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9 Ways to Spin Your Favourite Summer Colours for Autumn

When you think about autumn colours, which shades come to mind? Chances are, in your mind right now, flashes of oxblood, navy, forest green and brown appear before you. And you’re right. The colder months are traditionally synonymous with darker hues, but that doesn’t mean you should relegate all of your bold, standout pieces to the back of your wardrobe until next April. In fact, the autumn/winter 2021 runways insist you don’t. 

Super-bright shades were evident in the collections of top designers, including Versace, Ferragamo, Raf Simons, Bottega Veneta, and Prada. All of them having reimagined colours most commonly associated with summer for the season ahead—a continuation from the joyful dressing movement which was sparked earlier in the year. 

“The benefits of dopamine dressing have been bandied around the fashion crowd for some time. Colour psychologist Karen Haller told me at the beginning of 2020 that wearing certain colours can lift our spirits and boost our moods, causing physiological changes within us,” explains social media and fashion editor Zoe Anastasiou in our bumper trend report. 

So it makes perfect sense that we want to continue to dress for the mood we want to be in as we head into the darker winter months. But how can you integrate these positive palettes into your existing autumn wardrobe? We have a few suggestions. 

Scroll on to see our ultimate guide on how to wear colour in autumn, which will, in turn, offer your grey tracksuit some reprieve. 

STANDOUT COVER-UPS

How to wear colour in autumn: @hannasteffanson wears a pink coat

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@hannasteffanson

A brightly coloured coat will instantly breathe new life into any outfit you wear it with, allowing you to dress more colourfully without having to give it a second thought. 

Shop the look:
Popski London Hot Pink Cashmere Fox Trim Coat
Popski London
Hot Pink Cashmere Fox Trim Coat
£395
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Isabel Marant Étoile Fontizi Checked Felted Coat
Isabel Marant Étoile
Fontizi Checked Felted Coat
£555
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BOLD TROUSERS

How to wear colour in autumn: @slipintostyle wears a pair of bright blue trousers

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@slipintostyle

Colourful trousers have been something of a power buy this year, and there’s plenty of them still to choose from. 

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Mango Flowy Trousers
Mango
Flowy Trousers
£36
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Zara Wide Leg Trousers
Zara
Wide Leg Trousers
£30
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JUICY JEWELLERY

How to wear colour in autumn: @threadsstyling layers up bright rings

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@threadsstyling

If you want to subtly nod to this season’s colour trends, you can do so with a beautiful selection of jewellery. Bea Bongiasca eclectic creations have been some of the most in-demand of 2021. 

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Bea Bongiasca Purple Heart Tendril Ring
Bea Bongiasca
Purple Heart Tendril Ring
£900
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Blobb by Sofia Elias OG Blobb Tie-Dye Ring
Blobb by Sofia Elias
OG Blobb Tie-Dye Ring
£55
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HERO KNITS

How to wear colour in autumn: @heartzeena wears a rainbow stripe knit

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@heartzeena

One of the simplest ways to carry over your favourite summer colours into autumn is by way of a rainbow knit. Simply tuck into your go-to jeans. 

Shop the look:
Sea Ziggy Striped Crotchet Sweater
Sea
Ziggy Striped Crotchet Sweater
£495
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Mango Ruffled Jumper
Mango
Ruffled Jumper
£50
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BRIGHT BOOTS

How to wear colour in autumn: @champagnemani wears a pair of yellow boots

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@champagnemani

Okay, so they might not be quite as versatile as black or tan, but brightly coloured boots are going to be big news this autumn, and present an easy way to add some statement tones into your looks. 

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Ángel Alarcón Boots
Ángel Alarcón
Boots
£130
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Paris Texas Knee-High Lizard-Effect Leather Boots
Paris Texas
Knee-High Lizard-Effect Leather Boots
£540
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SATURATED DRESSES

How to wear colour in autumn: @nnennaechem wears a lime knitted dress

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@nnennaechem

Tick off two trends in one by investing in an autumn-ready knitted dress in an unapologetically bold shade. You’ll find options to suit in both the high-end and high-street shopping circuits. 

Shop the look:
Ralph Lauren Silk-Blend Long-Sleeve Jumper Day Dress
Ralph Lauren
Silk-Blend Long-Sleeve Jumper Day Dress
£1125
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Karen Millen Curve Pleated Short Knitted Dress
Karen Millen
Curve Pleated Short Knitted Dress
£139
£70
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SOMETHING LEATHER

How to wear colour in autumn: @alyssainthecity wears a blue leather coat

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@alyssainthecity

Leather always makes a huge comeback for autumn, and we couldn’t help but notice just how many of these toasty pieces now come in juicy shades. 

Shop the look:
Rotate Birger Christensen Vegan Leather Blazer
Rotate Birger Christensen
Vegan Leather Blazer
£280
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Karen Millen Leather Five Pocket Straight Leg Jean
Karen Millen
Leather Five Pocket Straight Leg Jean
£240
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ZINGY ARM CANDY

How to wear colour in autumn: @slipintostyle carries a lime Bottega Veneta bag

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@slipintostyle

Give any outfit a final colourful flourish with the addition of a bright handbag. Bottega Veneta’s styles are still crazy popular, but fashion types are also loving JW Pei’s frugal yet chic styles. 

Shop the look:
Bottega Veneta The Jodie Mini Intrecciato-Leather Clutch Bag
Bottega Veneta
The Jodie Mini Intrecciato-Leather Clutch Bag
£1330
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JW Pei Gabbi Bag in Orange
JW Pei
Gabbi Bag in Orange
£79
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TOE-TO-TOE

How to wear colour in autumn: @ninasandbech wears a purple outfit

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@ninasandbech

Have an affinity for a particular shade? Why not wear it top-to-toe? Make like Nina and pair a set of statement trousers with a top in a similar tone. 

Shop the look:
Marks and Spencer Merino Wool Collared Cardigan With Cashmere
Marks and Spencer
Merino Wool Collared Cardigan With Cashmere
£59
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Monki Yoko Corduroy Trousers
Monki
Yoko Corduroy Trousers
£35
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Next: I’m a Jumper Hoarder, But I Would Make Room for These 23 in My Wardrobe

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