I’ve Created the Perfect Autumn Capsule and It’s Made Up of These 11 Pieces

August 01, 2020 at 06:00AM

A change of season is the perfect time for a wardrobe reset—and that doesn’t just mean buying lots of new things. The ideal autumn capsule wardrobe includes classics we revisit every year—including buttery leather ankle boots, trench coats and knitwear, with small tweaks to make these classics feel updated. There are 11 items for autumn that are worth considering if you’re looking to make any new-season investments.

We might be in the middle of a heatwave, but the pre-fall collections are now dropping and so cosy knits, leather separates and woolen coats are slowly taking over new-in sections. We find that Autumn it is the perfect time to step back and really think about what’s worth buying and think about what slots into your existing cold-weather wardrobe. Keep scrolling to shop 11 editor-approved essentials for autumn winter 2020. 

Leather is the fabric that designers are really experimenting with this autumn, with buttery leather shirts, skirts and trousers. Brands like Nanushka are also turning vegan leather into a luxe fabric.

We can expect to see trenches have a fashion edge this autumn.

A small wardrobe update for 2020 is a choker necklace—preferably a chunky gold chain.

Pleated skirts have long been a wardrobe classic; however, they’re set to become even more popular this autumn, especially when worn with a blazer.

Every year, blazers are an autumn essential. They look just as good with dark floral midis as with jeans and chunky boots.

The chicest knitwear we’ve seen in the autumn collections so far is chunky ribbed wool jumpers in oatmeal and coffee colours.


This is the one thing every single one of our editors wants to buy for autumn: a suede jacket adorned with ’70s fringing.

Knitted vests are going to be a key item for this autumn thanks to brands like Dior and Gucci. We love how they look layered over a white shirt.

Chunky boots were hugely popular last autumn, and this is set to continue this winter. The thicker the sole, the better.

Checks are always a hero item for autumn, and this year lots of brands such as Miu Miu and Stella McCartney have played with bold, colourful checks. 

When it comes to outerwear, leather blazers and coats will dominate this autumn. We love the below jacket from & Other Stories.

Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring summer 2020.

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Author Emma Spedding | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC

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