Mastering the trends doesn't mean you have to break the bank. We've picked out six key pieces that will bring your look bang up to date, and all at a price you'll love
The pillar-box red sweater, £45
Red is the colour for AW17. Yes, it’s bold, but hear us out: it’s much easier to wear than you think. Case in point, this scarlet sweater (). Surprisingly versatile, it will give denim and tailoring a new lease of life. For the ultimate catwalk homage, wear it head-to-toe with a matching skirt.
The embroidered dress, £69
Designers are embracing embellishment and texture this season and the results are wonderfully dramatic. Take this midi dress: the styling options are endless, so you’ll get maximum cost per wear, as well as guaranteed compliments. Layer it over a rollneck for a smart day look (mannish loafers will give it an edge, but boots work here too) – for evening, think statement earrings, killer heels and your favourite red lipstick.
The trendy loafers, £49.50
Comfy and cool don’t always go hand in hand, but these oxblood loafers are the exception to the rule. A little chunkier than the classic Penny style – if you want to up your footwear game, you’ll get serious kudos wearing these. The perfect match to this season’s power tailoring trend, team with cigarette-style trousers and a sharp coat to show you truly mean business.
The bag that’s big on detail, £27.50
Micro bags are, ironically, huge this season. This petite cross-body might be small in size, but don’t be fooled – it’s sky-high on the trend barometer. Not only does it tick off autumn’s trend for chain straps, but the brocade-inspired pattern makes it perfect for cocktail hour and (further ahead) party season. In short, it’s the only bag you need for AW17.
The romantic dress, £49.50
This fluted midi dress ( right) is a star piece, thanks to its magical constellation print and on-trend silhouette. Did we also mention it’s under £50? A firm choice for the festive period (simply add statement earrings and luxe embroidered heels), it’s also a great match for a chunky sweater and knee-high boots; just be sure to pull the pretty sleeves through.
The military jacket, £65
Every wardrobe requires a cute little coat to make a seamless transition into autumn. Stepping straight to the front line is this cropped military style, set to become a uniform best for work and weekend. When duty calls, team it with a classic striped shirt and loose, wide-leg trousers for a sophisticated urban feel, swapping for cropped denim flares and a simple white T-shirt at the weekend. Consider it your new-season power purchase.
Photographer: Coliena Rentmeester / Stylist: Alex Stedman / Hair stylist: Gow Tanaka
Make-up artist: Liz Pugh / Model: Ymre Stiekema at Viva