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Want to see the best new style from M&S? Then you need to follow the M&S Insiders on Instagram. Below, four of the team in the know share their dos and don’ts for wearing shoes and bags this autumn/winter

Don’t always coordinate

“While perfectly matching shoes and bags look great, it’s not a hard and fast rule you need to stick to. Sometimes it’s good – or even better – to mix it up a bit. A bright bag works brilliantly with any neutral shoe or boot (and yes, animal print can be classed as neutral) or try contrasting colours. Just opt for the same tone, so all jewels tones work together (like these ochre shoes and rich red bag), or all pastels, all neon and so forth.”

Charlotte, stylist/visual merchandiser, Biggleswade store @marksandspencer_charlotte

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Mix and match this croc-effect clutch
The wear-everywhere vegan-friendly courts
Supremely cool and supremely comfy
A super-luxe suede Autograph clutch

Do make a statement 

“I love carrying standout bags – they’re a great way to make a style statement with zero effort. Plus they liven up even the most regular of outfits. This jade clutch is a big ball of fluffy fun and has been receiving a lot of love in store and on Instagram. The red velvet clutch is a classic you’ll use over and over again – perfect for party season.”

Sam, visual section manager, Aberdeen store @marksandspencer_sam

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Add interest with this quirky cross-body bag
Fashion forward and comes in four colours
Velvet + cherry red = the perfect party bag
The pull-out purse on this bag is genius

Don’t always choose black

“I’m as a big a fan of classic black boots and bags as the next person, but it’s good to branch out every so often. I’ve recently discovered the joy of camel-coloured boots and bags, and I’m loving the vibe they give. Camel goes with almost any colour (yes, even black and grey) and the creamy caramel tone adds a gorgeous level of sophistication to an outfit. Try it.”

Rachel, head of content @marksandspencer_rachel

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A beautifully structured shopper at a great price
These suede numbers are also available in black
Velvety soft suede knee-high boots for the win
Prepare for compliments with this vegan bag

Do pick out a hero colour

“I love picking out a colour from a print and following that through in my acccessories – just like how these hiking boot laces match the red check in the coat. Or how these metallic shoes and bag complement the sheen of the velvet suit. It’s a way of matching but keeping it cool and quirky.”

Dominique, footwear buying admin assistant @marksandspencer_dominique

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Fall in love with these hiking boots
An ideal grab-and-go bag in a festive hue
Perfect for storing night-out essentials
Dance all night in these sequinned beauties 

Editor: Claire Askew