It’s never too early to start thinking of outfit ideas for cooler days, even when the sun is shining. As British weather can’t be relied on, having cold-weather pieces at the ready is just a way of life. Plenty of our favourite autumn pieces are trans-seasonal, making them clever staples to invest in at any time. This summer, we’re celebrating bright days with brighter outfits, but when days start to cool down, we typically return to back-to-school tailoring, checked prints and a more muted colour palette. Often in autumn, the simplest outfits are the most reliable (especially considering that the weather can dramatically change within hours). We have identified nine basic outfits using a classic capsule—including a trench coat, ankle boots, a cashmere jumper and a heritage blazer—that you can always rely on come autumn and winter.
All the items you’ll find in the outfits below can easily be mixed and matched, so you’ll be able to create many versions of these autumn classics. And basic doesn’t have to be boring. You can mix brighter colours with the autumn-leaf colour wheel that has dominated this season. A brightly hued slip skirt can fit in an autumn capsule just as well as a houndstooth blazer and camel ankle boots do.
Keep scrolling to shop nine basic autumn outfit ideas that are anything but bland and that you’ll want to start wearing ASAP.