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

September 03, 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, such as 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.

The change of season brings with it cosy knits, leather separates and woolen coats that are slowly taking over new-in sections. We find that autumn is the perfect time to step back and really think about what’s worth buying and what slots into your existing cold-weather wardrobe. Keep scrolling to shop 11 editor-approved essentials for autumn and winter 2020. 

Designers are really experimenting with leather this autumn, especially buttery leather shirts, skirts and trousers. Brands such as Nanushka are also turning vegan leather into a luxe fabric.

We can expect to see trenches with 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 wardrobe classics. 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 they do with jeans and chunky boots.

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

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

Chunky boots were hugely popular last autumn, and they’re 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.

One thing many of us are promoting for 2020 is comfort, and nothing is comfier than knitted dresses.

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Next up, see our guide to the key trends for autumn winter 2020. 

Author Emma Spedding | Whowhatwear
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