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How to wear this season's shades

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There’s only one way to wear autumn’s essential colours of camel, grey and pumpkin – and that’s top to toe

  • CAMEL

    Camel

    Perfect for the season’s luxe mood, neutral camel looks expensive and has been crowned the colour of a/w 2010. Invest in an elegant camel coat – it’s the chicest cover-up of the season and it will last for years to come. This luxurious wool version from Hobbs is one of the season’s stand-outs.

    Coat, £349; Polo-neck, £55; Trousers, £159, all Hobbs (0845-313 3130)

    Camel need to know:

    • Camel should be worn in classic shapes and luxe fabrics inspired by the Seventies’ Charlie Girl adverts which are key for this season.

    • This colour works for every skintone. If you’re pale, pick a shade with peachy tones whereas darker skins should choose pale beige camels.

    • The most on-trend way to wear it is with subtle layers in similar shades. Taupe, tan and cream colours work brilliantly together.

  • Comptoir des Cotonniers Chinos

    Chinos, £96, Comptoir des Cotonniers (020-7792 9580)

  • Reiss bag

    Bag, £265, Reiss (020-7473 9630)

  • Office boots

    Boots, £95, Office (office.co.uk)

  • Karen Millen gilet

    Gilet, £350, Karen Millen (0870-160 1830)

  • Guanabana ring

    Ring, £96, Guanabana at ECOne (020-7243 8811)

  • American Vintage T-shirt

    T-shirt, £43, American Vintage at my-wardrobe.com

  • Stella McCartney skirt

    Skirt, £455, Stella McCartney at Browns (020-7514 0016)

  • Mango top

    Top, £28, Mango (020-7434 3694)

  • Coast skirt

    Skirt, £75, Coast (01865-881 986)

  • WHISTLES DRESS

    Dress, £195, Whistles (whistles.co.uk)

  • GUCCI TROUSERS

    Trousers, £365, Gucci at net-a-porter.com

  • SPORTMAX COAT

    Coat, £598, Sportmax at Matches (020-7221 0255)

  • Camel outfit

    Coat, £85, Oasis (01865-881 986); Blouse, £775, Chloé at Matches (020-7221 0255); Skirt, £30, Next (0844-844 8939)

  • Pumpkin

    Usually considered a spring shade, Miu Miu and Oscar de la Renta proved this zesty hue works for autumn too.

    Pumpkin need to know:

    • Bright orange will give sombre winter outfits a much-needed colour pop and pumpkin works well with a mid-blue denim for a Seventies’ feel.

    • When co-ordinating a head-to-toe look, wear darker shades on areas you’re less confident about.

    • If you’re still wary of an all-orange outfit, team pumpkin with camel, chocolate or other brights (but avoid black – it creates too harsh a contrast).

  • Asos wedges

    Wedges, £110, Asos (asos.com)

  • Dagmar coat

    Coat, £355, Dagmar (asos.com)

  • Miu Miu bag

    Bag, £960, Miu Miu (020-7409 0900)

  • H&M top

    Top, £24.99, H&M, (020-7323 2211)

  • Marni top

    Top, £330, Marni at Browns (020-7514 0016)

  • Balenciaga skirt

    Skirt, £415, Balenciaga at Browns (020-7514 0016)

  • Echo scarf

    Scarf, £35, Echo (020-7428 7428)

  • Topshop tunic

    Tunic, £40, Topshop (topshop.com)

  • ALICE BY TEMPERLEY

    Dress, £495, Alice by Temperley at my-wardrobe.com

  • Pumpkin outfit

    Jacket, £625, Doma (0845-604 1888); Dress, £45, Topshop (topshop.com); Scarf, £140, Alexander McQueen at Matches (020-7221 0255)

  • GREY

    Get experimental with colour blocking thanks to the vast array of grey tones out there.

    Grey need to know:

    • Ranging from palest dove to smoky charcoal, layering differing shades of grey is a key way to work the look. A pale grey shirt works particularly well under a mid-grey jumper (as seen at Gucci).

    • Grey is the perfect shade to experiment with and try more directional pieces (like Burberry Prorsum’s cape, above right).

    • For weekend wear, find some denim in a washed-out grey for an edgier look that’ll blow your old blue jeans out of the water.

  • Urban Outfitters coat

    Coat, £155, Urban Outfitters (urbanoutfitters.co.uk)

  • Banana Republic bag

    Bag, £140, Banana Republic (020-7758 3550)

  • Vivienne Westwood skirt

    Skirt, £235, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania at Net-a-porter.com

  • Christian Louboutin shoes

    Shoes, £480, Christian Louboutin at Matches (020-7221 0255)

  • Jesiré dress

    Dress, £119, Jesiré (020-7420 4450)

  • Grey outfit

    Blazer, £875, Stella McCartney at Browns (020-7514 0016); Shirt, £29.50, Gap (0800-427 789); Top, £122, John Smedley (020-7495 2222); Trousers, £29.99, Zara (020-7851 4300); Belt, £5.99, Marks & Spencer (marksandspencer.com)

  • TOPSHOP BELT

    Belt, £35, Topshop (0845-121 4519)

  • REBECCA TAYLOR TROUSERS

    Trousers, £185, Rebecca Taylor (rebeccataylor.com)

  • MARC CAIN DRESS

    Dress, £285, Marc Cain (01704-823 005)

  • J BRAND JEANS

    Jeans, £245, J Brand (020-7486 8085)

  • TED BAKER TOP

    Top, £125, Ted Baker (0845-130 4278)

  • DAY BIRGER ET MIKKELSEN JACKET

    Jacket, £229, Day Birger et Mikkelsen (day.dk)

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