The Autumn Game-Changers!

Swindon Designer Outlet partners with Frugality to bring you this season's top fashion tips!

Arriving just as the temperature drops and we say goodbye to summer dresses, The Frugality’s Alex Stedman has curated an edit of game-changing coats, bags and shoes, which will instantly refresh any wardrobe this season. 

With a combined social following of over 200,000 and a hugely popular fashion and lifestyle blog, The Frugality, the realist and first time mum is an inspiration for many women across the UK. 

Alex’s ethos is about investing in key pieces at an affordable price to make the most of her budget and therefore was the perfect partner for McArthurGlen, whose Swindon centre is home to high street, premium and designer brands offering year-round savings of up to 60% off RRP.

Here's her six different looks, each featuring one or more game-changers. Whether it’s a statement leopard print coat from Guess, lust-worthy green handbag from Mulberry or must-have colour pop boots from Kurt Geiger, Alex showcases the staple items that will instantly transform any outfit and stand the test of time. 

Style Notes: Alex’s top tips for AW18 


Everyone needs a camel coat in their wardrobe, and this super soft version ticks all the boxes. Try mixing it with leather and a pop of red to make it feel fresh. 

Game-changing items: 

Camel coat, Jaeger - RRP £375 Outlet price £249
Red colour pop boots, Miss KG (Kurt Geiger) - RRP £69 Outlet price £59

Utility can be feminine: soft chiffon mixed with harder edged pieces, like a cocoon coat and chunky metal details, to bring the look up-to-date.

Game-changing items:
Green bag, Mulberry* RRP £725 Outlet price £485


There's no doubt that leopard is the print of the season and paired with denim is the easiest way to wear it. Raw hem jeans dress down the busy top half of the look, whilst the embellished heels keep it feeling smart. 

Game-changing items: 

Leopard print coat, Guess - RRP £159 Outlet price £99

Black embellished heels, Ted Baker - RRP £140 Outlet price £80


Snake, zebra and leopard print all rolled into one outfit - why not?! The navy keeps it tonal and provides the perfect twist on classic animal print. 

Game-changing items: 

Leopard print boots, Paul Smith* - RRP £340 Outlet price £179
Zebra print bag, Furla* - RRP £276 Outlet price £179


The best way to approach any trend is by slowly adding it to your wardrobe. This skirt is the perfect introduction to embroidery and folklore and paired with an oversized knit keeps it from feeling too girly. 

Game-changing items: 

Embroidered skirt, French Connection - RRP £150 Outlet price £89 


Soft tailoring has been around for a while, but we're ramping up the pace a bit with a flash of red silk. Again, you don't have to do the entire look - go for a relaxed approach and wear with stripes and a leather jacket for a weekend ready look.

Game-changing items:

Navy biker jacket, Jaegar - RRP £299 Outlet price £199

* items shown may not be available in store at Swindon Designer Outlet