Suddenly, it feels like winter. Gone are the days when I could quickly nip out of the house without a jacket or a considerable amount of knitwear, and it's time my puffer coat was taken out of storage to be put back into work. It's not technically "winter" until December 21, but many of us in the team are eagerly counting down the days until it's appropriate to wear our Arket beanies once more. My boot collection has been finally unboxed again, ready for action. The tights are on, the layers are piling up, and I'm 100% here for it all. And while I'm not one to endlessly buy new items every time a season rolls around, I do enjoy looking at new-in winter items—a lot. It takes a great deal of research to find the best coat or chicest cold-weather dress. There are so many different jumpers out there that it's actually overwhelming to know where to begin, and that's where my time spent scrolling will benefit you.
There are a few affordable stores that are embracing all things cosy and doing it very well. Zara, H&M and Mango are teeming with pieces that are warm, expensive looking and chic—aka the types of investment items you can quickly get use out of this winter but also for many winters to come. Below are some long-lasting shopping picks that are classic enough to weave into any year, whatever the trends. Keep scrolling to see the key items I'd recommend from the hundreds and thousands that are currently available…
Abi wearing a gilet, a top and trousers from H&M.
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H&M Knee-High Boots (£50)
H&M's boots are the best they have ever been this season.
H&M Wool-Blend Coat (£120)
This brown coat looks so luxe.
H&M Cable-Knit Chenille Jumper (£70)
Everyone needs an oversized cable-knit—fact.
H&M Oversized Faux Fur Jacket (£120)
It's so fabulous that I can't believe it's high street!
H&M Cashmere-Blend Jumper (£80)
Such a chic colour.
H&M Puffer Jacket (£35)
The cinched waist makes this puffer a much more flattering silhouette.
H&M Rib-Knit Polo-Neck Dress (£35)
I love belting a big knitted dress like this—always sophisticated.
H&M Chelsea Boots (£30)
Yep, they're going to work with everything I own.
H&M Water-Repellent Cape Jacket (£35)
The shape on this is really something to behold.
H&M Knitted Trousers (£18)
For all the knitwear superfans out there, cosy trousers are still trending.
Remi in a Zara quilted jacket.
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Zara Shearling Coat (£219)
If someone told me this coat was £1000, I would not be surprised. But it's far less.
Zara High-Rise Full-Length Jeans (£30)
Why do I not already own a pair of dark-green jeans? It seems like they would go with everything!
Zara Oversized Knit Sweater (£30)
This set just looks so riche!
Zara Knit Palazzo Trousers (£30)
Pair these chic pants with a sweater for a comfier vibe.
Zara Leather Ankle Boots With Track Sole (£80)
They look very premium IMHO.
Zara Faux Shearling Jacket (£50)
Faux shearling is clearly a Zara speciality right now.
Zara Striped Knit Sweater (£50)
It feels a bit vintage and therefore timeless.
Zara Striped Knit Sweater (£30)
Shall we just make this story an homage to Zara knits?
Zara Knit Dress With Gathered Shoulders (£60)
The kind of warm dress you can still wear to a party.
Zara Flat Leather Shoes With Lining (£70)
This is who I am now.
Tylynn wearing a Mango coat.
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Mango Double-Breasted Wool Coat (£120)
This will never be out of fashion.
Mango High Heel Leather Boot (£150)
Can you tell I'm obsessed with finding the perfect pair of black boots?
Mango Oversized Woollen Suit Jacket (£100)
Belt it for Isabel Marant vibes.
Mango Fringed Edge Wool-Blend Scarf (£50)
Sometimes, you just need a really, really good scarf.
Mango Oversize Faux-Fur Coat (£120)
This kind of teddy-bear coat has become a forever trend.
Mango Wide Leg Faux Leather Trousers (£50)
Faux-leather trousers are surprisingly comfy and versatile, you know.
Mango Midi Satin Skirt (£50)
Wear with a big jumper and chunky boots.
Mango Belt Quilted Coat (£100)
Quilted coats are trending, and this one looks so snug.
Mango Contrasting Satin Dress (£70)
This does all the styling for you.
Mango Ribbed Knit Dress (£50)
Very classy and in my basket.
Next up, see our guide to the key trends for autumn/winter 2021
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