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Fashion expert’s ‘money-saving tip’ to create autumn look with summer staples

Fashion expert’s ‘money-saving tip’ to create autumn look with summer staples

Feeling sad vacuum packing your favourite summer items as temperatures dip? Well with a bit of clever fashion maths – you can still wear them.

From floaty dresses to swimsuits – these key items, with a little styling know-how can become your autumn wardrobe stars.

This is a great money-saving hack, and you’ll be prepared (and a little smug) in the event of another heatwave.

Formula One: Summer Shorts + Slouchy Knitwear + Oversized jacket + over-the-knee boots = effortless autumn style

Take one pair of tailored shorts, preferably these finish at the slimmest part of your thigh, with a smooth front and flat waistband, then add a sloppy, oversized sweater (the contrast of the fitted shorts with the voluminous knit will earn you admiring glances from gen Z).

Add a little slink with this season’s best investment – suede over-the-knee boots, (don’t forget protector spray!) – top with an oversized blazer (a continuing trend – if you don’t want to invest, just nab your partner’s) or opt for an on-trend bomber jacket, and you are good to kick up the autumn leaves in style.

Formula Two: Summer Skirt + Camisole + Cardigan + socks + Trainers = cosy chic

Take one swishy summer skirt, preferably in block colour to embrace the minimalist-inspired style of the moment, add a clever cami which also doubles up as shapewear – a fluffy cardigan for texture and counterbalance with some casual trainers and chunky socks to keep your ankles warm.

Top with a biker or aviator jacket to brace against the elements.

Formula Three: Summer Dress + Roll Neck + Biker Boots + Trench Coat = showerproof elegance

Take a pretty summer dress and layer it over a fine rollneck sweater – you could plump for a fun print clash, just make sure each piece has at least one common colour – ground the look with some robust biker boots for contrast, and top with that perennial classic, a trench coat, to channel some Parisian chic.

The secret is always about details and clever layering, so with this in mind here are a few extra wardrobe essentials which help with seasonal outfit building, making your wardrobe stretch further:

  • Thermal vests and tights – the best are from Uniglo and Marks & Spencer

  • Uniglo’s padded gilets come in a wide variety of colours and are easy to layer under suits and jackets for added warmth without the bulk.

  • Sparkly socks can add interest and cosiness to bare ankles

  • And my secret weapon, worn wherever you need them – the humble hand warmer

Miranda Holder is a Celebrity Stylist and Royal Fashion Expert