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Seasonal shift.

Byline: Kevin Breese

Q: Autumn is round the corner and I need a new coat for work. What style do you recommend, bearing in mind I want to wear it over a suit but also I catch the train every day to work, so nothing too bulky or hot? James, Barnt Green A: I would recommend you opt for a classic herringbone, with a simple cut and design - and I have spotted a striking navy one from Paul Smith. It may seem a little pricey at pounds 640, but its timeless, single-breasted shape means it will see you through season after season... an investment piece, if you like.

Because it's made from lightweight wool, and the natural fabric allows it to breathe, it will keep you cooler on warmer autumn days and warm on the cooler ones. Single-breasted is also the best choice for over a suit because it will hang so much better when it is open and is easier to button up and undo, and is also less bulky.

Q: I want to buy a new fragrance, but because I work in a small office I don't want anything too strong or over-powering. What do you suggest? Beth, Harborne A: I have two suggestions for you, Beth, depending on your budget. If you're looking to push the boat out, then Acqua Fiorentina from Creed is a great choice and because it is only stocked by a small selection of exclusive retailers it's unlikely you will come across too many other women who wear it. Priced at pounds 75 (30ml) and pounds 130 (75ml), this subtle scent celebrates the golden age of the Italian Renaissance and features top notes of plum and greengage - ingredients rarely used in today's perfumes. Another favourite is Versense by Versace (pounds 44 for 50ml), which is currently on offer with a free 200ml body lotion. It's very modern and edgy, yet boasts a light floral aroma so is unlikely to overpower your colleagues. With bergamot, green mandarin and fig, blended with sandalwood, cedar and musk it's a fab choice for day and sassy enough for after-work play.

Kevin Breese is General Manager of Harvey Nichols at The Mailbox
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Sep 3, 2009
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