Everyone hates saying goodbye to summer, but as the temperature cools we need to adjust our wardrobes to match. Whilst you might not be ready for the full-on winter coat, an outer layer is essential if you want to stay warm and comfortable when you are out and about at night, and this year’s most popular style is the oversized look.
You have a wonderful choice of lengths, ranging from short jackets to calf-length versions, and you can also choose between lighter autumnal fabrics and heavier weights that can transition from autumn to winter. And there is also a mouth-watering selection of colours, including spice notes of cinnamon and mustard, subtle monochromes, and mossy greens, as well as tweeds, checks and herringbone. Wide shoulders and cinched waists are big this season, together with wide revered collars.
If a short jacket is what you need, then look no further than a deliciously mustard-toned wrap-over design with V-neckline, waist belt and contemporary asymmetric hem. This style emphasises your waistline as well as protecting from the chill. Or if you prefer the security of a buttoned closure, try a version with a blurred monochrome floral print, contrasting collar, wide reveres and three-quarter sleeves. For timeless appeal, choose a standard jacket with bold buttons and added waist belt to get the best of both worlds.
Lighter jackets with an over-sized look are also a superb option for autumn. A sleek long jacket in heavy jersey creates a truly sophisticated look, especially when teamed with well-fitting jeans and a long-sleeved top. A satin fabric can be a fabulous choice for a more formal jacket, so why not wear an oversized angular version with asymmetric hemline and extra-wide contrasting reveres over slimline leggings with high heels for true runway appeal? Boucle and chunky-knit jackets bridge the divide between the cardigan and the winter coat and make a lighter alternative to the traditional jacket. Flecked yarns, neutral shades and a variety of designs all combine to make this a smart choice for the woman on the go.
The vintage poncho has also been upgraded for this season, and the combination of warm fabrics, wrap-around styling, and sensuous movement, makes it hard to beat. For a real retro feel, then wear a subtle ethnic-print design, topped off with extravagant fringing – looks great with jeans or a long skirt for an evening out.