You know the drill by now: Flimsy sundresses, feather-light blouses and anything overly strappy or revealing needs to be packed away (vacuum-sealed bags are my weapon of choice) in order to make space for autumn’s essentials. Knitwear is back on the menu, boots are getting their moment in the (low-hanging) sun, and it’s now entirely necessary to wear a jacket to and from work.
Lizzie Hadfield often finds her seasonal basics on the high street.
You’ll undoubtedly have many a useful piece from those three categories already tucked away at home, and it’s time to pull them out and get re-wearing. Many of last year’s big autumn trends still stand up today (that classic cream cable-knit, the checked blazer and Chelsea boots you invested in are all worth digging out). I’m personally looking forward to wearing a particular black cropped knit from & Other Stories, my Dr. Martens ankle boots and a vintage Aquascutum jacket I purchased last September.
Jessica Skye wearing the & Other Stories blazer everyone’s obsessed with.
Should a particular section of your new-season closet be lacking and you want to find the kind of winning items that won’t date or be one-hit-wonders, I hope the shopping list below proves to be useful. I’ve combed through some of our most trusted high-street stores, selecting only the best knits, jackets and boots that have a timelessness to them. No crazy trends or fads, just the best of the best that can be considered worthy of your money and expert outfitting. Keep scrolling to see these winning autumn items from Topshop, COS and H&M.