The days may be dismal and the temperature dropping but you can still shine with style this autumn. You'll need a few key pieces and by teaming them right, they'll take you from work to a night out without missing a beat.

All Jeans Are Not Created Equal
Apart from the LBD, a great pair of jeans is essential in any wardrobe. And forget boyfriend or boot cut – they've got to be skinny. Jane Norman's high-waisted skinny jeans in dark blue add a touch of flair with three buttons, and look equally stylish with a silk blouse and knee-high boots, or teamed with a lace bralet and killer heels.

Go Girly
To look feminine while keeping warm, a lacy jumper is de rigueur this season, especially as it looks fantastic with skinny jeans and a pair of ankle boots. This figure hugging pointelle knitted jumper has a subtle shimmer and can be worn on its own or over a fitted shirt. 

Go Sassy
By keeping a sexy little top in your desk drawer, you'll always be ready for that last minute drinks invitation. And you won't go wrong with a stunning halter-neck top with a splash of Lurex added. This vibrant little number has a dramatic scoop back and features a front key-hole design. Wear it tucked into your high-waisted jeans to accentuate your figure and go party 'til dawn.

Over the Top
Another staple item in your autumn wardrobe should be a great jacket, and if you only buy one this season, it has to be a biker jacket. Even if the name Harley Davidson leaves you looking blank, this style looks great over jeans and even thrown over a cocktail dress. This biker jacket with faux fur collar pays homage to those worn by US motorcycle cops.  Not so much rock chick as rock chic.

What's That on Your Arm?
You can't cope with just a small clutch during the day but you certainly don't want to lug a huge tote around all night. The ideal compromise is this bowler bag, which comes in show-stopping red. This faux snakeskin bag is big enough to hold all your essentials and more, while being compact enough to make it acceptable for evening.

With the appropriate footwear and accessories, these five items will get you noticed regardless of the time of day. 

* Guest post by Millie Hope