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11 Classic Autumn Pieces Every Smart Dresser Owns

·4-min read

As much as we love talking about trends here at Who What Wear, the fact of the matter is that they're nothing without wardrobe basics. Pretty much every outfit needs basics, but not every outfit needs trends. Since you're reading this, it's probably safe to assume that you consider your style to be at least somewhat classic. But if that's not the case, we're firm believers that many of the following pieces deserve a place in any wardrobe, no matter how you'd define your style.

Our definition of a smart dresser is someone who has the tools to quickly put together a great outfit because they own versatile wardrobe staples for each season that never go out of style and that can be worn over and over without anyone really noticing. You could probably guess what some of those tools are, but just in case, scroll to shop whatever you might be missing below. These are the classics that'll make getting dressed so much easier each and every autumn.

Leather Jacket

Leather jacket trends may come and go, but if you want one that'll give you the most longevity, we suggest a leather blazer or slightly oversize moto. They add a cool touch to any outfit without trying too hard.

Shop our picks:

Veda x Reformation Bowery Leather Blazer (£400)

Totême Oversized Leather Jacket (£1600)

Levi's Faux Leather Moto Jacket (£59)

Cotton Sweaters

Save the wool, alpaca, and cashmere for winter. In the autumn, you need breathable, lightweight sweaters that are made of cotton.

Shop our picks:

Mr Mittens Pointelle-Knit Cotton Sweater (£275)

525 Cotton Balloon Sleeve Cardigan (£93)

Madewell Seagrove Pullover Sweater (£60)

Black Loafers

When you're not quite ready to wear boots and sneakers seem too casual, it's wise to have black loafers on hand. They go with everything.

Shop our picks:

Reformation Agathea Chunky Loafers (£248)

Gucci 1953 Horsebit Loafers in Leather (£575)

Mango Buckle Coco Moccasins (£36)

Oversize Blazer

Not sure if you've noticed, but a blazer is oftentimes the perfect jacket for autumn. It provides the perfect amount of warmth, but you won't overheat in it.

Shop our picks:

Mango Double-Breasted Wool Blazer (£100)

ASOS Design Curve Exclusive Shrunken Dad Suit Blazer ($50)

ASTR the Label Autumn Blazer (£122)

Long-Sleeve Minidress

If you're confused as to why you'd need a short dress in the autumn, hear us out. A minidress and boots (especially knee boots) make the perfect simple outfit combination.

Shop our picks:

Reformation Mochi Floral Print Mini Dress (£220)

BP Fitted Slit Long Sleeve Rib Dress (£31)

BB Dakota Faux Leather Shirtdress (£72)

Knee Boots

Speaking of knee boots, get yourself a pair to wear with minidresses, jeans, and everything else.

Shop our picks:

H&M Knee-High Boots (£40)

Mango Leather Boots With Tall Leg (£90)

Staud Wally Boots (£360)

Slouchy Trousers

When you're tired of wearing jeans and you want to look polished, slouchy trousers are the answer. We suggest high-waisted pleated pairs that aren't cropped.

Shop our picks:

Reformation Oren Pants (£180)

& Other Stories Wide Pleated High Waist Trousers (£75)

Pixie Market Black Crossover Pants (£130)

Striped and Solid Long-Sleeve Tees

Not sure about you, but something we always kind of forget to buy is long-sleeve tees. When it's not cold enough for a sweatshirt or sweater yet, but it's too cold for a short-sleeve tee, this is the solution. Plus, they're perfect for layering.

Shop our picks:

Everlane The Modern Breton Tee (£50)

Splits59 Louise Rib Long Sleeve (£57)

& Other Stories Relaxed Cotton Top (£27)

Non-Trendy Jeans

We love a good denim trend, but when it comes to classic autumn pieces, you need a pair of perfect Goldilocks jeans—not too low but not too high, not too skinny but not too loose, not too dark but not too light.

Shop our picks:

Madewell The Perfect Vintage Straight Jean in Hoye Wash (£129)

Everlane The Way-High Jeans (£84)

Trench Coat

Sorry to be boring and state the obvious, but a trench coat is a very smart buy. It's the perfect weight for autumn and makes every outfit instantly chic.

Shop our picks:

Reformation Holland Trench (£270)

Burberry Cotton Trench Coat (£1890)

Ganni Stretch Canvas Trench Coat (£345)


When it's not yet chilly enough for a scarf but you need something, you'll be glad you stocked up on turtleneck tees and sweaters.

Shop our picks:

& Other Stories Fitted Lyocell Ribbed Turtleneck (£29)

Staud Urchin Sweater (£135)

& Other Stories Turtleneck Wool Knit Vest (£65)

Next up, the biggest autumn/winter 2021 fashion trends to know.

This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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