Autumn 2021 trends to look forward to in Australia

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Here in Australia, we’ve concluded summer and reached the first day of autumn/fall.

To welcome in the new season, I will be reflecting on Summer 2021 trends and exploring Autumn 2021 trends to look forward to.

The Capsule Wardrobe

Now I don’t really follow fashion trends as my main aim is to curate a minimalist capsule wardrobe of versatile items that can be worn in many different ways, year-round, and over and over again.

But it’s funny because capsule wardrobes are very much trending at the moment, and the main purpose of a capsule wardrobe is to go directly against the main purpose of fashion trends and fast fashion.

Regardless of what’s trending, style is what you choose, and you can choose to wear classic pieces and basics that are timeless and always in.

I have a lesson on how to shop for minimalist style and an example of a minimalist 7 item capsule wardrobe curated from Zara’s current collection.

Capsule wardrobe curated from Zara items white pleated shoulder tank top layered over white batwing sweatshirt, black waist belt and cream high waist tailored trousers paired with mauve over the knee suede heeled boots
Flowing top with pleats in oyster white layered over darted sweatshirt in oyster white, contrast belt with double metal buckle in black and high-waist trousers with belt in beige pink from Zara. Britney suede over the knee boot in canyon from Witchery.

Red

Red is a classic colour that will never go out of fashion, but it’s not always trending either.

On one hand, it’s a passionate, fiery and bold colour that’s perfect as a statement or accent.

On the other hand, it’s mysterious, seductive and full of intrigue. There’s something so daring about dressing in red, and it seems that we just can’t get enough of it this year.

Bright red clothing was very much trending in Summer ’21.

We might see a switch to a deeper red or even mulberry, but I’m sure red is here to stay for Autumn ’21.

The key to wearing red is to find the right shade for your skin tone.

Bright shades of red don’t look good on my skin tone so I prefer a deeper slightly blue-based red. It’s almost like a cherry red.

One of my favourite purchases from Boxing Day sales 2020 is this little red clutch handbag from Coach. I have a tutorial here on how to shorten a shoulder bag strap that’s too long.

Red shoulder handbag paired with monochromatic white long sleeve white blouse, white cream rouched bodycon pencil skirt and nude pointed sandals
White blouse raided from mum’s closet. Cream white rouched bodycon pencil skirt from Supre. Anna foldover clutch in red from Coach. Nude leather pointed sandals from Diana Ferrari.

The red lip is not a fleeting trend. It’s the absolute classic of all classic looks.

I’m wearing my favourite Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Fiery.

If you don’t have a go-to signature red lipstick yet, I strongly recommend you invest some time into finding the right shade for your skin tone.

Even if your particular shade of red is not currently trending, it will look outrageously trendy on you when you nail the right shade.

I have a post on how to style a red silk camisole.

Leather

Leather is a classic material that seems to never go out of fashion.

Many brands have switched to vegan leather and hence the rise of various colours of pleather.

I can’t speak for the longevity and durability of synthetic leather, but I like how the appearance of it has improved so much since becoming more popular.

Leather has minimal stretch and it can be difficult to find leather clothing that fits well, so I recommend trying these items on instore where possible.

This skirt below is made of synthetic leather. It looks and feels like real leather, but I did have to get the waist taken in and I couldn’t size down because my butt’s too big.

Red silk camisole paired with black leather skirt
Black leather jacket from Witchery. Black faux leather skirt from Forever New. Goldeneye ankle leather boots in black nubuck from Bared Footwear.

This jacket is made of real leather and a combination of smooth leather and suede.

When shopping for a leather jacket, make sure you have plenty of room in the armholes where the sleeves are sewn on. I find this to be a huge determining factor of comfort.

Athleisure

What’s not to like about cosy lounge wear?

Athleisure has been trending for years and is only becoming even more popular with everyone staying at home now.

I do think everyone’s itching a little to dress up and go out but until then, you can wear athleisure.

Bucket hats have made a comeback and are all the rage at the moment. As cute as they are, I have to fight my urge to buy one.

They’re just too much of an aesthetic accessory rather than a practical one, and I’m a practical gal. I’ll be sticking to my wide brim sun hat thanks!

I’ve yet to make a post on athleisure, but stay tuned as I will be for the next post, and it will be featuring the classic grey sweat shorts.

Athleisure in grey sweat shorts paired with pink camo high neck sports bra, relaxed fit open back indigo top and white sneakers
Pink camouflage high neck sports bra and indigo open back long sleeve top from Rockwear. Nike Air Force 1 sage low sneakers.

Boyfriend blazer

Continuing on in the trend of comfort, blazers are back in, in an oversized, relaxed fit, boyfriend style, and in all sorts of muted colours.

I got this boyfriend blazer from Singapore back in 2014. It just goes to show how a trending piece can also be a classic piece that goes in and out of fashion.

Pink silk V neck tank top paired with khaki satin wide leg harem pants and black strappy heels
Black oversized boyfriend blazer from Forever 21 (bought in Singapore). Khaki wide leg harem pants from Sheike. Swan strappy heels in black suede from Bared Footwear.

