Do you save money up ahead of a new season in order to tick off all your favourite trends in one fell swoop? Are you a shopper who seeks things out slowly to compile a wardrobe or look over time? Perhaps you're a die-hard high-street girl looking for one fast update. Or maybe you're like me, in that you'd be interested in buying into some fresh trends by purchasing preloved clothes and accessories.
Whatever your strategy may be for adding a dash of autumn/winter 2019 to your existing closet, we're here to provide you with the very best options. That happens on a daily basis via our many shopping features, but this particular gallery is a concise edit of autumnal game changers you can buy at any price point—high, low or even secondhand.
I’ve spent some time thinking about the items that are most likely to shape our looks over the coming months, rather than attempting to give you a list of every single trend. A more concise edit will hopefully help you sidestep any grab-on-a-whim mistakes; moreover, these items all go together, so you can mix and match like a true capsule-wardrobe pro.
If there's one final flourish all fashion girls are going for, it's a chunky gold chain. From the jumbo styles seen on the J.W. Anderson runway (which you can shop below, while it stays in stock) to slightly daintier horse-bit–link styles, there's an option for every magpie. Wear with everything from a printed dress to the most minimalistic of jumpers.
Your leather biker isn't dead yet, but it does deserve a well-earned rest for now. Coming in strong (with '70s-, '80s- and '90s-inspired versions) is the leather blazer instead. Many girls are opting for oversized versions (for which the '80s and '90s provide fully), but you can also opt for something neater and sleeker. Your choice. Oh, and don't forget that vegan leather is a thing now.
Drag out your old pleated Whistles skirt because it's time to let it shine once more! Perfect with a simple knit, a leather blazer and a gold chain necklace, this is the ultimate wear-for-every-occasion piece, and we're happy it's back. If you're going to buy vintage, I'd suggest opting for heritage brands as they've been doing pleated skirts forever—seek out Burberry, Aquascutum, Bally and so on.
Trench coats never go out of fashion, but right now, the most on-trend iteration is anything a little roomier. So either size up on a high-street version or opt for one of the more voluminous designer pieces available now. And of course, when in doubt, zero in on a classic secondhand Burberry number.
A luxe jumper is the backbone of any decent autumn/winter wardrobe, and this season's styles are as cosy as they come. Look out for biscuit-coloured cashmere (Uniqlo is a great option on the high street), and just see how rich you look in and instant.
The simpler, the better. I promise you'll get so much wear out of a decent pair of knee-high boots. They'll go with a great deal of your existing wardrobe, especially dresses, midi skirts and even (if you're brave enough) with trousers or jeans tucked in.