Pretty Tough: A Staple Mood For The Coming Season

ELLE's Harriet Stewart walks us through A/Ws more rugged, no-nonsense vibe

If there was one over-riding theme to the autumn/winter catwalks last February it was the fusion of tough versus pretty: biker girl meets soft romantic; studded leather worn with the softest silk; jet black contrasted with pale pink.

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It's a look that will be filling our wardrobes come October, but also a great way to get more mileage out of summer's floaty florals.

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But how to do it on the highstreet?

Easy.

If you need to supplement your 'pretty tough' staples, H&M's Autumn collection is a great place to start.

Mix everyday basics – ripped denims, leather trousers and biker boots – with softer, printed pieces.

Or, look for boyish silhouettes, such as a classic bomber jacket, reimagined in pale pastel shades.

Products from this shoot all H&M: Faux leather trousers, pink bomber, black dungarees, frayed jeans, slip on loafers.   

Other products are from H&M's Studio collection, which will be in a selection of stores from September 8.