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Saturday 22 November 2014

50 best womenswear from off the peg to boutique, from Alexander McQueen to River Island

River Island Ornate patterns and rich florals were all over the catwalks this seas on and there are some great pieces on the high street too. This bargain of a floral dress is from River Island. I love the whimsical fabric and flattering cut. Try belting it for a Forties look, or quirkily clash against patterned tights or a coat. Where www.riverisland.com How much £45
YSL I love these sumptuous high-waisted crêpe-wool trousers from YSL. They work beautifully with a strong oriental palette of emerald greens, rich gold and black. The perfect evening-wear alternative to a dress. Where www.net-a-porter.com How much £730
Alexander McQueen Wearing an ankle boot with a dress is a nice way to keep things from looking too formal. For a really fun look, clash these bright-pink McQueen platform boots with a bold pattern or colourful chiffon. Where www.net-a-porter.com How much £630
Biba Biba's revival in collaboration with House of Fraser has been very well received, particularly among those who remember it the first time round. I love this relaxed little handbag in fiery leopard print with its enormous tassel detail. Where www.houseoffraser.co.uk How much £295
River Island A stylish combination of dominatrix and Inuit, this coat is a really fun, high-fashion buy. I love the spacious pockets and stiff fake fur collar. Add some drama with bold red lips and heeled ankle boots for a super-glamorous winter look. Where www.topshop.com How much £200
Christian Louboutin Dramatic, fetishistic shoes are a big trend this winter. These spiked pumps by Christian Louboutin offer an understated way to work the look. They look great with cropped trousers, worn with a 'bad Sandy from Grease' attitude. Where www.net-a-porter.com How much £695
Marks & Spencer Marks & Spencer has quite a few high-fashion gems set among its more comforting selection of clothes. This elegant black leather skirt is a super-flattering A-line shape and would look great mixed in a sheer blouse. Where www.marksandspencer.com How much £99
See by Chloé This preppy little number looks great worn tucked into an A-line skirt or worn loosely over slim-fit trousers. A playful take on the simple work blouse, it walks the line between classic and contemporary with quirky cuff and pocket details. Where www.fenwick.co.uk How much £276
Topshop The side-split pencil skirt hasn't enjoyed much popularity in recent years. However, it is back and, this time, it's rather more edgy. Combine with strong contrasting patterns and colours for a directional look. Where www.topshop.com How much £40
Acne A little bit Jackie O, a little bit Speedo, I love Acne's striking Camel boxy top with its graphic black trimmed sleeves. It looks great worn with skinny-fitting leather trousers or over a simple A-lined midi skirt for a more lady-like look. Where www.liberty.co.uk How much £320
Pringle This beautifully soft cashmere mini dress is a modern interpretation of one of Pringle's iconic archive pieces. Simply team with heeled pumps or ankle boots and you are ready to go. Where www.brownsfashion.com How much £995
Topshop Coloured jeans are a really easy and inexpensive way to incorporate a pop of colour into your winter wardrobe. Green works particularly well with the deeper plum, blues and metallics available this season. Where www.topshop.com How much £80
River Island A bright-red coat will cheer you up on even the greyest winter's morning. This chic, and rather expensive-looking, egg-shaped coat looks great teamed with flat tan leather boots or brogues. Where 020-8991 4904; www.riverisland.com How much £50
Dupponi I love this beautiful 'jewelled bug' print silk scarf from Dupponi. It's the perfect autumn accessory and makes a great gift. Do hurry, though, as it's only available in limited numbers. Where www.elizabethgaltonstudio.com How much £79.95
Marlene Birger A sheer blouse is this season's must-have. It makes for a sexy office outfit, and works beautifully for the evening. Marlene Birger's snaky number is definitely worth the investment. Where www.fenwick.co.uk How much £179
