The most fashionable season of all is finally upon us. Gone are the days of barely-there sandals and light-as-possible linens – layers have returned to our wardrobes, and we couldn’t be happier. And, with a crisp new season comes new trends to take your wardrobe staples into uncharted territory. To keep you up to date on all the latest, we’ve spoken to our perennially stylish Buying Director, Vikki Kavanagh, who scours the global catwalks to dissect the latest fashion trends and curate the very best edit for THE OUTNET. Who better to guide us through fall’s key trends…

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Tulle, lace and velvet abide in dark hues that feel equal parts gothic and vintage romance with a little assistance from Christopher Kane and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini. And Vikki has the key to pulling it all together. ‘Sheer textiles, elegant embroidery and a pitch-black color palette add to the romantic appeal, while leather accessories and antique-inspired jewelry provide a slight edge.’

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Heritage check is already something your wardrobe should be filled with but give the pattern a new spin for fall with a shot of color like Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim. ‘Checks are always a favorite, but the classic two-piece comes to life with added hints of yellow, blue and other vibrant colors that allow the pattern to become a statement within itself.’

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Walk a fine line between Princess Diana and Madonna to master the art of iconic 80s dressing. Vikki’s tip to making it work for 2019? ‘Large, statement sleeves, bold shoulders and striking silhouettes are one of the easiest ways to add that dramatic flair to your wardrobe without it appearing too flamboyant. Balmain, Isabel Marant and Mugler offer just the pieces to make the trend work for now.’

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The minimalist style has been on our radars for many seasons now for its chic, effortless appeal. This time however, a monochromatic color palette adds a graphic touch. Vikki tips Ellery and Jil Sander as key players in the trend and offers this advice: ‘The black and white colorways make this simple look much more impactful. Ensure you utilize an array of textures and distinct shapes to add interest to these otherwise pared-back designs.’

Have a look at what’s still trending from summer…

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Shorts for summer? Not exactly a ground-breaking thought, but how do you get that city-cool appeal that all the influencers seem to provide to this trend? Just take Vikki’s advice. “Shorts can look very put-together, if done right. Tailored silhouettes give the look more authority and a pop of color ties it back to some of your favorite Scandi-cool labels.”

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Why limit pink to Wednesdays when the rest of the week also maintains a soft spot for this continually coveted color. Vikki shares her tips on how to make this vibrant choice work for the day to day: “This season’s pink is far more vivacious and potent than the millennial hue we’ve become accustomed to. The statement lies in wearing it across all your ready-to-wear selections and then breaking up the tone through the use of accessories.”

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White is already a staple of the summer season, there’s something undeniably fresh about the hue. But our Buying Director has a way to make this fashion trend fresh for the current season… “White can feel instantly more of-the-moment with the right accent pieces. Straw hats, rattan bags and other accessories in natural fabrications give a slightly bohemian touch that pairs nicely with the crispness of white.”

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If your dream eveningwear conjures up images of Sharon Stone and Kate Moss in the 90s, you’re in the right place. That minimal, silky, slinky aesthetic complements the brisk summer nights easily. But don’t just take our word for it, take Vikki’s. “Light pastels and minimalist silhouettes really allow this trend to thrive. And the shine and floating-through-the-air appearance of silk and satin pair beautifully with a lightly-structured blazer and classically elegant jewelry.”