Sunday, 1 September 2013 - Outdoor Trends for AW13....

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With things chilling out in preparation for the coming season, we’re looking forward to our Autumn-Winter wardrobe with much anticipation. Women everywhere will have noticed the new lines of clothing hitting the high street as the summer sales begin, but making your cold weather selection can be a complicated matter. When it comes to the next few months of bonfires, fireworks and, dare we say it, Christmas shopping, we’ve put together a guide of some key outdoor trends for AW13.

Get the right kind of jacket
We can all breathe a sigh of relief – parka jackets are going nowhere in Autumn-Winter ‘13. With utilitarian chic being lauded by catwalks all over the planet, there seems to be more life in this classic style yet. This fully-lined Numph Alma Jacket has our vote when it comes to ensuring that you have a functional garment that doesn’t compromise an ounce of style in its design. Wood and leather accents and a double button placket keeps this coat turning heads and you snug inside it. 

If you’re looking for all the functionality of a parka jacket but want some outerwear that really reflects your inner wild child, then take a look at this Minkpink Ambush Coat.

With Burberry championing animal prints in their coats at London Fashion Week recently, you should be confident that all eyes will be on you in this stunningly daring garment. 

Let’s hear it for pink
Pink is being bolstered to the top of the style charts in AW13, so make sure you have some key pieces in this colour ready and waiting to dazzle the public when the time is right.
Chinos have been our fair-weather friend this summer, but they haven’t quite fulfilled their purpose just yet. Instead of teaming these Fat Face chinos with sandals, opt for a stylish pair of brogues or ankle boots and a jumper to see them transcend the balmy temperatures and become the piece you reach for when the weather takes a brisk turn.

Speaking of jumpers, it’s all about candy floss tones when it comes to your knitwear this season as Rodarte and Richard Nicoll have kindly demonstrated for us on the catwalk. Pick this Roxy Palomini jumper to be on trend and pretty in pink.

It’s in black and white
If pink is not quite you’re thing, monochrome is back in play courtesy of Christian Dior and Kenzo. Opt for classic stripes with this classic, nautical styled Petit Bateau jumper or kill two trend birds with one stone and mix things up with this tie dye Sitka Zuki poncho-style hoody.

Put some welly into it
Don’t leave the house without ensuring that your wellies are firmly on this season and if you’re looking for some heritage style, you won’t find better than what Hunter have to offer. Their colour blocked range offers a contemporary reboot that fashionable cold-weather adventurers everywhere will appreciate. 

A key welly trend for this season is also waterproof boots that double up as normal footwear. Everyone has felt the hassle of changing out of wellies and into a pair of boots in the middle of a crowded shopping center or feeling awkward clunking along like the Tin Man in heavy footwear. These Isle Jacobsen Rub 15 and Joules Lace Welly boots are quickly making this inconvenience a thing of the past

Suzanne Pathmanathan is an online content writer for Surfdome specialises in the very latest clothing, hardware and accessories for the fashion and extreme sport scenes.

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