A winter coat and boots are the two most important buys you’ll make all season. But before it gets cold enough to reach for your Winter coat, or even on milder days, try an Autumn cover up. Capes, gilets, poncho’s and coatigans we’ve got the lowdown, from what type will suit your body shape, to what to wear it with.


Instead of leaving your cape open, add a skinny belt around your waist. A pair of slim leg jeans will compliment the shape. £99, Boden


Longer length coatigan’s work well over jeans or trousers, but wear them with heels to avoid looking shorter than you are. £27.99, New Look


Colourblocking ombre is a great way to elongate your body. Try this wool version with a midi skirt and long sleeved top, £85, M&S


Open fronted capes are an easy way to cover up and suit most body shapes. If you’re petite, go for a coatigan instead. £39.99, Zara


Belted styles are ideal if you’re busty, they take into account your bust and pull you in at the waist. Wear your with jeans and a roll neck top. £65, Warehouse


A chunky gilet is great to throw on while the weather’s not too chilly. Then when the temperature drops, wear it over a leather jacket. Try it now with a midi dress. £55, Wallis


Checked and printed coatigan’s easily disguise lumps and bumps and you can wear them with almost anything, making this one of the most versatile cover ups on the high street! £50, Oasis


Disguise a big tummy and streamline your figure with a chunky cardigan, keep your outfit underneath quite simple and let your knit make a statement. £39.99, H&M


Vertical stripes are flattering on almost every body shape, the v neckline works especially week if you want to minimise your upper body. £45, Next