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AUTUMN/WINTER 2020 FASHION TRENDS

This season’s catwalk-inspired trends are wonderfully wearable, from jumper dresses and checked blazers to adventure-ready chunky ankle boots

The chic jumper dress

The new dress to know for autumn is the elegant body-skimming knitted or jersey jumper dress. Effortlessly chic, as comfortable as your favourite sweater and warm enough to take you through to winter, it’s the ultimate wear-everywhere wardrobe hero. Whether you go for a block colour or an all-over pattern, team it with autumn staples such as leather jackets and ankle boots or trainer and denim jacket combos.

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Leopard-print jumper dress
This season’s dress style to know
£35
Black leather biker jacket
Leather jackets get better with age
£250
Dark blue denim jacket
A throw-over-anything wardrobe staple
£35
Black buckled ankle boots
Finish the look with chic buckle-detail boots
£69

Chunky ankle boots

Along with a weather-beating coat and cosy knitwear, a practical pair of boots is a key buy for making the most of crisp autumnal days. Chunky ankle boots are big news this season, with stompy slip-on Chelsea boots leading the charge and made-for-walking hiking boots back again. Equally comfortable, hard-wearing and cool, they’re perfect for outdoorsy days and long walks. If you want to add edge to floral dresses or elevate jeans and jumper combinations, look no further.

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Brown lace-up hiker boots
Made with vegan-friendly materials
£45
Black chunky Chelsea boots
Checked lining to keep toes cosy
£45
Tan suede hiker boots
Comfy enough for all-day adventures
£69
Black flatform Chelsea boots
Flatform soles re-spin the classic Chelsea boot
£35

Sporty sweaters

Cricket jumpers and rugby tops are the latest sportswear stars to be embraced by the fashion set. At Burberry, oversized cricket sweaters and rugby stripes gave a sporty spin to the proceedings, and at Versace, rugby-striped cardigans were styled over white shirts. Wear rugby tops small and pair with a dark denim midi skirt for a preppy look, and team cricket jumpers with indigo boyfriend jeans and box-fresh white trainers for off-duty style.

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Women's cricket jumper
Pair with boyfriend jeans for off-duty style
£25
Women's pink striped rugby shirt
Choose a rugby shirt in a cheerful colourway
£25
Women's navy striped rugby shirt
Also comes in chic navy and white
£25
Women's boyfriend jeans
Two authentic shades to choose from
£39.50

Head-to-toe black

The mood was, well, moody on catwalks for autumn, with head-to-toe black looks opening many shows including Celine and Valentino. Embrace the trend by adding a timeless black piece or two to your wardrobe, such as a luxurious cashmere sweater to team with cropped leather trousers or PU leggings for a texture contrast. If head-to-toe black feels too severe, break it up with a white blouse, or dip your toe into the trend with a pair of chunky boots.

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Black V-neck cashmere jumper
Easy-care, machine-washable cashmere
£79
Black leather straight-leg trousers
Pair leather trousers with tactile knitwear
£199
Black cashmere hoodie
Snuggle up in a cashmere hoodie
£119
Black straight-leg corduroy trousers
Cord is always in style for autumn
£22.50

Checked coats and blazers

It’s hip to be square this season, with checks – whether they’re plaid, tartan, Prince of Wales or hound’s-tooth – making a welcome return for autumn. The new way to wear checks is all together, clashing colour, scale and style to create a playful pattern pile-up. However, the easiest way to try the trend is to add one key piece to your wardrobe, such as a checked coat or blazer, but dresses, trousers, jumpers and blouses are all getting the square treatment, too.

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Grey tweed checked peacoat
Will keep you cosy for many seasons to come
£79
Brown plaid shacket jacket
This chuck-on shacket is a transitional season saviour
£59
Navy hound's tooth fitted jumper
Hound’s-tooth checks aren’t just for tailoring
£25
Frilled-collar navy plaid blouse
A frilled collar makes this a video-call winner
£25

Words: Miranda Eason