The 11 Autumn Style Staples I Prep My Wardrobe With Year After Year

Dressing for autumn? It's a challenge I'm always happy to take on, whether it's assembling interesting layered looks or keeping cosy in knitwear. Autumn is when I come into my sartorial own. So you can imagine how happy I am that I can now shift my focus to planning my autumn outfits.

Now, I do understand why some get anxious about the shift in seasons. Chances are you feel like you've just gotten into your summer style stride and now there's another time of year to think about. However, I genuinely believe that dressing for autumn is easy—at least it is when you have a handful of autumn fashion essentials at your disposal.

Over the years, I've curated an autumn capsule that's versatile and sleek and will ensure you don't need to spend frivolously over the next few months to look good. In my edit, you'll find 11 autumn fashion essentials that will never let you down and can be worn in a multitude of ways with one another.

From the simple sweater I wear day in, day out to the dress switch I'll be making to see me through the next few months, here are 11 autumn fashion essentials I can't get dressed without—scroll on to see them.


Autumn Fashion Essentials: @greceghanem



Style Notes: A few years ago, I streamlined my knitwear collection after realising that 99% of the time, I was only wearing cream sweaters. Trust me—it'll go with everything

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I love an interesting texture, so this jumper ticks all the boxes as far as I'm concerned.

The bouclé finish makes this piece look really premium.


Autumn Fashion Essentials: @nlmarilyn



Style Notes: I've invested in more adventurous jean styles over the years, but I just never get adequate wear out of them. Now, I only allow myself to buy classic jeans, and in transitional autumn, I find a blue wash to be the best option. 

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I'd style these jeans just like this: with a white shirt and black booties.

If you want the perfect pair of jeans, look no further than Frame.

Because it's COS, I just know these are such high quality.


Autumn Fashion Essentials: @dianekari



Style Notes: One item I rely on come rain or shine is the trench coat. It's up there with one of the most versatile pieces I own, and I can't help but gravitate towards statement iterations as well as classic tan. Use them to layer over plain summer dresses to make them feel more autumnal. 

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This is sure to lift your mood when the gloomy weather sets in.

This is a great throw-on layer for extra warmth.

The romantic ruffles prove trench coats don't have to be boring.


Autumn Fashion Essentials: @femmeblk



Style Notes: The perfect pairing for blue jeans, Breton stripes appear on all of my most-worn tops, and I don't think that's a coincidence. When temperatures truly drop, I like layering them with a black roll-neck underneath. Somehow, it still feels pleasingly French.

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The striped top trend isn't going anywhere.

This half-zip design is great for layering over turtlenecks.

For those who gravitate toward minimalist palettes.


Autumn Fashion Essentials: @sylviemus_



Style Notes: When it's still too warm to wear a full-on winter coat, I reach for an oversized blazer. The key is to look for styles that are roomy enough to wear over knitwear. My preference? Goes-with-everything beige. 

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Size up to layer knitwear underneath, or stick to your usual size if you plan to wear it under a coat.

If you're going to own just one blazer, make it an Arket Hopsack.

This faux leather fabrication is so on-trend right now.


Autumn Fashion Essentials: @monikh



Style Notes: Florals, polka dots and block colours tend to dominate my dress wardrobe in the warmer months, but come autumn, I always switch them out in place of my checked styles. 

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This dress is suitable for an office environment, too.

Got any weddings coming up? Consider your outfit sorted.



Style Notes: I've never been all that into trainers, so as soon as it's time to pack away my sandals, you'll find me in boots. I'm keen to add a pair of lace-front boots to my collection, of which there are plenty for autumn 2023. 

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Affordable and timeless—they're going straight on the wish list.

Wear with jeans, a midi dress or a long silky skirt.

Every autumn shoe collection needs a black leather nakle boot. 


Style Notes: What I love most about slip skirts is how easily they can be dressed up or down. I have a couple that I practically live in during autumn and style them with my chunky (probably cream) knitwear and chunky boots.

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I feel instantly more fun in a satin slip like this, but it also comes in two other colours.

Deep jewel tones are big this season. Take note.


Autumn Fashion Essentials: @raeannlangas



Style Notes: Leather is to autumn what linen is to summer—it just works. I'm contemplating investing in a leather blazer, but you can't go wrong with a pair of black leather trousers. 

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Slip on a pair of trainers to dress these down, or add a heel for nights out.

Warehouse's real leather trousers are made with responsibly sourced leather from tanneries working to reduce their environmental impact.

I didn't know how much I needed a pair of wide-leg leather trousers until I saw these.


Autumn Fashion Essentials: @basicstouch



Style Notes: For the days that allow me to step out without a jacket, belted cardigans are my go-to. The overlapping front, held together by the belt, really keeps the heat in.

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Raey has nailed luxe knits in chic neutral shades.

For lounging around the house or beating the chill when you head out.

This will nip in your waist and create an ultra-flattering silhouette.


Style Notes: My year basically consists of me waiting for suitable times to dig out and wear a beret. I absolutely don't need any more in my collection (I think I already own four), but I advise investing in a classic black colourway as well as an earthy tone, both of which are sure to go with everything you pair them with.

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I've been seeing a lot of this pale yellow shade recently, and it always feels really chic.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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