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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…
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.
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