Five key trends to know about this season, from statement knits to the best blazers. Your autumn wardrobe refresh starts here
Pick up the check
Checks take centre stage, with gingham, plaid and tartan all jostling for a place in your wardrobe. You don’t have to go full punk revival; keep things simple by styling with cotton T-shirts, cashmere crew-neck jumpers and pure silk shirts. A wool-blend Prince of Wales trouser suit is a wise investment that will earn its keep during the cooler months.
Corduroy is making a major comeback this season so make a beeline for versatile colours such as cream, burnt orange and chocolate to eke the most mileage out of the trend. Thanks to its cosy and comforting feel, super-soft corduroy will become your new go-to on chilly mornings. For everyday wear, try a single-breasted blazer over layered knitwear with skinny jeans tucked into riding boots, as seen on the catwalks at perennially chic Celine.
We’re firm believers that floral print is an all-year-round style staple, but this season Erdem, Richard Quinn and Marc Jacobs upped the ante with a ‘more is more’ approach: think tiered ruffles coupled with billowing sleeves and pie-crust collars. For a real-life look that still packs a punch, try a floral midi dress paired with a classic chocolate-brown blazer and knee-high leather boots. Keep your make-up and hair low-key to allow the dress to make the statement.
New knits on the block
Continuing summer’s obsession with crochet, autumn sees the arrival of unexpected new knitwear shapes to love. Ribbed and crinkled textures are hot news, along with body-conscious shapes such as fitted sweater dresses, hip-skimming midi skirts and ankle-grazing culottes. Studio brands such as Lauren Manoogian and Mara Hoffman have set a luxe agenda with their cosy coordinating sets but you’ll be delighted to hear you can recreate the look thanks to our merino wool and pure cashmere options.
The great outdoors
As seen at Sandy Liang and See By Chloe, practical-chic is key this autumn, which is great if you like nothing more than kicking up leaves in your local park with a pumpkin-spiced latte in hand. We recommend investing in a couple of hardwearing items to live in. A roomy trucker jacker has potential for fuss-free layering and could be your most-worn item this season – simply dress it down with trainers for day and up with courts for evening. Similarly, a pair of hiking boots will add a subtle statement to weekend looks.
Editor: Dulcie Emerson