A change of season is the perfect time for a wardrobe reset—and that doesn't just mean buying lots of new things. The ideal autumn capsule wardrobe includes classics we revisit every year—including buttery leather ankle boots, trench coats, beautiful handbags and knitwear, with small tweaks to make these classics feel updated. The autumn/winter 2019 fashions are, to say the least, varied and vast, but there are 11 items worth considering if you're looking to make any new-season investments.
Now that we're entering October it's clear that the autumn collections are in full swing, rapidly replacing sandals and linen dresses with cosy knits and woolen coats. We find that this switchover means it is the perfect time to step back and really think about what's worth buying for autumn and what slots into your existing cold-weather wardrobe. Keep scrolling to shop 11 editor-approved essentials for A/W 19.
Leather is the fabric that designers are really experimenting with this autumn, with buttery leather shirts, skirts and trousers. Brands like Nanushka are also turning vegan leather into a luxe fabric.
When it comes to handbag trends, the frame bag is a new name for 2019, and it's essentially a grown-up handbag with a top handle and a classic, rigid structure. "I find that when something is vintage, that piece has a much longer staying power since the style feels inherently classic, like the frame bag," says Lisa Aiken, fashion director at Moda Operandi.
Instead of dainty florals, for autumn, our midis are going to have a moodier colour palette. Seen on the Prada, Richard Quinn, Marques Almeida and Paco Rabanne, the dark floral dress is set to be an integral part of our new-season wardrobes.