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As the weather starts to cool down it’s time to start thinking about our autumn and winter wardrobe. haven caught up with ever-fashionable Brisbane stylist Laura Churchill to find out what’s hot for the cooler weather.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: Jesinta Franklin showcases designs by Romance Was Born during rehearsal ahead of the David Jones Autumn/Winter 2016 Fashion Launch at St Mary's Cathedral on February 1, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images for David Jones) *** Local Caption *** Jesinta Franklin

After the recent stinky heat of summer, autumn will be well received by all this month. The Style Report fashion stylist Laura Churchill says she is really excited for autumn/winter, as the big fashion trends will be vibrant, interesting and a lot of fun. In terms of key colours, she says red is a real standout.

“Big trends this season include velvet, dark florals, romantic ruffles and print-on-print looks,” Laura says. “Velvet is something you’ll see everywhere, and it’s not just for night time. Pair a print velvet jacket back with black for a striking day look.”

This season will also see full, layered, ruffled sleeves as a fun detail on dresses and tops. Laura says you should balance the proportion of these with something sleek like a straight skirt or slim pant. 

As the season continues fashion will continue to be big, with really bold florals everywhere. This means it’s time to get out the dark colours with a black base that are very easy to pair back with black.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: A model showcases designs by Macgraw during rehearsal ahead of the David Jones Autumn/Winter 2016 Fashion Launch at St Mary's Cathedral on February 1, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images for David Jones) *** Local Caption *** Jessica Gomes

Alongside florals, prints will be really strong again as well. And why not wear them together? After all, this season is about being bold! Laura recommends grounding the print-on-print look with heavy accessories or a thick belt to break it up. Of course, you can always wear print separates if you don’t want to make too much of a statement. 

“We are really getting down to the details this season with embroidery on shirts and dresses for a little seasonal update, as well as pleats, which continue to be really strong,” she says. “Anyone who invested in a pleat midi skirt last season will get plenty of wear out of it through winter. 

“As always, the key is to find what works for you from the best of the new season fashion and not to feel as though you have to adopt all, or any, of the bolder trends,” Laura says. “If you do want to dip your toe into something new without going all out, try a velvet accessory, a cluster of brooches to denote a hint of modern romanticism, or a hint of print.”  

Visit www.thestylereport.com.au

The Style Report’s Laura Churchill is available for personal styling in Brisbane.
Sessions are $100/hr. Phone Laura on 0405 155 002.

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