If you know the trends for the next season you can buy key items in the sales now that can be carried over! To help with this I will outline the trend forecasts for AW 11/12.
The first trend to appear is that of the "Alternative lifestyle". Key to this trend is multilayer and comfort being important for that outdoor lifestyle.
Lighter colourways seem to be apparent to this trend with lightly blanched and muffled naturals livened up by strong luminous and graphic accents which are delicate with florals and plant motifs.
Fabrics that are natural and light, contrasting with boiled wools and fleeces, whilst reversed jacquards give clothes a blanket spirit. I love this blanket coat from womenswear label Mociun.
The silhouettes are that of country smocks and multi-layers but still with a natural and feminine look.
I found this beautiful smock style dress in Zara's sale, it covers alot of the trends of the alternative lifestyle. It is already layered with the beautiful petticoat, and is a lovely soft natural earthy colourway.
To get it back on trend for A/W 11/12, team it with some bold neon yellow tights and a heavy knitted coat.