Featured below is The Times' checklist for updating your wardrobe for this autumn. I have added in some extra stores for those of us on a budget. The key is to spend more money on the trends that will last and less on the fads that will pass quickly. If you want advice before you invest then drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Checklist: Autumn/Winter 2008
1. High-waisted, 7/8th-length trousers. Try: Whistles or Miss Selfridge
2. Cropped jacket or blazer. Before buying, try it on with a pair of the above. You'll find that what complemented hipsters may not work with the new geometry. Try: Jigsaw or Topshop
3. Military or wrap coat or one with slit short sleeves for layering. Try: French Connection or Zara
4. Concealed platform shoes or ankle boots - we're over bondage - and a pair of flats. Try: Office and Kurt Geiger or New Look or Faith
5. Polonecks and other fine knits for layering and tucking into high waists. Try: Pure Cashmere and Hoss Intropia, Tesco or Asda
6. A leather jacket - biker style. Wear it with classic, simple pieces for extra edge. Try:Topshop or New Look
7. A rococo-style necklace. Try: Mikey or Accessorize.
8. A narrow belt to thread through the loops of those high-waisted trousers. Try: Gap, Matalan or Primark.
9. Longer-length skirts - either pencil-shaped or slightly gathered at the waist are the newest. If you can't bear calf or ankle-length, don't worry, knee-length refuses to die and there are even some minis. Try: Zara, Primark or Peacocks.
10. A fitted or semi-fitted sleeveless dress: this winter's sophisticated antidote to the put-it-away or give-it-away smock dress. Try: M&S Limited and Jigsaw or TK Maxx
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