Since writing my last column I have been more than willing for temperatures to drop. Finally, the time has come and I’m looking forward to Sunday Roasts, wine by the fire and cosy evenings in. However, for the times I do actually venture into the wild, I want to be well dressed with minimum stress. My November 5 are buys which I believe you can slip into your wardrobe and wear almost immediately with existing pieces. There’s nothing too scary, but key pieces for your roster which will (hopefully) keep you on point for a few seasons yet.

 

  • The leather dress

Say hello to this season’s hero piece. Sometimes, the change in season simply requires one purchase for a complete sartorial transformation. May I suggest a leather dress? Seen on the runway at Isabel Marant, Victoria Beckham and Loewe (to name a few), this chic piece comes in an array of autumnal hues and is desk-to-dinner suitable.

High-street favourite Zara has come through with this gorgeous faux-leather mini, featuring elegant collars and front pockets.

If you do happen to have £1,000 or so to spend on this season’s must-have, I point you in the direction of Calvin Klein 205W39NYC. This burnt red leather dress should be worn with white boots or worn un-done over jeans.

 

  1. The teddy coat

The. Snuggle. Is. Real. (Thank you to Instagram giphs for this play on words.)

Your classic winter jacket has had a texture overhaul, and now that the temperature is *finally* dropping, I advise you buy into it. The cropped, bomber Teddy jacket is a great casual layer. I advise to keep things simple and pair it with blue denim, a heeled boot and a plain roll-neck.

Forgive me for sounding too ‘fashion’, but New Look is having a moment. The high street sweetheart has so many great bits which will serve you for a long (and a good) time. I have tried this jacket on: it cuts at the perfect height, it’s super snuggly and the elastic bottom has a total vintage-feel.

My favourites at American Vintage offer this gorgeous faux-shearling Teddy jacket, with the perfect collar and most gorgeous tortoiseshell buttons. This is slightly more expensive, so make sure to avoid all food and drink when wearing it.

 

  1. Tartan

I can’t talk about tartan without talking about Versace. According to Donatella’s AW18 story, we must be bold and we must be brave. Say goodbye to traditional colours, and a uniform check. Hello contrasting colours and pick-and-mix heritage patterns.

This ‘How To’ lesson must be acknowledged, but isn’t for everyone. Mango offer this gorgeous full length, pleated skirt which would best be paired with loafers and a plain jumper. Tartan isn’t scary if the rest of your outfit is relatively safe.

Nod to Versace by introducing new colours and designs. These Tibi wool trousers are on my wish list! Pair with a crisp white shirt and chunky trainers.

  1. The walking boot

Introducing the chunky trainer’s more adventurous – and tougher – sister: the walking boot. Championed by Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Off-White, these utilitarian babies are the perfect tool to repurpose your summer wardrobe…bear with me. Keep your floral/slip dresses out, sneak some leggings and chunky socks underneath, and you have your go-to winter look.

Ganni Girls, AKA the epitome of Scandi-cool, were clothed in long flowing dresses and these boots for fashion week. I advise you do the same.

Can’t bare to spend too much on a pair of boots similar to that which you threw away after D of E? No fear, H&M have these and they will do the same job!

  1. The statement belt

It seems menial, advising you to buy a belt. You probably already have a few in your cupboard, unless you’ve found the perfect fitting jean – in which case, where from?! And take my money!

Belts can transform your existing clothes into completely new items/outfits. For instance: take your favourite blazer (and pair with jeans or a dress) and pop on a belt around the middle. This instantly elevates and adds a few pound signs to your look. Looking for a great belt isn’t hard, just ensure there is a point of interest on the buckle or on the belt itself.

I love this embossed snakeskin and gold one from Zara (cough cough, Gucci!)

The POI here is the width of the belt. It’s less of a statement, but a great way to let your accessory do the talking.

Words: Lila Flint-Roberts