Autumn/Winter 2012 outerwear trends

The start of a new fashion season is always an exciting time – all those possibilities to create fresh looks and potential to experiment with new trends. Outerwear comes into its own in autumn/winter, so what should we be looking forward to this season? Our John Lewis style spotter offers up some trends tips…

Tangerine dream

The stand-out colour on the London Fashion Week  runways was tangy tangerine, with Clements Ribeiro and Christopher Kane colour-clashing with pink and red details on jumpers, skirts, tops and trousers to create bold Sixties-inspired looks. Clements Ribeiro’s tangerine pea coat will brighten up any grey winter’s day, and the high street has been quick to catch onto the allure of the colour-pop coat. This piece by John Lewis Collection makes a sophisticated statement that will help you stand out among the sea of greys and blacks this season. [Image – L-R: Clements Ribeiro A/W12 courtesy of and John Lewis Collection]

Chunky & cinched

If you don’t want to struggle with multiple layers on the tube this winter, throw on a chunky knit jumper and smarten up with a waist-cinching belt. Acne and Burberry Prorsum were among the big name fashion houses to accessorise cosy jumpers with belts both thick and thin at LFW, combining the textured pieces with skinny trousers and form-skimming cord skirts to maintain shape. Pair with chunky boots for a grunge-inspired or country casual look, or with heels for work or evening wear. And take note: polo necks are back! [Image – L-R: Acne A/W12 courtesy of and John Lewis Collection]

Furry godmother
Christopher Kane and Christian Blanken championed Arctic-inspired looks in their autumn/winter shows with shaggy fur coats and gilets. Mixing the material with leather and jersey, Baroque-inspired prints and rich red and slick grey colour palettes, the look can either go down the opulent or grunge route. If neither of those trends float your fashion boat, a faux-fur stole will help add interest – and some much-needed warmth – to many different day and evening outfits. Pair with a light jacket or simple coat so as not to overcomplicate the look. [Image – L-R: Christopher Kane A/W12 courtesy of and John Lewis Collection]

Cocoon cosy
The Scandinavian-inspired cocoon cut has been making waves on the fashion seas for a few seasons now, and its popularity shows no sign of waning in autumn/winter 2012, with designers such as Daks and Clements Ribeiro creating cosy human shells perfect for the deep winter months. Look out for rounded shoulders and wrap-around coats, or if you’re in the market for something a little more structured, choose a piece with a funnel neck à la Aquascutum. [Image – L-R: Aquascutum A/W12 courtesy of and John Lewis Collection]


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