London Fashion Week officially marked the start of autumn, and secretly, we were quite 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. We scoured the streets of LFW to see how the city's chicest showgoers were mastering this notoriously tricky time. 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—be it a new bag shape or an inspired shoe colour choice. Scroll through the 10 pieces that are all you need to compile the ultimate capsule wardrobe for a chic autumn in LDN.
1. A Chic Jumpsuit
There are so many reasons to embrace the brilliantly versatile jumpsuit. Firstly, it's more effortless than a dress. Secondly, it can be dressed up or down and thirdly, it flatters every body type. Make room for a boilersuit style this autumn. You could even go for one with tailored details like Bettina Looney's, which features statement lapels.
2. A Directional Trench
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. White Boots
Sure, we all associate winter with black boots, but for autumn (and spring 2019), why not go for the opposite end of the colour spectrum? White boots are perfect for adding a fresh spin to summer dresses. Plus, they look great with pencil skirts and leather biker jackets.
4. Something Vinyl
How to add edge to your transeasonal looks? With a touch of vinyl. Whether it's a pencil skirt or a coat, nothing screams of London-girl attire like a high-shine finish.
5. Mismatched Earrings
There's no easier way to add power to your look than with a statement piece of jewellery. The word on the streets of London Fashion Week? Big, bold earrings that were never meant to match.
6. An Architectural Handbag
It's no longer hip to be square. if you're after a new handbag, succumb to all the unusual shapes and handle styles being served up by designers this season.
7. A Corduroy Suit
We called it months ago: Corduroy is the fabric of the season. Rich, textured, cosy and a little bit nostalgic, you won't regret investing in a suit that'll see you through the working week, brunch dates and beyond.
Get the matching trousers while you're at it.
8. A Dose of Tartan
If corduroy is the texture of autumn 2018, then tartan is the winning print. Whether you choose to wear it from head to toe, or simply mix it in with a plaid shirt, don't be afraid to experiment with clashing several iterations at once.
9. A Bumbag
Give into the hands-free revolution with a bumbag. Sling it across your hips, cinch it around your waist, or sport one crossbody style and enjoy the weirdly satisfying feeling of streamlining and compartmentalising your everyday essentials.
10. A Printed Dress You Can Layer
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.
Next, find out what happened when our editor wore nothing but pre-loved clothing to fashion week.