AW16 Fashion Trends

As the seasons change, so do our wardrobes! The AW16 fashion trends see us moving away from summery florals and 70s suede skirts and embracing an eclectic mix of feminine frills and ruffles, 80s style metallics and luxurious velvet pieces. Pantone’s colours for the season are equally varied; ranging from muted dusty pinks and blues to deep ochre yellows and greens. So, if you’ve got a winter wedding to attend this year or a particularly fancy do, take some style inspiration from our hand picked collection of favourites below (and the hats to match!)

Please remember that not all of these hats will be available in store as most are one off pieces, but we can make you a bespoke hat to order – so if there is something that catches your eye, don’t hesitate to get in touch.


The easygoing 70s trend is firmly on the outs now and it’s time to be brave and embrace glam rock. Go all out with an avante garde silver pleated Topshop skirt or this full length metallic gown from Mango. But, if you’re not entirely convinced you can pull off something shiny, then this flattering high waisted brocade skirt from Debenhams or Mango’s loose fitting blouse gives a more muted nod to the trend.

And here are some suggested hats to finish off your outfit:


There were a lot of ruffles on the runway at fashion week this year, with floaty chiffons and silks in this season’s dusty pink and nude shades making for a eye-pleasing range of sweetly feminine looks. Try this bold rose toned ASOS dress with large ruffle sleeves or keep it more demure with this nude pussybow dress from Phase Eight. For a more casual occasion, this cold shoulder dress from Topshop looks fab in Pantone’s Airy Blue.

To finish your look:


Moving into more sumptuous fabrics now for the colder months! The high street is full of gorgeous velvet this season in rich, deep tones, creating a real feeling of classic vintage. This beautiful velvet dress features a printed floral rose design and would be a fabulous day dress for the colder months, while this frilled velvet top shouldn’t need much to dress it up for a classy evening look. (Both Zara) Alternatively, you can pay a more subtle reference to the velvet trend with some velvet accessories. Try this velvet wristlet from Whistles to keep all your essentials safe and finish with these matching heels. Alternatively, these velvet block heels from Phase Eight have a fab chunky heel, meaning you should be able to keep them on all night!

These hats would look great when paired with these luxurious velvet pieces:

Or why not try one of our vintage style floral corsages, which can be worn in the hair or as a brooch:

Gothic Glamour

Texture is key with this trend, so don’t be afraid to mix materials. Think layers of lace, velvet and sheer chiffons in feminine cuts. This burnout dress from Monsoon is a classic party dress and this lacy Topshop maxi dress with crochet details will definitely get everyone’s attention! This lace Whistles dress would also work, but don’t worry, you don’t have to go all black; for a more sultry take on this trend, try this Jaques Vert dress in shades a la Pantone’s Aurora Red.

A fascinator with a veil would be fab to finish off a gothic inspired outfit, or one of our floral combs would also work well. Have a look through these offerings from BEM:

Of course, these four trends are only a taster of whats to come this season, but hopefully you’ve come away with a little bit of inspiration! For more AW16 looks, have a look through our new AW16 Trends Pinterest board and don’t forget to follow for updates.

Lastly, don’t forget that if the hat you liked isn’t available, we can design and make you one to order, but keep in mind that we need a minimum of six weeks notice for bespoke pieces. Send us an email at to get started.