10 Staples That Make Up the Ultimate Autumn-in-London Capsule Wardrobe

Lauren-Nicole steps out in the streets of London in a cool double-denim look. 

It's October, which means London Fashion Week has been and gone. 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 few months. 

1. Chic Jumpsuits

Style Notes: 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 any jumpsuit style this autumn. You could even go for one with tailored details like the above, which features statement utility-style pockets.

2. Directional Trenches

Style Notes: 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.

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3. Chunky Knee Boots

London Autumn Fashion Trends: @anoukyve in track sole boots



Style Notes: Okay, so you mightn't need rubberised, track-sole, waterproof knee boots just yet, but seeing as this specific style is set to be the most popular of the season, it pays to secure yours early. 

The elasticised sides make these easier to pull on. 

4. Leather Separates

Style Notes: How can you add edge to your transeasonal looks? With a touch of leather. Whether it's a pencil skirt or a coat, nothing screams Londoner attire like this edgy fabrication.

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Pair this with a mesh top and heeled boots for an on-trend evening ensemble. 

5. Chain Jewellery

London Autumn Fashion Trends: Chain jewellery



Style Notes: 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, chunky chain necklaces and bracelets. 

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I always gravitate toward Laura Lombardi jewellery. 

6. Cross-Body Handbags

Style Notes: If you're after a new handbag, go hands-free and loop a cross-body over your shoulder. We're particularly fond of the slouchy banana-shaped iterations.

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A bag that covers all the bases, regardless of the season. 

7. Wide-Leg Trousers

London Autumn Fashion Trends: Wide-leg trousers



Style Notes: This year, wide-leg trousers continue to be 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 2023 autumn ensemble. 

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The Frankie Shop tailoring is like gold dust—almost impossible to find in stock. 

All-neutral ensembles never fail to look chic. 

8. A Dose of Tartan

London Autumn Fashion Trends: Tartan prints can be clashed from head to toe



Style Notes: 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.

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This is crying out to be styled with sleek knee-high boots. 

9. Knitted Vests

Style Notes: 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. 

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Another It knit courtesy of Ganni. 

Wear this sans anything underneath now, then with a roll-neck in a contrasting colour when temperatures drop. 

10. Knitted Tube Dresses

London Autumn Fashion Trends: @femmeblk wearing a striped kitted tube dress



Style Notes: The ripple effects of the Y2K aesthetic cement tube dresses as the need-to-know (and own) dress style right now. Look for knitted fabrications that’ll carry you through the colder months. 

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You'll also find this comes in an autumn-ready burgundy, and expensive-looking cream. 

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. 

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