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Mainstream marvels: autumn updates

It's autumn, so we're allowed new things

John Lewis jumper

Top that

What you see here are long sleeves. Remember those, they come out around September and keep your arms warm? We know we don’t need this John Lewis’s three-quarter sleeved (so not quite long-long) top yet, but it comes in four shades and we’re going to start with ivory, first. Ease ourselves in. £29, John Lewis

Chelsea boots from M&S

Go hard

One of our friends emailed us the other day simply because she was just so pleased it was September, the time when she spends all her money on boots. These Chelsea versions from Marks and Spencer are a good start – you can still wear them with bare legs and they come in the holy shoe grail: half sizes! £75, M&S

Floral pattern bomber jacket

Flower bomb

Remember when Mary Berry made floral bombers a thing? Once, we wore ours out and a pre-megafame Tom Hiddleston gave us a wink. We don’t think the two things are related. This H! By Henry Holland for Debenhams one is like a Jungle Book update, in tiger print. £60, Debenhams

Studded leather skirt from House of Fraser

You stud

Recent office chat: investing in a leather skirt. House of Fraser’s Label Lab have delivered the goods with this limited edition studded version, which is not too mini and is a little bit different. Yes – is more expensive than a decent PVC lookalike. But it will last, and last well. £149, House of Fraser

Dress

Oooh! Tassels!

Continuing the midi-dressing theme (because we STILL *yawn* have no idea how to dress in Britain in this climate), George at Asda have really surprised us with this autumnal print dress. It’s the kind of thing you can wear to the office and when people swoon, lie and say it’s vintage. £16, George at Asda

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