Lauren-Nicole steps out in the streets of London in a cool double-denim look.
It's August, which means London Fashion Week will be here in the blink of an eye. The September shows always mark the start of autumn, and for this, we're not-so-secretly glad.
There's nothing like a new season to make you want to reassess your wardrobe, pull out gems you haven't worn for months and identify any gaps. To celebrate, we've looked to some of London's most stylish dressers to see which trends they're already backing for autumn and how they're mastering this notoriously tricky time for dressing. Needless to say, their outfits threw up a wealth of inspiration.
It turns out that just a handful of key buys can bring your wardrobe instantly up-to-date for autumn—be it a new bag shape or an inspired shoe choice. Scroll through the 10 pieces that are all you need to compile the ultimate London autumn capsule wardrobe to carry you through the next five months.
1. Chic Jumpsuits
There are so many reasons to embrace the brilliantly versatile jumpsuit. First, it's more effortless than a dress. Second, it can be dressed up or down, and third, it flatters every body type. Make room for a boilersuit style this autumn. You could even go for one with tailored details like Loïcka's, which features statement pockets.
2. Directional Trenches
If you've been hankering after a classic trench, may we point you in the direction of one with an unusual twist? Whether it's oversized, deconstructed or cape-like, you'll reap the benefits of being able to chuck it over anything in unpredictable weather while cutting quite the dash.
3. Chunky Knee Boots
Okay, so you mightn't need rubberised, track-sole, waterproof knee boots in early autumn, but seeing as this specific style is set to be the most popular of the season, it pays to secure yours early. We predict both Ganni's and Marks and Spencer's pairs will sell out particularly fast.
4. Something Vinyl
How can you add edge to your transeasonal looks? With a touch of vinyl. Whether it's a pencil skirt or a coat, nothing screams Londoner attire like a high-shine finish. Oh, and did someone say rain-proof?
5. Pearl Jewellery
There's no easier way to add power to your look than with a statement piece of jewellery. And the look that just keeps on gaining traction? Big, bold pearl jewellery.
6. Sculptural Handbags
It's no longer hip to be square. If you're after a new handbag, succumb to all the unusual shapes and handle styles designers are serving up this season.
7. Wide-Leg Trousers
This year, suddenly, wide-leg trousers are all the rage. They're comfortable and chic in equal amounts, so it's easy to understand why. Make like Marianne and wear yours with a knitted tank (coming right up) for perhaps the most 2021 autumn ensemble.
8. A Dose of Tartan
Though checks are always on the London style agenda, none feel quite as British-cool as tartan. Whether you choose to wear it from head to toe or simply mix it in with a plaid top, don't be afraid to experiment with clashing several iterations at once.
9. Knitted Vests
We promised you that knitted vests would make our edit, and just as well, as they're the one piece all London fashion types, regardless of their personal aesthetics, seem to agree upon. They're ideal for wearing under even the most fitted outerwear, owning to their sleeveless cut, so they are the ultimate layering piece for autumn.
10. Throw-On Dresses
Printed midi dresses aren't going anywhere. It's still mild enough to go without tights, so reach for those chunky trainers or ankle boots. But when the temperature drops, pull on some tights and a roll-neck, and make the most of your investment.