Its that part of the season again when the shops prepare for an 'all-change', as summer stock is faded out and the new season clothing is brought in. Admittedly, I am usually more excited about the new items (as I try and convince myself that its justified to buy another pair of jeans in July) than the reduced rails. However, there are always staple pieces to be stocked up on, just be wary of what you class as a 'bargain'.

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This season sees the last of prints and smock tops so avoid bulk buying these (as if you don't have enough already anyway!) as next season sees the return of a more figure hugging silhouette, particularly with tops and dresses. Also, there is an early-90s feel to autumn/winter collections which inevitably involves strong, block colours. This is easily achieved which plain t-shirts or block colour dresses (the one above from Oasis would be perfect office wear, simply team with boots).

Cardigans are having a bit of a renaissance as they return to the high street, they are the perfect item for layering and with the current unpredictable climate layering is key. Although summer coats/jackets tend to be thin and only suitable for the warmer season, key items such as trench coats and parkas never really go out of favour so are worth purchasing whilst they're slightly cheaper.

Aqua cardigan, Oasis: £20 (was £32) | Parka coat, Miss Selfridge: £30 (was £55) | Block colour dress, Oasis: £25 (was £55) | Unisex t-shirt, American Apparel: £7 (was £11) | Wide legged jeans, Diesel: £90 (was £120)