Autumn outfits can require quite a bit of planning. Coat or no coat? How many layers are too many layers? The below outfit ideas will see you through cooler days and right into the time when it turns really cold. Thankfully, online retailers are preempting our shopping whims and already starting to slowly fill their new-in sections with knitwear and trench coats. So although it might seem slightly early (we're still pretending we're having an extended summer), this is actually the perfect moment to take a pause and really think about what is missing from your autumn wardrobe before you start adding to it.
The below outfits include several classics that you'd typically expect from an autumn capsule, including trench coats, leather jackets and jeans, alongside some new additions that feel really relevant for the upcoming season. Think chunky track-sole boots worn with puff-sleeve dresses or '70s-style fringed suede jackets and pleated skirts that look amazing when worn with blazers.
Keep scrolling to see and shop 15 of our favourite autumn outfits, and start assembling your dream autumn capsule accordingly.
1. Black Blazer + Grey Trousers + Converse
Style Notes: This outfit strikes the perfect balance between relaxed and smart thanks to the oversized silhouettes and Converse.
COS Boyfriend Blazer (£135)
Arket Tailored Wool Trousers (£89)
Converse Chuck 70 Classic High Top (£75)
2. Fine Cardigan + Suede Skirt + Chunky Boots
Style Notes: We love how this suede midi skirt looks with a pair of chunky boots.
Autograph Pure Cashmere Crew Neck Cardigan (£89)
Uta Raasch Faux Suede Skirt (£99)
& Other Stories Squared Toe Leather Chelsea Boots (£135)
3. Bold-Colour Separates
Style Notes: Need to do a bit of dopamine dressing? Look to brightly coloured and saturated hues, and mix and match however you want. The trick here is to go as bright as possible.
Semicouture Double-Breasted Virgin Wool Blazer (£320)
Arket Kick Flare Cotton Stretch Trousers (£59)
Bottega Veneta Curve 95mm Sandals (£1302)
4. Tank Top + Jeans + Puffer Jacket
Style Notes: While a tank top and jeans might be a simple summer go-to, the addition of a cropped puffer instantly makes this outfit autumn-worthy.
H&M Quilted Down Jacket (£80)
Totême Ribbed Stretch-Micro Modal Tank (£85)
& Other Stories Relaxed High Rise Jeans (£65)
5. White Shirt + Slip Dress
Style Notes: A slip dress is a timeless summer staple, but the item can easily be made appropriate for autumn through the addition of a T-shirt or button-down.
Lee Mathews Stella Slip Dress (£370)
Arket Relaxed Poplin Shirt (£55)
Russell & Bromley Park Life Trainers (£175)
6. Short-Sleeve Cardigan + Jeans
Style Notes: A short-sleeve cardigan is a great option for cooler summer days and is a key part of your wardrobe come autumn. Pair it with jeans and sandals for a look that will work for either season (if it's still warm enough where you are).
Mango Openwork Knit Top (£30)
Totême Cropped High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans (£200)
Loewe Shell Basket Bag (£475)
7. Long-Sleeve Blouse + High-Waisted Trousers
Style Notes: Breathe new life into your summer dress by adding black stomper boots. Great for those pesky downpours.
Diane von Furstenburg Poppy Floral Jacquard Cotton Maxi Dress (£462)
Prada Leather Ankle Boots (£735)
8. Blazer + Jeans + Trainers
Style Notes: There's nothing as simply chic as a blazer thrown on over straight-leg jeans and a white T-shirt. Pair with trainers for the complete autumn-ready look.
Gap Classic Blazer (£51)
Arket Heavy-Weight T-Shirt (£35)
Levi's Ribcage Straight-Leg Jeans (£110)
Veja Campo V-Logo Leather Trainers (£115)
9. Short Dress + Leather Trousers
Style Notes: On cooler days, layer your dress over a pair of leather trousers. Provided it's not pouring, you can also get another wear out of your strappy sandals. Failing that, just add your favourite pair of ankle boots.
Karen Millen Curve Pleated Short Knitted Dress (£70)
La Redoute Leather Straight Trousers (£78)
Rejina Pyo Nane Top Knot Bag (£162)
The Row Constance 55 Off-White Leather Thong Sandals (£800)
10. Shirred Top + Baggy Trousers
Style Notes: We're very into baggy jeans right now. Opt for a khaki pair like Lucy Williams's, and throw on a long-sleeve shirred top for the coolest 2021 take on Gen Z trends.
& Other Stories Fitted Smocked Ruffle Top (£65)
ASOS Design Slouchy Chino Trouser in Khaki (£30)
11. Suede Jacket + Midi Dress
Style Notes: Wear your printed midi dresses that you've lived in all summer with a suede jacket with '70s fringing.
Free People Twist & Shout Vegan Shacket (£118)
Bernadette Audrey Printed Dress (£580)
Missoma Gold Ancien Hoops (£98)
12. Statement Trench + Jeans
Style Notes: Statement trench coats have been big news for several seasons thanks to this JW Anderson beauty. Pair it with a T-shirt, jeans and ankle boots.
Ivy & Oak Lavanda Trench Coat (£135)
& Other Stories Cropped Mock Neck Sweater (£35)
Reformation Cynthia High Rise Straight Jeans (£130)
13. Pleated Skirt + Shacket
Style Notes: One of our favourite trends for autumn is pleated skirts, which look amazing styled with either a blazer or a shacket.
Mango Oversized Shacket (£50)
Arket Pleated Asymmetric Skirt (£69)
COS Chunky Derby Shoes (£135)
14. Knit Dress + Leather Jacket
Style Notes: Knitted dresses and skirts are always a key buy for autumn, and we love how Sylvie Mus pairs her ivory ribbed knit with an oversized leather jacket and black mules.
& Other Stories Long Fitted Padded Shoulder Leather Blazer (£265)
COS Knitted Tube Dress (£79)
Wandler Isa Leather Mules (£198)
15. Vinyl Coat + Co-Ord
Style Notes: Give your lightweight summer co-ords an autumnal spin with vinyl outerwear, which will also help shield you from any chilly downpours that tend to happen during the season.
Eudon Choi Vinyl Belted Coat (£1009)
Mango Printed Shirt (£40)
Mango Printed Trousers (£40)
Neous Dofida Heeled Sandals (£435)
This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. Next Up: The Autumn 2021 Trends That Are in, According to 5 Gen Z Fashion Experts
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