After months of wearing vibrant summer dresses and adventurous prints like tie-dye and neon, many of us see autumn as an opportunity for a wardrobe reset. During this time of year, we typically return to back-to-school tailoring, checked prints and a more muted colour palette. Often in autumn, the simplest outfits are the most reliable (especially considering that the weather can dramatically change within hours). We have identified nine basic outfits using a classic capsule—including a trench coat, ankle boots, a cashmere jumper and a heritage blazer—that you can always rely on come autumn and winter.
All the items you'll find in the outfits below can easily be mixed and matched, so you'll be able to create many different versions of these autumn classics. And basic doesn't have to be boring. You can mix brighter colours with the autumn-leaf colour wheel that has dominated this season. A brightly hued slip skirt can fit in an autumn capsule just as well as a houndstooth blazer and camel ankle boots do.
Keep scrolling to shop nine basic autumn outfit ideas that are anything but bland.
1. Trench + Loafers + Neutral Jumper
Style Notes: As far as Brit autumn wardrobes go, a trench coat is quintessential. Of course, there are plenty of plain options that go with every outfit, but we also love trenches with different design details, like these checked panels.
2. Chunky Jumper + Jeans + Cowboy Boots
Style Notes: Cowboy boots are set to be the boots of autumn/winter 2021. It will pay to invest in a standout pair early on, as they'll inevitably go quickly.
Style Notes: Can you ever go wrong with jeans and a blazer? The answer is no. Look to Sylvie Mus and consider coloured tailoring on your quest for the perfect blazer. This blue shade is perfection.
4. Black Shirt + Lace-Up Boots + Jeans
Style Notes: Summer is about white shirting, so one of the easiest ways to make your basic summer outfit look more autumnal is to swap out the white shirt for a black one. Tuck it into jeans, and pair it with beautiful lace-up boots, and this look will easily become one of your most worn.
5. Blazer + Colourful Slip Skirt + Tote Bag
Style Notes: Another autumn, another blazer. However, Franny Mozemba's 'fit just goes to show how versatile blazers can be. Use yours to give slip skirts a cold-weather spin, and finish with an on-trend tote.
6. Long-Sleeve Top + Jeans + Sneakers
Style Notes: Long-sleeve shirts are the ideal transitional top to carry you from summer to autumn, and tie-dye prints keep cropping up. Wear one with chunky trainers for Y2K appeal.
7. Maxi Dress + Lace-Up Flat Boots
Style Notes: Not a jeans person? Rest assured that dresses still work in autumn. One of our favourite ways to wear our printed midis past August is with a pair of hiking boots.
Style Notes: Suede outerwear always makes a comeback in autumn. And because it's more predominant on the runway than in previous seasons, all the best pieces are selling out. This Ralph Lauren jacket is going quickly.