I'm a Modest Dresser—Here's What I'm Shopping (and Wearing) for Autumn

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As a modest dresser, autumn just happens to be my favorite season. While I've figured out the formula to layering in the warmer months, I love the ease of throwing on a blazer or cardigan without having to worry about sweating. While I like to add a few trendy pieces to my closet each season, it's the staples that I've been prioritizing. I keep them on rotation more often, and they make my more out-there pieces much easier to style. If you're someone who is always down for a statement piece, it's important to invest in simple items that you can style your fun pieces around. It's all about balance.

Below, I've rounded up the items that I've been shopping (and wearing) as September approaches. I've included a variety of price points and styles, so you have plenty of options to choose from. Keep scrolling for your fashion download.

Loose Trousers

I can't stress enough how important loose trousers in your most-worn colours are. While I love a denim or printed moment, it's the staple trousers that I come to rely on again and again. Don't be afraid to play around with the texture or silhouette as I did with this plissé pair.

& Other Stories Relaxed Plissé Drawstring Trousers (£85)

& Other Stories Wide Elasticated Waist Trousers (£65)

Arket Elastic Waist Wool Trousers (£79)

Mango Elastic Waist Pants (£20)


Shockingly, I didn't own a shacket till this year. I always thought they'd make me look bulky, but I was wrong. They have the perfect boxy-but-structured look, and I love how you can wear them as a top or open them up over a T-shirt. It just looks so polished, don't you think?

Arket Wool Overshirt (£115)

& Other Stories Oversized Shirt Jacket (£175)

Mango Oversized Check Overshirt (£70)

Arket Oversized Wool Blend Overshirt (£129)


Vests are no longer a trend in my book. They're a full-on wardrobe staple. Knit or suited, I love them. They're perfect for modest dressing because they can provide coverage if I'm wearing a fitted top or dress underneath and if I want an extra layer but don't want to put on a jacket.

H&M V-Neck Sweater Vest (£13)

& Other Stories Buttoned Vest (£55)

Arket Knitted Vest (£59)

Cos Knitted Vest (£59)

Burberry Logo Applique Rib Knit Cashmere Cotton Vest (£620)

& Other Stories Buttoned Cable Knit Vest (£75)

Oversize Blazers

If you haven't found the perfect blazer, your search has come to an end. Many retailers have finally perfected the loose silhouette of your dreams, so if there's any time to get your hands on one, it's now. You can opt for neutral tones or leather with a pop of colour if you really want to dive in.

Zara Double-Breasted Blazer (£60)

The Frankie Shop Olympia Faux Leather Blazer (£315)

H&M Fitted Blazer (£35)

Arket Oversized Wool Hopsack Blazer (£135)

& Other Stories Oversized Wool Blazer (£165)

Knit Sets

I was recently told my style is described as "cozy and cool," and I'm proud to hold such a title. My secret? Finding comfortable pieces in sophisticated silhouettes, like a button-down knit set.

H&M Collared Ribbed Cardigan (£35)

& Other Stories Long Fitted Rib Knit Cardigan (£65)

Mango Ribbed Knit Cardigan ($36)

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