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Discover senior content editor Sophie’s best buys for September, including a designer-inspired bag and the perfect camel coat for winter

“Autumn is always the most STYLISH season, and M&S has pulled it out of the bag with these covetable pieces”

“I’ve been obsessed with finding The Perfect Winter Coat ever since I was a teenager lusting over Cameron Diaz’s enviable selection in The Holiday. Well, this year, I think I’ve nailed it. Camel, belted, longline and made from ultra-warm wool, this Autograph design ticks every box on my fantasy coat list. I’ll be pulling it out every winter for years to come.”

“One of my chicest friends wears a fabulous amount of rings, and it always looks so damn cool. This season, I’ll be stealing her signature style courtesy of M&S’s range of cocktail rings, including this chunky gold star ring, which is made from recycled blended materials. The gold-plated ring with a green stone has also caught my eye. Read more about this season’s jewellery trends here.”

“Bottega Veneta’s ‘croissant bag’ (so-called because of the gathered shape, not entirely dissimilar to a pastry) is one of the biggest accessory hits of recent times, but you’ll need a couple of grand spare in your bank account to get one. Luckily, this buttery leather bag does the job for me, inspired by the on-trend shape and with enough space to fit my purse, phone and a random assortment of toddler paraphernalia inside.”

“As we all know, the main point of having a child is to dress them up. My daughter is at a particularly adorable stage right now (appearance rather than behaviour-wise, I hasten to add), which means she’ll look cute as a button in this printed bobble hat. The only challenge will be persuading her to keep it on her head for more than 15 seconds…”

“I’ve been colouring my hair blonde for so long that it was a genuine shock when my roots grew out during lockdown and I rediscovered my truly boring natural hair colour. As soon as possible, I was back in the salon chair having more lovely bleach put in. One product I always recommend for blondes is a ‘purple shampoo’ (it’s bright violet, to neutralise brassiness). This one is excellent, as is Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer, which helps to counteract any damage caused by bleach."

Words: Sophie Hines

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