When it comes to autumn trends, it can be tricky to know which one to invest in, especially when there are so many great options from the catwalk.
So for me, there's no better place than Instagram to see which ones make the cut IRL, and yes, that means what fashion influencers and editors are adopting.
And whilst I've seen plenty of great kitten heels and chic camel coats, the one item of clothing everyone unanimously agrees on this season is actually a skirt. But not any skirt, the silk/satin midi skirt.
It all started this summer with the Realisation Par leopard print skirt, and snowballed from there. The good news is that if you invested in a similar leopard print number then, you can still wear it now.
As for the simple option, whilst crams and pastel pinks were perfect for the hotter months, they've now paved the way for richer tones of burgundys and browns for the colder months (see the Topshop skirt which sold out within days).
The high-street, including Tophop, & Other Stories and believe it or not, Boohoo, have some great budget friendly options, or if you want slightly more premium quality, look to Anine Bing, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet and Vince. Keep scrolling for my favourite buys.
In terms of styling, team the skirt with an oversized knit and cowboys boots during the day, and a silk shirt and kitten mules at night.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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