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Every time the seasons change I feel a strong urge to go shopping and there always seems to be so many things I need (want) all of a sudden. However I have learnt that successful Autumn shopping/dressing is about adding a few key pieces to your wardrobe, that will see you through to Winter, that can be dressed up and down and that can complement what you already have.

Here are a few never fail Autumn outfit ideas, shopping tips and some pieces that will make perfect additions to your wardrobe: 

A statement coat: One thing I am always drawn to every season is animal print. I love it - animal print (in my opinion) is a neutral meaning it goes with everything, can be worn to anything and always looks fun and cool.  A leopard print coat is so much more fun than a black one and you'll be surprised how versatile it is.  Marks & Spencer have a few different style leopard print coats in at the moment to suit every shape, size and personality.

A new pair of jeans always makes a good addition to your wardrobe and can often bring back to life tops that you haven't worn for ages.  These are great - high enough around the waist to hide the 'mum tum', slightly cropped and work with ankle boots, flats, heels and trainers.


Collared Neck Overcoat with Wool £69 / Frayed Hem Slim Leg Jeans £35

A jumper dress: I love this dress, so comfortable, can be worn over jeans, leather trousers, with boots and tights or trainers. It would also look cool with a biker jacket on top or with a big colourful scarf.  If you are pregnant this could be a good dress to invest in (go for a size up). 

A statement bag can be the making of an outfit - this heart shaped bag is amazing and perfect for Christmas parties, events and weddings.

You'll never regret investing in a pair of practical boots these are a perfect mix of a biker and chelsea boot and will look cool with tights, jeans and dresses. 

Jacquard Long Sleeve Printed Dress £35 / Heart Clutch Bag £29.50

Leather (or faux) leather trousers are one of my Autumn/Winter staples, I wear them a lot, to everything with everything. For smarter occasions I usually wear them with a longer shirt and coat, then dress them down with a T-shirt, denim jacket and trainers.

Striped shirts are having their moment and this is a great one - it is super super simple, flattering, soft and a perfect cut with it's long cuffs. 

This cardigan is leopard print and sparkly - I don't think it needs explaining, it's a winner and would possibly become the most useful thing you own.

Photography by @janelookerphotography 

This post is kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers. All thoughts, clothes choices, ideas and purchases are my own.


I recently meet Polly from new maternity brand Just Polly. Just Polly is a capsule collection of simple, stylish maternity staples - but that you could also wear post/pre pregnancy and that you can breastfeed in. Made in the UK the pieces are great quality and very versatile they can be dressed up and down and would be perfect for anything from weddings to work.

Here is some more info and what Polly needs you to know about her brand:


DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: from concept April 2013 - launch date October 2015


WHY WAS IT CREATED: There were so many different scenarios around me with women finding it difficult to find stylish maternity wear & also nursing clothes for easy breastfeeding. From my sister giving birth and shortly after attending 4 weddings that summer, she had to find rooms to ‘hide’ in, take off her dress and basically strip down naked to breastfeed and i thought to myself there must be an easier way? Another friend at a wedding was without her baby in tow and had to also strip down in a toilet cubicle to express her milk. Then the idea came about at work from a hair and make up artist, she was pregnant and we would chat away on shoots about how she struggled to find good maternity wear that fitted properly & also her frustration with still wanting to look fashionable at work. She said she felt really unfashionable and frumpy especially working on fashion shoots. Another colleague refused point blank to come to the Christmas party because she felt ‘like a whale’ and there were no good maternity party worthy clothes. Talking to more and more women around me of how they struggled to find any maternity clothes that were stylish and practical, i felt compelled to create Just Polly so women could still feel fashionable and comfortable for during and after pregnancy with clothes which would reflect their personal style.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: The Just Polly collection is manufactured in the UK and each piece is named after a friend, family member or someone involved in the creation of Just Polly. Each fabric is carefully sourced using quality fabrics from all over the World. Often weeks are spent sourcing the perfect fabrics until i can get exactly what i have in my mind for that piece.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: Just Polly is a quality, stylish and practical maternity wear without looking like ‘maternity wear.’ Some of the pieces in the collection are staple forever pieces so you won’t be throwing them away post birth, you’ll have longer wear from the collection with nursing in mind. Although Just Polly is not a slave to trends we will always keep you up to date so you look and feel your best during and after pregnancy. Also, some of our prints are Limited Edition so you shouldn’t be turning up to that wedding in the same dress as other pregnant guests!


I am a big fan of denim - dresses, shirts, jeans and jackets.  One of my most useful denim items is my GAP denim shirt.  

At the moment i am wearing it buttoned to the top, while i was pregnant in the summer i wore it open over dresses, its good with skirts, under dungarees, under jumpers, with jeans, you can wear big necklaces over it or long thin chains, its doesn't get to hot when you are pram pushing up massive hills, you don't have to iron it, it looks cool - its a wonder i wear anything else!

Here are some good ones:

GAP: / Levis: / Lee: / Topshop £38