Return to Fashion: The 6 Piece Capsule Wardrobe It’s been a long time since we were able to look forward to the new season’s fashion with a real sense of excitement. Let’s face it, since March we have been less than our usual stylish selves. All waistbands have been elasticated, daywear and nightwear blurred, as pyjamas ruled supreme and footwear yo yo’d between flip flops and trainers. So with the launch of the autumn season, life has slowly been getting a little more normal and it’s time to get back to fashion. We understand that this may be a bit of a shock to the system, so we have broken it down into 6 key areas that will get you back on the road to being bang on trend and feeling more like your normal stylish self. The Elevated Tote Hobbs, £159. Next, £28. Out with the small cross body and small handled structured bags. Make way for the elevated tote. Just the right size for all those extras you now need to carry (wipes, sanitiser and face coverings). It’s even perfect for a top up shop or a small laptop for those of us who are now moving from home to work. It will be your saviour this season and here are our top picks from Hobbs and Next. The Statement Collar Blouse M&S, £29.50 Hawes & Curtis, £49. Emerging as a hit this summer it evolved to be seen on the catwalk this autumn with Victoria Beckham, Chloe and Ganni all featuring. The move on this season is the call out to the nostalgia of the 80’s. Pussy bows and pie crust collars are in the mix. Don’t be fooled by their super smart styling. Pair them with denim and they look particularly good. Our favourites are this delightful polka dot number from M&S and this striking print version from Hawes & Curtis. The Soft Power Trouser River Island, £40 Jigsaw, £98 While migrating from your joggers back into trousers might seem a bit extreme for some of us, the soft power trouser is this season’s silhouette which makes the transition more bearable. They still retain the comfort factor with the soft wide legs and relaxed styling but with more detailing and tailoring for a chic, easy to wear finish. Dress up with formal shoes or down with trainers, they still look the part. Colours are soft and light with blush pinks, taupe and greys. River Island and Jigsaw are where we are heading for ours. The Knitted Dress Oliver Bonas, £59.50 Primark, £16 A classic staple of autumn wardrobes is a knitted dress. Gracing all of the catwalks this season it is firmly back and plays to our new found love of dressing for comfort. This season the shapes and styles vary from over-sized jumper which can be belted and worn with tights or boots for a trimmer shape or go for a more flattering figure hugging version that can be layered up. Whatever you choose, we have a huge choice in centre:mk. The Quilted Jacket John Lewis, £150 Joules, £89.95 The 2020 version of the puffer jacket is the quilted jacket. Inspired by country attire, autumn catwalks such as Chanel all featured this stylish, versatile outerwear. It works equally well over formal and casual outfits and a collarless version can be layered under another coat when it gets colder. Shapes and styles vary from a bomber jacket to a longer line belted number, so you can choose a shape that works for you. We love this cream number from John Lewis, casual yet stylish and this traditional version from Joules that would not look out of place at Balmoral! The Modern Ballet Flat Clarks, £69. Dune, £80 If the thought of “proper shoes” feels like a step too far, then breathe a sigh of relief. The shoe to be seen in this season is a modern take on the ballet flat. The 2020 version has a square toe and some quirky features such as cut outs. Looking as graceful with a pair of tights or bare ankles, ease your way back into fashionable footwear without losing out on the comfort you have grown accustomed to. Look out for this gorgeous nude version from Clarks or with a nautical twist from Dune.