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How to manage the Summer-Autumn style transition


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As August becomes September and the heat wave of summer fades into memory, we enter a new and exciting season of style.

But this being England, the transition isn't always as clear-cut as we would like. Weeks of early-onset winter, will undoubdebly be bookended by teaser periods of an Indian summer.

So how can you easily transition during this awkward inter-season period without packing your options away too early?

Never fear, The National Student is here. See below our complete list of what's going to be big this Autumn, and what will be sticking around from Summer, so that you know what to throw and what to keep out.

Check Me Out!

Black Check Button Strap Pinafore Dress, New Look, £24.99

One of the biggest trends continuing into Autumn is that of check and tartan.

Everything goes: trouser, shoes, assessories, dresses....

Pink vinyl check mini skirt , River Island, £35.00

In short? If it's checked, then get on it!

Whether you play it heritage, punkify it or get inspired by media like Clueless or even Rupert the Bear, its a perfect pattern for the Summer-Autumn transition.

Flat Heel Tartan Square Toe Shoe Boots, Boohoo, £35.


Wear it in jewel tones or textures like PVC to nail multiple trends at once. Whether its dark or bright, there is a check or tartan out there for everyone.

A Leopard Never Changes its Spots

Red Velvet Leopard Print Party Bodysuit, New Look, £15.99

Leopard Print is another unlikely trend sneaking into our wardrobes this Autumn and can be found in every shade and form of clothing.

Brown Leopard Print Ribbed Midi Dress, New Look, £19.99

Either wear it in new colours and textures like a velvet red body suit, or go a little more traditional.

Rust Leopard Print Tapered Leg Jumpsuit, New Look, £27.99

From Bet Lynch to the Manic Street Preachers, everyone suits this particular kitty cat's spots. 

Weather or Not, Puffers or Shine

UO Green Contrast Lined Pillow Puffer Jacket, Urban Outfitters, £76

This season it's all about big layered or interestingly textures coats and jackets.

Navy Wetlook Rain Coat, TU Sainsburys, £32

To nail this try either a puffer coat and perhaps a raincoat or mac in a material such as PVC.

ASOS Oversized Mac in Vinyl, ASOS, £90

Keep cool while it's still warm then warm once the British Autumn and Winter weather really kick in. 

The Ugly Shoe

1460 UNKNOWN PLEASURES, Dr. Martens, £150

Big soles and wide fits were trending this summer and will continue to be as the weather changes and days grow shorter.

Buffalo Classic Lowtop Platform Trainers in White, ASOS, £149 

From trainers to boots, wedges to platforms, get on your pair of biggest ugliest shoes. It's no time for ballet pumps or sandels. 

Crystal Jems

Paper bag trousers, H&M, £24.99

Forget the typical toned-down or earthy shades for the Autumn months. This AW season it's about being bold with our colour blocking. 

Blue Suedeette Biker Jacket, Primark, £25

Waving goodbye to the summer pinks for now, ruby reds, emerald green and cobalt blue will be out to steal centre stage, adding some vibrance to your post-summer period of monochrome. 

Metallic t-shirt dress, Monki, £8

And hey, if you're in the mood. Why not add a little sheen on the (dare I say it) approach to Christmas...

Golden Brown

Twist Front Midi Dress, Topshop, £45

In fashion this season too, is 70s retro brown clothing in textures like corderoy, suede and more. 

Funnel Neck Jumper, Topshop, £36

This might not seem like the most adventurous of trends, but it's certainly befitting to the season and offers a really sophisticated yet comfy options for autumn office/campuswear.

Bits and Bobs: Assessorise 

Fluffy Bucket Hat, Topshop, £16

Finally going into Autumn, gently bring your Spring and Summer dress into the cooler weather using some of these bold and beautiful assessories.

Cosy Scarf, Monki, £15

Along with the advantage of adding a little extra warmth to your outfit, there's surely nothing nicer than treating yourself to a nice new accessory to help you welcome the new season with a smile.

Happy Autumn everyone!

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