It’s early September and that can only mean one thing if you’re a regular reader of my blog posts….Yes, that’s right, it’s time for one of my biannual posts where I delve into the new season fashions. I’m going to be sharing some sewing inspiration from Autumn Trends ‘23, talking about colour, the main themes to look for, showing runway images and last but not least, I’ll pick out a few sewing patterns that emulate the new trends.
I always enjoy adding the odd trendy item to my outfits but I’m also quite happy to go with my tried and true styles regardless of whether it’s ‘on-trend’ or not, so as always, this post is meant to inspire and get your creative juices going or to re-ignite your sewjo if it’s been missing in recent months. Maybe a colour or an accessory will spark an idea or remind you of a long-forgotten pattern from your stash that you could sew up for Autumn. So let’s dive in!
PS, For my Southern Hemisphere readers here’s my previous post about the Spring/ Summer trends.
Autumn/Winter trends for 2023 look set to be focusing on many more wearable styles. A trawl through the runways reveals a good smattering of impeccable tailoring, classic silhouettes and also some good old wardrobe staples. Granted there was the usual fair share of grandeur, bold colour and drama too. Red is a huge trend and black is definitely back (did it ever really go away??) Grey was also hugely popular and featured as the colour of choice for many long coats. Tailoring and business suits were popular but some of those tailored pieces were also dressed down with basics for more casual off-duty/weekend styles.
Pantone does research for each season and showcases a selection of colours that tend to feature throughout runway collections from all the designers and then ultimately they filter down into high-street stores. There’s a group of colours for both London and New York.
First up is London and here’s a quote from Pantone’s website:
“A palette of fresh, vibrant and invigorating colour inspires unorthodox colour combinations, encouraging freedom of self and inviting new conversations.”
According to the website, we are encouraged to try new and interesting combinations by mixing up the bold dynamic shades with more refined and subtle colours from the palette.
Here are the colours:
Next is the New York Fashion Week colour range and a quote from Pantone:
“An exultant mix of joyful color and new contemporary classics filtered through an optimistic lens exhibit a visionary and free-spirited color approach”
Pantone says that the new season colours encourage us to use new combinations to drive creativity and joy into our lives.
Here are the New York colours:
The very long list of trends to look out for:
- Pleats. Draped and soft or sharp and pressed.
- Quiet luxury…well-cut, well-fitted garments in good quality fabrics. Wearable elevated dressing.
- Sheer fabrics
- LBC (long black coat)
- Moody/dark florals
- Buttery tones
- Metallics particularly silver
- Old school vibes, shirts and ties
- Bows big or small
- Bold checks/plaids
- Leather. More so than in previous seasons
- Soft textures like boucle, velvet, teddy shearling, faux fur
- Power dressing/business suits
- Nipped in waists on blazers
- Maxi dresses
- The humble white shirt
- Circle skirts
- Stylish rainwear
- Straight or wide-leg jeans
- Bright tights
- Big blanket scarves
- Low-waist belts
- Clutch bags
- Big tote bags
- Bold 80s style earrings
- Over-the-knee boots
- Lace-up chunky boots
- Mary-Jane flat shoes
Sewing Inspiration From Autumn Trends ‘23. Runway Looks:
I’ve put together some images from looks that the designers sent down the runways which highlight some of the trends mentioned in the list above.
Click on the names at the foot of each collage and you’ll be taken to the whole collection of each designer.
Sewing Pattern Suggestions
I bet you may already have patterns in your stash that you can use or adapt to add a sprinkle of fresh trends to your wardrobe, but I’ve also found a few that pick up on the latest trends. Some have been around for a while and some are new. New collections from Vogue, McCalls, Simplicity etc. might take a while to filter through to the UK but some are already available in the US and some new collections have yet to be released, so do watch out for those.
The link to the pattern is above each photo.
In closing, I have to say that I like the wearability factor this season and I love the textures and silhouettes. I’m also pleased to see some of ‘my’ colours represented in the Pantone selections.
I’m already making a hooded raincoat so that’s one for me to tick off from the trends list, however, as I always say…just take what you want from all of these ideas and inspirational images, even if it’s just detail or colour and be your own individual self.
I like to add the odd trend here and there while still maintaining my personal style. As something new, I’m pondering the idea of whether to try out a shirt. I haven’t actually worn anything remotely shirt-like (button-through with a collar…with the exception of my shacket which is a coat) since I was in my late 20s! (I know, I’m rather strange eh?? 🙂 ) It would be a bit of a wildcard but if I don’t try I won’t know so that could be my experiment. One thing I probably won’t make though is a top with a peplum as I’m just not that keen on the silhouette which never feels right with my proportions..but hey ho.
I’m curious to know your thoughts on the colours and styles for the new season, so let’s chat in the comments.
As always, thanks for reading and I’ll catch you soon!