Published Friday, 17 August 2012
But never fear, Belfast Fashionweek is on its way to show off the upcoming season's most stylish pieces.
The event kicks off on 13 October and the jam-packed schedule will feature something for everyone, from designer evenings and local boutiques to children's wear and the best of the high street.
I got a sneak preview of what to expect at the launch of Fashionweek and event director Cathy Martin has given me the low down on what's hot for Autumn/Winter 2012.
Dolce and Gabbana's latest offerings have gone big on brocade, which is perfect for the winter time when heavier fabrics and rich textures are in demand.
"Contrasting textures such as tweed, houndstooth, and brocade are layered with leathers and silks to add a defined and refined richness to a look," explained Cathy.
"Colour comes alive with bolts of royal blue and ravishing reds from cherry to deep burgundy, while metallics help to glam things up."
Fashion old faithful, military jackets, are back - so dig those epaulettes back out again - but this season they're all about masculinity and highlighting androgynous fashion, so ladies look to the men out there for inspiration and think about accessorising your work outfit with a slimline tie or brogues.
Northern Ireland's women are often quick to pick up on trends and Cathy believes coats are where we can make the biggest impact on our wardrobes.
"Whether it's a fabric choice of brocade or damask, leather panelling or quilted detailing, long sumptuous woollen capes or angled military lines, the Autumn/Winter 12 coat will be an unmissable statement this season."
But catwalk styles can be daunting and if you're not clued into Miu Miu or Lanvin the easiest way to update a winter wardrobe is by going for one or two key pieces.
"It's all in the detail for me at the moment and my first purchase of the season was a pair of gorgeous blush and metallic toe-capped high heels," explained Cathy.
"I am also loving the new luxurious twist on brocade-detailed cigarette pants, and the dramatic shots of colour we're going to see on a wide range of party wear leading up to all those Christmas parties is going to be mesmerising."
So big coats and big fabrics are the order of the season, but what does Cathy say will be this winter's biggest fashion no-no?
"With so many stunning brocade and jacquard pieces hitting the shelves, it's time to say goodbye to all those digital and geometric prints of summer."
The Belfast Fashionweek launch highlighted so many of the upcoming trends, from brocade to colour pop and rich hues, don't forget to check out the gallery before heading to the shops.