Summer holidays are over, an autumn chill is in the air and the faint sound of leaves crunching underfoot echoes in the near distance... It’s official, it’s time for a new look.
We’re here to make sure you’ve got everything you need to smarten up and step into autumn in style!
Having lived in the Zoom era since March, many of us have not invested in our wardrobes for months, but with the fall in temperatures we're feeling the need to reinvent ourselves.
Luckily, there are plenty of AW20 runway trends to get you excited about rebooting your autumn wardrobe. After what feels like an eternity in loungewear, the message is loud and clear: ‘all out’ is in!
Power dressing was big news on the runways and there are loads of fun ways to tap into the trend. Shop wide-leg tuxedo trousers, shoulder-detail blouses, oversized lapels, boxy blazers and maybe even a shoulder pad or two...
This autumn also sees the skirt suit return in blaze of glory. Wear it in all shapes and sizes – above the knee A-line styles or ankle-grazing pencil skirts, and any colour, pattern or texture goes.
Brave a statement two piece, or mix and match separates that can cycle through your wardrobe all season long (choose a belted blazer for extra fashion points!). On top of great outlet prices all day every day at Braintree Village on brands like French Connection and REISS (pictured top & R).
Braintree Village is also now home to BOSS womenswear for the very first time (pictured L). Shop the exclusive selection with up to 60% off RRP.
Plus, you can find even more savings in stores, with ongoing sales and special offers. For instance, right now you can find an extra 50% off selected lines at M&S Outlet and NHS workers can scoop a fabulous 25% extra off EVERYTHING in GAP and Tommy Hilfiger – view current offers.
A major trend from the men’s AW20 runways - checks, checks and more checks. From houndstooth to tartan, we want to see ‘em on blazers, shirts, trousers, coats... or all of the above. BOSS (pictured bottom) is a great place to start.
Oversized tailoring also emerged as a dominant look. To work the retro trend into your wardrobe, look for longline lengths, dramatic double breasting and roomy shoulders.
Right now at Moss Bros, you can bag a suit, two shirts and extra trousers for £159 with their amazing-value suit bundles (pictured L).
And finally, the humble corduroy makes a play for chinos’ position as the go-to trousers for more relaxed work wardrobes – perfect for pairing with premium separates like these lambswool jumpers (pictured R) from M&S Outlet, currently on offer at 2 for £35!
Nothing spells the beginning of autumn like the promise of a new winter coat. It’s the one item you’re going to wear every day, so it’s important to choose one that makes you look and feel amazing!
Leather and shearling are the statement coats of the season, while classic designs like the overcoat, trench, pea and belted wraparounds never go out of style and make a timeless addition to your wardrobe.
For fashion-forward-meets-classic design, Tommy Hilfiger (pictured bottom) has a range of stand-out outerwear to suit every taste, but for high-quality coats with unbeatable value, it has to be M&S Outlet (pictured top) – with up to an additional 50% off RRP currently in store.
Though it might not be too chilly yet, it’s a good idea to shop ahead of time for scarfs, hats and gloves so you’re prepared for that first morning frost. Or if you’ve been itching to try the beret trend, now is the perfect time!
It’s time to ditch the unkempt, quarantine chic look many of us have been rocking the past few months, which means a trip to the barbers or hair salon is a MUST.
Whether you’re a BB cream babe or contour queen, the turn of the season is a great excuse to refresh your makeup collection. Swap bronzer for a rosy-cheeked blush and sweep autumnal hues like warm copper, chocolate and bronze across eyelids for a pared-back, smokey eye.
Keep those newly-established lockdown beards looking their best with conditioning beard oil from The Body Shop, where you can also stock up on naturally-sourced bath and beauty goodies to help you unwind!
If you’ve been reaching for a lighter, citrus-based perfume or cologne through summer, it’s also time to embrace warmer, more complex fragrances. Explore woody cedar or tobacco-based fragrances, with notes of cinnamon, vanilla or patchouli at The Perfume Shop – or talk to the team in store, who will be able to help find the perfect scent for you!
Autumn means time for new accessories! A new handbag or backpack, a new watch, a new scarf or a lightweight-but-sturdy brolly that won’t turn inside out at the slightest breeze.
If you’ve mastered your barista skills at home over the past few months, a reusable travel mug or thermos from Le Creuset and ProCook will let you sip on your favourite hot drink anywhere and help keep the planet – and your bank balance – healthy!