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Lilac L ilac This is the predominant shade this autumn/winter season; from soft lilacs to pinks and purples, these shades are flattering for most skin tones. River Island has a lovely 1970s swing style dress in various lilac shades with feathers on the cuffs for £50. Falling just above the knee, this style is perfect for a ‘dressy’ occasion.

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After spending so much time at home, we are used to being more relaxed and comfortable, and are reluctant to return to more restrictive styles of dressing. Leggings are extremely popular, as people find them comfortable and easy to wear. Now they have become a popular, staple item, some of the more expensive brands are manufacturing their lines with more durable materials. This helps to ensure sagging at the knee does not happen, as well as the material going see through after two washes. If you want a long-lasting legging, it’s perhaps better to spend that little extra for good quality. Whatever you choose, pair them with an oversized jumper for perfect autumn/winter fashion. Ponchos also give good coverage when paired with leggings.

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