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 dressed, we're less enamoured. Chilly mornings that give way to unexpectedly mild afternoons are cause for a headache when getting dressed for work. It's too mild for winter coats and cashmere, and yet summery dresses just don't provide enough coverage.
It's that tricky, transitional time of year. But the good news is that you can still eke some wear out of your summer staples. Whether you're layering like a total pro or just picking the right kind of shoes to give you a bit of extra warmth, there are plenty of solutions to ease you into the new season. Make wide-leg trousers, layers and all-in-ones your closest allies to keep the Monday-Friday crises at bay and following our suggestions for some easy, office-appropriate looks.
Style Notes: Jumpsuits were made for transitional weather. They're more serious than a dress but certainly not sombre. A button-down style with elbow-length sleeves is an effortless outfit in one and so versatile that you’ll find yourself wearing it at least once a week. Dress it up with a bejewelled necklace or leave it minimal like Brittany Bathgate.
Utilitarian but chic, we love this.
Did you get the memo? Ballerinas are back.
Style Notes: Shorts are for sure a divisive option but when worn like Alexis Foreman with an oversized shirt and chic mules, you'll look office-ready.
Every fashion insider is after a pair of these shorts right now.
Style Notes: Not sure what to do with your mini dress after summer? Layer it over a pair of faux-leather trousers, of course. Take a tip from Ada Oguntodu and wear yours with strappy sandals and a fun bag.
Wear with trousers in the autumn, and then with sandals for the summer.
Nanushka is the go-to brand for brilliant faux-leather pieces.
The small block heel will be so comfortable for walking.
Want to get more out of your summer trousers? Simply add a frothy blouse and a pair of loafers to make it work-appropriate.
The usual gorgeous stuff from Maggie Marilyn.
Androgynous tailoring doesn't need to be scary—just pair with a pretty blouse as above.
The coolest way to carry your things hands free.
Style Notes: Want to wear your favourite summer dress in autumn? Grab a pair of slouchy boots to keep your legs covered when it gets chilly. Add a blazer when the weather really starts to get cold.
You can definitely wear this in autumn.
Guaranteed to work as hard as you do.