3 Classic Autumn Outfits That Have Stood the Test of Time

I'm all for experimentation, especially when a new season starts to present itself. However, there's something to be said for classic, reliable fashion options. Whether you're time-poor, lacking in funds or just feeling lazy, having a couple failsafe ensembles that never look dated on handrigyep is an unquestionably smart thing to do.

It can feel like an insurmountable task considering the rate that trends seem to fly in and out at, but more than ever the team at Who What Wear UK is doubling down on learning how to craft a quality wardrobe and then making it go the distance. From classic handbag styles that will always serve you well (even if they dwindle in popularity now and then) to the basic shoe styles every wardrobe could probably benefit from, we've now turned out attentions to full outfits you can fall back upon each and every autumn.

I've searched through archives dating back to the '70s as well as my current Instagram feed and even the streets of last week's Copenhagen Fashion Week to see if I can pull some commonalities together. What are the combinations that looked good four decades ago but feel just as up-to-date now? Can they suit many different personal styles and age groups? The below, I believe, fit into these categories very nicely. I'd wear them all, and so would everyone else in our office. Clearly, you can see these three classic autumn outfits appeal to many varied, super-stylish women.

Keep scrolling to see and shop the trustiest looks you could wear right now.

Classic Autumn Outfit #1: Blazer + Jeans

This exact formula—particularly with oversized and beige jackets—was a popular choice in Copenhagen.

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It has long been a staple part of any Parisian's wardrobe too. Emmanuelle Alt is pictured here in 2017 in an outfit that looks entirely current.

You can be more adventurous with the trend—see Sylvie's outfit containing an unseen top and straight-leg jeans for something more directional. I'd recommend buying a men's blazer instead.

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Princess Diana also established this combination as a smart-casual look for the masses in 1997.

Classic Autumn Outfit #2: Printed Midi + Boots

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One of my favourite Kate Moss looks of all time, here she is in a vintage Thea Porter dress during her 2011 wedding celebrations to now–former husband Jamie Hince.

Some of Copenhagen's coolest girls were taking the idea to quite wild levels. I love this bold retro-style print with knee-high Western boots.

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You can keep this diaphanous and elegant too. A simple tea dress and leather boots can still wow.

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This is Anna Wintour's number one combination as soon as it's not sandals season anymore. She's been wearing it for years now.

Classic Autumn Outfit #3: Trouser Suit

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This monochromatic suit from Bianca Jagger in 1979 just hasn't aged a jot. It's still entirely relevant and ripe for copying now.

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Victoria Beckham has been dipping into trouser suits over the past year, often wearing them with ruffled blouses and extra-high heels.

Last autumn, corduroy trouser suits started to come to the fore, and we predict they'll pick up where they left off.

Or you could go all-out for a statement and try a bold-coloured option like this.