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 in October, the winter collections are in full swing, with cosy knits and woolen coats slowly becoming part of our every day outfits. We find that Autumn it is the perfect time to step back and really think about what's worth buying before it gets really chilly and think about what slots into your existing cold-weather wardrobe. Keep scrolling to shop 11 editor-approved essentials for A/W 19.
1. Lace-Up Boots
Given these are already sold 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 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.
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've 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.
11. Suede Jacket
This is the one thing every single one of our editors wants to buy for autumn: a suede jacket adorned with '70s fringing.