NEW SEC­TION: FASH­ION, FOOD, HEALTH & TRAVEL BAR­BRA:

Want to give your wardrobe an in­stant up­date? Jan Shure sug­gests a few items to put on your early-au­tumn shop­ping list which will work right now, and will also work later on when the tem­per­a­ture drops…

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LEATHER PEN­CIL SKIRT

A nar­row leather skirt will give your wardrobe in­stant win­ter cred. It will work well now worn with a neat lit­tle vest and a cardi or a tai­lored jacket and will carry on work­ing through the win­ter, worn with chunky, ca­ble cardi or sweater, heavy tights and flat lace-ups or shoe-boots. Where to find leather skirts: Grey leather and suede skirt, ASOS, £65; M&S black leather skirt, £100; Wal­lis black leather pen­cil skirt, £65.

A BIKER JACKET

Love the raw, power-by-as­so­ci­a­tion of this gar­ment. A biker jacket can toughen up sum­mer’s soft skirts and flo­ral dresses, giv­ing them wear­a­bil­ity into the au­tumn. The leaner, finer ones can go un­der a coat when win­ter re­ally ar­rives. But do not plan to wear your biker jacket with your leather pen­cil skirt — one item of leather cloth­ing per out­fit is enough.

Where to find biker jack­ets: gen­uine 1950s biker jacket, £72, De­voted 2 Vin­tage (www.de­vot­ed2v­in­tage.co.uk); long line tan leather biker jacket in sizes 12-32, Marisota, £150; Black biker jacket with studs, Miss Sel­fridge £55; Black biker jacket at Uniqlo, £49; Brown biker jacket by John Rocha for Deben­hams, £180; Dark grey biker jacket by Betty Bar­clay, £305, at John Lewis Brent Cross and W1, and on their new web­site, www.john­lewis.com

A STATE­MENT NECK­LACE

Yes, once we all thought a state­ment was what you got from your bank. But “state­ment” has joined the fash­ion lex­i­con as an item of cloth­ing or an ac­ces­sory with at­ti­tude. A state­ment neck­lace is the way to glam up last year’s sweater or a sim­ple dress and pass it off as if it was a new pur­chase. See be­low for de­tails.

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Conker brown leather biker jacket, £180, and jer­sey dress, £55, both by John Rocha for Deben­hams Orig­i­nal biker jacket, £72 at www.de­vot­ed2v­in­tage.co.uk Long line tan leather biker jacket in sizes 12-32, Marisota, £150 Au­then­tic rock-chick stud­ded biker jacket, Miss Sel­fridge, £55

4. Rose bib neck­lace, £10, Ge­orge at Asda

5 . Leather leaf neck­lace, £99 Hobbs

6. Brown glass bead col­lar, £99 Hobbs

7. Big crys­tal neck­laces, £35 Evans

8. Tribal neck­lace, £15 Marks & Spencer Black leather skirt with zips £100, Lim­ited Col­lec­tion at Marks & Spenc

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