As editors of Who What Wear, we like to tell you about the chicest trends around and the kind of pieces that are actually worth investing in. While we’re always writing with you and ourselves in mind (it would be pointless if we chose pieces that we didn’t like, after all), this column is about the items I personally want to buy this month. As a commuter and a mum of a toddler, this means that I need pieces that wash well, don’t crease too much and look smart but also work for the weekend. I’m also super mindful about the environment and want to ensure that anything I buy is a forever purchase as well as something that fits seamlessly into my existing wardrobe.
This month, I'm thinking about party season as well as 2020, and I’ve got a friend’s wedding coming up too. I plan on buying something fancy, but it also has to be a piece I’ll still want to wear after, which is why I’ve included a versatile (but party-ready) blouse from Topshop. As for more staple pieces, as usual I'm on the hunt for great knitwear but also boots that will last the whole winter and well into spring. Essentially, I’m all about the basics this month with a few sparkly bits thrown in for good measure. Keep scrolling for what I'm buying.
& Other Stories Oversized Belted Wool Coat (£175)
I don't own a really great classic coat, so this one has gone straight to the top of my shopping list.
Lili Radu Ellipse Mini (£300)
This bag has a longer strap for when you want to wear it across your body, and then it can be tucked in so you can wear it as a clutch for party season. It also holds way more than you'd think (i.e., it fits a phone, keys, money and at least three items of makeup).
Zara Leather High Heel Boots With Tall Leg (£119)
I've finally given in and I'm prepared to join the knee-high boot bandwagon with these magnificent ones from Zara.
Topshop Grey Long Sleeve Puff Taffeta Blouse (£35)
I plan to wear this blouse to a friend's wedding with some black trousers, a gold necklace and chunky platform sandals.
Isabel Marant Gold-Tone and Shell Choker (£160)
After being on trend for so many seasons, I think we can now say that shell necklaces are a wardrobe staple.
H&M Wool-Blend Shirt Jacket (£70)
I'm always up for a bit of lumberjack chic.
John Lewis & Partners Luna Stripe Cotton Pyjama Set (£39)
A classic pair of PJs just in time for Christmas.
Ganni Fair Isle Buttoned Cardigan (£200)
I love Ganni's take on the Fair Isle print.
Ghost Rosaleen Spot Print Satin Dress, Hattie Holepunch (£165)
A dress that will last you throughout all of winter with flat or heeled boots and will look incredible with sandals once spring and summer roll around.
Tort Anna clip in Grapefruit Sorbet (£22)
Because it's fun.
Good News Organic Cotton-Canvas Sneakers (£110)
A new sneaker brand that prides itself on being sustainable thanks to its use of recycled rubber soles and organic cotton.
Whistles Tailored Jersey Jumpsuit (£139)
A timeless jumpsuit design from Whistles.
Arizona Love Trekky Leopard-Print Velcro-Strap Sandals (£100)
It's not exactly sandal weather right now, but these Arizona Love shoes just dropped on Matches after being sold out forever.
Kitri Victoria Green Faux Leather Jacket (£195)
One of team Who What Wear's favourite dress brands now does coats.
Ninety Percent Kaye Ribbed Organic Cotton-Jersey Turtleneck Top (£35)
Sustainable brand Ninety Percent does exceptional layering pieces.
Arket Regular Cropped Jeans (£59)
Cropped jeans for anyone who's on the shorter side like me.
Falke Dot 15 Denier Point D’Esprit Tights (£20)
Not all tights have to be black or nude.
Could this dress be any more gorgeous?
Dr Marten's 1461 Slip Resistant (£129)
I've seen so many people wearing these recently, and now I want a pair too.
Marks & Spencer Cashmere Short Dressing Gown (£200)
Oh so cosy and oh so chic.
Cos Leather Purse Belt Bag (£59)
Add some colour to your outfit with this minimalist belt purse.
Last Month's Picks
Isabel Marant Milane Cable-Knit Merino-Wool Sweater (£705)
Isabel Marant creates a version of this jumper every season, and the reason I love it is because it’s simple. It’s a classic knit, yet the tiny style tweak of slightly exaggerated shoulders gives it a more directional edge.
Ninety Percent Ribbed Organic Cotton-Blend Jersey Top (£38)
Wear under everything during the cold autumn days.
& Other Stories Hourglass Houndstooth Blazer (£135)
The most flattering and affordable blazer around.
Weekday Lash River Blue Jeans (£40)
I’ve been hunting for a great pair of blue jeans and think I’ve just found them. These also come recommended by so many people I know that I’ve finally decided to make the purchase.
Charles & Keith Croc-Effect Structured Top Handle Bag (£59)
Croc effect makes everything look more expensive. This chic handbag is one I’ve had my eye on for a while.
Whistles Ari Slip On Mule (£139)
A great alternative to open-toe mules.
Bernadette Sarah Floral-Print Stretch-Silk Satin Dress (£720)
I can’t tell you how much I love this dress brand. If you hate floral prints, I bet you won’t after looking at the pieces from Bernadette.
Nanushka Naum Vegan Leather Shirt (£300)
Leather shirts are big this season, but Nanunshka only opts for vegan leather, so it’s a great nod to sustainability.
Warehouse Utility Midi Wrap Skirt (£45)
A great smart skirt that will be great for meetings as well as evenings out.
Prada 105 Suede Platform Sandals (£645)
To wear with jeans, skirts, dresses or trousers. Basically everything.
Céline Vintage Cloth Clutch Bag (£87)
Not the most obvious choice when it comes to Céline bags, but that’s precisely why I love it.
H&M Faux Fur Coat (£80)
There’s nothing more fabulous than a leopard-print coat, and this one is so affordable. I can’t wait to wear this with the blue jeans above.
Topshop Vintage Floral Piped Midi Dress (£39)
Darker floral dresses are big for autumn/winter 2019. This one ticks that box as well as looking vintage too.
Aeydē Kate Black Leather Ankle Boots (£315)
This is how I like to invest in a trend that might not be around for more than two seasons: Go for something that hints at it so you can wear it for as long as possible.
Honna Powder Blue Stripe Pyjama Set (£95)
New pyjamas in the autumn are exactly what everyone needs as the nights get longer.
Étoile Isabel Marant Guan Patchwork Cotton-Gabardine Jumpsuit (£450)
The ultimate utilitarian jumpsuit that I can’t stop thinking about.
Mango Oversize Sunglasses (£20)
These are so fabulous and ideal for keeping out the autumn sun. I also love the vintage style of them.
& Other Stories Chain Link Choker Necklace (£27)
I’ve finally given in and decided I need a gold chain choker in my life.
ASOS Designer Ruched Maxi Dress (£42)
Such a chic dress.
Arket Knitted Pima Cotton Top (£45)
A Breton top is never a bad investment.
& Other Stories Cropped Cardigan (£75)
Cropped cardigans are so flattering when worn with high-waisted trousers.
Next up, the biggest autumn/winter 2019 trends you need to know.
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