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, such as 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.
The change of season brings with it cosy knits, leather separates and wool coats that 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. The items below are hero items that all of your autumn outfits can centre around, whether it's a knitted vest or a pair of chunkyk boots. Keep scrolling to shop 11 editor-approved essentials for autumn and winter 2021.
1. Leather Separates
Designers have been experimenting with leather for the past few autumns, especially buttery leather shirts, skirts and trousers. Brands such as Nanushka are also turning vegan leather into a luxe fabric.
Loulou Studio Noro Leather Wide-Leg Pants (£480)
Stand Studio Remi Faux-Leather Shirt-Dress (£320)
2. Statement Trench Coat
We can expect to see trenches with a fashion edge this autumn.
Moncler Genius + 1 Jw Anderson Dungeness Trench Coat (£945)
Kassl Editions Above the Knee Coated Trench Coat (£650)
3. Pleated Skirt
Pleated skirts have long been wardrobe classics. However, they're set to become even more popular this autumn, especially when worn with a blazer.
Arket Pleated Midi Skirt (£69)
The Row Coraline Pleated Wool and Silk-Blend Maxi Skirt (£1640)
4. Boxy Blazer
Every year, blazers are an autumn essential. They look just as good with dark floral midis as they do with jeans and chunky boots.
Frankie Shop Isla Crepe Blazer (£260)
Arket Oversized Heavy Linen Blazer (£125)
5. Camel Jumper
The chicest knitwear we've seen in the autumn collections so far are chunky, ribbed wool jumpers in oatmeal and coffee colours.
Totême Oversized Cable-Knit Wool-Blend Sweater (£600)
Autograph Pure Cashmere V-Neck Relaxed Jumper (£89)
6. Knitted Vest
Knitted vests are going to be a key item once again this autumn—we love how they look layered over a white shirt.
Gucci Intarsia Mohair-Blend Tank (£750)
Arket Alpaca Blend Vest (£69)
7. Chunky Boots
Chunky boots were hugely popular last autumn, and they're set to continue this winter. The thicker the sole, the better.
Bottega Veneta Lug Rubber-Trimmed Leather Chelsea Boots (£845)
Arket Chunky-Sole Leather Boots (£190)
8. Colourful Checks and Tartan
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 and heritage red tartans.
Alessandra Rich Checked Velvet-Trimmed Wool Blazer (£1255)
Balenciaga Hourglass Double-Breasted Checked Wool-Twill Coat (£2450)
9. Leather Blazer
When it comes to outerwear, leather blazers and coats will dominate this autumn.
Arket Oversized Leather Blazer (£450)
& Other Stories Padded Leather Jacket (£349)
10. Knitted Dresses
One thing many of us are promoting for 2021 is comfort, and nothing is comfier than knitted dresses.
Loulou Studio Gaya Ribbed-Knit Midi Dress (£335)
Arket Knot-Detail Knitted Wool Dress (£89)
11. Knitwear with Cut-Outs
When it comes to knitwear, its all about fitted tops with cut-out details on the neckline.
Usisi Sister Kirstie Cutout Cotton-Blend Sweater (£210)
Roksanda Emrata Off-The-Shoulder Cutout Ribbed-Knit Top (£495)
This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
Next up, see our guide to the key trends for autumn winter 2021.
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