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While the start of a season means there’s plenty of new trends to enjoy, it’s also a great time to ensure your wardrobe staples are up to scratch too. We asked The Frugality’s Alex Stedman what classic pieces she’ll be snapping up. Even though her blog focuses on budget-friendly fashion, Alex is all about championing high street investment pieces too – after all, the higher price tag is worth it when you know they’ll stand the test of time. 


A great coat that will last year after year (while remaining stylish) is always a more frugal buy than a trend-led piece that will come and go out of style. Read on for her tips on what to look for as a capsule investment wardrobe:

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‘I’ve had a lot of coats in my lifetime: pink. patent, maxi, checked… and the style that I return to again and again is a classic, tailored ‘Crombie’ style. Look for a timeless colour like grey or camel and it will serve you well for years to come. It looks super chic with tailored navy trousers or even leather skinnies and pointy flats.

My pick: Whistles Dara Drawn cocoon coat, £245, House of Fraser

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‘Suiting is a huge trend for A/W and, if you’re anything like me, you might be averse to wearing a full-on suit. Investing in a blazer would be a great acquisition to any wardrobe. I personally would look for one slightly more oversized, which looks great with jeans and a T-shirt or even as a modern cover-up over a dress in the evening. Bonus points if you find a checked version, which is the statement piece for autumn.’

My pick: Buttoned checked blazer, £49.99, Zara


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‘I was never a leather jacket convert until a few years ago, but now I adore how they can dress down my more feminine outfits. I love wearing mine with pleated skirts or a midi dress and trainers. If you invest in soft, real leather then it really will last you a lifetime.'

My pick: Autograph leather biker coat, £249, M&S


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‘There is little doubt that red is the colour of the season, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be ‘your colour’ to be on trend. Instead of head to toe, try it through your accessories – a red heel can really set off a look. I love them worn with a wide leg cropped trouser and shirt.’

My pick: Ankia court shoes, £99, Kurt Geiger at House of Fraser

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 ‘Too many little bags too small to carry all your wares? Me too. This season I will be looking for a larger, square shaped bag, as seen on the Celine A/W runway – a more natural colour such as tan will go with everything and look more expensive for longer.’

My pick: Michael Kors Mercer Tan large tote bag, £315, House of Fraser


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