IF YOU ONLY BUY 5 THINGS THIS SEASON…

The weather may have other ideas, but we have it on good authority that autumn will arrive at some point this year. So we decided, before we kit ourselves with a whole new-season wardrobe (and hemorrhage huge wads of cash in the process), to ask an expert – fashion editor and good friend of Ladyland, Erica Davies of www.modernmummusthave.com – for her sage advice. Here’s what she had to say….

In the seasonal style preference league, autumn comes out top for me. Hands down. Give me a crunch of leaves underfoot, that slightly irritating condensation on the windows and a chill in the evening air and I am one happy lady. It means great cashmere, new boots and several coats – which probably says more about me and my outerwear obsession than anything else. But this season there are some brilliant pieces combining all of the above which I have to make mine. And in the spirit of Ladyland, I’m sharing the love.

Overdraft at the ready, here are five of my must-have buys for the season – go on, you know you want them…

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1. The Statement Coat
My personal feeling is that everyone needs a leopard coat in their life. Leopard – and in fact, all things animal – has become such a classic it can now be considered a neutral in very much the same way as greige or blush pink. This cocoon-shape coat from Marks & Spencer is a veritable bargain at just shy of ninety quid – plus the print is on the safer side of Bet Lynch so you won’t scare the neighbours (or the bloke). Clash up the print with florals, stripes and this season’s spots for a modern way to wear. I promise this will be one autumn buy you’ll be digging out for years.
PS: M&S’s coat collection is definitely worth a visit this season – I’m also after a navy blue boyfriend coat and a Per Una faux fur.

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2. The Souped-Up Flat
So when it comes to footwear this season we need to remember a few things. Flats = great, fringing = even better. These gorgeous classic-with-a-twist fringed loafers are bang on trend, plus have that all important AW masculine vibe going on. Simply put, that means they’ll work beautifully with awkward-length trousers (fashion-speak for slightly cropped), as well as with cute denim smock dresses. The metallic adds a quirky edge – LOVE.

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3. The Oversized Knit
Just going to put this out there: oversized knitwear is way cooler than form-fitting numbers. Every fashion editor I know has been raiding the cashmere in M&S’s menswear department for years because they prefer the way the knits hang. Zara’s oversized navy cashmere number ticks my style box this season for its genius simplicity.

 

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4. The Blogger-Approved Denim
MiH jeans has been having a bit of a moment over the past few seasons, with the ‘Phoebe’ turned-up hem boyfriend jean the absolute go-to for every fashionista. This season, old Phoebe has been slimmed down and given a patch update. Look out for patchwork in all forms this autumn – denim is a simple way to work the trend.

 

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5. The Must-Do Accessory
Bin the pashmina. Ditch the wool. This autumn the only scarf worth wrapping up in is a faux fur statement. Subtle these babies are not. Helen Moore’s ‘Vixen’ can be draped casually over one shoulder or totally wrap you up in cold weather, while Charlotte Simone’s ‘Popsicle’ scarves are a celeb favourite.

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Erica Davies is a fashion editor and founder of MMM