Miu Miu Look a real lady in this beautiful floral embellished dress by Miu Miu. The structured shoulders, nipped-in waist and V-cut neckline flatter most figures. Where www.net-a-porter.com How much £2,480
Clare Tough Clare Tough's hand-knitted wool and alpaca jacket is the perfect article when a cardigan isn't quite enough. Wear it with a mid-length chiffon skirt for a glamorously grungy day look. Where www.net-a-porter.com How much £875
Giambattista Valli I love these slick patent leather loafers with metallic heels from Giambattista Valli. They look great with a blazer and skinny grey jeans or to give a boyish twist to a shift dress. Where www.net-a-porter.com How much £505
Maison Martin Margiela The curved heel of these elegant tan boots are a nice way to add a modern element to a Seventies-inspired look. These look great with a chiffon blouse and skirt or simple nude dress and mac. Where www.net-a-porter.com How much £665
ASOS The Peter Pan collar is a rather odd little accessory, but it really can transform an outfit. Slip this black sequined version on over a round neck sweater or dress for an instant (and cute) update. Where www.asos.com How much £15
Irwin and Jordan This dirty metallic sequined pencil skirt is mute enough to wear during daylight hours. Try it with a plain camel cashmere sweater and pumps or a white T-shirt and stilettos for a simple rock chic ooh. Where www.irwinandjordan.com How much £350
NW3 by Hobbs Quirky and classy, this brown and metallic jumper is a brilliant find from Hobbs's NW3 range. It offers a subtle way to sneak a little sparkle into an everyday outfit, and would work really well with a serious pencil skirt. Where 0845 313 3130; www.hobbs.co.uk How much £99
Debenhams This elegant amber satin dress from UK-based designer Roksanda Illincic's RI range for Debenhams is ideal for the Christmas party season. Accessorise simply with deep burgundy lipstick and killer heels. Where www.debenhams.com How much £240
Missoma Created in 18-carat gold with black onyx, lapis and turquoise stones, these gorgeous hexagonal drop earrings from Missoma will add unabashed luxury to any outfit. Try wearing them with this season's high-waisted, wide-leg trousers. Where www.missoma.com How much £395
BBS This is a great pair of inky-blue jeans by BBS. They make a nice change from classic denim and look slightly smarter if you want to wear them to the office. They also work very well blocked with bright colours. Where www.bbsjeans.com How much £55
Sandro When it comes to nonchalant chic, you can't beat a beautifully cut black wool blazer with the sleeves rolled up a notch or two. This one by young French label Sandro has a rather rock'n'roll upturned black leather lapel. Where www.net-a-porter.com How much £345
Accessorize Due to drop into stores on Thursday, this rich turquoise fedora is set to be a best seller for Accessorize. Full marks for the heavy cord ribbon in navy and tan, which makes it look far pricier than the modest £26 price tag. Where www.accessorize.com How much £26
Topshop Anyone dancing? You will be in this skirt. A satisfyingly swishy, pleated number, it is perfect for the party season. Try it with a gold vest top and killer heels. Or layer up with a chunky knit for a quirky weekend look. Where www.topshop.com How much £110
Le Mont St Michel The chunky cable knit was a fashion favourite last winter. This year, opt for a juicy, coloured version to keep things fresh. I love this cropped turquoise green version by Le Mont St Michel. Where www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk How much £110
Goat Stand out in a crowd with this bright-red dress by Goat. The three-quarter-length sleeves and slash neckline are very flattering and balance out the nipped-in waist and A-line skirt. Where www.theclothesparlour.com How much £378
Chloé These sophisticated wide-leg corduroy trousers look great with a sheer blouse or fine cashmere sweater and wedge heels. Chloé has also created a Seventies- style matching cord jacket. Where www.net-a-porter.com How much £515
Sandro Try this gorgeous camel-coloured coat with deep burgundy lipstick and knee-high boots for a slick city look, although it looks just as good worn casually. Where www.topshop.com How much £110
