Effortless Autumn Essentials

Sorry, I know I go on about the weather quite a bit, I’m already missing the summer sun but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited about autumn. Chillier days call for cosy knits, a new coat and the replacement of some wardrobe essentials, like a good pair of black trousers or a simple blue shirt. I’ve called these my effortless autumn essentials because they’re such easy pieces to wear and to combine. Add in a few basics and you’ve pretty much got a capsule wardrobe for the season.

Metallics are a big trend for AW16, having appeared on the catwalks of Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant back in February. It’s a trend I really like but I’m still thinking about how I’m going to make it work for me. I think the easiest is a skirt that I can dress down with a plain white tee or dress up with a little camisole and blazer. I’ve been eyeing up the Isabel Marant Étoile Malden gold pleated skirt for a little while but I found this pale gold one on the Whistles website today and it’s a much more affordable option (or there’s this Topshop one).

Whistles is one of my favourite high street brands, every season they manage to cover the trends as well as timeless classics in each of their collections. I’m also planning to expand my knitwear collection and I love the shape of their new Kennedy roll neck jumper, it’ll go perfectly with a pair of tailored trousers or tucked into a short a-line skirt, like this gorgeous burgundy leather one I also found on their website. Burgundy, maroon, oxblood (whatever you call it) is one of those colours you can guarantee will show up every autumn, it also happens to go well with navy which I wear a lot.

Both COS and & Other Stories have some incredible coats this season (check out my favourite winter coats here). COS’s short belted wool coat is really versatile, wear it with jeans at the weekend or over a crisp shirt at work.

1. Whistles Kennedy Cashmere Roll Neck in Navy | 2. Whistles Metallic Foil Skirt | 3. Simon Miller Bonsai Leather Bucket Bag in Black | 4. & Other Stories Pleated Collar Shirt in Blue | 5. Au Rate Crossover Necklace in Gold | 6. COS Short Belted Wool Coat in Navy | 7. Jaeger Wool Cigarette Trousers in Black | 8. Agneel Akra Shopper in Black Leather | 9. Whistles Rita Leather Skirt | 10. Acne Studios Priscilla Heeled Slingback Mules in Black | 11. Jessie Harris Knot Knocker Earrings