23/10/2014 09:20 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

How To Embrace Fashion's Theatrical Turn For Autumn/Winter

If you love playing dress up, you're in for a treat this Autumn/Winter.

As Marks & Spencer's womenswear editor Charlene Barton puts it, "Whether you're a Celtic countess, a fairy-tale princess or a Seventies ingénue, choose your character and let the clothes do the rest."

Yes, when it comes to embracing the A/W trends, it really is that simple. Here are the three key "characters" to know about:

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1. Highland fling
Chunky knitwear is a winter essential, but there's a nod to Celtic heritage this season. "Chequered patterns are a must, from Prince of Wales plaid to tartan; complete the look with natural hair and make-up for cool countrified style," says Barton. Add touches of tartan - and don't forget, thanks to Burberry's A/W 14 collection, blanket wraps have never looked so cool.

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2. Fairytale romance
It's time to bring out your inner princess and get dramatic with your eveningwear. A faux-fur coat is a good place to start but for an instant touch of glamour, try experimenting with shimmering metallics and velvet.

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3. 1970s allure
There's a definite effortless feel to this seasons 70s trend. The secret to getting the look right? "Don't overthink it," says Barton. "Be it sharp-cut tailoring, seductive faux fur or an arty print, embrace the Seventies' laid-back mindset: decadent, rock 'n' roll and achingly cool." Try pairing a printed mini dress with a fur-trimmed coat or make wide-leg trousers (yes, they're back) you're starting point.

Found your favourite look? Shop the trends above at Marks & Spencer.

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