To buy, or not to buy?

Clare Edwards Personal Styling

That's it, I've had it with the weather and I'm moving on. To autumn. Hooray that means I can buy lots of lovely new stuff. However the problem with shopping at this point in the season is the fear of peaking too early and no one likes that. Do you scratch that New Season itch now or wait until September when the summer is officially over? New arrivals are appearing in the shops all the time but most haven't yet dared to commit to their new season stories. At the moment it's just a welcome change from the sales hangover but good things come to those who wait so put your wallets away. For now.

I may have decided not to buy just yet but that doesn't mean I can't look. This time of the year is best spent researching the upcoming trends so you can sort the wheat from the chaff come September when the spending really starts. My favourite place to start my new season perusal is ASOS as there are so many brands under one roof. So here are a few of my early favourites:

Denim is still going to be a force to be reckoned with this autumn but the look is more grown-up and with a 70s slant (similar to spring). Keep your flares and add a matching shirt or jacket with a pussybow blouse.

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Denim tailored trousers £35 ASOS

The shirtdress will still be going strong and this is the best way to get print into your wardrobe. As it starts to get chilly layer over a rollneck jumper for a real taste of the 70s. These two are both River Island.

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Paisley shirt dress £50; dark floral shirt dress £48 - both River Island

Bold clashing prints are going nowhere for next season either and this pair, again from River Island, couldn't be much bolder. You've got a choice here, either go for another kaleidoscopic, colourful print on the top half or just opt for the safe bet and make it plain. And black.

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Bold floral cigarette trouser £42 River Island

All things fluffy are going to be an AW15 favourite so break out the faux fur, shaggy sheepskin and flamboyant feathers. This cute faux fur gilet from New Look will go with pretty much everything. Add a suede skirt for the real 70s deal.

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70s Fur Gilet £24.99 New Look

And finally a coat. It doesn't feel right to be thinking about coats right now but a trench is the ideal inbetween option. I love this khaki/military/utility/whatever this season's incarnation is called version from ASOS.

Clare Edwards Personal Styling

ASOS Mac with Raglan Sleeve £75

Even with all those lovely looks my wallet is still firmly glued to my pocket, I promise.....