The final season for the first year of this new decade, and also the season that will go a long way to defining 2012’s fashion trends, autumn / fall 2011 is a crucial period for building your wardrobe and evolving your personal style.

So what’s in store for the seasons for men and women? Seventies fashion remains high on the list of carry-over trends, taking with it the likes of flares and wide-leg pants; while on the tough side, biker and punk follow through to the new season. You can read our existing reports about these and other upcoming fall 2011 fashion trends below, but stay tuned as we’ll be updating these with all the latest, and adding new trends soon.

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Looking ahead

5 pieces to keep

5 pieces to keep for the New Year

The seasons may change, but that doesn’t mean you have to ruthlessly throw away all of your fall 2011 pieces when the calendar flips over. Looking ahead to the warmer months, here are 5 key pieces from fall / winter 2011 that you can continue getting plenty of wear out of into spring.

Autumn / fall 2011 for both sexes

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Burnt color

Looking below you’ll see that the majority of the autumn / fall 2011 fashion trends we’ve written about below are for a specific gender – not this one. In fall 2011 burnt colors are in for both genders, and you’re going to find it used by the best fashion houses right down to the most fashion forward of the high street.

Autumn (fall) / winter 2011 women’s themes

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70s fashion

Just as the ’50s and ’60s are back, so too are particular elements of the ’70s. There are two main aesthetics: ’70s bohemian, and ’70s sophisticated glamour. When it comes to the latter, think dresses that fall like shimmering water in the evening and high-waist pants with elegant blouses by day. Click to read about the 70s fashion trend.

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1960s fashion

Yes the 70s are back, but so too are the decade that they replaced. While a revival of 60s fashion as a trend started long ago with the first season of Mad Men, for autumn 2011 the trend loses its American overtones and becomes thoroughly British. So as the revival of the 70s caters to those whose tastes align with American fashion for fall 2011, so too does the 1960s fashion allow for those with an appreciation for British fashion. Follow the link to see what’s on trend.

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Oriental fashion

Emerging in autumn / fall 2011 and lasting into next year, the Oriental fashion trend is a subtle interpretation of the imagined Orient – perhaps not the Orient that you’d commonly encounter on the streets in the modern world, but the Orient of old. Follow the link for styling inspiration.

Autumn (fall) / winter 2011 women’s fashion trends

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Plunging neckline

It doesn’t automatically lend itself to the cold weather of autumn / winter 2011, but none-the-less the women’s plunging neckline has captured the imagination of designers from the likes of Gucci to your local artisan. Follow the link to see how this fashion is being designed and worn, and how to carry it over into next year.

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Able to be worn softly or with an edge, they’re a style that might seem ever-green – but don’t let that fool you. Pleats are at the fore in 2011 with the cut being carried effortlessly from spring in autumn / fall. As such they’ll also be one of the major influencers upon next year’s fashion trends, so be sure to follow the link to read our guide to what’s in and what’s not for this wardrobe staple.

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Fur clothing

It’s a fabric that divides people through its controversy, and one that has been a small part of autumn / fall / winter collections in recent years. During autumn (fall) / winter 2011 it all changes and fur clothing plays a large role in many of the collections from the world’s biggest fashion houses. Follow the link to find out how both faux and genuine fur are being worn in fall 2011.

sheer clothing fall 2011

Sheer clothing

Who dares wins. Or so the saying goes, and yet sheer clothing needn’t be daring nor about winning in autumn / fall 2011. What has this ever-green fashion trend evolved in to for the season then? Read our guide to sheer clothing for autumn / fall 2011 to find out whose designing it, how they’re doing it and, most importantly, how to wear the fashion trend.

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Women’s tuxedo

Thanks to the likes of Tom Ford and the re-rise of 1970s fashion, the women’s tuxedo makes its comeback in autumn / winter 2011. But given it was also on-trend as recently as 2008, this is one fashion trend you could definitely get wrong this season. Follow the link to read our guide on how to wear it this season and how to make sure you don’t make it look like something from a few years ago.

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Bell bottoms

With skinny pants and jeans now so common that they no longer make a statement it was inevitable that a different style would emerge as a trend. It didn’t necessarily have to be this one, but with the come back of all things 1970s it was inevitable that fashion forward people would turn to bell bottoms and flared pants as a style of choice. Follow the link to find out more about this fall 2011 fashion trend including some key styling tips.

