Buy now, wear into winter: 5 pre-fall must-haves

Transport your wardrobe from summer to winter with five simple hits

This is a great time of year for your wardrobe as our faithful designers have added a bonus mid-season collection to the style calendar which fills the gap perfectly between summer and winter, and that is pre-fall. Bursting with wearable pieces for home and away, we have picked our five favourite must-haves from the pre-fall collections to wear now and well into the winter season...

The Leopard Print Accessory

Animal Print 36102 Wild Beast Small Edie copyCoach

Leopard print remains a dedicated fixture on the style agenda as summer moves into winter, but if a leopard print dress or jacket veers too far into the wild for your liking, a leopard print bag or shoes is the simplest way to adopt this printerrific trend. Coach has dedicated an entire collection to the classic print, entitled ‘Wild Beast’ and this leopard print tote will certainly pack a punch as well as the essentials.

The Retro Print

Retro ChloeChloé

The current nostalgia for the hedonistic vibe of the seventies is not going anywhere soon, remaining a firm favourite for AW15. Invest in bohemian retro inspired prints now and you can simply layer and team with shearling and knits as the colder weather blows in. Go for swirling florals, muted paisleys and bold brushstrokes in a medley of inky, muted and clashing shades. This chiffon dress by Chloé is lightweight enough to wear now, and will look super chic come winter, with black tights, knee boots and a biker jacket.

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The Suede Midi Skirt

The RowThe Row

Chances are you already have a midi skirt in your wardrobe, if not, now is the time to shift your hemline to your calves. A midi skirt and in particular a suede midi skirt will become a season to season style staple as it is so versatile and wearable, whatever the weather, smart or casual. Team this suede skirt from The Row with a loose white crocheted blouse now and in winter complete the minimal fuss-free silhouette with a fine knit sweater.

Tailored Trousers


Boyish dressing goes way beyond boyfriend jeans and louche blazers this winter, with masculine inspired tailoring encompassing trousers, shirts, jackets and suits. A pair of boyish tailored cropped trousers will make a very versatile addition to your wardrobe, ideal at work teamed with a tailored shirt or pussy bow blouse or off duty with a relaxed tee. Checks, tartan and anything squared is also big news this season, so this pair of chequered tailored trousers from Lanvin will cover two wardrobe bases in one.

The Shearling Jacket

Alexander-McQueenAlexander McQueen

Shearling was the star of the show in many of the pre-fall collections, and while a full-on shearling jacket is a bit of an overkill at this stage in the year, a shearling-trimmed jacket is the ideal wardrobe transition piece. Alexander McQueen’s leather and shearling biker vest with detachable shearling cape is an ideal evening breeze cover up for cooler summer nights and will make a cozy layer when the temperature dips later in the year.