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It’s September, which means it’s officially back-to-school season, and not just for the kids. Every year, as the temperature starts to drop and the nights draw in, it still feels like a reset for adults, too.
But instead of new pencil cases and school shirts, it’s cosy cashmere and new-season staples.
And where else to get your autumn/winter wardrobe essentials than one of the oldest department stores on the British high street, Marks and Spencer?
Not only is Marks and Spencer (M&S) brilliant for basics and knitwear (plus, some of the comfiest underwear this team has ever tried), it’s also one of the top secret spaces for on-trend key pieces, all at M&S prices (and quality).
For statement shades to see you through the darker days, look no further than this soft-touch cobalt blue jumper and this belted lilac tailored coat. But hurry, the candy-coloured coat is already selling quickly, with fans praising its “perfect shade of lilac” and “great value for money”.
Another autumn staple to see you through this season (and many more) comes in the form of faux leather straight-leg trousers. Wear with a T-shirt and trainers while the weather’s still in double digits and switch out for chunky knits and heeled boots when the temperature drops.
Elsewhere, midi dresses seem to never go out of style – who could argue with a midi shirt dress in an updated autumn floral for less than £30? – and sweater vests are making a comeback (trust me).
From leggings to leather trousers, via shirt dresses and sweater vests, keep scrolling for the best M&S autumn fashion pieces to see you through the season (and beyond).
The New Season Staple
Buy it: Leather Look Straight Leg Trousers | £39.50 at M&S
The Bright Knit
Buy it: Soft Touch Textured Funnel Neck Jumper | £29.50 at M&S
The Autumn Floral
Buy it: Floral Round Neck Ruffle Midi Waisted Dress | £45 at M&S
Buy it: The Wide-Leg Jeans | £29.50 at M&S
Buy it: Water Resistant Quilted Tote Bag | £25 at M&S
The Trend Piece
Buy it: Dogtooth Collared Short Coat with Wool | £79 at M&S
The ‘Wear Anywhere’ Trousers
Buy it: Side Stripe Wide Leg Trousers | £35 at M&S
The Winter Coat
Buy it: Twill Single Breasted Relaxed Tailored Coat | £65 at M&S
The Seasonal Knit
Buy it: Recycled Blend Fair Isle Knitted Vest | £29.50 at M&S
The Key Dress
Buy it: Belted Midi Shirt Dress | £39.50 at M&S
The Winter Boots
Buy it: Wide Fit Leather Chelsea Ankle Boots | £59 at M&S
The Key Coat Piece
Buy it: Belted Single Breasted Tailored Coat | £59 at M&S
The Midi Dress
Buy it: Floral Tie Waist Midi Shirt Dress | £29.50 at M&S
Buy it: Go Move Printed High Waisted Gym Leggings | £27.50 at M&S
The Timeless skirt
Buy it: Faux Leather Pleated Midi Skirt | £45 at M&S