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From left to right: Miss Wilson Williams Boot, $349, Miss Wilson Harper Heel, $279, Miss Wilson Williams Boot, $349

The idea of new season trends can be overwhelming: where to start? Will it suit me? How can I work it in with my existing wardrobe? Before you dive in, here is a roundup of the top trends for the new season.

Animal Print

It’s impossible to talk about the autumn/winter season without the mention of animal print. It will be everywhere! If you haven’t yet taken up a leopard print dress or a pair of faux snakeskin ankle boots, then it is time to invest. It can be difficult trying to master how to wear animal prints. If you’re like me – always trying to put your best foot forward, buy quality pieces and wear only one animal print at a time. If you’re still a little nervous about wearing these wild prints, try it in an accessory first. A pop of animal print in your belt, shoe or scarf is the perfect way to get started.

Checkmate!

If you haven’t noticed, checks aren’t going away this autumn/winter season. Those crisscrossed grid lines intersecting in a perpendicular fashion create a timeless look. They’re universally flattering and can be worn all year round. My advice is to start with a blazer. This is probably the most popular checked item. It’s versatile, easy to find and a breeze to style. Throw it over a pair of denim pants and a T-shirt and you’re good to go. This season you’ll see skirts, jackets, wide leg pants and overcoats boasting a chic checked print.

From left to right: Closet Midi Kimono, $329.95, Kate Sylvester Kristen Jumper, $389

Layers

Layering is one of our favourite fashion trends for the upcoming season. During the ice-cold winters, we need either someone or some layers to keep us warm. My top tip to mastering your layering look this autumn/winter is: invest in a long-wearing, black roll-neck and a lightweight mac.

Adding a roll-neck underneath a printed top or that summer dress you love not only gives you the warmth-factor, but also an unexpected edge. Layering isn’t limited to knitwear though – between seasons, reach for your lightweight mac instead of sweltering in your woollen overcoat. Throw your mac over a smart blazer or wear it loose around the shoulders for a modern and surprisingly slick look. This way you’ll be rain-ready and score extra points for outsmarting the weather this year.

Josie Pasane

Josie Pasane

Ballantynes and Contemporary Lounge Fashion Stylist

Josie’s talent for styling is second to none. With years of experience within the international fashion scene, she is an authority when it comes to discovering and bringing your personal style to life. ballantynes.co.nz