A change of season is the perfect time for a wardrobe reset—and that doesn't just mean buying lots of new things. The ideal autumn capsule wardrobe includes classics we revisit every year—including buttery leather ankle boots, trench coats and knitwear, with small tweaks to make these classics feel updated. There are 11 items for autumn that are worth considering if you're looking to make any new-season investments.
We might be in the middle of a heatwave, but the pre-fall collections are now dropping, and so cosy knits, leather separates and woolen coats are slowly taking over new-in sections. We find that autumn is the perfect time to step back and really think about what's worth buying and what slots into your existing cold-weather wardrobe. Keep scrolling to shop 11 editor-approved essentials for autumn and winter 2020.
1. Leather Separates
Leather is the fabric that designers are really experimenting with this autumn with buttery leather shirts, skirts and trousers. Brands such as Nanushka are also turning vegan leather into a luxe fabric.
Nanushka Poppy Tie-Front Vegan Leather Shirt (£310)
Arket Leather Shirt (£425)
2. Statement Trench Coat
We can expect to see trenches have a fashion edge this autumn.
Palones Notting Hill Two-Tone Twill Trench Coat (£155)
1/Off Paris Olive Checked Reversible Trench Coat (£850)
3. Chain Necklace
A small wardrobe update for 2020 is a choker necklace—preferably a chunky gold chain.
Kenneth Jay Lane Hammered Gold-Tone Chain Necklace (£205)
Kenneth Jay Lane Crystal-Embellished Gold-Tone Chain Necklace (£215)
4. Pleated Skirt
Pleated skirts have long been a wardrobe classic. However, they're set to become even more popular this autumn, especially when worn with a blazer.
Arket Pleated Asymmetric Skirt (£99)
Arket Pleated Crepe Skirt (£35)
5. Boxy Blazer
Every year, blazers are an autumn essential. They look just as good with dark floral midis as with jeans and chunky boots.
Rejina Pyo Tweed Blazer (£595)
Frankie Shop Weekend Wool and Alpaca-Blend Blazer (£330)
6. Brown Jumper
The chicest knitwear we've seen in the autumn collections so far is chunky ribbed wool jumpers in oatmeal and coffee colours.
Equipment Embellished Ribbed Wool and Cashmere-Blend Turtleneck Sweater (£265)
Allude V-Neck Ribbed Cashmere Sweater (£455)
7. Suede Jacket
This is the one thing every single one of our editors wants to buy for autumn: a suede jacket adorned with '70s fringing.
Iro Limited Edition Leather Jacket With Fringing (£700)
Gucci Suede Collarless Jacket (£3600)
8. Knitted Vest
Knitted vests are going to be a key item for this autumn thanks to brands such as Dior and Gucci. We love how they look layered over a white shirt.
Prada Intarsia Wool Tank (£510)
COS Cashmere V-Neck Vest (£99)
9. Chunky Boots
Chunky boots were hugely popular last autumn, and this is set to continue this winter. The thicker the sole, the better.
Prada 60 Glossed-Leather Platform Chelsea Boots (£750)
Gucci Leon Leather Chelsea Boots (£700)
10. Colourful Checks
Checks are always a hero item for autumn, and this year, lots of brands such as Miu Miu and Stella McCartney have played with bold, colourful checks.
Ganni Shirred Checked Cotton-Blend Seersucker Top (£155)
King & Tuckfield Checked Linen Wide-Leg Pants (£355)
11. Leather Blazer
When it comes to outerwear, leather blazers and coats will dominate this autumn. We love the below jacket from & Other Stories.
Arket Oversized Leather Blazer (£450)
& Other Stories Padded Leather Jacket (£349)
This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Next up, see our guide to the key trends for summer 2020.
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
Read More from Who What Wear