There are so many things we love about autumn: The leaves changing to magical colours before falling and crunching under our feet, nights turning dark, not needing an excuse to stay home and devour a box set, etc. However, when it comes to getting ready, obstacles arise. Chilly mornings that give way to unexpectedly mild afternoons can cause frequent headaches, particularly when quickly dressing for work. It's too mild for winter coats and cashmere—two easy rush hour options—yet summery dresses just don't provide enough coverage for the commute.
It's that tricky transitional time of year, especially if you're leaving the house every day and need to look put together in a hurry. With this in mind, we've sourced a handful of outfit formulas that will take your early mornings from rushed to relaxed. Whether you're layering like a total pro or just picking the right shoes to give you a bit of extra warmth, there are plenty of professional yet comfortable solutions. Hint: Make relaxed shirting, cosy layers and matching sets your closest allies to keep the Monday-Friday crises at bay. Follow our suggestions below for some simple autumn work outfits.
1. Brown Suit + Punchy Jumper
Style Notes: Brown and orange is possibly the most autumnal colour combination, which means it's perfect for now (not to mention, both hues are seriously on-trend). A thick knit will balance out the formality of a suit.
2. Camel Coat + Roll Neck + Leather Trousers
Style Notes: Luckily for all you camel coat lovers, this reach-for staple can be carried through the seasons. Go for a version with minimal fuss free design, it always looks more premium.
3. Waistcoat + Tailored Wide Leg Trousers + Gold Jewellery
Style Notes: Waistcoats aren't going anywhere, they are still a huge trend for autumn/winter. Monochrome will always have a place in my wardrobe, if you want to add some colour try a printed roll neck underneath for a autumnal spin.
4. Head-to-Toe Chocolate Brown + Black Accessories
Style Notes: When in doubt, a head-to-toe tonal look with a tailored coat will always look chic. We love to add black accessories for a timeless finish.
5. Blazer + Basic Tee + Mini Skirt
Style Notes: A blazer for an office might seem obvious, but pairing it with a mini skirt will make it feel fresher. Just add tights and boots when the weather starts to turn.
6. Full Skirt + Cropped Shirt + Chunky Flats
Style Notes: A full cotton skirt with tailoring will always look smart. Play with proportions and opt for pieces like a plain white shirt that have little to no detail on them for a polished look.
7. Boxy Blouse + Tailored Black Shorts
Style Notes: If you go for an all-black outfit, choose well-structured pieces that you'll feel good in from 9-5. Impeccable tailoring is often what makes an item look expensive and elevated.
8. Statement Jumpsuit + Pointed Shoes
Style Notes: Some offices call for bold dressing more than others—if this sounds like your work environment, choose a statement-making jumpsuit that you can slip on in a hurry. Minimum effort, maximum chic.
9. Striped Jumper + Double Pleat Trousers
Style Notes: Let's be honest—comfort is key when dressing for an eight-hour day. You can still look sophisticated in relaxed separates, but do yourself a favour and only wear heels if you'll be sitting at a desk.