months and Christmas jumpers will be a must for December although I have noticed quite a few 1980’s style heavy knit jumpers with loud prints in quite a few shops already.
Tweed, herringbone and hound’s-tooth will also be big particularly in the form of smart jackets, trousers and pencil skirts.

Animal print is almost certain to be featured in your wardrobe somewhere so keep it in there for autumn, particularly if you have unusual prints such as zebra and giraffe.

One of the main colours of the season will be cobalt and royal blue so make sure you hold on to this.

Once you have taken out anything too summery and taken out anything you feel you will no longer wear and put more of the trend lead things to the front you should have a good idea of what you have and what you may need to buy especially if you have big events coming up that you may not be prepared for.

A wardrobe reshuffle helps to prepare you for the months ahead and should give you more space for the new things you need.

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