The autumn fashion trends you need to know about now.

When it’s hot outside, you might not spare a thought for what you’re going to be wearing come autumn and winter. But the colder months are just weeks away, so it’s always worth being prepared, right?

If you’re thinking about kicking 2015 off with a wardrobe clean-out, you’re going to need to know what trends will be hanging around for another season. I poked around my local Trade Secret store and came away with a bunch of new season stock that is bang on trend. So if you do want to pick up a few trend pieces this autumn, it won’t cost your entire pay packet.

Just as an FYI, you should know that this is an advertorial for Trade Secret.

     1. Midi length.

Pleated midi skirt $29.95, you save $50; tee $19.95, you save $20.

The new silhouette this season is all about calf-length dresses and skirts. This is excellent news for those of us who work in offices, don’t particularly like showing off our legs or have seen enough festival bum cheek to last a lifetime. If you can pick up a pleated midi skirt, like the grey one above ($29.95, you save $50) you’ll cover off on two trends at once.

     2. Animal print.

Animal print blouse $29.95, you save $15; big brand jeans $79.95, you save $160, animal print sneakers $29.95, you save $10.

Animal print is to autumn/winter what florals are for spring. You probably already have at least one or two animal print garments hanging in your wardrobe. I’m still seeing the large leopard print designs around, so give yourself a pat on the back if you ‘invested’ in this trend last year.

This is coming through in accessories again – I’m loving this blouse ($29.95, you save $15) and animal print sneakers ($29.95, you save $10).

      3. Athletic.

Jersey dress $24.95, you save $20; floral print top $29.95, you save $30; quilted skirt $24.95, you save $20; tee $19.95, you save $20; quilted gym bag $39.95, you save $30.

It could have something to do with our penchant for wearing exercise gear all day, but our obsession with athletic clothing is showing no signs of hitting its peak. Pick up an easy to wear dress for weekend wear (only $24.95, you save $20) or for the less sporty, try a floral twist on the trend ($29.95, you save $30) or a quilted gym bag ($39.95, you save $30).


     4. Monochrome

White high heels $44.95, you save $15; black skirt $34.95, you save $45; black & white stripe skirt $29.95, you save $30; net print tee $16.95, you save $23; white skirt $34.95, you save $25.

Want to update your career wear this year? Opt for black and white.

Thanks to the clean lines at designers like Chloe and Bottega Veneta, monochrome is the new power dressing. Embrace it. Above: White skirt $34.95, you save $25, black and white stripe skirt $29.95, you save $30).

     5. Metallics

Quilted skirt $24.95, you save $20; retro tee $22.95, you save $17.

One of the best ways to spice up a dreary winter outfits is to add luxe metallic fabrics. Look for textured material like this quilted skirt ($24.95, you save $20). And if you’re game enough to wear metallic shoes, I’m spotting plenty of silver brogues, heels and boots in overseas editorials.

Insider tip: I’ve been seeing plenty of khaki popping back up on style blogs so if you still have your khaki shirts and jackets from a few seasons ago – don’t throw them out. The military trend isn’t going anywhere.

Trade Secret stock varies from store to store and what’s here today might be gone tomorrow, so you need to be quick to get the best bargains. But the good news is there’s always something to discover on every visit, as new stock arrives every day.

*Savings based on full price comparative product found at one or more Australian retail store or online. Styles, size, colours, brands & fabric may vary. Stock may not be available in all stores.


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