Get value for money this autumn

Model 1: Collar, �35; bomber jacket, �65; cap, �35; shorts, �40.  Model 2: Hoody, �35; skirt, �30; body jewellery, �65. All from River Island (www.riverisland.com).
Model 1: Collar, �35; bomber jacket, �65; cap, �35; shorts, �40. Model 2: Hoody, �35; skirt, �30; body jewellery, �65. All from River Island (www.riverisland.com).
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Our spring/summer wardrobes barely got an airing but, good news for those who calculate cost-per-wear, autumn is already upon us.

This is the season that really delivers on value, thanks to the British climate.

Unlike the shorts and sandals we’ve barely worn, a winter coat and ankle boots are often sported on a daily basis.

So wrap up warm with the hottest shapes, colours and prints of the season.

Whether you’re a country girl or city sister, there’s a trend to suit every wardrobe.

Gothic Blooms

Prints are typically associated with summer, but they have been extended to this season via the addition of a moodier, darker edge.

Avoid pretty pastels and pale backdrops, though because these winter blooms thrive with a gothic colour palette.

Rich reds, pink and purple florals look dramatic and seductive set against black or blue.

Cultivate your wardrobe with feminine silhouettes like dresses, skirts and tops or give your look extra edge with trousers and blazers.

Military Moment

Stand to attention. Military is having a moment again.

Forget London guard-style visions of bright red and brassy buttons, however, this season’s trend is an army-inspired palette of khaki, brown and black.

If camouflage jackets are a step too far, try a sleek winter coat with double breasted button fastenings.

Stink to muted colours for daytime and add flashes of metallics for evening to give this utilitarian look added luxe factor.

Purple Reign

Look to the Quality Street favourite for inspiration – purple is the colour of the season.

Bold variations on the theme – shades of indigo, amethyst and violet – all ruled the autumn/winter designer catwalks.

Wear top-to-toe for an extreme look or pick out one statement piece like a winter coat or dress to pack a purple punch.

If the colour feels too bold, turn down the tone with more of an autumnal berry shade or experiment with accessories.

A bright purple clutch or shoes will transform a tired LBD for party season.

Country Bumpkin

Form a countryside alliance with this season’s rural fashion trend.

Look to your grandfather’s closet for a steer on the Downton Abbey direction – all heritage tweeds, plaids and checks in an earthy colour palette.

There are various ways to work the look, ranging from Horse & Hound equestrian to Town & Country chic.

Just add corduroy, chunky knits, an all-weather coat and basset hound to complete the look.

Leather Love

It’s not just for jackets... leather dominates entire wardrobes this season.

Dresses, tops, skirts and trousers – nothing has escaped the glossy leather takeover.

Classic black will deliver gothic glamour but if you want something softer, try berry shades of plum or burgundy to stand out from the traditionalists.

Keep the silhouette clean and powerful – this material takes no prisoners when it comes to excess fuss and accessories.

Baroque Belles

Minimalists, take cover.

The baroque trend is all about extreme adornment, luxury accessories and lavish details.

Think gem-encrusted collars, metallic brocades and lavish embroidery that wouldn’t look out of place in The Queen’s wardrobe.

Try mixing up fabrics and finishes to keep the look modern but stay within the same colour palette to avoid any costume dramas.

If you’re considering accessories, think deliciously decadent – you don’t want dainty with this look.