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 that we think are worth considering if you're looking to make any new season investments.
It might still be August, but the autumn collections are already starting to filter into stores, rapidly replacing sandals and linen dresses. We find that this switchover means it is the perfect time to step back and really think about what is worth buying for autumn, and what slots into your existing cold-weather wardrobe. Keep scrolling to shop 11 editor-approved essentials for autumn/winter 2019.
1. Lace-Up Boots
Given these are already selling out in Zara in the first week of August, we can be certain that this will be the leading ankle boot trend in 2019.
2. Leather Separates
3. Statement Trench Coat
JW Anderson's checked trench coat went viral within minutes of the London Fashion Week show back in February, so we can expect to see trenches have a fashion edge this autumn.
4. Frame Handbag
When it comes to handbag trends, the frame bag is a new name for 2019 and is 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.
5. Choker Necklace
A small wardrobe update for autumn 2019 is a choker necklace—preferably a chunky gold chain.
6. Pleated Skirt
7. Dark Floral Dress
8. Heritage Blazer
9. Brown Jumper
The chicest knitwear we have seen in the autumn collections so far is chunky ribbed wool jumpers in oatmeal and coffee colours.
10. Chunky Chelsea Boots
Chunky boots are the best way to toughen up a pretty dress or pleated midi skirt, and designers like Prada and Loewe are creating Chelsea boots with chunky rubber soles.