How to wear autumn's tricky pink trend

Feel that cold snap in the air making it no longer sensible to leave the house without a jacket? Yes Autumn is officially here and with the new season comes a whole new spate of trends to sink your teeth into. Undoubtedly this season's favoured shade, pink - from palest pastels to cerise - is the colour to be seen in. The AW 13 catwalks were awash with pink, from blush and dusky shades at Topshop Unique, Jil Sander, Celine and Roksanda Ilincic to bubblegum hues at Simone Rocha and the great British high street has been quick to follow - though in my opinion not all stores have necessarily gotten it right.

Pink is a tricky colour to pull off at the best of times, so look for expensive looking fabrics with texture-fulled qualities and high-fashion, even catwalk-copy cuts. Though boiled wools, knits and vinyl are all fine, you should avoid silk, satin and clingy fabrics like Lycra like the plague - this is not baby spice circa 1996, this is a haute new you for winter 2013. 

Wondering what to wear it with? Team pale pinks with tomato red highlights - Sophie Hulme's bag is an excellent example - or with soft greys, nudes and pastel blue. Meanwhile, brighter shades like bubblegum pink look great with a monochrome palette, and if you just want to dip your toe into the trend J.Crew has some great separates in the same shades at half the price. The without-a-doubt key piece of the season though has to be the over-sized pink coat (M&S's sold out, Zara's longer length is to die for, Topshop has the fluffy pink boyfriend style below) and with even more retailer's doing their own versions you'll be spoilt for choice this winter. Take a peek at my ten most admired to get you started. 

5. Topshop check pleat midi skirt 

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