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The trends that can work for you this season

By LIZ GRIFFITHS

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THIS SEASON there seems to be a trend to suit everyone. The Autumn/Winter catwalk shows were a diverse array of trends that actually looked wearable.

With the endless press of which celebrity is wearing what, the difficulty with fashion nowadays is that so many people are aware of ‘what’s hot and what’s not’. It can sometimes be hard to pull off trends without looking like the dreaded ‘fashion victim’ or worse, ‘mutton dressed as lamb’.

Here are my top trends to wear this season:

The colour – Purple

From dresses to handbags, the catwalk was awash with the regal colour that can brighten up duller shades.

How to wear the look:

Sometimes purple can be regarded as difficult to wear but as long as you choose the right shade for your skin-tone, you can’t go wrong. However, if you can’t be brought out of your black safety zone, bring in the colour subtly by adding a purple handbag or belt to your outfit.

The trouser – Wide leg

This flattering trend has carried on through from last season’s 70s wide leg jeans. They will elongate your legs and give your bottom a flattering lift. It was famously a favourite garment of Katherine Hepburn’s but you can bring this look bang up to date.

How to wear the look:

If you’re brave, wear them ala Hepburn – high waisted – as this creates a stunning silhouette teamed with a ruffled blouse for work-wear. If you have more curves, choose a pair with a flat-fronted waistband to create smooth lines over your hips and pull your stomach in. The trousers teamed with this season’s other tailored pieces – waistcoats or blazers – will create a sexy androgynous outfit. To soften the look, wear with a ruffled blouse or a low cut sweater.

The blouse – ruffled

The easiest way to wear this trend is the ruffled blouse. High streets are awash with chiffon blouses with ruffles around the neck line.

How to wear the look: A ruffled blouse will add elegance and softness to a tailored outfit. They are also versatile and can be dressed down with a pair of jeans. If you are busty, be careful of the size of ruffles around the neckline as this will add unwanted bulk. However, if you are petite, the ruffles will add the illusion of a more ample bosom.

For the more mature woman, ruffles will detract from any areas of the body that you are less confident about.

The print – tartan

Designers seemed to have a love affair with the English eccentric style this season. Tartan has made a huge comeback; it was always the favoured print for Vivienne Westwood who used it in her punk creations back in the 1980s. This season, designers have used tartan everywhere, on coats, bags, dresses and even shoes!

How to wear the look:

People are wary of tartan – rightly so – it is an imposing print if you wear too much. I wouldn’t advise to wear more than one tartan piece in your outfit i.e. a tartan skirt with a simple sweater or a tartan coat with jeans.

A tartan dress can look very chic teamed with trendy accessories like ankle boots and chunky jewellery. Stay away from cardigans and pearls unless you want to look like the lady of the manor. Teaming tartan with a biker jacket or biker boots will add an urban edge to your outfit.