Five easy wardrobe swaps that will put you ahead of the autumn/winter trends

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Sarah Biddlecombe

There is something weirdly satisfying about being one of the first to wear a new fashion trend.

With this in mind, we've hunted down five of the chicest new trends that are just around the corner, and show you how to swap your current favourites to put you well ahead of the fashion pack (hint: it's time to embrace anoraks).

  • Put away your timeless trench coat...

    A true classic coat, the trench has served us well.

    Classic Cotton Trench Coat, £69.99 from

  • ...Swap for a trendy anorak

    If you're looking for a cover-up with a bit more sass, opt for an anorak with stylish faux fur detailing. Believe it or not, anoraks are billed to be everywhere come spring, so get ahead of the fash pack now.

    Anorak with Faux Fur Collar, £59.99 from

  • Switch the popular suede skirt...

    These corduroy, A-line bad boys are the most popular skirt of the moment - and we can see why.

    Cord Button Front A-Line Skirt, £30 from

  • ...Swap for a cool front split skirt

    For something a bit different, mix up your lengths and opt for a longer, form-fitting style with a daring front split, rather than a classic side split.

    Tube Skirt, £29.99 from

  • Give your feet a night off from heels...

    We've said it before and we'll say it again, shoes don't have to have a high heel to be stylish. This is particularly true of the current season, with everyone from high end designers to high street retailers embracing flats.

    Parisian Lace Up High Heel Sandals, £75 from

  • ...Swap for a pair of ballet shoes with a twist

    If you want to be (literally) one step ahead of the trends, invest in a pair of hybrid mid-heel and ballet flat shoes. Both comfy and cool, these are set to be a firm fashion favourite.

    Juno Soft Ballet Mid Shoes, £59 from

  • Put down your jeans...

    Blue denim jeans are our fail safe trouser option that go with everything.

    Powerhold Skinny Jeans, £45 from

  • ...Swap for a soft pair of cords

    Jump ahead of the trends by trying a pair of straight leg corduroy trousers. Mixing textures is going to be big news come spring, so pair these with a silk shirt or cotton tee.

    Masscob Straight-Leg Micro-Corduroy Trousers, £140 from

  • Give your trusty polo neck a break...

    A true layering hero, we always reach for a polo neck as a warm finishing touch to an outfit.

    Black Rib Roll Neck Jumper, £22.50 from

  • ...Swap for a jazzier layering hero

    But why not shake things up with a shimmering top instead? It will layer just as well as a polo neck but add an extra touch of Instagram-worthy interest.

    Glittery top, £14.99 from


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