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Wide leg pants

As it is with flares, so it is for the overall cut of women’s pants in fall 2011: there’s a lean away from the dominance of the slim cut. And that means not just a flared hem but that wide leg pants and jeans emerge as fashionable in autumn / winter 2011. Follow the link to read our guide on how to wear a fall fashion trend that’s easy to hit and miss with.

sheer clothing fall 2011

Sheer maxi dress

Taking all its cues from spring / summer 2011, the sheer interpretation of maxi dresses and maxi skirts continunes into autumn / winter 2011. Naturally it’s heavier, but perhaps not in cloth in so much as it is in colour. Take a look at our guide to the sheer maxi dress to find out how to wear it in fall 2011 and carry it through into 2012.

Autumn / fall 2011 accessory trends

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Leather harness accessory

It’s an autumn/ fall 2011 accessory that works with so many of the seasons’ other fashion, and yet it’s a controversial accessory none-the-less. That’s because its origins lie with the sexualisation of fashion. But it doesn’t have to be sexualised, and it needn’t be downplayed either. Read our guide on leather harness accessory for more on the fall / winter 2011 the accessory trend, including styling inspiration.

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Choker necklaces & cuff bracelets

If you’re looking to make a statement with your accessories, one that you can carry over from 2011 into 2012, then be sure to turn to the accessory that has more than caught our eye. It’s the solid jewelry trend and it includes everything everything from cuffs to collars. Follow the link to find out all the details, including how to wear it and who is designing it.

2012 it bag

Doctor’s bag

Generally each year has an it bag, the handbag so chic and on-trend that it becomes a must have. The it bag for fall / winter 2011, however, is nowhere to be found. There’s a lot of reasons for that, but consider yourself lucky: it means you’re far less likely to turn up an event with exactly the same handbag on your arm as someone else. Instead, for fall 2011 handbag trends turn to key themes, such as the doctor’s bag. Follow the link to find out who has designed it, and which on-trend variations of the handbag have been made.

Men’s autumn (fall) / winter 2011 fashion trends

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2011 suit styles

They never actually go out of fashion, but they do evolve over the course of several years. So what suit styles are in fashion for autumn (fall) / winter 2011? has put together a thorough guide on the modern men’s suit that will take you through cuts and colours, and help you decide all the elements you’ll want in a good quality suits for autumn (fall) / winter 2011. Follow the link to read more.

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Relaxed tailoring

For so long it’s been all about slim and skinny cuts for men. When fall 2011’s fashions roll along, that won’t be the case. Skinny won’t be out, but something else is certainly in. Read our guide to the men’s relaxed tailoring style to find out about how it applies to autumn / fall 2011’s outerwear, jackets and trousers, including inspiration on how to wear the look.

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Fashionable workwear & overalls

Casual streetwear turns to industry in autumn / fall 2011 with a men’s take on fashionable workwear seeing the likes of overalls and boiler suits hit the catwalks of fashion forward designers and the wardrobes of fashion forwards men. Follow the link to learn more about the trend and find out which fashion labels are designing it.

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External pockets

You shan’t find them in our suit guide, but none the less you’ll find them on the autumn / fall 2011 catwalks and you’ll find them as an option for your winter wardrobe. Riding the line between street fashion, being a casual trend and being inspired by something a bit more tailored, the men’s external pockets trend is something of a statement feature for autumn / fall 2011. A feature suited to more then just outerwear, however. Follow the link for more.

Other autumn (fall) / winter 2011 trends

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2011 hairstyles

The beginning of 2011 doesn’t just mean new clothes for your wardrobe, it means updating your style, it means evolving it. And of equal importance to having the right clothes and accessories for 2011 is keeping your hairstyle up to date.

To take a look at the 2011 hair trends that will be a part of autumn (fall) / winter 2011, follow the link.

jeans fall 2011

Future of denim

Looking at not just the styles of denim jeans but also the business side of things, this guide takes you through the future of denim giving you an indication of where styles will evolve and which denim labels will dominate the future. Read about the future of denim to get an insight into jeans in autumn / fall 2011 and beyond.

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Fall 2011 colour trends

Just because it’ll be cold and dark outside doesn’t mean that the season’s colour trends have to follow suit. Quite the opposite in fact. Visit our autumn (fall) / winter 2011 colours guide to find out more about the shades and palettes that will be on trend.

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