At the start of every new season, there are always certain non-negotiable basics I know I’ll be wearing in the coming months regardless of what the trends are. In winter, the list includes a warm coat and lug-sole boots. Spring might involve some new dresses and sandals, summer always requires a trove of white tops and basic linen, and autumn, of course, comes with its own set of essentials—all of which you’re about to read about below.
While the 2021 trend agenda has plenty of fun and directional looks to play with, I think the key to having a successful autumn wardrobe is being able to balance out the more of-the-moment pieces with an edit of never-date basics. This will ensure every outfit you wear feels timeless and not too trend-specific.
I like to keep on top of my basics, only replacing them when required. But to help you assemble your own edit of reliable autumn basics, I’ve chronicled them for you below. To see my must-haves in action, I’ve called upon some of my fashion friends for help, as they perfectly demonstrate the importance of autumn basics with their flawless outfits. Scroll on to see them and to shop my picks for each category along the way.
1. Cosy Cardigans
Style Notes: The cardigan’s massive comeback is probably my personal favourite of the last several years. Go for a thick cable-knit piece for a classic take or a sleek collared number that feels very now.