Autumn fashion must-haves

Oct 7, 2009 at 2:58 p.m. ET
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Some of this season's most fashionable looks might already be in your closet. Blast to the past with autumn's biggest must-haves: bold, retro looks with a little bit of bad-girl in them.

From demure 1940s silhouettes to seriously structured jackets that look like something from the set of Dynasty, the latest autumn fashions are retro with a twist.

Choose from thigh-high swashbuckling boots to jewel-encrusted gauntlets. Accessorise in hues of purple and voluptuous reds to bring these styles up to date.

One thing is clear: whether you hit the high street or splash out on a designer statement piece -shy, retiring types need look no further!

Biker-Chic

Your old jacket may still be lingering in the back of your wardrobe, but this season's take on biker-chic is a slightly more glamorous affair.

Shrunken and with zippers a plenty, you'll need nothing more than a dose of attitude to accessorise this look.

For those with cash to splash, there's always Balmain, whose biker's jacket was an instant hit on the runway. Look to the high street for similar styles that won't break the bank.

Try Top Shop and New Look for an up-to-the minute range of affordable jackets.

Roaring '40s

If 1940s glamour was a result of our grandmothers' struggle to be feminine on a tight budget, then it's not surprising that in these tough economic times we find ourselves, once again, looking to the femme fatales of this era for divine inspiration.

From hair pinned up in elaborate hairstyle to blood red stained lips, this elegant look is achieved with a structured suit draped with a voluminous coat cinched tightly at the waist. Team with a pair of high-heeled shoes and clutch. Grandma will be proud!

Statement and Structure

Rock the '80s! Wear well-defined tailored pieces in leather if you dare! From high-waisted pencil skirts to short structured jackets, this powerful, clean-cut look may be a blast from the past but can easily be updated with a few choice accessories. Leather gloves and belts show you mean business, albeit in a ladylike fashion!

Glam Grunge

With hair piled high, kohl-lined eyes, and a pair of jewel-encrusted gauntlets, grunge girls are all grown up!

Choose from Rocker tees, black studded belts slung low over the hips. Add a pair of ubiquitous leathery-looking leggings tucked inside your thigh-high boots, and you are all set to go. For a more feminine look, ditch the leggings and tee for a sexy sequined dress from Oasis.

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