If you're anything like the team here at RTÉ LifeStyle, you've been living in leggings and comfy jumpers for the past number of months. And if you're anything like us, you haven't a clue what to be wearing now that it's time to emerge from our bubbles.

Whether you're returning to the office or going to your first wedding of the year, figuring out what to wear as the seasons change can be a struggle. Not only have trends evolved during the pandemic, but so too have our preferences.

To lend a helping hand, we've had a word with the experts at Arnotts to figure out what's in for Autumn/Winter 2021.

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This season, Arnotts are introducing a flood of new and exclusive international labels including Jakke, Pistola, Free People, Flowstate, CK Performance, Sweaty Betty, Won Hundred, and Stella Nova.

According to Womenswear Buyer Brittany Bennett, though, Scandi brands are where it's at for the remainder of the year. Not only for their chic simplicity but also for their sustainable staying power.

"There's been a big focus on Copenhagen brands, and bringing in brands like Stella Nova which has a sustainable element, and Won Hundred, a denim brand - also sustainable."

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The key trends for the season include: Knitwear Nostalgia, Structural Ease, Dress Up and Its Denim, Darling. And according to Bennett, it seems that the Scandi brands are leading the way across the board.

Dress Up
Designers across Stella Nova, Essential Antwerp and Copenhagen-based brand Munthe are delivering a surprising key trend for the colder months: the statement dress.

Temperatures may be dropping, but after months spent indoors, it seems that we're all ready to dress up to the nines. According to the experts, this season's statement dress will embody "celestial elegance that serves a multiplicity of occasions".

These designers are no strangers to playing around with proportions and present floor-length maxi dresses in wild, wonderful prints that need only to be paired with a heel or runner for fabulous looks - day or night.

Stella Nova, in particular, has adopted a vibrant colour palette usually saved for Spring, playing with zesty lemon yellow accents that can be seen throughout the mini dresses with voluminous sleeves for added post-lockdown drama.

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Structural Ease
With many of us returning to the office soon, structured looks are back on the table for Autumn/Winter 2021. And as excited as we are to get back to some semblance of normality, some of us are undoubtedly going to cling to our working-from-home comforts.

To help ease the transition, many designers are working with soft blends and creating structured jackets that can be paired with loose, comfortable trousers.

Dutch brand Oska have a beautiful range of relaxed trousers that will make returning to the office that little bit easier, while Samsøe & Samsøe and InWear are creating edgier looks for a night on the town with their straight fit leather trousers.

InWear
InWear

Knitwear Nostalgia
According to Brown Thomas Director Shelly Corkery, knitwear dresses are set to be all the rage this winter. As far as key trends go, we couldn't be happier to see such warm and comfortable pieces en vogue.

Perfect for mixing and matching, this year will see shoppers layering cosy cashmere yarns, warm wool and mohair knits over those zesty lemon dresses. In fact, Stella Nova are creating bright citrus shades in both their knitwear and their dresses so you can co-ordinate with ease.

Meanwhile, designs from InWear, Essential Antwerp and Oska herald the popularity of ultra-retro styles that Taylor Swift would approve of. It seems that the cottage-core aesthetic is here to stay with cable knits, fair isle, geometric and jacquard prints.

Essential Antwerp

Its Denim, Darling
We know your jeans are likely at the bottom of your wardrobe, long forgotten after months spent in leggings and tracksuit bottoms, but it seems that now is the time to return to denim.

According to Bennett, the material has made it's comeback to Arnotts thanks to the introduction of Copenhagan-based, Irish-exclusive label, Won Hundred - a brand that has sustainability at its core.

The label's signature high-rise and cropped styles are made from certified organic cotton and ensure an effortlessly cool look thanks to their colour palette of indigo, washed blue, and signature black.

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Watch our chat with Brittany Bennett at the top of the page.