R29 Style Picks: Everything We Want To Buy In October

Alicia Lansom
·7-min read

On hearing the words 'autumn's arrived', people usually fall into one of two camps: those who are aghast at the thought of having to pack away their sundresses until spring and those who welcome chunky knits and heavy boots with open arms. If you sit in the latter category, you’ll be happy to know that it's officially time to get your woollies out of the wardrobe, with October's weather forecast looking cold, rainy and cold again.

So where to start with an autumn wardrobe? Entering a new season can seem daunting but last month’s roundup proved that many of the items you already own can be converted into autumn-appropriate clothing. For those looking to invest in some new cosy bits, though, we have a few suggestions of the best pieces on the market. Whether you're on the lookout for the perfect chunky cardigan or the ideal snuggly sweatshirt, we’ve got you covered with our autumn fashion wish list.

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<strong>Georgia Murray, Fashion Editor</strong>
Georgia Murray, Fashion Editor
I’m so pleased the cardigan has made its glorious return, as now there are so many vintage styles to choose from, whether you prefer festive Fair Isle or countryside-inspired argyle. I’ve had my eye on this striped number from ASOS Marketplace for a while. <br><br><strong>Vintaholic</strong> Vintage 50s Folk Countryside Knit Christmas Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://marketplace.asos.com/listing/cardigans/vintage-50s-folk-countryside-knit-christmas-cardigan-jumper/5916778?" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:asos marketplace" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">asos marketplace</a>
I’m so pleased the cardigan has made its glorious return, as now there are so many vintage styles to choose from, whether you prefer festive Fair Isle or countryside-inspired argyle. I’ve had my eye on this striped number from ASOS Marketplace for a while.

Vintaholic Vintage 50s Folk Countryside Knit Christmas Cardigan, $, available at asos marketplace
I’m seriously into ballerina-esque wrap tops at the moment. Comfortable enough to don with joggers but also easy for layering over a turtleneck and pairing with kick-flare denim. This gorgeous navy linen version is by eco-conscious, size-inclusive Canadian brand Free Label.<br><br><strong>Free Label</strong> Navy Linen Frannie Wrap Top, $, available at <a href="https://freelabel.com/products/navy-linen-frannie-wrap" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Free Label" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Free Label</a>
I’m seriously into ballerina-esque wrap tops at the moment. Comfortable enough to don with joggers but also easy for layering over a turtleneck and pairing with kick-flare denim. This gorgeous navy linen version is by eco-conscious, size-inclusive Canadian brand Free Label.

Free Label Navy Linen Frannie Wrap Top, $, available at Free Label
Australian label Oroton just launched in the UK and has the dreamiest tailored trousers out there. WFH means I won’t be leaving the sofa for the next six months so I’ll lust over this knit instead, which I’d pair with XXL collar blouses to feel dressed up for Zoom meetings. <br><br><strong>Oroton</strong> Wool V-Neck Rib Knit Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://oroton.com/wool-v-neck-rib-knit-sweater-grey-marle-m" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Oroton" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Oroton</a>
Australian label Oroton just launched in the UK and has the dreamiest tailored trousers out there. WFH means I won’t be leaving the sofa for the next six months so I’ll lust over this knit instead, which I’d pair with XXL collar blouses to feel dressed up for Zoom meetings.

Oroton Wool V-Neck Rib Knit Sweater, $, available at Oroton
<strong>Anna Jay, Art Director</strong>
Anna Jay, Art Director
I got into sewing this summer and found this pattern via <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/instagram-sewing" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:our feature on the people to follow when you start making your own clothes" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">our feature on the people to follow when you start making your own clothes</a>. I plan to try and make them as trousers and shorts, all being well! <br><br><strong>Anna Allen</strong> Pomona Pants and Shorts Sewing Pattern, $, available at <a href="https://annaallenclothing.com/collections/all-products/products/pomona-pants-shorts" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anna Allen" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anna Allen</a>
I got into sewing this summer and found this pattern via our feature on the people to follow when you start making your own clothes. I plan to try and make them as trousers and shorts, all being well!

