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Autumn is officially upon us,
so let’s wrap up, hunker down and… go shopping, of course. These five buys will update your wardrobe in an instant. As practical as they are stylish, they’ll have you feeling positively thankful for those chillier days…
1. The bell-sleeved knit
This season’s statement-sleeved jumpers and sweater dresses have transformed knitwear from necessary evil to must-have trophy buy. A fluted sleeve nods to the ’70s whilst counterbalancing broader shoulders or hips. Don’t worry if this cashmere version is a little out of your price range – there are plenty of affordable alternatives out there. Check out H&M for budget options.
Cashmere and silk blend sweater, £1,260, The Row
2. The velvet trousers
These trousers will look just as good topped off by a crisp white shirt for day as they will teamed with a slinky silk wrap top for evening. Available in midgnight blue or ‘colour of the season’ khaki, this high-waisted, wide-leg cut will flatter broader hips and thighs. Wear with the matching jacket if you dare…
Trousers, £59, Marks & Spencer
3. The coloured biker jacket
Love leather, but wary of looking like a Hell’s Angel? A coloured biker jacket is the answer. Not only will it keep you snug whilst it’s still too warm to dig out that overcoat, making the switch from classic black to autumnal burgundy, emerald or mustard will warm up your complexion and bag you instant style points.
Leather jacket, £158, Oasis
4. The silk pyjama-style shirt
Summer’s comfiest trend looks set to continue on into autumn. Don’t want to look like you’ve just rolled out of bed? Choose a densely patterned version printed in a muted colour palette (and leave the marabou mules at home). Team with jeans or wide leg velvet trousers for a casually stylish feel, or tuck into a pencil skirt for a work-ready look.
Silk crepe de chine shirt, £295, Talitha
5. The faux fur stole
The stole was the designers’ accessory of choice on the autumn/winter 2016 catwalks. Fling yours over dresses, suits and coats. The way to wear du jour? Draped over one shoulder and fixed under a waist belt.
Faux fur scarf, £85, Whistles