Autumn Staples You Need in Your Wardrobe

What’s not to love about Autumn? The trees turn a gorgeous colour, the weather turns crisper and we no longer have to worry about endlessly shaving our legs. But the best thing about a new season has to be the clothes and the fact that we can guiltlessly treat ourselves to a new autumn wardrobe. But before you reach for the credit card and wade brutishly through your favourite online shopping darlings, we’ve teamed up with designer fashion retailer Coggles to bring you some on trend autumn staples that will see you effortlessly transition in to the cooler months.

 The Ruffled Top

Whilst pleats have been a big trend throughout spring/summer 2016, the ruffled style is set to continue throughout the autumn/winter season and the likes of Alexander McQueen and Karl Lagerfeld have made them wearable again. Plus, they’re the perfect on trend staple that can be worn both in and out of the office.

autumn staples

Left to right; Alexander McQueen Women’s Peplem Ruffle Shirt, £118; Three Floor Women’s Parisian Shirt, £170.00; Karl Lagerfeld Women’s Silk Ruffle Cuff Blouse, £90

Read more: Summer to Fall Transitions

The Trench

It’s the autumn staple that makes a comeback every year. Infinitely spearheaded by Burberry’s timeless trench, it’s the piece that will never go out of fashion. But if you haven’t got a spare £1,500 to spend on a Burberry Sandringham, Coggles have some cheaper designer alternatives that will keep you looking classically cool all season long.

autumn staples

Left to right; Knutsford Women’s Mid Length Cotton Trench, £650; REDValentino Women’s Bullseye Back Trench Coat , £288; Gestuz Women’s Kendall Coat, £92


The Roll Neck

The roll neck, the polo neck, the turtle neck, whatever you wish to call them they’re bang on trend this season. Fronted by the likes of Fendi and Philip Lim, it’s a practical trend that’s also a stylish one. Fitted, baggy, long-sleeved or short sleeved, it’s also a versatile choice for those who need a woolly edition to their everyday wardrobe.

Expert tip: wear knits with different textures together for a super modern, chic look.

autumn staples

Left to right; French Connection Women’s Verdi Knits Capsleeve Jumper, £34; Sportmax Code Women’s Faggio Sweatshirt, £72; Theory Women’s Vandrona Jumper, £116

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The Cape

Capes were one of the coolest trends to hit the London AW16 catwalk. Perfect for autumn, where it’s too warm for a winter coat and too cold to go out without a cover up. It’s a chic piece that can transform a dressed down look in to a high-fashion outfit in seconds. From ultra-cosy to sleek lines, the likes of Versace, Burberry and Valentino have all been paying homage to the little red riding hood-esque piece this season.

autumn staples

Left to right; McQ Alexander McQueen Women’s Chevron Rib Cape, £310; Boutique Moschino Women’s Contrast Detail Cape Jumper, £297; A.P.C. Women’s Checked Zip Cape, £365

The Cocktail Dress

autumn staples

Left to right; Three Floor Women’s Floral Feeling Dress, £32; 2NDDAY Women’s Lay Dress, £104; Michael Kors Women’s Wide Strap Dress, £195

The summer might be over but the party season is only just beginning. Whatever your soiree, this is not the season to hide behind an average LBD. The models at Yves Saint Laurent teamed their 80’s style cocktail dresses with minimal make-up and undone hair at the AW16 shows back in March.

Expert tip: team your cocktail dress with a worn-in leather jacket for an edgier look.

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