Anna Allen Pomona Pants and Shorts Sewing Pattern, $, available at Anna Allen
Timeless pieces like this trench are the perfect way to start shopping vintage and pre-owned. This is a great length and perfect for staying cosy on autumn walks. <br><br><br><br><strong>the kin edit</strong> Vintage Trench Coat, $, available at <a href="https://marketplace.asos.com/listing/jackets/vintage-trench-coat-in-beige/5928502" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:asos marketplace" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">asos marketplace</a>
Timeless pieces like this trench are the perfect way to start shopping vintage and pre-owned. This is a great length and perfect for staying cosy on autumn walks.



the kin edit Vintage Trench Coat, $, available at asos marketplace
I've just done <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/michaela-coel-oxfam-secondhandseptember" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:#SecondhandSeptember" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">#SecondhandSeptember</a> and will actively continue to buy secondhand in the future. This is very similar to a black cashmere cardigan I got on eBay this month for £10. <br><br><strong>Vince</strong> Cashmere Button Crew Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://www.vince.com/cashmere-button-crew-cardigan-V695778519.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vince" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Vince</a>
I've just done #SecondhandSeptember and will actively continue to buy secondhand in the future. This is very similar to a black cashmere cardigan I got on eBay this month for £10.

Vince Cashmere Button Crew Cardigan, $, available at Vince
<strong>Kristine Romano</strong>,<strong> Photo & Design Assistant</strong>
Kristine Romano, Photo & Design Assistant
Uniqlo Heattech has seen me through many cold months so I was very intrigued when I came across these socks. I usually opt for wool socks when it’s especially cold but these look like they’d be lighter on the feet while still warm.<br><br><br><strong>Uniqlo</strong> Thermal Socks, $, available at <a href="https://www.uniqlo.com/uk/en/product/women-heattech-thermal-socks-two-pairs-431692COL09WSU024000.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Uniqlo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Uniqlo</a>
Uniqlo Heattech has seen me through many cold months so I was very intrigued when I came across these socks. I usually opt for wool socks when it’s especially cold but these look like they’d be lighter on the feet while still warm.


Uniqlo Thermal Socks, $, available at Uniqlo
I’m late to the party, I know! But seeing as I’m only going to be spending more time at home, I think my feet should finally have some comfy house shoes to slip into.<br><br><strong>Birkenstock</strong> Boston Wool Felt, $, available at <a href="https://www.birkenstock.com/gb/boston-wool-felt/boston-core-woolfelt-0-eva-u.html?dwvar_boston-core-woolfelt-0-eva-u_color=2075#lang=en_GB&q=boston+wool" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Birkenstock" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Birkenstock</a>
I’m late to the party, I know! But seeing as I’m only going to be spending more time at home, I think my feet should finally have some comfy house shoes to slip into.

Birkenstock Boston Wool Felt, $, available at Birkenstock
I’ve been eyeing these trousers ever since I came across them and now that they’re back in stock, I’m definitely tempted. The elasticated waist, roomy fit and giant pockets make these the ideal comfy pant. I would happily trade out my current denim jeans for a pair of these. <br><br><strong>Lloyd Clothing</strong> Pocket Pants Denim, $, available at <a href="https://www.lloydclothing.com/collections/pants/products/pocket-pants-denim?variant=36297004777621" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lloyd Clothing" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lloyd Clothing</a>
I’ve been eyeing these trousers ever since I came across them and now that they’re back in stock, I’m definitely tempted. The elasticated waist, roomy fit and giant pockets make these the ideal comfy pant. I would happily trade out my current denim jeans for a pair of these.

Lloyd Clothing Pocket Pants Denim, $, available at Lloyd Clothing
<strong>Jessica Morgan, Staff Writer</strong>
Jessica Morgan, Staff Writer
Around this time of year, I struggle with cold feet...not the kind that would make me abandon my groom at the altar, but actual cold feet. I love cashmere socks — even though they can be annoying to wash — and these look extra toasty.<br><br><strong>COS</strong> Ribbed Cashmere Socks, $, available at <a href="https://www.cosstores.com/en_gbp/women/womenswear/underwear/socks-tights/product.ribbed-cashmere-socks-beige.0804674008.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:COS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">COS</a>
Around this time of year, I struggle with cold feet...not the kind that would make me abandon my groom at the altar, but actual cold feet. I love cashmere socks — even though they can be annoying to wash — and these look extra toasty.

COS Ribbed Cashmere Socks, $, available at COS
Did you know that one pair of jeans = 10,000 litres of water? That’s crazy. Thankfully, new brand Aligne has found a way to create gorgeous jeans sustainably. This lovely boyfriend fit pair would go very nicely with Uggs this autumn.<br><br><strong>Aligne</strong> Adrie Boyfriend Jean, $, available at <a href="https://aligne.co/products/adrie?variant=35886257373339" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Aligne" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Aligne</a>
Did you know that one pair of jeans = 10,000 litres of water? That’s crazy. Thankfully, new brand Aligne has found a way to create gorgeous jeans sustainably. This lovely boyfriend fit pair would go very nicely with Uggs this autumn.

