By Rosa Sherwood

As September has been and gone, and the nights are already getting colder, we say goodbye to the summer along with our summer wardrobe and welcome the Autumn and Winter (AW) collections. As much as we love the autumnal shades on the trees and the crisp mornings, autumn can be a tricky one in terms of our wardrobes.

The classic question every morning – ‘Should I wear a coat today?’. It’s important that you build up a autumn wardrobe that is practical and interchangeable which can be suited to whatever the weather, whatever the occasion.

This years trends, which are taking over the catwalks, are diversified in every design to bring something that we can all enjoy to wear. From structured A line skirts, to baggy comic jumpers, there are new pieces to suit whatever look you love to pull off.

Undoubtedly your priority AW piece should be your coat. We saw a return of the fur coats last season, and this season the fluffy fur coat is still at its peak. Length in the fur coats is varied from the mid-calf to mid-thigh with the down to the knee length being most popular.

The style of coats this year has hit boundaries bringing edgy designs. A coat without a collar or a V neck is popular amongst designers and although it’s not always practical in our cold British weather, it flaunts a cool and fresh design.

Coats this year are big and beautiful. The over sized over coat is also a popular contender to be your perfect winter warmer this season. For women, we love to borrow features used in menswear all the time, and sometimes we can even pull it off just as well, if not better!

The oversized coat has inherited many masculine features to make the coat a bit more daring. If you want to of for this trend, look for double breasted, masculine, and with strong shoulders or take the more subtle approach enveloping yourself in soft dressing gown-esque curves.

As Downtown Abbey takes over our televisions, a similar era is taking over the catwalks. An AW look which I just cannot wait to wear this year is the classic British Heritage. Ruffled neck blouses are everywhere at the moment, being paired with structured tweed skirts, and a solid pair of tights accompanied by a pair of Brogues. This will complete your old fashioned autumn look.

For boys it’s all about getting yourself a Heritage jacket this AW, whether this be a Barbour, or a tweed jacket, if you look like you should be on Made In Chelsea, then buy it! Camel, Taupe, and Chestnut are the autumnal tones that complete this trend. To follow this look from head to toe, vintage hair is proving to be big this Autumn winter. War time rolls are the perfect finishing touch to execute the Heritage to its best. Ralph Lauren a designer who normally epitomises laid back Americana has embraced this trend this AW, where we can see both men and women collections including tweed, quilted jackets and checked suits.

Historically the colour purple was only for the elites, but this AW it is for everybody. For the boys, it’s all down to the colour that is going to look hot on them. Purple tones took over the catwalks this year with Christopher Kane showcasing his collection on a lavender carpet, whilst Gucci and Prada gave us purple seats.

In all collections purple is included from head to toe. A shade that will work across your whole wardrobe, subtle tones for your daytime outfits, and the more darker rich purples for your late nights out. Collaborating with the colour grey this season, its going to be a big hit!