Autumn/Winter 2011 Fashion Trends on a Student Budget

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As the rain continues to pour down and we all sit confused, wondering if we fell asleep and missed summer this year, thoughts quickly turn to our winter wardrobes.  In essential student fashion news, Young Academic gives you the lowdown on the Autumn/Winter trends for 2011 and how to look good for less.

Whilst the sun has been pretty much non-existent (up North at least!), Summer 2011 really has been one to remember when it comes to fashion trends.  Lace, crochets, tassels and pleats were all wardrobe essentials for die-hard fashion fans this year and whilst some of these trends continue through to the winter months, it’s time to look ahead and get planning to ensure you don’t turn up at uni in your summer threads – so last season honey!

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New Look: Burnt Orange Bang on Trend

Those shying away from the bright lollipop colours of summer may well have to get use to it as the block colour trend persists right on through to Autumn/Winter too.  Firmly cemented in the fashion world is the concept of bright colours.  Models have been strutting their stuff down the runway in burnt oranges and deep browns.  Just as bold but maybe slightly classier, these bolds have already been the showcased by the celebs. Enter Alexa Chung, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes…

Royal blue was a key colour for the more conservative silhouettes.  Hints of colour hit the runway in the form of accessories and shoes.  As the high street shops prepare for the party season (we’ll soon be seeing advent calenders!), metallics and classy brights will hit the shelves just waiting to be worked into an outfit.  Music to the ears of the colour shy.

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Zara: Conservative and Sexy?

The likes of Gucci, Prada and Jean Paul Gaultier seem to have ushered in a season of Forties glamour, embracing furs, pearls and shrugs.  Everything about this trend will revolve around the pencil skirt.  With many interpretations on the runway this season, shoppers have plenty to choose from.  Short skirts are a thing of the past with this new style as conservative knee length skirts become very alluring.  While some chose to make it sexy with a thigh-high slit, others kept to the original design and threw in an unexpected splash of colour combos.

Another hot trend on the catwalk for Autumn/Winter this year was a Prince of Wales favourite – tartan.  Bold squares and highland checks seem to be a key feature on the high street this season as designers work the trend into coats, skirts and even kilts.  Dress head to toe in tartan or inject checks into your ensemble with an oversized woollen scarf, as long as it’s checked, it’s on trend.

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Topshop: Pearl Choker

This season, all the coolest kids will be borrowing clothes from the boys so fear not if you’re on a small budget, just raid the boyfriend’s wardrobe instead!  Felt, pinstripes, white shirts and tailored trousers are all must-haves for this boyish trend.  To tick all the boxes, you’ll be looking for super-sized jackets and overcoats matched with silky ties and sashes.  For a feminine twist, add a plunging neckline or super-high heel.

What about the accessories?  The must-have addition to any jewellery box this season is the choker.  Whether it be pearls or jewels, the choker can be worn with any of the above: under the fur coat, tucked inside your white shirts, this year’s accessory will inject a bit of glamour into your wardrobe.


To stay bang on trend, keep your eyes out on the high street for the Autumn/Winter trends.  Of course, keep up-to-date with all your latest fashion and education news as well as the festivals of the summer with Young Academic.  Sign up to the RSS feed and follow our tweets at @youngacademic for the latest in student news.