Plus-size fashion - increasingly being labelled the 'curve' collections - really went mainstream this year, thanks to 'Body Positive' models like Ashley Graham and Tess Holliday.
Whether it's the office Christmas bash, a family get-together or mulled wine and merriment with the girls, the season they call 'party' offers a multitude of opportunities to get our gladdest rags on.
Glamorous, gorgeous and opulent - the heavily embellished frocks that floated down the Alexander McQueen and Dolce and Gabbana AW16 catwalks were truly out of this world, and those shows have gone on to fuel one of autumn's biggest trends.
Eveningwear aside, we don't tend to associate silk with cold-weather fashion, but this season, the catwalks will have you reconsidering the fluid fabric.
Colder weather calls for more practical footwear choices, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with your winter warmers.
After a couple of seasons skirting on the style peripheries, the velvet revolution has arrived in full force for AW16.
With heatwave season a distant memory, the search for that dream winter cover-up is well and truly on. If you haven't already found the ultimate staple that'll see you through to next spring, you'd best be quick - the fashion pack cherry-pick their cold-weather coat of arms back in balmy July.
It's easy to 'fall' for the latest looks in childrenswear, from powerful prints and sportswear, to sumptuous velvet and a laid-back Scandi vibe. Don't know where to start? Mix it up and style them together!
Have you got the date marked in your diary? It's not long until the clocks go back (on Sunday, October 30), signalling the start of depressingly dark mornings and almost imperceptibly lighter evenings.
In the four-stop whirlwind they call fashion month, New York is renowned for polish and sophistication, Milan for high-octane glamour, and Paris for legendary houses like Chanel and Dior.
The right undergarments can make all the difference to an outfit, and with the profusion of sheer fabrics and off-the-shoulder styles in the shops for autumn/winter, it's more imperative than ever that your lingerie isn't left to chance.
It might be years - even decades - since your actual school days, but it's hard to shake that new-term feeling every time September rolls around, isn't it?