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Get a head start on autumn with stylish pieces that will almost have you wishing for a cold snap. From checks to corduroy, discover the trends to try for under £50

Thank you, it’s new
Yes, we know it’s still warm outside, but consider this your cheat sheet to the transitional trends to try now, from the return of layering to covetable new-season accessories.

Usher in autumn’s heritage mood with tactile textures: think plush corduroy in jewel tones like this emerald midi skirt, authentic denim jeans with exaggerated proportions and silky-soft satin shirts. In a nutshell, fabrics that feel like a comfort blanket when the mercury falls.

The key to mastering the layered look is to blend pieces of different weights in each outfit. For example, a delicate blouse over a turtleneck jumper, or a lightweight trench coat with a chunky knit.


Pleats 2.0
Every wardrobe requires a failsafe skirt, and a versatile knife-pleat midi gets our vote. Ladylike pleating was spotted on the catwalks at Balenciaga, Lanvin and Valentino for autumn/winter 2018, proving that this ultra-wearable trend isn’t going anywhere in a hurry. Oversized knits keep the look contemporary.

Trophy bags
Not quite ready to transition into autumn? Then take baby steps with new-season accessories. From a vintage-inspired mock-croc satchel with gleaming gold hardware, to the clean-lined simplicity of a white top-zipped bag, a statement shape has the power to upgrade a simple outfit in an instant.


Check it out
Whether you opt for plaid, tartan or Prince of Wales check this season, make heritage prints feel ultra-modern with up-to-the minute styling. Think oversized tasselled earrings and plum trousers for a rich tonal look. A bejewelled velvet bag adds the finishing touch for evening.

Wear it wide
Bid farewell to your skinny jeans because wide-leg denim is the shape to be seen in this autumn. With a high-rise waistband and hip-skimming A-line shape, the silhouette is much more flattering than you might initially think and makes the perfect companion to a preppy trench coat and court shoe combination.


Editor: Dulcie Emerson / Photographer: David Gubert / Stylist: Lauren T Franks / Hair stylist: Tony Collins /
Make-up artist: Karina Constantine / Nail artist: Charly Avenell

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