Fashion

Get your coat...

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Wave goodbye to the Indian summer. Instead, shift your focus to the serious business of buying a winter coat.

The seasonal shift

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When it comes to the seasons, fashion is always one giant leap ahead. We might be just packing away our holiday bikinis but the high street is fully immersed in winter coat mode.

Magpie mode

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Once you reach the end of a fashion season, your wardrobe can start to feel over-familiar. But there's a quick and easy way to give tired high summer pieces an instant boost - with statement jewellery.

Join the fashion packs

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Forget spotting the Big Five; simply go on the prowl for this season's safari trend instead.

Kimono kool

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For days when it's too hot for coats and too cool for bare arms, reach for a kimono. These cover-up marvels are the perfect antidote for those in-betweeny summer days.

Back to cool

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A sticky, heatwave can melt away the foundations of your working wardrobe in an instant.

Club Tropicana

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If you don't have a plane ticket booked for the tropics, get some exotic escapism via your closet.

It's all white

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If you've overdosed on bright colour, zingy neons and bold prints so far this summer, make a clean break with white. The coolest shade of the season is the ideal tonic for the heatwave months.

Get shorty

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Once the barometer rises, so too do hemlines. But forget skirts and dresses that come with the risk of a Marilyn Monroe-style flash - shorts are 'the' practical solution for summer leg exposure.

Escape in style

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Whether you're globetrotting or weekending in Whitstable, a well-packed suitcase can make or break your holiday style.

Score a style hat trick

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The sporting calendar is virtually impossible to avoid this summer. Admit defeat and channel your favourite tournament with this season's sports luxe trend.

Best dressed guest

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Forget the bikini season panic. There's nothing like a summer event dress code to put you in a fashion spin.

Shades of summer

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It's not officially summer until you've got a shiny new pair of sunglasses on your head.

Dapper dads ahoy!

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When it comes to fashion, fathers can be stuck in their wardrobe ways: unlikely to be swayed by the latest catwalk trends and nonplussed by celebrity style icons.

Cosset cossie confidence

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Nothing says 'holiday' like a new bikini or swimsuit - or three. With so much swimwear variety, it's difficult to select just one piece for your suitcase.

Check it out

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If stripes feel too straight and you're not dotty about spots, checks are the prints you need to, er, check out this season.

Painted ladies

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Join the art movement this summer for a new take on prints. No design classes or paint brushes necessary - the high street has come up with its own wearable works of art.

True blue style

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Forget pastels, bypass black and ignore neutrals. In case you were in any doubt about the colour of the season, it's cobalt blue.

Stomp into summer

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Study the shoe shelves closely and you'll notice a curious footwear evolution. Slim stilettos and skinny soles are being ousted for clumpy platforms and chunky frames.

Watch the (pink) birdy

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Fashion is taking flight this season, with bird prints aplenty. But there's one species that's winging its way to the top of every wish list - flamingos.