The 9 big fashion trends for autumn

From chunky boots to puffer jackets


Autumn/winter 2022 is here bringing with it a season of colour and upbeat takes on the classics. 

Leading the way are autumn’s go-to looks: puffer jackets are rubbing shoulders with classic trenches and oversize blazers, colour is huge and accessories are show-stopping and fun – discover the nine essential trends for this season with Drake Circus’s eclectic mix of stores from Tommy HilfigerSuperdry and Jack Wills to H&M, Marks & SpencerNew LookNextPrimark and River Island


1. The autumn coat

A model wearing an orange coat and scarf
Image provided by H&M

The coat is always an autumn staple but this year they’re a little more slouchy, a little more detailed (embroidery is a huge trend for the season) and a lot more tactile. For the transition between late summer and early autumn, a tweed-style oversize blazer or classic trench won’t let you down and its iconic design – defined lapels and belted – has also been translated into woollen styles for a beautiful tailored look. 


Head to:

H&M, Marks & SpencerNew LookNextPrimarkRiver IslandMonsoon and  Tommy Hilfiger.


2. Chunky boots and ballet flats

Someone wearing some chunky black boots
Image provided by Schuh

Go practical this season: chunky boots are everywhere (and the heavy soles are also taking over classic loafers and platforms for a Noughties look that’s going nowhere). For statement-making styles, thigh highs and disco rainbow were big looks for boots on the catwalk but for more practical everyday, it’s all about lace-up ankle boots. Dainty ballet flats and Mary-Jane straps have also made a welcome return for the new season while sneakers are retro, big on the soles and statement-making. 


Head to:


Foot LockerFootasylumH&MJD SportsSuperdryNextMarks & SpencerMountain WarehouseNew LookNextPrimarkRiver Islandschuh and Shoeaholics.


3. Cargo trousers

some black cargo pants
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Underlining the Noughties trend is the return of cargo trousers. From practical cotton and denim in khaki and black and denim to jewel-coloured silk, cargos are going to be everywhere this season and the perfect mix of fresh and practical. Pair with a must-own white tank top and chunky gold jewellery. 


Head to:

H&M, Marks & SpencerFat FaceNew LookJack WillsNextPrimarkRiver Island and Tommy Hilfiger.


4. Statement tops

someone wearing a black top
Image provided by Primark

Accentuated shoulders, lace-up fronts with a huge corset influence, bold colours, lace, stripe, midriff-baring and asymmetrical, up-top statement dressing is a major look for autumn. Perfectly paired with the aforementioned cargo trousers and this season’s silk skirts and pleat minis, a plain old tee is just not going to cut it this season. 


Head to: 
H&M, Marks & SpencerNew LookNextBoux AvenuePrimarkRiver Island and Tommy Hilfiger.


5. Colour pops

A model wearing a pink two piece
Image provided by River Island

From Barbiecore pink to leaf green, dramatic colour is cutting through all of the biggest looks. There’s also cobalt blue, lilac, neons of all hues and burgundy all pepping up this season’s monochrome short suits, maxi dresses and woollen coats. The best thing is you just need to add one statement colour to your existing wardrobe and you’re good to go. 


Head to: 

H&M, Marks & SpencerFat FaceNew LookJack WillsJoulesNextPrimarkRiver IslandMonsoon and Tommy Hilfiger


6. The puffer jacket

A puffer coat
Image provided by Fat Face

Whether you’re going full on colour (think lilac, sage green or primary) or for a slightly subtler take, the puffer jacket will not let you down. A huge street style favourite at the Copenhagen and New York fashion weeks (where they know it’s going to be freezing), the secret of a good puffer is finding the perfect length for you then pairing it with smart athleisure and trainers or tailored trousers and shirts. Fortunately, they’re everywhere this season so you’ll easily find your ideal match. 


Head to:

H&M, Marks & SpencerFat FaceNew LookJoulesJack WillsNextPrimarkRiver IslandMonsoonTommy HilfigerJD SportsSuperdry and Mountain Warehouse.


7. Autumn knits

A model wearing a grey jumper
Image provided by H&M

While the chunky autumn knit (brilliant paired with silk skirts) remains a perennial fashion investment, this season’s knitwear is coming in many forms: midi dresses, crop tops, bold and colourful embroidered cardigans, textured lightweight jumpers with the rollneck being a real favourite worn with crop jeans and this season’s puffer jacket. Enjoy!


Head to: 

H&M, Marks & SpencerFat FaceWhite StuffNew LookJack WillsJoulesNextPrimarkRiver IslandMonsoonand Tommy Hilfiger


8. Autumn accessories and bags 

A model wearing a red white and black scarf
Image provided by Accessorize

Get ready to layer up your arms as bold stacks of bangles take centre stage this autumn – the bigger and more dramatic the better. Standouts watches also look incredible with this look. When it comes to bags – it’s all about embellishment with chunky chains, beads, pearls and metallic finishes livening up the looks. Hats are also getting an upgrade with oversized, textured looks complemented with statement gloves that offset your autumn coat. Put simply: subtle isn’t going to cut it this season. 


Head to:

AccessorizeMonsoonNew LookPrimarkRiver IslandTommy HilfigerClaire’sLovisaErnest JonesPandoraWarren JamesFraser HartNextH&MMarks & SpencerBreitlingOmega and TAG Heuer


9. Go-to jeans

A model wearing flared jeans
Image provided by New Look

Straight-crop, puddle, flare, barrel-shaped and side-sliced. There’s a whole move away from the skinny cut of yesteryear with more voluptuous cuts of denim taking over; all of which can be worn with crops or oversize tops. If you want something less baggy, the midrise crop paired with high sneakers is your friend especially in white, khaki and burgundy. 


Head to:

H&M, Marks & SpencerFat FaceNew LookJoulesJack WillsNextPrimarkRiver IslandTommy Hilfiger and Superdry


Shop and do good

Donate and recycle any unwanted clothes while you’re in-store – Primark and M&S offer customer recycling points while H&M give members extra points for every bag you donate. 


Get all the autumn feels while you shop

A fireplace with candles and reeds in a vase
Image provided by Primark

Make it seasonal with pumpkin-spiced lattes at Starbucks and limited edition pumpkin donuts at Krispy Kreme or give your interiors with an autumnal spin with incredible candles, centrepieces and cosy throws and cushions from H&MMarks & SpencerPaperchasePrimarkSmiggle and Tiger.


Feeling hungry? Drake Circus and The Barcode are home to ZizziYO!Bill’sLas IguanasFive GuysNando’sBurger KingCosta Coffee and Spudulike. For drinks, enjoy cocktails and sharing plates at the Cosy Club or BrewDogfor craft beers and burgers. 

Discover the best places to eat, drink and shop at Drake Circus and The Barcode and follow us @drakecircus 

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