Autumn/Winter 2012: What to buy now

With a rather temperamental summer and the best of the sales gone, we're already looking forward to compiling our Autumn wish list. New season shopping has that exciting, back to school feel at this time of year, and luckily some of our favourite stores have already got their key new pieces in stock. So what to buy now? We've picked 25 easy ways to update your wardrobe for Autumn, from trends such as brocade and heritage prints, to wear-f0rever boots and accessories.

  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: Cos Purple Coat

    Purple is a key colour for the season ahead, and was all over the catwalks. Invest in the trend with this stylish Cos Coat.


  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: NW3 Hobbs Dress

    A good Autumn dress is hard to find, but with its cute bow tie and collar and playful horse print, we're obsessed with this little number from Hobbs.


  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: McQ Riding Boots

    The riding boot comes to the fore as the boot shape of the season. Comfy and practical, what's not to love? These patent black boots from McQ will look great with a kilt skirt.


  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: Reiss Forest Green Bag

    Another big shade for autumn is forest green - we love this shoulder bag from Reiss. Wear under the arm or clasp like a clutch.


  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: Topshop Jacquard Trousers

    Brocade or jacquard trousers are set to become the new statement piece. Wear yours with a silk shirt or vest for the evening, and dress down with a simple knit and flats for day.


  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: Aubin and Wills Fox Jumper

    Novelty knits are still big news for Autumn/Winter - and we fell in love with this Aubin and Wills number as soon as it dropped in store.


  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: J Brand Brocade Jeans

    J Brand are pros at creating the jean of the season. For Autumn, they've taken the classic skinny jean and added an on-trend brocade print and deep red hue, putting it right to the top of our wish list.


  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: Barbour Check Coat

    If, like us, you like to get in early with buying your winter coat (all the nice ones are gone by October!) this beautiful wool number from Barbour is ideal - a little bit military, with an on-trend heritage print.


  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: Marks and Spencer Leather Top

    Marks and Spencer's womenswear goes from strength to strength each season - this leather top is just one example of the covetable pieces in store.


  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: ASOS Kilt

    It may remind you of the playground, but the kilt skirt is making a comeback this season. ASOS' stylish midi tartan version is chic without being too naughty schoolgirl.

    £95, from Mid August

  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: All Saints Boots

    These deep maroon ankle boots will go with everything, from formal skirts and dresses to jeans.


  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: Whistles Margot Dress

    With its dropped waist and blue optical print, this Whistles dress is perfect for work or play.


  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: Oasis Check Cape

    This cosy cape will be your autumn saviour when it's too chilly for a jacket, but too warm for a coat.


  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: ASOS Peplum Shirt

    The peplum is not going away, and this blue shirt from ASOS with detachable bow tie is a great way to work the shape, and a bit of androgyny into your wardrobe.


  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: LK Bennett Slippers

    The slipper has replaced the ballet pump as the flat shoe of choice - this animal print pair from LK Bennett are far more sturdy than most slippers we've seen, and will look chic with an A-line skirt or cropped trousers.

    £195, [

  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: River Island Brocade Knit

    We love River Island's take on the brocade trend - this black and gold slouchy knit, which we'll be wearing over a white shirt or simple grey t-shirt.


  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: John Rocha Skirt

    Leather was all over the Autumn/Winter catwalk - this wearable A-line skirt is a subtle nod to the trend.

    £180, Rocha.John Rocha at

  • What to wear in Autumn/Winter: Tamaris Brothel Creeper

    If Karl Lagerfeld chooses to style his Couture line with brothel creepers, it's a sign this shoe shape isn't going away. But some of the styles out there are a little, clunky to work on anyone but those with coltish limbs. That's why we like this pair from Tamaris, which are more like a brogue, but still with that chunky, slightly gothic vibe.


  • What to buy for Autumn/Winter: Zara Embellished Shirt

    Alexa Chung has already been spotted in this pretty embellished Zara blouse. Wear with an A-line skirt, under a dress or with cigarette trousers for a gamine look.


  • What to wear in Autumn/Winter: Mulberry Bryn Satchel

    The Bryn satchel is Mulberry's latest it bag. We're considering this vibrant shade of orange as an antidote to the winter blues.


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