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The essential autumn wardrobe for the over 50s

ChicatanyageNot sure what to wear as the weather gets colder? No idea what to cull and what to keep from a wardrobe packed with clothes collected over the past decade (or three)? Worry not - help is at hand. Our expert blogger Josephine - who you can find over at www.chicatanyage.com - brings us her essential style guide and top tips for autumn/winter.

This time of year is all about packing away your summer clothes and sorting out what you are going to wear for the coming autumn/winter season.

Thinking and planning ahead is advisable as some of the best pieces sell out early. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing a style you like and finding that your size is sold out.

I recently made a decision to buy fewer clothes, thereby creating a well edited wardrobe. Start by checking out trends in magazines and on line. Do not be too swayed by the latest gimmicks, choose what you love and what suits your shape and lifestyle. All you have to do is add a few seasonal updates to look modern and chic.

2017/18 is all about sharp tailoring and luxurious quality. These principles have begun to filter down to the high street thus allowing most budgets to accommodate a few key pieces.

Having sorted out your existing wardrobe and made a note of what you are missing it is time to go shopping. Here are a few wardrobe essentials that you might need.

ChicatanyageA coat. This will form the foundation for all your other pieces. A good quality coat is an investment purchase and this season there are many choices. A coat will not just keep you warm but also create that all important “first impression” so choose wisely. Styles available this season include tailored, double breasted, belted and oversized. You can either go for a classic colour like black, navy, grey or camel, or alternatively you could be bold and choose to select one of the brights such as a striking pink or red.

Knitwear is another big look this season. Polo necks are back in fashion. However if you are big busted or have a short neck a V neck style might work better for you. Cashmere is the softest option and can now be bought on the high street at M&S, Boden and Uniqlo. Chunky oversized styles are also very on trend.

Wear-with-everything trousers. A flat-front and straight-leg style will slim your silhouette. Keep the colour dark and neutral and add colour on your top half to draw attention to your face.

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Shoes and boots. Flats are very "au courant" at the moment. I personally like a flat or small heeled ankle boot to wear with my trousers and jeans, and a knee length boot to wear with skirts and dresses. Loafers, brogues and pumps are all good options.

A go-anywhere dress. Luckily dresses are a bit longer this season. Opt for knee length with a 3/4 length sleeve. Winser London have some very flattering styles.

Accessories. Spend as much as your budget will allow on a good quality bag. I find cross body the most practical as it leaves your hands free for other chores. Add a pop of colour with a scarf. It brightens the complexion. A hat keeps your head warm and completes your look.