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I’m definitely more of a fan of summer fashion than winter, but there is still something that excites me about that post-summer feeling when I start planning my autumn looks. And whilst I have an aversion to the cold, I wear chunky knits in bright colours or creamy hues layered over a pair of white jeans and boots to ease me into autumn. All black is timelessly chic, but my mood is heavily influenced by what I wear, so I tend to stick to pieces that let me hang on to those more uplifting summer trends. Marni, Loewe and Ganni are always key players in race for the best designer knits, whilst if you’re looking to buy into premium high-street winter warmers, be sure to bookmark COS, Arket and & Other Stories.
But what are the key autumn buys to add to your wardrobe this season? Well, when it comes to footwear, cowboy boots of every iteration are a go. From Hermès to Khaite, Ganni and more, adding a pair to your daily denim uniform will give you instant kudos. Cargo pants have reached their peak popularity, so there is a pair in every colour, cut and length to suit every budget—scroll down to see which designer has created the cult style taking over Instagram right now. And when it comes to outerwear, trenches of every possible style should be added to your wish list. Contemporary designers such as Rejina Pyo always give this classic staple a touch of cool, whilst both leather and vegan-leather versions are dominating on the high street.
Scroll down to see which 30 premium autumn pieces made my cut.
I'm a bit late to the New Balance 550 party, but I feel I have waited for the right colourway to come along. There's something super fresh about the white contrasted with the red and black. Be sure to style them with some polished tailoring.
The waistcoat has had a renaissance this season, but the classic masculine shape doesn’t always flatter curvier silhouettes. This Anna Quan version has a flattering square neck, which will work on larger busts and has been nipped in at the waist, which is just right for hourglass figures. Pair with wide-leg tailored trousers and pointy slingbacks for back-to-work chic.
Leather trousers don’t come cheap, but Arket is one of the best places to get designer quality at high-street prices, and these silver trousers are at the top of my wish list. I'm always looking to pair darker wintry knits with metallic accents to lift my mood in the depths of winter.
Cargo pants are officially the trousers to wear this autumn, and this tailored pair by The Frankie Shop is fast becoming the cult pair to buy. If you want in, you better be quick.
There’s nothing original about it, but a classic trench coat is the only coverup you need at this time of year to mitigate the unpredictable weather. I love the oversized lapels and bamboo-buckle detail. It's also the best shade of green—dark enough to stay clean but light enough that it won’t wash you out.
Solace London is my go-to for high-end eveningwear minus the price tag, and this off-the-shoulder dress in apple green is exactly how to do event dressing this winter. The unexpected shade of green gives this classic draped detail a contemporary feel.
This Totême jacket was a sell-out last winter, and the brand has made it again for those of us who missed out. Outerwear is always worth the investment, as the cost per wear will always be a winner, and they tend to hold their resale value too.
If I'm going to part ways with a fair amount for a designer handbag, I want it to meet two key requirements: 1. It won’t be something I see everyone else carrying, and 2. it will stand the test of time and, if anything, increase in value. This YSL bag ticks all the boxes.
Up next, the best designer-looking handbags.