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The 15 essential trends for autumn/winter 2023

Cherry red, quiet luxury and soft goth are leading fashion and beauty

It’s that time of year as autumn/winter’s most exciting new looks arrive in store. From out-out looks for evenings (metallics, oversize clutches and OTT details) to everyday essentials such as New Balance 550s via this season’s biggest beauty looks (soft goth and superglossy skin), you can shop and prep everything for autumn/winter 2023 right here at Drake Circus (then head to The Barcode for delicious food and drink and entertainment…).

Read on to discover the must-know trends, accessories and fashion and beauty buys to quickly and easily update your wardrobe for 2023 and beyond.


1. Wearable trainers and flats for autumn

One of the most anticipated moments for autumn/winter 2023 is set to be the launch of ex Céline and Chloé designer Phoebe Philo’s new brand. This is the woman who made Stan Smiths a thing back in 2015 so it’s fitting that the comfy trainer is still the leading light when it comes to footwear. Copenhagen Fashion Week was all about Air Rifts from Nike, New Balance 550s (see Emily Ratajkowski and the Biebers) and Asics with Adidas Spezia still going strong at JD Sports, Foot Locker, Footasylum and schuh.

Leather ballet flats (inspired, as ever, by Chanel) are an elegant alternative with River Island and Primark bringing the love. Pair them with this season’s culottes or long denim skirt from Levi’s.


Trainer styling inspiration from schuh


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2. The big #FashionTikTok trends for autumn

While Barbiecore pink is still holding strong, the shade is set to be joined by two new shades taking over #FashionTikTok: cherry red (Burberry fall 2023, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Prada) and butter yellow (often paired with other neutrals including black, white and navy at Givenchy and Tove). The trends will be all over H&M, Monsoon, New Look, Primark and River Island.


Cherry red at Monsoon


3. Quiet luxury

It’s been the big trend of the decade so far inspired by The Row’s beautiful tailoring and quiet luxury is still going strong inspired by Jennifer Aniston and Sienna Miller. It’s all about soft-as-butter cashmere and merino wool knitwear, sculptured jackets, a gold chain, slouchy wideleg trousers, rollnecks and ankle-length coats.

Look to Gucci, Erdem and Bottega Veneta for inspiration then head to Marks & Spencer and Next. Also keep an eye on the offshoot of the trend: businesscore – double-breasted jackets, white shirts with ties and off-the-shoulder tops at New Look and H&M.


New season tailoring at New Look


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4. Soft goth beauty

Beautiful cat’s eye flicks abounded at Versace and Chanel (Selena Gomez is queen of an understated take on it) teamed with the perennial smokey eye; glossy red lips gave a vampiric touch at Dolce & Gabbana and Roksanda (Vampire singer Olivia Rodrigo is obviously all over this), spider eyelashes and hair was kept messy and low with centre partings. Head to Boots and Superdrug.


Goth beauty at H&M


5. Activewear is going nowhere

Flared leggings are making for a much-needed break from the usual silhouette especially when paired with a cute crop top for out and about. Mesh, cropped puffer jackets, keyhole and asymmetric tops and traffic-stopping brights are leading the way into the new season. Head to H&M and Marks & Spencer to top up your activewear.


Go bright at Marks & Spencer



6. New-season jackets

‘Bomber’ or flight jackets that take their silhouette from 1950s pilots are always a staple but this season they’re having their moment in the autumn sunshine. Throw one over this season’s midi floral winter dresses or pair them with slouchy jeans on the weekend and you’ll be both on-trend and warm. Marks & Spencer’s new version has been a massive hit while New Look and Primark have great versions.


Styling the bomber jacket at Marks & Spencer


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7. Say hello to the jumbo clutch

Autumn/winter bags and totes tend to go massive thanks to the back-to-school vibes and now the practical sense of these giant bags has crossed over into the jumbo clutch (as seen at Miu Miu, Victoria Beckham, Jil Sander and Givenchy) with Jennifer Lopez championing the look. Pop by New Look and H&M.


Metallics and clutch in one from Kurt Geiger


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8. Bows, peplums, pleats and ruffles

Details are back and bigger than ever with Victoria Beckham and Erdem embracing peplums, ruffles and oversize bows. Pleated and draped dresses, trousers, skirts and culottes are feeding into the desire for grown-up tailoring in response to the last few years of laidback dressing. Marks & Spencer, H&M, Primark and River Island will have it all.


Oversize bows at H&M


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9. Leather is everywhere

From skirts and boots and jackets and coats via bags (a woven finish is proving popular), leather is always a big favourite when it comes to autumn/winter trends but this year it’s upping the ante with head-to-toe pieces, try New Look and Next.


Primark’s leather heaven


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10. Metallics and touchy-feely

If you buy one thing for autumn and into winter, then a metallic jacket, bag or shimmering top will instantly update your look (the trend has been powered all year by Beyon and has now moved onto the high street). Tactile and cheering, it’s also a trend that’s feeding into the mood for materials you want to reach out and touch: faux fur, ribbed knits and soft silk. H&M and River Island are going big on it.


Metallic perfection at River Island


11. Bold earrings

Oversize teardrops, clustered pearls and gems, statement metallics, huge sculptural pieces and big, big hoops were across the catwalks of Fendi, Moschino, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga. Check out Accessorize, H&M, Next, Pandora and River Island.


Pandora’s earrings go dramatic


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12. The statement scarf

Hooded, puffa, oversize, neckerchief, fake fur or footballesque, the scarf is both the practical and stylish way to bring your winter coat to life this season. Marks & Spencer, Primark and Next have inspiring selections.

13. Bright tights and shapewear essentials

Update your wardrobe for less than £10? Bright tights are the street style solution that took over the catwalks with orange and pink at Versace, white lace at Chanel, fishnets at Victoria Beckham and Gucci while Taylor Swift’s shimmering Eras showgirl tights are powering the trend too. It’s also feeding into the shapewear silhouette that’s going nowhere thanks to Rihanna and Ashley Graham’s Instas. Try Boux Avenue, Marks & Spencer and H&M for inspo.


14. Over-the-knee and cowboy boots

Dua Lipa, Margot Robbie and Rihanna (again) have embraced the over-the-knee boot trend in the past 12 months and the cowboy still going strong. From flats to wedges, head to schuh and Primark to find your perfect pair.


Thigh high at schuh


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15. Superglossy skin

Underpinning all the looks on the catwalks (from under-eye pastels to Balmain no-make-up) was perfectly beautiful skin. From glazed doughnut skin and cloud skin (matte but flawless) to glass skin, a basic 3-5 step routine (cleanse, tone, serum, moisturise, spf for morning and cleanse, exfoliate weekly, serum and moisturise for night) topped off with hybrid beauty buys that top up on niacinamide, SPF, vitamins, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants is essential for autumn/winter 2023. Head to Next, Boots and Superdrug.


Multi-tasking finds at Next Beauty


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