Trends are changing all the time and just when you've suited and booted yourself with the latest one, a new one pops up out of nowhere and you're left feeling out of sync yet again, so why not be savvy with trends and save a bit of money by embracing new trends through accessorising; accessories are the best way to incorporate the latest trends into your look because you stay up-to-date yet your bank balance will thank you.
TIP: Invest in whole outfits according to trends if you know you will still wear them in the future but trends you are unsure about and you're just experimenting with then look for cheaper options.
A huge trend for this autumn/winter is military which means we are seeing a lot of army jackets, masculine footwear and brass buttons with a green and brown palette. If you only want to dabble in this trend for AW12 then here are some pieces I have gathered together as inspiration if you're struggling to grasp the military trend and don't want to give an arm and a leg to do so.
1. Topshop: Petite Camouflage Army Jacket, £48
This army jacket is a must have this season and perfect for autumn when you just need a lightweight coat for those blustery yet not freezing days. This one from Topshop is proving to be very popular in high-street fashion lately but if you can't bare to spend almost fifty pounds on it then why not check on eBay, at your local charity shop or any vintage shop and you are bound to find one for a fraction of the price.
2. River Island: Green Rucksack, £30
If all else fails on the bag front then why not have a peek in the mens section, that's what I find myself doing majority of the time because you find awesome bags such as this one from River Island (at first I thought this bag was blue but according to the website it's a dark green) and for a bag that is so durable and handy, it is a bargain. A rucksack is great for school or if you're travelling and this one screams bang on trend rather than nerdy school kid (yes in my first year of secondary school I was one of those students with knee-high socks, a skirt down to my shins and a very uncool, huge rucksack on both shoulders, heavy enough to topple me over... and moving on!)
3. Essie: Nail Polish in Sew Psyched, £5.33
Nail polish is one of the cheapest ways to upgrade you look and capture new trends - here I chose Sew Psyched by Essie which is a lovely khaki colour, perfect for the military trend.
4. Topshop: Plain Viscose Scarf, £12
As the evenings start to get chillier, why not stay warm in style with this green scarf from Topshop. Scarves are great way to layer and upgrade your look as well as being practical during the cold winter months.
5. ASOS: Plate Detail Skinny Waist Belt, £15
Wearing the military trend doesn't mean you have to portray a frumpy, masculine look so cinch in your waist with a belt and show off those womanly curves. I love the gold chain detail on this skinny belt from ASOS and the gold metal plates add a toughness to any ensemble.
6. Topshop: Stud Lace Up Boots, £88
Well aren't these floral Dr. Marten style boots from Topshop just adorable? Stay on trend but keep your girly vibe by wearing tough biker boots with a floral print - a tad on the pricey side but they will be long lasting and get you through anything the winter weather throws at you.
Will you be sporting the military trend this autumn/winter?