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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
Black leather biker jacket
Leather jackets get better with age
Dark blue denim jacket
A throw-over-anything wardrobe staple
Black buckled ankle boots
Finish the look with chic buckle-detail boots

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
Black chunky Chelsea boots
Checked lining to keep toes cosy
Tan suede hiker boots
Comfy enough for all-day adventures
Black flatform Chelsea boots
Flatform soles re-spin the classic Chelsea boot

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
Women's pink striped rugby shirt
Choose a rugby shirt in a cheerful colourway
Women's navy striped rugby shirt
Also comes in chic navy and white
Women's boyfriend jeans
Two authentic shades to choose from

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
Black leather straight-leg trousers
Pair leather trousers with tactile knitwear
Black cashmere hoodie
Snuggle up in a cashmere hoodie
Black straight-leg corduroy trousers
Cord is always in style for autumn

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
Brown plaid shacket jacket
This chuck-on shacket is a transitional season saviour
Navy hound's tooth fitted jumper
Hound’s-tooth checks aren’t just for tailoring
Frilled-collar navy plaid blouse
A frilled collar makes this a video-call winner

Words: Miranda Eason