See ya, summer! It's been great, but I'm ready for knitwear, boots and new dresses, and it would appear every high-street brand agrees with me. Over the past month, we've seen an influx of items hitting our go-to stores, and there's an emphasis on anything autumnal. It jumpers are already starting to show up (& Other Stories is winning here with its green iterations), and knee-high boots are already selling out (looking at you, Zara).
There's also a wave of printed dresses that feel noticeably more wintry than their flimsy hot-weather cousins, and we've even started to consider wearing jackets on the rainiest or greyest of days. In addition to & Other Stories being reliably ahead of the curve for autumn/winter 2019 trends, there are two more places that we're particularly impressed by: COS and Topshop. Keep scrolling to see the best picks from each.
Right now, & Other Stories is particularly good for the following: knitwear (as per Jessica Skye's excellent khaki-green sweater pictured here), shoes, boots, printed dresses and tailoring—all of which are strong points.
& Other Stories Mock Neck Sweater (£35)
The jumper we're all obsessing over.
& Other Stories Squared Toe Snake Embossed Pumps (£85)
My most "business" shoes to date. I love them.
& Other Stories Bias Cut Satin Midi Skirt (£65)
This is an online exclusive, so you won't find it in stores.
& Other Stories Tiger Smocked Midi Ruffle Dress (£135)
Buying. It. Right. Now.
& Other Stories Leather Croc Square Crossbody Bag (£110)
Mock-croc bags are the thing this autumn.
& Other Stories Wool Blend Oversized Blazer (£165)
A now-classic item for & Other Stories. Yes, its popular wool blazers are back.
& Other Stories High-Waisted Leather Trousers (£219)
Okay, these are not cheap, but in the grand scheme of genuine leather pants, they're a reasonable price and a very good fit.
& Other Stories Duo Sphere Chunky Ring (£29)
The kind of simple addition that makes you feel polished.
& Other Stories Ruched Leopard Maxi Dress (£85)
Flattering to the max.
& Other Stories Puff Shoulder Mock Neck Blouse (£65)
Clearly, puff shoulders are happening at Stories.
& Other Stories Double Breasted Corduroy Blazer (£120)
What a fab colour!
& Other Stories Square Toe Leather Ankle Boots (£135)
You'll never not get wear out of a great pair of tan boots.
The items we're falling for at the moment in Topshop are the simplest and most minimal ones. Sure, the brand does a cracking printed midi (this we know), but if you're looking for something with a little more staying power, it's imperative you gravitate towards the least showy pieces. See Marissa's top, jeans and sandals (all from Toppers) as a perfect example.
Topshop Boutique Green Silk Knot Bias Skirt (£95)
This also comes in a really lovely khaki green sans the print.
Topshop Juke Mules (£65)
Comfy and chic shoe alert.
Topshop Camel Knitted Roll Neck Dress (£39)
The chicest way to do autumn.
Topshop Contrast Vinyl Trench (£79)
Last year's vinyl trenches sold like crazy, but this is the best colourway yet.
Topshop Casual Cotton Trousers (£36)
Cargo pants and heels is one of my favourite combos.
Topshop Idol Tie Ruffle Blouse (£39)
Cute with a slinky skirt or wear for a night out with jeans.
Topshop Camel Soft Borg Coat (£69)
Don't hate me for showing you coats. They are dropping in stores, and they will sell out.
Topshop Jagger Snake Slingback Shoes (£39)
For workdays, brunch days and on-and-off rainy days.
Topshop Rust Belt Shacket (£65)
Great over everything you already own.
Topshop Sienna Bag (£25)
The kind of '90s-style bag we've been trying to find in vintage stores.
Topshop Cream Reversible Coat (£99)
Okay, this kind of goes against my "keep it simple" rule, but it's just so nice.
The past few months have seen us fall in love with COS all over again. We can't pin it to just one item or trend: They've been excelling in many areas, including footwear, supersized dresses and cool, slightly unusual separates, like Felicia's tank here, which is almost sold out now…
COS Relaxed Textured Wool Jumper (£79)
COS Chunky Soled Boots (£135)
Take that, puddles!
COS Pleated Fold-Over Dress (£79)
Wear with dolly-ish flats for the full effect.
COS Small Rounded Bag (£99)
This shade of blue makes for a surprisingly versatile handbag purchase—trust me.
COS Merino Wrap Skirt (£89)
Very reliable for the office over the colder months to come.
COS Link Necklace (£19)
I've been searching for the perfect dainty chain, and here it is.
COS Metallic Sleeveless Dress (£99)
Pretty colour, pretty shape and pretty fabric.
COS Pointed Kitten Heel Mules (£135)
Not to everyone's taste, but I think they're very cool indeed.
COS Short-Sleeved Merino Top (£59)
A great layering piece.
COS Ribbed Wool Hybrid Scarf (£79)
One of those accessories that will instantly make a lot of outfits look more sophisticated.
COS Chunky Leather Sandals (£89)
They're back in stock, and we still love them.
COS Open-Back Jumpsuit (£89)
The back detail on this is so chic.
Next up, the boot trends we're into this year.
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