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What to wear right now: a checked autumn mac

— by Alyson Walsh

Is it a mac? Is it a raincoat? One item of clothing I’ve been effortlessly throwing on over everything this autumn is a dogtooth car coat from the Autograph collection at M&S. I love the idea of a car coat, reminds me of the olden days and my dad driving us to Lytham for a run around on the seafront to ‘blow the cobwebs away’ (or stop me and my brothers bickering at home). As part of a sponsored project for Instagram, I had to select an outfit from the store  – and yes, I went straight to the Autograph section (I don’t know why M&S don’t just rationalize and make Autograph the mainline collection). The checked autumn coat is a compliment-gathering winner. Great for layering over jumpers and jackets to supercharge a sporty/relaxed/working from home outfit, making it smart enough to leave the building. The fabric is showerproof, too. As I spend the majority of my time dressed in this way I’m always on the look out for an instant upgrade, be it a tailored jacket or a a showerproof mac to add structure and interest. Another lovely, versatile raincoat is this more-tartan-than-check style by Gerard Darel and though expensive, Theory’s military style plaid trench is an absolute beauty.

What to wear right now: autumn outerwear that makes you look like you’re working not shirking.

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PS the M&S leather trainers are super-comfy.

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