Your Autumn Shopping Guide, According to a Fashion Expert

Shopping: one of our favourite past-times (okay, our absolute favourite). It's not without its obstacles, though, especially when a new season comes around and you're overwhelmed with exciting choices. The best winter coats have already been filtering into stores and flying back out again quicker than you can say bouclé, boots are now overruling sandals at every turn and we're beyond in the mood for getting our A/W 16 shopping list in check.

Which is why we thought it best to be methodical about such an important, momentous time in the fashion calendar—this is your definitive list of what you actually need. We're not saying that every item is required in order for your A-game to be at its strongest, but this does give you and idea of what's worth looking into. For example, if you're keen to snap up a new skirt, avoid delay and just opt for a mini—they're back with a bite.

So cut out the guide below to keep on hand…

Got it? Good. You can shop right now from our top choices to check off the list in no time at all.

A Giant Tote:

It's time to carry everything—kitchen sink included.

Wide-Leg Trousers:

The master of the wide sleeve has turned its attention to pants.

An Alternative Shirt:
A Statement Sweater:

Stripes are an easy route into this knitwear trend.

1980s Earrings:

Red lips + earrings = the new go-to combination.

A Madcap Accessory:

These bag charms are currently every fashion (and cat) lover's dream.

A Printed Midi Dress:

The perfect canvas for layering when the temperature drops.

A Velvet Blazer:

Is this named after Angie Bowie, perhaps?

Any Miniskirt:

But patent or high-shine finish is SO preferable.

A Thick Waist Belt:
Semi-Sheer Tights:

We do love a polka-dot finish.

Over-the-Knee Boots:
Leather Pants:

They don't have to be silver, but c'mon.

An OTT Party Dress:

You'll need one of these for parties and for layering with knitwear and wearing with ankle boots for day.

Outrageous Ankle Boots:
The Coat of Your Dreams:

We don't care what outerwear you go for; just opt for something bold that you LOVE.

Jeans With an Unsual Hemline:

Whatever the style, fit, colour or finish, the one thing you're looking for is a hemline detail—start with the "step." 

A Hoodie:

The slouchier the better.

What's first on your POA? Snap your purchases and tag us on Instagram so we can see!

Opening Image: Sandra Semburg

Related Stories