As an editor at Who What Wear, I typically spend a lot of time looking at new-in products, so every month, I update this story with the pieces that have caught my eye or that I have saved to my wish list. For autumn, more than ever I'm leaning towards classic, quality pieces that feel really elevated and special, but crucially that I can wear for my more low-key 2020 plans including walks, afternoons in the pub with friends and for working at home.
As several warehouses and stores shuttered this year, the fashion industry faces huge challenges and strains that pose an inevitable threat to businesses, reflected in the number of flash sales launching every single day. Many of us won't be shopping in the same way this year, but even a like on Instagram or a message of support can provide a boost for these brands. I certainly don't want anyone to feel like they have to buy more right now in a time of such heightened worry, but at the same time, after working in the fashion industry for nine years, I also want to support the brands and pieces that I love and treasure.
So whether you're looking to buy, browse or discover something new, keep scrolling for the autumn buys I love and think are worth investing in, from the high street to designer labels.
Emma Spedding for Who What Wear
Keep scrolling to see the 20 items I love for autumn.
Faithfull the Brand creates clothes for adventures, but that doesn't mean you can't wear them at home too—the dresses and midi skirts all use vibrant colours and prints that will give you that holiday feeling.
It isn't just small, independent brands that are being impacted in this time, as Oxford Street and high streets up and down the country have temporarily closed. I remember when & Other Stories first opened, and my colleagues and I had a preview and said, "Oh, this is going to be good." Seven years later, and it remains my favourite high-street store.
Rhode is another "destination" label, with lightweight dresses and kaftans designed with the beach in mind. The Ella mini was one of the most popular dresses of 2019 and continues to be a hero for the brand.