Aligne Adrie Boyfriend Jean, $, available at Aligne
Autumn has to be my favourite season ever. While it does get dark and gloomy, it also gets very wet and a pair of colourful wellies can really brighten up a grey day. This lightweight, bright pink pair is guaranteed to keep my spirits lifted this season. <br><br><strong>Le Chameau</strong> Women's Iris Wellington Boots, $, available at <a href="https://www.philipmorrisdirect.co.uk/le-chameau-womens-iris-wellington-boots/?sku=3101106&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpZeZp4SK7AIVA-d3Ch2CkQYWEAQYASABEgI4nvD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Philip Morris Direct" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Philip Morris Direct</a>
Autumn has to be my favourite season ever. While it does get dark and gloomy, it also gets very wet and a pair of colourful wellies can really brighten up a grey day. This lightweight, bright pink pair is guaranteed to keep my spirits lifted this season.

Le Chameau Women's Iris Wellington Boots, $, available at Philip Morris Direct
<strong>Sadhbh O'Sullivan, Health & Living Writer</strong>
Sadhbh O'Sullivan, Health & Living Writer
I’m on the lookout for a blouse that feels comfy and casual but still dressed up enough for working from home, and I feel very passionate about this almost garishly patterned one. Designers in the '70s really knew how to throw a pattern together. I’d wear this with black cords on its own or with the cream sweater vest I’m planning on knitting. And I’d throw these clogs on for good measure...<br><br><strong>Butlerbizarrevintage</strong> Pretty 70s Floral Blouse, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/865092915/pretty-70s-floral-blouse-in-fine-fabric?" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>
I’m on the lookout for a blouse that feels comfy and casual but still dressed up enough for working from home, and I feel very passionate about this almost garishly patterned one. Designers in the '70s really knew how to throw a pattern together. I’d wear this with black cords on its own or with the cream sweater vest I’m planning on knitting. And I’d throw these clogs on for good measure...

Butlerbizarrevintage Pretty 70s Floral Blouse, $, available at Etsy
As the weather gets colder I’ve become increasingly resentful of not having shoes I can easily slip on. My Birkenstocks and socks have got me through the pandemic so far but I’d like another shoe to add to my rotation, which is why it’s the perfect time to finally buy these clogs I’ve been eyeing for months.<br><br><br><strong>AmazingClosetShop</strong> Vintage Clogs, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/722327696/vtg-clark-clogs-shoestan-leather-clogs" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>
As the weather gets colder I’ve become increasingly resentful of not having shoes I can easily slip on. My Birkenstocks and socks have got me through the pandemic so far but I’d like another shoe to add to my rotation, which is why it’s the perfect time to finally buy these clogs I’ve been eyeing for months.


AmazingClosetShop Vintage Clogs, $, available at Etsy
If I’m gonna buy big labels, I’m gonna buy them secondhand, and this is an absolute winner. I love the colour, the shape, the size. I’ve been falling back on tote bags for too long! It’s time to change it up again.<br><br><strong>Mulberry</strong> Dark Brown Shoulder Bag, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/733039201/vintage-mulberry-shoulder-bagstructured?" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>
If I’m gonna buy big labels, I’m gonna buy them secondhand, and this is an absolute winner. I love the colour, the shape, the size. I’ve been falling back on tote bags for too long! It’s time to change it up again.

Mulberry Dark Brown Shoulder Bag, $, available at Etsy
<strong>Alicia Lansom, Editorial Assistant</strong>
Alicia Lansom, Editorial Assistant
I made a major mistake this summer when I didn’t buy myself a sun hat. Not only did it mean I was letting my skin feel the full power of the sun, it also meant I missed out on a super cute accessory. Luckily, the fisherman hat style is hanging about for autumn, this time in a range of waterproof fabrics. This nylon version from Weekday is exactly what I need to brighten up a rainy day.<br><br><br><strong>Weekday</strong> Delight Bucket Hat, $, available at <a href="https://www.weekday.com/en_gbp/women/accessories/hats/product.delight-bucket-hat-black.0857925001.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Weekday" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Weekday</a>
I made a major mistake this summer when I didn’t buy myself a sun hat. Not only did it mean I was letting my skin feel the full power of the sun, it also meant I missed out on a super cute accessory. Luckily, the fisherman hat style is hanging about for autumn, this time in a range of waterproof fabrics. This nylon version from Weekday is exactly what I need to brighten up a rainy day.


