AW12: New Season Trends

It’s a warm, pleasant day outside and I’m sporting a cardigan over my polka dot dress, currently feeling sorry for myself while I’m dosing myself up with maximum strength flu tablets and hot ribena and honey.

But the common cold isn’t enough to stop a fellow fashionista from blogging so as promised, here are some of the new season trends that are arriving in high street stores now.

Berry Delight

Berry, Plum, Dark Red, Burgundy, Bordeaux…whatever you want to call it, it’s one of AW12’s biggest colours of the season. The best thing is you can find evening dresses, shoes, bags and even jeans all in this gorgeous wine colour and it seems to suit any complexion whether you’re a blonde or a brunette. It’s also a very transitional colour between seasons, which is why it is EVERYWHERE at the moment, and it means that you can still wear it on warmer days.

Dorothy Perkins Plum Peplum Dress £30

Oasis Crop Cherry Skinny Jeans £45

LK Bennett Sledge Platforms £195

If you’re out for the evening, pair your berry dress with a nude pair of peep toes and a matching clutch or wear your cropped mulberry jeans with a cream sleeveless chiffon top for a smart daytime look.

The Peplum 

It’s a trend that has been around all summer and it shows no sign of disappearing as everyone from Marc Jacobs and Dior to Hobbs, Warehouse and even Primark are all featuring the peplum in their AW12 collections. The style hails originally from the 1940s where a curvier figure was all the rage and it allowed women to emphasis their tiny waists or of course create the illusion of a silhouette for those without curves. It appeared again in the 80s along with shoulder pads and big hair and although, some are less than pleased to see it back on the high street, the peplum is here to stay for another season.

Warehouse Navy Lace Peplum Dress £50

Zara Burnt Orange Peplum Skirt £19.99

Hobbs Marisa Peplum Sweater £79

Update your summer look to incorporate  AW12’s jewel colours trend or a lace one for a sophisticated feel.


It always seems to come back every Autumn, leaving us spoilt for choice with lace dresses, tops, skirts and even boots! The brilliant thing about lace is it’s great for between seasons and nothing is cuter than a little white lace dress paired with a tan belt, brogues and a fitted denim jacket for when it gets chilly in the evenings at a BBQ. And I’ll definitely be investing in a pair of lace shorts, as a neutral pair can always take you right through to winter when wore with opaque tights and ankle boots. A lace dress always looks expensive too, whether its haute couture or high street so leave that in mind when you want to impress at your Christmas work do.

River Island White Lace Skater Dress £35

H&M Black Lace Shorts £19.99

Warehouse Light Blue Lace Top £30

Jewel Colours

It’s time to bid farewell to summer’s trend of pastel and sorbet shades but this doesn’t mean that you have to abandon colour altogether. Winter is bleak enough without making your wardrobe reflect the weather so take some inspiration from Arabian nights and inject some jewel tones into your AW12 collection. Think deep purples, emerald greens, sapphire blues, mustard yellows and bursts of burnt orange. If you’re updating your work wardrobe, don’t opt for the same ol’ safe black trouser suit with a white blouse, get with the trends and invest in a black lace pencil skirt and pair with a mustard yellow pussy bow blouse. If yellow is not your colour, then add a pop of colour with your shoes and jazz up your LBD with some deep red courts or brighten up your work dress with an emerald cardigan.

LK Bennett Saleen Mustard Silk Chiffon Blouse £155

Karen Millen Burnt Orange Wool Skirt £99

ASOS Blue Skater Dress £20

New Look Purple Shoe Boots £24.99

Jazz up your manicure with Barry M’s Green Glitter Nail Paint £2.99

Subtle changes will not only punch some life into your work wardrobe, it will also keep your boss happy and keep you on trend.


Without sounding too cliche, 90s Grunge is like a boomerang, it just keeps coming back! While purple lipstick and sultry vampish eyes are not everyone’s cup of tea, studs are literally on everything from dresses to bags this season. Warning: Do not overdo it though, unless you’re going for the BDSM look. If you’re wearing a studded dress, keep your shoes and accessories neutral or add a studded bag to go with a plain outfit.

Rare Studded Dress £46

Urban Outfitters Denim Studded Shorts £45

Topshop Gold Studded Slipper Pumps £28

New Look Blue Studded Pillbox Clutch £15.99

That’s just a few of the new season trends that are emerging on the high street, which ones will you be sporting?

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