The top 10 fashion picks for your autumn wardrobe

Autumn is here, and although the pandemic has put a stop to the majority of our plans, we’re still getting excited about fashion’s new mood.

First, knitwear. For autumn it’s all about ribbed styles and lighter knits in a distinctly autumnal palette; pieces can be styled alone with off-duty denim or worn together – fine-knit cropped cardis or bodycon-style ribbed dresses.

Then there’s statement-making separates; super-sized sleeves and giant collars are here to stay, the bigger the better. For outerwear, practical coats are the order of the year, as are thick-soled boots.

With fewer occasions to dress up for, there’s a real focus on pieces that deliver both style and comfort; embrace cool-weather classics mixed with some subtle new-season style updates. These ten pieces will cover every occasion.

1. The giant collar blouse

There’s a whole host of covetable collar blouses on the high street right now. Zara’s powder-blue version, complete with ruffle trim, tops our new-season wish list.

Poplin blouse with peter pan collar, £29.99, Zara

2. Statement sleeves

It’s not new, nor particularly suited to a pandemic, but these are an instant mood-booster. Pair big sleeves with chunky flat boots and gold-tone jewellery for a low-key dinner with friends.

Dawn polka-dot dress, £335.34, Rotate Birger Christensen

3. A leather overshirt

A leather overshirt is this season’s most stylish transitional piece. Mango’s faux leather beige belted shirt gets our vote, best worn over a calf-grazing midi skirt.

Faux-leather overshirt, £59.99, Mango

4. A quilted coat

Last year it was the puffer and this year, fashion still favours the practical and the quilted coat is the chicest (and warmest) way to go. A belted style avoids the feeling of being swamped.

Oversized quilted coat, £150, Arket

5. Chunky Chelsea boots

They’re so easy to style, especially if you choose something in black or khaki. Wear under slightly-cropped straight leg denim with cardigans, or consider teaming yours with a day dress and a boxy blazer.

Chelsea Boots with thick soles, £49.99, Pull and Bear

6. Split-hem denim

If you’re in the market for some new denim, try a split-hem jean. Perfect over those new thick sole boots, even better worn with heels in the evening.

Straight high jeans, £34.99, H&M

7. A body-con knitted dress

Who can resist a cosy jumper dress that you can throw on with heels, flats or trainers? Totême’s elegant side-split version is the best we’ve seen. Pair with a trench coat and trainers now, and when winter arrives, style with a quilted coat and boots.

Totême Orville ribbed-knit midi dress, £280, Net-a-Porter

8. Square-cut necklines

A great top, something that can be easily dressed up or down, is a staple part of any hardworking wardrobe. If you buy just one style this season, go for something with a square neckline. Impossibly chic when styled with heels and a matching midi skirt, and just as good when worn with gold hoops, jeans and trainers.

Limited edition white top, £49.99, Zara

9. Chain accessories

Give your new-season pieces a polished finish with some chain accessories. For a quick outfit update, go for a chunky chain bracelet.

Forever interlinked bracelet, £279.99, Phine

10. The cardigan

We’re stepping away from crew neck knits (for now) and switching to flattering, slim-fit cardigans instead. Go for neutral shades and look for shapes that are cropped and perfect for pairing with high-rise denim and silky midi skirts.

Cable knit cardigan, £19.99, Stradivarius

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