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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