We Try Before You Buy: 12 High-Street Pieces Our Editors Love the Most

This month is when the big drop on the high street happens, which is when all the new season collections arrive at once. With hundreds of teddy-bear coats and cord trousers around, it can be hard to pick out the best and decide which things are actually worst investing in. So as part of our We Try Before You Buy series, we've tried on all the new hero pieces from New Look, Topshop, Whistles, Arket, & Other Stories and more. We've covered the basics and found two of the best coats from John Lewis and Partners and Karen Millen. Then we come to the key "trend" buy: the corduroy suit. Our editors tried on trouser suits by Mango and New Look. Keep scrolling to see the 12 new-in high-street pieces our editors are loving this season.

1. Pink Topshop Jacket

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Isabel Mundigo-Moore

The verdict: I love the idea of a brightly coloured autumn coat, and this pink ticks all the feel-good boxes. It's heavier than I thought it would be when I ordered it, so with a jumper underneath, you'll be able to wear it into December.

2. Zara Scarf Print Co-Ord

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Isabel Mundigo-Moore

The verdict: "It's so hard to pick just one major trend from Zara right now; there are that many! However, I've always thought one of their strengths lay in co-ords, and this scarf-printed, silky duo proves it. Like all slippery fabrics, you'll spend a fair deal of time tucking the shirt back into the skirt, so in an ideal world, I'd add a belt into the mix to keep everything in check to avoid feeling dishevelled," says Hannah Almassi.

3. Whistles  Leopard Jumpsuit

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Isabel Mundigo-Moore

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Isabel Mundigo-Moore

The verdict: "It's abundantly clear that animal print isn't going anywhere this autumn, so I wanted to find a way to make this summer's biggest dress trend work for the cooler weather. Whistles provided the answer in the form of this long-sleeved animal-print jumpsuit. Featuring a waist-tie belt and fluid fabric, this one-piece makes a serious statement and looks great with heeled boots. When it gets colder I would style with a black polo-neck for a base layer," says Joy Montgomery.

4. John Lewis & Partners Coat

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Isabel Mundigo-Moore

The verdict: "This coat from John Lewis & Partners' new collection is just the most luxe thing. I've been wanting a biscuit-coloured, double-breasted overcoat for so long, and this one really is a fantastic fit—whether you wear it open and in a more slouchy way or belted up like this with a grown-up bumbag. Sold!" says Almassi.

5. Arket Black Coat

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Isabel Mundigo Moore

The verdict: "If anyone's looking for a new black coat, this is the perfect one. It's under £200, which is a very reasonable price for a wool overcoat," says Isabel Mundigo-Moore.

6. Mango Cord Suit

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Isabel Mundigo-Moore

The verdict: "Okay, so the trousers need about a metre taken off the bottom of the hem (standard when you're 5'1"), however, there's no denying that Mango is the destination for suiting right now. This has been rather popular in pink over fashion week, but I think the beige version has the longevity you'd be looking for from an investment like this. The jacket is a boxier shape, so if you don't want to be swamped in fabric, size down. Trousers can be trickier if you're curvy like me. I usually have to go up a size or two to make room for my thighs!" says Almassi.

7. H&M Checked Blazer

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Isabel Mundigo-Moore

The verdict: "I love the really boxy shape of this H&M blazer and the strong shoulders. It does come with a matching skirt, but I personally prefer it with an all-black outfit," says Mundigo-Moore.

8. ASOS Cashmere Jumper

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Isabel Mundigo-Moore

The verdict: "Again, it's so tricky to pinpoint what's the very best on ASOS right now, as the offering is enormous, but I found myself being drawn to super-bright colours. Perhaps it's a reaction to all of the neutral tones and browns that have been ruling fashion recently, but there's something so joyous about a bright cashmere jumper and equally jazzy trousers. The demure shapes make them easier to pull off, and I'm wearing these fun Sézane earrings with everything from now on. In terms of sizing, these trousers come up quite large, so maybe go down one from your normal size," says Almassi.

9. Karen Millen Leopard Coat

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Isabel Mundigo Moore

The verdict: Leopard-print coats are everywhere right now, but this is my favourite I've seen because the structured silhouette makes it smart enough for work but it still looks really expensive. This can sometimes be hard to achieve with a leopard-print coat.

10. New Look Cord Suit

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Isabel Mundigo-Moore

The verdict: "As a lover of all things '70s, I couldn't resist this powder-blue cord suit. I find that with cheaper brands such as New Look, it takes a little longer to find those standout pieces, but I was seriously impressed by the quality of this two-piece, which hung so nicely and looked fab styled with a white tee," says Montgomery.

11. Urban Outfitters Red Slip Skirt

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Isabel Mundigo-Moore

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Isabel Mundigo-Moore

The verdict: "I was really impressed by how luxurious this red slip skirt from Urban Outfitters felt, and what's not to love about a pivot T-shirt? I'd wear the skirt with boots and cardigans to the office, and during the festive season with my gold strappy sandals," says Mundigo-Moore.

12. Warehouse Teddy Coat

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Isabel Mundigo-Moore

The verdict: This Warehouse teddy-bear coat is the best one I've tried on, and I love how the brown looks with this deep red of the leopard-print shirtdress.