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Grown-up grunge

10 purse-friendly ways to rock this autumn's fashion trend

Deirdre Reynolds

Published 24/09/2013|04:00

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Autumn Fashion "Rock chick"  see copy Deirdre Reynolds  PIx Ronan Lang/Feature File Ivy Black Dress, €38, Lexi Tartan Mid Heel Boot, €45, Pothole Tights, €11, Accessorize Leopard Print Studded Oversize Clutch, €29.90, Accessorize Spike Round Necklace, €7.90, Accessorize Cross Necklace, €6.90

Frock on! Fashion is going grunge for autumn – and real-life rock chick JR Doyle says she can't wait to see the back of girly summer dresses.

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"Although I enjoyed soaking up the sunshine this summer, secretly I couldn't wait to get back into my chunky jumpers and boots," says JR, who blogs at

"I love this season's more hard-edged style. [Danish model] Freja Beha Erichsen, who's my style icon, captures the trend perfectly."

Leather, tartan and heavy metal jewels are just some of the ways designers are now reliving the 1990s.

But the secret to channelling Courtney Love this season is to keep it glam.

"I'm definitely more about the 'sophisticated' rock-chick look," says JR. "A pair of tartan boots are on my wish list for autumn.

"Now that the 1990s are back in fashion, I can wear the same clothes in my 30s as I did as a teenager!"

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 Diane von Furstenberg and DKNY are just two of the designers putting the 'cat' back into catwalk this season.

And as the trend hits the high street, you too can embrace your inner Bet Lynch in all-over animal print, or tamer accessories. But it seems a leopard can, in fact, change its spots – with girls going wild for oversized spots and bold colour.

Hobbs Niamh dress, €130


These boots are made for walking, with low-mid block heels thankfully replacing stripper ones for autumn. Fusing fashion and function, this season's must-have ankle boots are the ideal transitional style, which can be worn both day and night. Watch for zips, buckles and any other nods to the 1990s to funk up the walk home.

Dune Nins ankle boot, €135


It's been one of this year's hottest trends so far, and is going nowhere for autumn. From simple slogans to pop art explosions, let your knitwear do the talking this season.

And if you can't stretch to one of Phillip Lim or Henry Holland's bold designs, there are plenty of options for getting your point across on a shoestring.

Penneys mesh jumper, €10


Every season has its 'It Bag', and this time it's the black patent Céline Luggage Tote. Olivia Palermo is just one of the stars who's been spotted carrying the coveted style, which costs €1,800 and is available from Brown Thomas. If that's a little beyond your budget, however, there are plenty of other 'totes amazing' batwing bags on the high street right now.

Next black/blue bowler bag, €45


Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, but this autumn, dedicated followers of fashion certainly do. As showcased by Versace and Moschino, punk's favourite print is found on everything from shirts to skirts for autumn, but you can't go too far wrong with a classic tartan kilt. Keep it preppy with knee-high socks and a blazer, or go grungy with a slogan tee and biker boots.

Debenhams Red Herring kilt, €42


It's no secret that a bold neckpiece can instantly update any outfit. So if finances aren't exactly flowing, you'll be happy to hear that it's also one of this season's biggest trends, seen on the runways of Chanel and Gucci. Pile on crosses, chains and spikes to keep up appearances until pay day.

Topshop gold and black chunky chain, €36


Nothing screams 'rock chick' quite like leather trousers. And the good news is that this season, they're no longer just of the sprayed-on variety. Slim-fit leather pants are the perfect compromise for those who want to get the look without risking any Ross Geller moments. For animal lovers, pleather (plastic leather) is the guilt-free alternative.

La Redoute faux leather trousers, €49.99, see


It's the ultimate 1990s style statement, so it's no wonder the beanie made a comeback on the runway recently. Fashionable and affordable, not to mention warm, the humble hat is a great way to get ahead for autumn. Wear it on your way to the office or club, not just on weekends, for a cute contrast. Just remember to take it off indoors!

River Island embellished beanie, €20


Tights have always been a wardrobe staple for the colder months. And this year is no different, with designers such as Vivienne Westwood putting their best foot forward in trend-setting tights, including animal print, fishnet and metallic. Meanwhile, models for Saint Laurent were just hoping not to get a ladder in their diamanté-studded hosiery.

Falke Carree tights, €24, see


When it comes to coats this autumn, to paraphrase Steven Tyler, it's a case of Lady (Looks Like a Dude). As the temperatures begin to tumble, supersize your overcoat to stay on trend. Just like at Stella McCartney, watch for dropped and rounded shoulders in manly greys and tweeds. Or you could always just borrow your boyfriend's!

Penneys oversized coat, €25

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