Ah, Autumn. The season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and wardrobe updates. To save you time getting dressed in the morning, we’ve got the five essential autumn looks that’ll take you through to Christmas.
Yes, we just said the C-word. Because these looks really are that good.
Dressed Down Dresses
If, like us, you’re always-in-a-rush-to-get-out-the-door, this is the look for you. It’s both super stylish and super effortless. What’s not to love about flinging on one item and being good to go? Update the look with trainers (to avoid looking too girlie): we love keeping it simple with white trainers (see Alex sporting this very look over on Insta), but these star-print beauties are pretty tempting (there’s definitely a constellation theme going on here).
And, yes, I know I am *slightly* stretching the rules with this maxi, but I am merely thinking of the very tall – and it’s a great dress. Through a jacket over it now, add a skinny polo neck underneath when the chill sets in.
Clockwise from top left: Constellation print dress,£45; White trainers, £19.50; Floral maxi dress, £49.50; Mesh sleeve midi dress, £49.50; Star print trainers, £29.50; Metallic trainers, £19.50; Tile print midi dress, £39.50
I am loving this look for autumn. Midi-skirts (preferably pleated) worn with a knit are a dream combo. Wear with biker or studded boots for more of a rock chick vibe, with smart flats for a dressed-up daytime look or with trainers for everyday cool. You could even throw on a pair of heels (a la the uber-stylish Alex Stedman of The Frugality) for a party. A midi skirt might just be your most versatile item yet.
Ribbed polo neck jumper, £17.50; Red cashmere sweater, £75; Metallic cable knit jumper, £35; Starry navy midi skirt, £45; Colour block asymmetrical skirt, £35; Embroidered pumps, £45 Velvet pleated midi, £35.
Fashion came over all Mitford for AW. Yes, the Prince of Wales check is A Thing and HRH at Balmoral should be considered your seasonal style icon. Are we all over this? Why, yes, quite possibly we are. Checks love colour (try mustard – another of this season’s big ol’ trends; pink; red) – see our instafriends Joanne from The Stylist and the Wardrobe and Chloe (who Loves to Shop) working the look. You do need to beware looking like an extra in Oliver (says the woman who tried one on and started humming ‘Consider Yourself’), so don’t go too over-sized if you, like us, err on the short side. These neat trousers are the answer if you feel hesitant – wear with an over-sized knit and flats.
Coat and Boots
OF COURSE we’re not advising you to go out just wearing a coat and boots, that would be pretty cold to start with, not to mention a little risqué. No, what we mean is that a coat and boots are seasonal essentials and when outside in mid-autumn/winter, it doesn’t really matter what’s under your coat, as the look is your coat. The good news is that M&S have honestly done a blinder this year. This trench is beautiful and looks far more expensive than it is (we love the detail), whilst the Animal Print coat and Biker Jacket are top of my coat wish list.
Shoes glorious shoes. Can you imagine my joy when I saw that glitter footwear was most categorically in favour for AW. For this is one of our favourite looks: jeans, sweater, and razzle-you-dazzle-you shoes (as sported here by Wardrobe Icons founder, the lovely Laura). For anyone who, like us, works from home/in a more relaxed environment, it’s the perfect outfit: casual enough to be comfortable but elevated to smart by the addition of a great pair of shoes. I love a simple knit here – like this cashmere crew neck, or opt for the men’s cashmere sweaters if you like something on the slouchier side. I like to roll up my jeans or chop off the bottoms for that slightly more undone look.
Clockwise from top left: Grey point flats with ribbons, £39.50; Kitten heel courts, £29.50; Laura Fantacci; Sparkle flats, £29.50; Gold slingback flats, £49.50; Stiletto print pointed courts, £19.50; Boyfriend jeans, £25.
This post was in partnership with Marks & Spencer