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It’s not just designer trends that are spotted on the FROW – these are the high street buys the street style set have been wearing during fashion month. 

If you work in fashion, the lead up and actual event of fashion month can be a bit manic. If you don’t, you may have just seen countless outfit snaps on Instagram that look too damn fancy to even tap for tags. However, our fashion team (in the midst of New York, London, Milan and soon to be Paris shows) have spotted one particular trend doing the rounds at the cities: leather. And not just any old leather, either: this autumn, it’s all about adding that glossy finish to any outfit, so there has also been faux iterations and vinyl thrown into the very chic mix.

We know what you’re thinking – great, another designer trend that’ll take a credit card application to obtain. But prepare to breathe a sigh of relief, because these leather numbers are all from the high street

That’s right: think Zara’s faux leather £49.99 dress, not to mention Topshop’s vinyl trench coat that’s bound to sell out. Add to this the Mango Western boots that have already sold out (they’re about to be restocked, FYI), and you get a very stylish set of high street items that can go straight from the front row at fashion month to your wardrobe. 

Scroll down to see our best high street finds…

Topshop coat

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Fashion month street style: Topshop trench coat

Giving a lesson in how to style high street and designer, Topshop’s high shine trench is teamed with a classic Chanel bag. Serious style points have been gained here. 

  • Topshop contrast vinyl trench coat

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    High street buys: Topshop trench coat

    Every year Topshop drops another winner of a coat, and this time it’s green vinyl. It’s more of an olive green IRL, and it also comes in black, too. 

    Naturally we predict it’ll sell out, fast. 

    Trench coat, £79, Topshop

Kurt Geiger bag

Street style Kurt Geiger bag
Fashion month street style: Kurt Geiger bag

Stylist Bettina Looney lets her high street hero chain bag take pride of place on her arm at fashion week, keeping it chic with a black puff sleeve dress. Expect to see this bag a lot for autumn. 

  • Kurt Geiger mini Shoreditch cross body bag

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    High street buys: Kurt Geiger bag

    Not only have we seen the Kurt Geiger tweed sandals everywhere during fashion month, we’ve also seen this new chain handle arm-candy doing the rounds. 

    Classic, chic and looks more premium than the price tag – sold!

    Cross body bag, £139, Kurt Geiger

Zara dress

Street style wearing Zara dress
Fashion month street style: Zara dress

Faux leather looks just as good as real leather, and if you need persuading then feast your eyes on this Zara number. Golden buttons, utility style pockets and belt attached all for under £50 – we couldn’t believe it either!

  • Zara faux leather dress

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    High street buys: Zara faux leather dress

    Tan leather in general has been creeping in as a big upcoming trend for autumn/winter. Get the look by opting for this faux leather iteration from high street favourite, Zara. 

    It’s perfect for laying with chunky knits and knee high boots when it gets cooler. 

    Faux leather dress, £49.99, Zara

Arket shirt

Street style wearing leather shirt
Fashion month street style: Arket shirt

Art director Alexis Foreman is known for her minimal, sleek style. This time she’s teaming an Arket leather shirt with top-to-toe leather. Take note, and try it out with boots for autumn. 

  • Arket black leather shirt

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    High street buys: Arket shirt

    Fresh from the Western trend, not only has it bought cowboy boots and tasseled jackets into our wardrobes it’s now all about leather shirts. 

    Wear done up as a shirt or undone as a jacket over slip dresses with, you guessed it, Western boots for autumn. 

    Leather shirt, £225, Arket

Mango boots

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Fashion month street style: Mango boots

You’ve probably already spotted these statement boots on Instagram, so it’s no surprise they’re selling out fast. Update your white summer dresses with Western knee highs and you won’t go wrong.

  • Mango

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    High street buys: Mango boots

    This printed pair of cowboy boots has been so popular, there’s already a wait list to get the next batch online. 

    If you’re going to give Western a go, you might as well go all out! Team with frayed denim and a suede bag for the full package. 

    Cowboy boots, £169.99, Mango

French Connection dress and skirt

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Fashion month street style: French Connection dress and skirt

Twinning is winning and influencers Olivia & Alice are the masters. Teaming French Connection’s leather skirt and dress with fuchsia pink, this is a colour combination to copy, pronto. 

  • French Connection Abri leather v-neck dress

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    High street buys: French Connection dress

    The perfect autumn dress has arrived. The soft leather pinafore style is just made for layering over roll neck tops and knee high boots for a retro feel. 

    Leather dress, £225, French Connection

  • French Connection Abri leather wrap skirt

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    High street buys: French Connection skirt

    Wrap up in style in the French Connection midi skirt. Tan is the colour Victoria Beckham made the centre of attention at her show by teaming with bright hues, and clearly it works with hot pink too. 

    You’ll end up wearing it on repeat. Note: it also looks extra chic with powder blue. 

    Leather skirt, £175, French Connection

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