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Invest in autumn: eight wardrobe classics

The Wardrobe Icons team talk us through the essential fashion pieces that you'll want to wear season after season.

By Miriam Bouteba

New season shopping doesn't have to mean fast fashion and trend hopping. Laura Fantacci and Petro Stofberg, co-founders of savvy shopping site Wardrobe Icons, talk us through their womenswear hero pieces for AW15 and many more seasons to come.

Rob Greig

The coat

THEY SAY: Every year we get a coat obsession. Last time it was the cream coat, this winter it's all about the dark olive green.  Marks & Spencer's military offering will work beautifully with navy, denim and white: it's so versatile.

WE SAY: Good old M&S has really pulled it out of the bag wth this warm-enough-for-the-trenches coat.
Rob Greig

The skirt

THEY SAY: A fringed skirt might not seem like a wardrobe classic at first, but in our books a statement skirt is a true icon. Add a grey marl knit or classic T-shirt and you create instant, effortless cool.

WE SAY: Essential? Maybe not. But bloody lovely, nonetheless!
Rob Greig

The dress

THEY SAY: Made with the original patterns from the late '70s, this dress has a real vintage feel about it. It's also made from quality fabric, has designer detailing and a very flattering cut, no matter what your height.

WE SAY: The perfect substitute for when your mum has thrown away all of her cool old frocks.
Rob Greig

The suit

THEY SAY: In an interview with us, Matches Fashion's Ruth Chapman mentioned a YSL velvet suit as one of the hardest working pieces in her wardrobe. This season, the suit also happens to be a mega-trend. We love this lux velvet Boden version. Add a statement top for the evening or a plain grey T-shirt and flats for an informal meeting.

WE SAY: Anything that makes you feel like Bianca Jagger is a winner.
Blazer, £129; Trousers, £69.
autumn lipstick
Rob Greig

The lipstick

THEY SAY: Red is our go-to lip colour, moving into a slightly more plummy tone come autumn. Bobbi Brown's matte lipstick in Crimson is a rich deep colour and doesn't give you desert-dry lips.

WE SAY: An autumn update for just twenty quid - kerching!
Rob Greig

The flats

THEY SAY: These wardrobe heroes will rescue your look time and time again - just think of them as a flat heel! This pair will be in your wardrobe for as long as you look after them.

WE SAY: Yes they're pricey, but think of the money you'll save on blister plasters.
Rob Greig

The jeans

THEY SAY: The '70s trend has been around for a couple of seasons npw but it's still very relevant this autumn. These Marrakesh flares by MiH are the only ones you'll ever need: so flattering, making legs long and bums pert!

WE SAY: A classic pair of jeans will be in your wardrobe for donkies. Just ask B*witched. Or don't. 
autumn boot

The boot

THEY SAY: A statement boot has a timeless quality which lends to multiple trends. The season, Chloe's Susanna boot taps in perfectly to the glam vibe. Pair with a simple LBD, jeans or leather leggings and, like any good boots, they'll just work.

WE SAY: Seriously stompy boots to pass down to the grandkids.

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