This was actually sold as a pantsuit and I also got the matching trousers at the time, but they haven’t survived over the years as they’re just not the best fit.

The great thing about this blazer is that it’s a muted black that literally goes with everything and it still looks new after all these years of wear.

I’m pretty happy about the boyfriend blazer trend being back in fashion, as I’d like to find a nude/beige pantsuit, and this time I will make sure that the pants fit perfectly.

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  • Rest your eyes
  • Take a deep breath…inhale peace & exhale happiness
  • Make a small wish for someone you love
  • Get up & stretch your legs
  • Hydrate & energise
  • Set an intention to live your best life

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Padded shoulder tank tops

As I mentioned previously in my white tank top post, padded shoulder tank tops were all the rage of Summer ’21.

It’s a trend that’s still in, and if you can find one that’s not too outrageously proportioned, you might find yourself a wonderful wardrobe staple that will last you years to come.

I found mine in the form of a white pleated tank top where the shoulders are accentuated just enough without overdoing it.

White shoulder pleated tank top paired with pink faux suede skirt and grey knee high suede heeled boots
Faux suede pink mini skirt and hollow rose gold metal belt from Sheike. Grey suede heeled knee high boots from Nine West.

Balloon sleeves and pants

Continuing on with pleats and accentuated shoulders, balloon sleeves also emphasize the shoulders, just in a different area.

Balloon detailing is created with pleats or darts and can be seen in bottoms also, especially jeans.

Again with this trend, you can make a staple out of a piece if the ballooning features are not over-the-top and outrageous.

Extra puffy sleeves and pants are like the wide leg jeans that were trending ’20. A trend that will pass, and become too loud to wear again when it has.

Mom jeans are slightly ballooned and depending on your preference for denim fit, may be a perfect wardrobe staple for years to come.

Puff sleeve pink cardigan raided from mum’s closet. Light denim mom jeans from Zara. Britney suede over the knee boot in canyon from Witchery.

This pink cardigan with puff sleeves is actually from my mum’s closet, and another demonstration of how fashion trends come and go, and eventually find their way back again.

White jeans

White jeans are in my opinion, a classic wardrobe staple that is very difficult to find.

I’ve been searching for my classic pair for over 2 years now and still no luck, so I will show you my favourite light wash mom jeans instead, which are still very trendy.

White shoulder pleated tank top paired with mom jeans
Light denim mom jeans from Zara. Nude leather heeled ankle boots from Kookai.

Whenever I come across a pair of high-waisted white jeans that aren’t see-through and wide-legged, I try them on.

I’ve found some really awesome wide leg white jeans but as I mentioned above, I think wide leg jeans are too loud and unwearable when not in fashion.

I really hope I can find my perfect pair before the trend is over, as it’ll be even more difficult to find then.

Plaid skirts & knee boots

I never jumped on board the plaid trend. I’d like to get a plaid jacket and skirt set, but I’ve yet to find one that I really like.

I tend to go for solid colours in skirts instead, as they are just so versatile.

However, I can appreciate the appeal of plaid skirts and will be keeping my eyes peeled for this trend.

Pink silk V neck tank top paired with oyster mini pencil skirt, white blouse and grey suede knee high heeled boots
Oversized white blouse from Kookai. Oyster grey mini pencil skirt from Coco Land (boutique store in Castle Hill, Sydney). Grey suede heeled knee high boots from Nine West.

I prefer over-the-knee boots compared to the currently trending under-the-knee boots. I just find them a bit more elegant and classy as far as long boots go.

However, I do keep seeing splendid pointed toe white knee boots, and I’ve yet to own a pair of white long boots… #undecided

Zodiac necklaces

This last one’s just for fun.

Zodiac signs seem to always be trending in the world of jewellery and I found these cute necklaces in Sheike.

I picked up my partner’s sign and my own sign.

Rose gold zodiac necklaces for Leo and Saggitarius
Rose gold zodiac necklaces for Leo and Saggitarius from Sheike.

I wore these on Valentine’s Day where we had breakfast at Altitude Restaurant in the Shangri-La Hotel. The views are spectacular up there and worth a visit if you’re ever in Sydney.

Sydney views from Altitude Restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel

Summary

  • Minimalism is still in and in a stance against fast fashion, the capsule wardrobe trend has very much taken off.
  • Bright red was in for summer and likely to stay for autumn, in the form of a deeper shade that better suits the cooler season.
  • Pleather has taken the spotlight of real leather and with it comes all sorts of colours.
  • Athleisure is only becoming more popular with people having to stay at home.
  • Boyfriend blazers are back in, along with pant suits.
  • Shoulder accents such as padded shoulders, balloon sleeves and pleats are trending at the moment.
  • Similar ballooning and pleat detailing can be found in trending pants and jeans.
  • Plaid skirts have been already been trending in summer but will continue to trend in autumn, along with knee boots now that it’s cooler.

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7 thoughts on “Autumn 2021 trends to look forward to in Australia”

  1. As weel are hrading into spring over here, I’m looking at the pastel color trends. I love those trousers you are wearing under the boyfriendblazer. Fabulous!

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  2. I’m always here for the red and leather!! That all white outfit with the red purse is so stinking chic… love it.
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