After months of wearing vibrant summer dresses and adventurous prints like tie-dye and neon, many of us see autumn as an opportunity for a wardrobe reset. During this time of year, we typically return to back-to-school tailoring, checked prints and a more muted colour palette. Often in autumn, the simplest outfits are the most reliable (especially considering that the weather can dramatically change within hours). We have identified nine basic outfits using a classic capsule—including a trench coat, ankle boots, a cashmere jumper and a heritage blazer—that you can always rely on come autumn and winter.
All the items you’ll find in the outfits below can easily be mixed and matched, so you’ll be able to create many different versions of these autumn classics. And basic doesn’t have to be boring. You can mix brighter colours with the autumn-leaf colour wheel that has dominated this season. A brightly hued slip skirt can fit in an autumn capsule just as well as a houndstooth blazer and camel ankle boots do.
Keep scrolling to shop nine basic autumn outfit ideas that are anything but bland.
1. Trench + Loafers + Neutral Jumper
Style Notes: As far as Brit autumn wardrobes go, a trench coat is quintessential. Of course, there are plenty of plain options that go with every outfit, but we also love trenches with different design details, like these checked panels.