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After a seemingly endless summer, the new fashion season has finally arrived.
But, the thing us fashion fans love more than anything about the onset of cooler climes is the prospect of a new season aesthetic.
This month, the high street has seen a significant shift, mourning the end of Hot Girl Summer by replacing thigh-baring mini dress with floaty gowns, morphing short-shorts into corduroy trousers and dulling the glare of hibiscus prints with gothic florals.
Tie-dye T-shirts and slingback sandals might have dominated our wardrobes over the last few months but, if the autumn/winter 2019 (AW19) catwalks are anything to go by, the latter part of the year is going to be all about drama.
Inspired by the AW19 designs of Alexander McQueen, consider items other than the trusty biker in plush faux leather and embrace the return of plaid with cool-girl twists on the shacket (a shirt/jacket hybrid) a la Burberry and Ashley Wiliams.
Midi dresses in moody hues like those presented on the runway at Erdem will also prove a wise investment this season. Simply pair with patent pointed boots now and, when the temperatures really start to drop, layer with a jumper, oversized coat, patterned tights and chunky Doc Martens.
To help make getting dressed in the coming weeks that much easier, we’ve scoured our favourite stores to find the best new pieces to kickstart your autumn wardrobe.
Click through the gallery above to see The Independent’s high street picks for October.
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