We have reached that time of year when summer fashion is confined to the back of the wardrobe and summer memories are savoured in hope of a repeat next year. However, the dawn of winter is an exciting time for those interested in fashion. While less tends to be more in the summer, the layering opportunities brought into play by the winter climate represent a fabulous transition.

Temperatures are already starting to drop, especially outside daylight hours and forecasters are not currently in the mood to predict a balmy November and December. This explains why winter collections have hit the stores and websites like http://www.nelly.com are already seeing plenty of traffic from fashion-conscious women eager to get their hands on winter stock and the latest designer womens clothes.

The main trends this year are likely to be varied and interesting - two properties that are highly prized in the fashion industry and on the high street. It is likely that heritage influences will be particularly strong this year - perhaps a nod to the bumper year of British pride - while military influences are also likely to make an impression.

In terms of style movement, the gothic and the baroque are both expected to play a part in how winter looks on the high street in 2012. Velvet and new tailoring are certainly on the agenda in the world of men's fashion, while pink and purple are being tipped as very strong colours for women throughout the season this year.

Expect leather to see another revival across women's designer clothes lines as a real surge of interest in outwear and the opportunity to introduce layers and texture as summer disappears and the nights draw in.

The team at nelly.com is already bracing itself for what promises to be a really attention-grabbing autumn season with brands and designers eager to impress and have a hand in styling the nation.

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