Top 20: Your Definitive Guide to Autumn Dressing

The impending new season brings with it endless inspiration for a new take on cold-weather dressing...

You won’t find the usual grey knits, denim and scarves here – this Autumn it’s all about colour (and lots of it), clever layering, feminine prints and texture – a seriously exciting mismatch of retro, grunge and 90s style dressing. Ready to note down your shopping hit-list?

Editor: Marisa Remond

Floaty dress

Don’t let the sheer fabric fool you, for added warmth you can add a textured coat and this season’s slouchy take on knee-high boots.

Square sunglasses

What seemed so wrong not that long ago now suddenly seems so right. Go big or go small, just as long as you go square.

Hair accessories

Headbands, florals… if you’re getting an Elaine Benes vibe from Seinfeld then you’re on the right track.

New Bucket Bag

From work day to weekend, we can’t get enough of Staud’s barrel-shaped bucket bag.


The good news is that you can find every type of floral print imaginable at the moment – from the large and loud to super discreet. This Rixo London wrap dress somehow merges both.

Retro trainers

Ummm… buying right now.

Teddy Coats

Not to be confused with your children’s favourite stuffed toy, teddy coats are basically warm and fuzzy jackets that add a pop of texture to otherwise streamlined separates.

Track Pants

These sporty pants blur the line between dressy and casual and can work just as well with heels as they do with trainers.


A simple wardrobe essential that everyone should own in at least two colourways.


This season’s take on satin is a lot more wearable – think colour, asymmetrical hemlines and contrasting fabrics to really step things up a notch.

Straight Leg Jeans

Not skinny, not wide, just straight.


The array of pleated skirts on offer at the moment have the ability to convert even the biggest pleat-skeptic (that would be me).


Even if you are sticking to a mostly dark or neutral colour palette for the new season, you can always add a pop of colour in a throw-on coat, like this reversible beauty from Seed.

Wrap Skirt

A hero piece to nab if you need basics that will take you from day to night with ease.


A chic footwear silhouette in a gorgeous statement hue.

Chunky Cardigans

They’re baaaaaack. They’re also seriously warm and effortlessly cool when worn with denim and a simple tee.

70s Stripes

These retro, slightly sporty-inspired stripes are just the ticket for adding a little personality to plain skirts and pants.

Wide Leg Pants

A modern take on a retro classic, these pull-on silk pants give a pyjama vibe that somehow works for the office, too.


The trick with this season’s take on a blazer is all in the fit – opt for double breasted styles that have a slightly oversized silhouette.


A man-style shirt in a feminine fit and colour-way – we’re betting this will be a weekly favourite.