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Autumn Winter Fashion Trends 2021

autumn winter 2021 fashion trends australia

Images (from left): Witchery; Sportscraft; Decjuba

As you can probably tell from the images above, comfort remains a major trend this autumn winter fashion season.

Other main style trends include:

  • Full sleeves -- especially puff, or bell shape sleeves. On blouses, dresses and knits. Sometimes combined with Edwardian-style ruffles
  • Strong shoulders -- subtle, or not-so-subtle shoulder pads. On t-shirts, sweat tops, knits and shirts
  • Denim -- items include jeans, shirts, jackets, shackets, dresses and puffers. The dominant washes are medium and medium-light vintage washes. The new shapes are full, straight, or flared. Mid and high-waisted styles remain the main trend. Denim-on-denim (aka the Canadian Tuxedo) is on-trend for styling
  • Styling -- the full tuck is still the main way to style tops and bottoms. And a wider range of belt styles and widths are now available
  • Patterns -- checks (bold or classic, mens-suiting-inspired); dark background florals; paisley; animal prints are still around, but not as many

Autumn Winter Fashion Trends 2021: by Garment Type

Pants and Trousers

autumn winter 2021 fashion trends australia pants

Images (from left): Decjuba; David Lawrence; Country Road

The trending pant widths are relaxed. You'll find wide, straight and tapered styles available.

There are still many ankle-length styles around, but it's getting easier to find full-length pants as well.

autumn winter 2021 fashion trends australia jeans

Images (from left): Witchery; Decjuba; Seed Heritage; David Lawrence

There are many more jeans styles available this Autumn Winter. They come in many widths and lengths.

autumn winter 2021 fashion trends australia casual pants

Images (from left): David Jones; Decjuba; Witchery

Track and lounge pants remain widely available and are often styled with blazers and knits for everyday wear, rather than being limited to sporting activities and lounging. If you're going to try this look choose good quality pants -- look for thicker or firmer fabrics that don't bag at the knees too quickly.


There's still a good selection of dress styles around. Midi lengths are the main trend. However, there are some knee and above knee length options as well.

The easiest to find styles are:

autumn winter 2021 fashion trends australia dresses

Images (from left): Trenery; Witchery; Decjuba

  • Knit dresses. Silhouettes include: very fitted; fit-and-flare; and straighter, relaxed styles
  • Shirt dresses -- mostly midi-length fit-and-flare styles, but also straight, above-knee mini styles
  • Tiered dresses -- mostly midi-length single or multiple tiers


autumn winter 2021 fashion trends australia skirts

Images (from left): Seed Heritage; Witchery; Sportscraft

There aren't as many skirt styles around this Autumn Winter Season.

The main lengths available are midi skirts and minis.

Fabrics include leather and faux-leather, denim, and knits. Styles include A-line and subtle A-line midi styles (with or without tiers).


autumn winter 2021 fashion trends australia knits

Images (clockwise from top left): Witchery; Country Road; Decjuba; Seed Heritage; Sportscraft

It's knitwear season, so as you'd expect, there's a wide variety of jumpers and knit tops available.

Texture remains a strong theme. Especially ribbed knits and tops and chunky jumpers.

Other tops include:

autumn winter 2021 fashion trends australia tops

Images (clockwise from top left): Decjuba; Witchery; Seed Heritage; Trenery; Witchery; Witchery

  • Long-sleeve tees -- including ribbed Henley styles (illustrated in the image in the middle of the bottom row above)
  • Blouses -- especially full sleeve styles
  • Shirts -- especially over-sized shirts
  • Sweat tops -- either worn with matching sweat pants, or with jeans or other pant styles

Necklines are mainly high neck, either high round-necks or polar-neck. However, you'll also find some v-necks, occasional scoop neck styles, and some boat-neck styles


autumn winter 2021 fashion trends australia cardigans

Images (from left): Trenery; Witchery; Decjuba

There's a greater variety of cardigans available this season.

They range from high-hip length and chunky to mid-calf and fine and everything inbetween. Waterfall styles are not currently on-trend.

Jackets & Coats

autumn winter 2021 fashion trends australia jackets

Images (from left): Decjuba; Sportscraft; Sussan

There remains a wide-range of jacket styles available. Including: trucker-style denim jackets; fluffy teddy jackets; puffer jackets; and leather biker jackets.

Over-sized, 80s and 90s style blazers remain very much on-trend.

Shackets are an emerging style. These are a cross between a shirt and a jacket.

autumn winter 2021 fashion trends australia coats

Images (from left): Uniqlo; Decjuba; Sportscraft

Coat styles include: classic wool coats; puffer coats; teddy coats; coatigans; leather trenches; and classic trenches


autumn winter 2021 fashion trends australia shoes

Images (clockwise from top left): The Iconic; Myer; Leisures; Leisures; Witchery

Luckily for our feet flat and low-heeled footwear remains a dominant trend!

Sneakers, especially white sneakers, are still very much on-trend.

Full-length boots are also a key look. Worn with dresses and skirts, but also with wider trouser tucked-into them.

Ankle boots are also widely available. And can also be worn in what's being dubbed the 'Princess Diana look', that is with fuller pants tucked into the ankle boots. Thick, soles, especially tyre-tread styles are back in style.

If you'd like some smarter low-heeled or flat shoes look for loafers and ballet shoes.

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