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We may be enjoying one of the hottest British summers for a long time, but that doesn’t mean high street stores will be holding back their next season fashion loads. It’s that time of year again to begin thinking about what to wear when the chilly autumn weather comes in and the party season starts! Before your next big wardrobe haul, here’s a look at the most popular autumn-winter fashion trends of the 2013:

The mid-length flared skirt

It’s always exciting when a freshly designed garment shape makes it onto the high street and following in the vein of catwalk designers like Prada and Hermes, the new mid-length skirt is a hit. This unusual midi design falls just above the ankle with a slight flaring at the knee which produces an interesting swish as you walk – far away from tight bodycon midi’s we’ve seen recently, this skirt gives a more comfortable, vintage appeal. Team the new skirt with flatform shoes, chunky heeled ankle boots or cut-out wedge shoes.

The rebel vibe

This autumn-winter it’s time to rebel! One of the biggest trends this season is embracing punk, grunge and fashions most subversive styles. It’s time to have fun and play around with your wardrobe in a way you’d rarely dare. Think PVC, chains, vinyl, dog collars and plenty of studding. Of course you don’t have to go the whole hog as seen on the catwalks, be creative and pull some of these elements into a more modern and feminine everyday look.

The navy take-over

If there’s one colour that’s going to be huge this season, its navy blue – a nice change from the usual winter favourite, black. It goes beautifully with the usual autumn-winter shades though, so you can mix it in with items from last year in burgundy and purple. If you don’t want to overload your wardrobe with just one colour, stay on trend by picking navy statement items like a winter coat.

The big coat

Speaking of statement coats – this year coats really are going to be making a statement, with ‘the bigger the better’ the mantra to keep in mind. Sleek fittings are out and big baggy numbers which encompass your whole body are the fashion must-buy. This trend will probably divide opinions, but you can thank Stella McCartney, Christophe Kane and Max Mara for this love-it or hate-it item. For those who do want to embrace the ‘big coat’, look out for mohair designs for a touch of luxury.

The chance to be excessive

If the chance to ‘rebel’ isn’t enough, this season it’s your chance to dress to excess! Catwalk shows are always known for their extravagance but this autumn-winter embellishment, drama and plenty of over-the-top designs will be making their way into high street collections too – perfect for Christmas and New Year parties. Runway designers who did the look particularly well included Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi.

Which of these trends will you be trying out come the end of the summer?

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