Weekday Delight Bucket Hat, $, available at Weekday
I’ve made it my mission this autumn to build up my collection of sweatshirts (which currently resides at one). This lilac Benetton number would be perfect with jeans and trainers on a chilly day out, and even better with joggers for a Saturday on the sofa.<br><br><strong>United Colors Of Benetton</strong> Lilac Crew Neck Sweatshirt, $, available at <a href="https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/en-gb/shop/benetton-lilac-crew-neck-sweatshirt?" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>
I’ve made it my mission this autumn to build up my collection of sweatshirts (which currently resides at one). This lilac Benetton number would be perfect with jeans and trainers on a chilly day out, and even better with joggers for a Saturday on the sofa.

United Colors Of Benetton Lilac Crew Neck Sweatshirt, $, available at Urban Outfitters
It's probably super basic of me but I have wanted an Acne Studios scarf forever. Every person I have ever seen wearing an Acne scarf looks like they have their shit together, and I just want to be part of their world. In light of this, I'm putting this checkered <em>Elmer</em>-inspired number at the top of my autumn wish list. <br><br><strong>Acne Studios</strong> Multi Check Scarf, $, available at <a href="https://www.acnestudios.com/uk/en/multi-check-scarf-blue-orange-green/CA0023-BOA.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Acne Studios" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Acne Studios</a>
It's probably super basic of me but I have wanted an Acne Studios scarf forever. Every person I have ever seen wearing an Acne scarf looks like they have their shit together, and I just want to be part of their world. In light of this, I'm putting this checkered Elmer-inspired number at the top of my autumn wish list.

Acne Studios Multi Check Scarf, $, available at Acne Studios
<strong>Jacqueline Kilikita, Beauty Editor</strong>
Jacqueline Kilikita, Beauty Editor
This teddy bear-esque tote is big enough to hold a warm picnic blanket and a bottle of red, perfect for socially distant park hangs when the weather becomes crisp. That’ll be now, then.<br><br><br><strong>ASOS DESIGN</strong> Oversized Borg Tote Bag, $, available at <a href="https://www.asos.com/asos-design/asos-design-oversized-borg-tote-bag-in-brown/prd/20905246?" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>
This teddy bear-esque tote is big enough to hold a warm picnic blanket and a bottle of red, perfect for socially distant park hangs when the weather becomes crisp. That’ll be now, then.


ASOS DESIGN Oversized Borg Tote Bag, $, available at ASOS
Anyone else trying to train themselves to wear jeans again? I’ve been lounging around in pyjama bottoms for six months but I suddenly miss denim, so I plan to treat myself to this high-waisted Levi’s pair. You can’t go wrong with 501s.<br><br><strong>Levi</strong> Original High-Waisted Straight Leg Jeans, $, available at <a href="https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/en-gb/shop/levis-501-original-high-waisted-straight-leg-jeans?" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>
Anyone else trying to train themselves to wear jeans again? I’ve been lounging around in pyjama bottoms for six months but I suddenly miss denim, so I plan to treat myself to this high-waisted Levi’s pair. You can’t go wrong with 501s.

Levi Original High-Waisted Straight Leg Jeans, $, available at Urban Outfitters
I’m a winter baby so I’m happy that boot weather is back! This year, the chunkier the better for me. I’m not sure if it’s the authority they command or that they simply give me a bit of extra height (I’m only 5ft) but I’ll be adding these platform boots to my basket come payday. They’ll look cool with my trusty black jumper dress.<br><br><br><strong>& Other Stories</strong> Chunky Leather Chelsea Boots, $, available at <a href="https://www.stories.com/en_gbp/shoes/boots/chelseaboots/product.chunky-leather-chelsea-boots-black.0893530001.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:& Other Stories" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">& Other Stories</a>
I’m a winter baby so I’m happy that boot weather is back! This year, the chunkier the better for me. I’m not sure if it’s the authority they command or that they simply give me a bit of extra height (I’m only 5ft) but I’ll be adding these platform boots to my basket come payday. They’ll look cool with my trusty black jumper dress.


& Other Stories Chunky Leather Chelsea Boots, $, available at & Other Stories

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