Updating Summer Boho Style to Autumn Folk Fashion

If summer was about rekindling seventies bohemian style, autumn/winter 2015 is all about classic British folk fashion. You don’t need to go out and buy a brand new wardrobe to get in on the action though, as a few carefully selected pieces will bring your summer separates right through to winter. Just take those printed summer dresses and add layers for a folksy autumn feel. And prepare to embrace fringing.

On the catwalk

Burberry had one of the standout collections for AW15. Models strut their stuff in patchwork floral dresses and oversized ponchos. Even the classic Burberry trench was given a folklore makeover with quilting, vibrant patterns and whipstitching. Designer-in-chief Christopher Bailey said, “We have been playing with this idea of all the different crafts, from embroidery and whip-stitching and quilting, and how to put them together in a collection.” The result is a truly sumptuous collection that had me wishing the summer away before it had even started.

Elsewhere on the runways, Chloe shunned the demure Parisian look for something “a bit folksy”, in the words of Vogue. With less patchwork and more chiffon than the Burberry collection, Chloe hits the spot with shearling cover-ups and chiffon pleats; the key accessory being the long skinny necktie. With the look continued at Lanvin, Emilio Pucci and Etro, this isn’t just a British trend, but something stylish folks across the globe will be sporting.

Off the catwalk - how to update your summer boho pieces for winter 2015

Wear tights

Sounds simple enough, but there really is no need to pack all of your summer dresses away. Carry those frocks and corduroy skirts through to the new season by adding tights and boots (preferably suede and/or fringed), along with one of the cover-ups below.

Add a poncho

Yes the poncho is back once more! This time it’s long and heavy and ideally intricately adorned. If your budget won’t stretch to a designer patchwork version, opt for a classic knit with tassels. Maybe you can even knit your own?

Faux-shearling jacket

Faux-shearling is a vegan friendly alternative to shearling derived from sheep. The top designers showed shearling jackets and waistcoats, making for the perfect folk cover-up this autumn to keep you cosy as the weather turns.

Get a fringed bag

If you buy one thing this autumn make it a faux-suede, fringed bag. Inexpensive yet something you can use everyday, a fringed bag is an easy way to get the folk look this season.

And what to reuse –

As well as those printed summer dresses, you can keep wearing your floppy felt hat, ankle boots and tassel jewellery, but it’s time to put away the tie-dye tee.

Emma Waight