KG by Kurt Geiger These leopard-print loafers are surely the Hugh Hefner of footwear. Use them to add a quirky element to a simple cashmere jumper and straight trousers for a relaxed day outfit. Where www.selfridges.com How much £180
Miu Miu Sequins, metallics, glitter, as long as it shines any medium works this winter. These are brilliant, slightly bonkers glitter peep-toe ankle boots from Miu Miu with a whopping 4.5in heel. Where www.net-a-porter.com How much £555
George Angelopoulos Add some drama to a black evening dress with this super-sexy black clutch bag by designer to watch George Angelopoulos. It is a modern classic with plenty of attitude. Where www.harveynichols.com How much £1,040
NW3 by Hobbs The full-length 'maxi' skirt is still a big hit for the autumn and looks great worn with slouchy knitwear. This pleated design is delightfully feminine and works really well with chunky ankle boots. Where 0845 313 3130; www.hobbs.co.uk How much £129
Gucci Go for broke with this lavish silk dress in head-turning emerald green. Brazenly slashed to the hip with matching briefs, with asymmetric sleeves, it will guarantee you an amazing entrance. Add a belt, clutch and your highest heels and you are all set. Where www.net-a-porter.com How much £2,500
Steven Alan There is something a little bit Rod Stewart about velvet trousers. This rich 'merlot' coloured pair by Steven Alan look extremely elegant in reality, and when belted up over a silk blouse are far more bohemian beauty than faded rocker. Where www.net-a-porter.com How much £225
Burberry Prorsum Fresh from the catwalk, this collarless tangerine-coloured coat is an outfit in itself. Inspired by the iconic 1960s supermodel Jean Shrimpton, it is best worn over a shift dress with opaque black tights and flat loafers for a chic and playful retro look. Where www.net-a-porter.com How much £1,495
Mulberry The Tillie satchel from Mulberry is a beauty of a bag. Inspired by a classic briefcase, it has ladylike rose gold fastenings and a chunky shoulder strap. A great size, it is large enough to hold a laptop and plenty of other goodies. Where www.selfridges.com How much £795
Mango This is a very cute red leather skirt from mango. Dress it up sharply with stilettos and a close-fitted T-shirt or vest for a strong rock chic vibe. Robert Palmer would be impressed. Where www.mango.com How much £99
Irwin and Jordan Metallics are a hugh trend this winter and are great to spark up an outfit for the evening. This golden vest by Irwin and Jordon is great worn with burnt orange, brown or deep reds. Where www.theclothesparlour.com How much £151
Gap Cord trousers have snuck back into fashion and this year they are available in every style. This 'wild raisin' skinny style from Gap are already a best seller and work well worn in place of skinny jeans. Great worn with knitwear. Where www.gap.eu How much £37.95
Diane von Furstenberg I love this dynamic cross between a mac and a cape by Diane Von Furstenberg. It looks great over a poloneck for a classy off-duty outfit. The cute hood is a nice detail and perfect for the British autumn. Where www.net-a-porter.com How much £540
Yunus and Eliza The young design team Yunus and Eliza keep winning awards, most recently at the London Jewellery Week. This decadent claw necklace is my current favourite from their new collection. Where www.yunus-eliza.co.uk How much £420
Uniqlo Uniqlo's T-shirt collaborations leave no one un-catered for. My favourite is this sweet, heart-scattered design by Lanvin's genius designer Alber Elbaz. Where 020-7290 8090; www.uniqlo.com How much £12.90
Marks & Spencer Go gothic with this beautiful high-necked black lace dress. It will see you through a season of parties. Try it with a cape and make a dramatic entrance. Where www.marksandspencer.com How much £65
Ursula Mascaró Snake skin is huge this season. This smart pair of Chelsea boots are a great way to wear the trend without feeling trashy. Ideal for updating a neutral day dress or loose-fitting mannish suit. Where 020-7493 8224 How much £499
Corlette These amazing lace-up leather gloves look great peeping out of a cape or cropped-sleeve coat. For a swashbuckling outfit, try them with a fedora and knee-high boots too. Where www.corlettelondon.com How much £610

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