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The Big Three: The boots, bags and coats you need to invest in this Autumn

Work and life takes over and shopping feels like the last thing you want to be doing, But the season’s are also changing which makes you feel a strong innate need to shop, even if you don’t want to. What’s on your mind? Probably the need to get your hands on a new coat, a new pair of boots and maybe an update on your bag. Your winter clothes just need these few lifts (and maybe a lint roller for last year's jumpers) and you’re ready for the new season. Here's our simplified list of some of the pieces we suggest you have in your armour to mix and match for an Autumn of easy dressing.

THE BOOTS

The kitten heel

As an easy alternative to your favourite ankle boots, the kitten heel boot will become your new best friend. Its pointed toe makes it flattering and the low heel means they are comfortable enough to trot around in all day. A perfect way to dress up jeans (choose one that’s slim on the ankle or a sock style for under your favourite vintage levis) they will work with pretty much everything else in your wardrobe.

Boots, £470, Loeffler Randall

The combat boot

 

A lace up combat boot never goes out of style so invest now, if you don’t already own a pair. They add often needed edge to floaty dresses, they can be found at nearly every price point and they are comfortable to boot. However, be sure to invest in a well made pair and wear them for years to come.

Boots, £228, All Saints

The Knee high

If there was ever a time to invest in a pair of knee high boots its now, and we promise you these don’t have to be mumsy. Wear them under summer dresses that you would otherwise pack away. Wear them with mini skirts and baggy sweaters – an, scary as it may seem, wear them with looser trousers tucked in and feel sassy we promise.

Boots, £179, Massimo Dutti

The Western Boot

There are many guises of the cowboy boot that’s for sure. And for sure if you are not convinced invest first in a subtle pair. But invest, now. And if you feel brave enough go all out cowboy and watch so many of your favourite pieces be transformed.

Boots, £640, Emporio Armani

 

THE BAGS

The mini bag

Mini bags have ruled in the bags stakes for while and whilst they may not be practical (although we promise this one by By Far can fit your (small) purse keys, phone and some various bits of make up inside - its magic)  they are actually very freeing on days when you really only need said necessities. The trick is to not buy too small a mini bag or you just end up having to carry another bag.
 

Bag, £405, By Far

The Roomy Tote

 

As it gets colder and you need more space to stash your layers/umbrella/ hat/ scarf , a bigger bag becomes more necessary. But no need to invest in something less chic than you normally would. This tote by Stee will fit ALL of your kitchen chic and make you feel put together every time you carry it

Bag, £750, Stée


Evening

Evening bags are no longer ruled by the beaded clutch with little to no other option. A whole host of cool evening bags now exist meaning you no longer need stash your card in your bra and clutch your phone in your hand at the Christmas party.

Bag, £99, LK Bennett


The belt bag

Because when something has been a trend for this long is it really likely to be a passing trend, or worse , a fad? Or is it now a feasible bag to invest in, wear and something that, trust us, will update your wardrobe in a instant.

Bag, £59, & Other Stories

 

THE COAT

The Faux Fur

The Teddy coat was marked as forever chic by Max Mara and that’s just what it is. Wear it slung over the shoulders as Christmas parties approach or every day with jeans and jumper. An alternative to the shearling coat which, if you can afford to invest in do! But we think a faux teddy coat will do just the same job.

Coat, 624 Euro, Toteme

The Check, Tartan or Plaid Coat

A plaid, tweed or check coat is, in our eyes almost as much of a staple as a camel coat and this season more than ever the shops are awash with tartan and check. Don’t be afraid of this being a bold choice, and instead treat it like any of your basics. Try clashing different checks and tartans together. Equally treat it like a better alternative to a plain black tailored coat that you live in and re-buy every year.

Coat, £169, & Other Stories

The Blanket Coat

Another style to invest in at the scale you wish. This blanket cape by Isabel Marant is all out bohemian traveller but Zara’s subtle camel style dips a care free toe into the trend.

Coat, £129, Zara

The White coat

A white coat may give you the fear in terms of your morning coffee but its such an easy piece to team with everything you own and feel chicer than ever on a cold crisp day. We know its 17 degrees outside but think ahead to Febuary ok? Its going to be cold and it may well be snowing and come these days, you will feel so chic in your white coat.

 Coat, £340, Ganni