There's a lot said about how to navigate tricky seasonal changes: when to stop picking over ice in stilettos, how to nail dressing in the schizophrenic weather. It can be a precarious business getting dressed in the morning during these autumn slash winter times. But a host of designers including Meadham Kirchhoff, Marni, Stella McCartney and Jason Wu are making it all rather easy.
Getting into the festive spirit is Jason Wu's hooded coat from his AW11 collection that embraced austerity and ladylike cut. The coat paired with the corduroy Mulberry skirt makes for a look with undertones of fairytales and boarding schools. Meadham Kirchhoff's shirt plays to this too with its ribbon detail at the collar. Cutting across all that prim wholesomeness, are the Dior laced up leather boots that stomp through the leaves and tough out any London winter.
Keeping that cold further at bay are the chunky knits. As winter knits go, scoring Marni's mustard bobble hat teamed with the grey Stella McCartney scarf is the ultimate in keeping snuggled and stylish. And never has looking as if you should be featured on top of a white Christmas cake been more appealing.