Fashion - new season essentials

New season essentials

These eight key pieces will have your winter wardrobe sorted.

By Lucia Tigri-Brown

1. COTTON TRENCH

A well-fitting coat will flatter any figure. The key here is to keep base layers simple to avoid unnecessary bulking underneath.

2. PATTERNED SCARF

Add a splash of old-world glamour with a scarf in an interesting print. And when it’s not around your neck, tie to your handbag for a bit of fun.

3. CONTRAST ARM JACKET

A jacket or coat with contrasting sleeves can instantly update any look. So don’t be afraid to try something different, from cropped to bombers.

4. PENCIL SKIRT

A simple pencil skirt is the perfect piece to build a great everyday wardrobe. At work, pair with a sweet blouse. On the weekend, a T-shirt and denim jacket.

5. TAILORED PANTS

Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn with a simple tailored ankle pant. It will quickly become your favourite go-to piece and works best with a classic ballet flat or plain pump.

6. STRIPED TOPS

Nothing says French chic like a classic striped top. Be clever with the placement of the stripes to add shape or help with those tricky areas.

7. STATEMENT SHIRT

A great shirt is a wardrobe essential. This season, the devil is in the detail, including panels, prints and my favourite – studs.

8. ANKLE BOOTS

If you only buy one style of boot this winter, make sure it’s the ankle. This versatile footwear can be worn with everything in your wardrobe. It may even be worth spending more, so it lasts you a few seasons.