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We Just Tried on These 8 Autumn Outfits and Fell in Love

Changing rooms still feel like a real novelty after months of online-only shopping, so to celebrate the arrival of autumn collections, our editors headed into stores to be able to give you our honest reviews. This month, we’ve been to the high street, tried new-in handbags and tested buzzy collaborations—and this time we’ve assembled eight autumn outfits from pieces we admired the most from the A/W 21 collections.

Our team has tried so many cult items, from Bottega boots to Christopher Kane’s statement tees, and have each tried different aesthetics for autumn. You’ll find something grunge, something ’70s and something with a back-to-school spirit. So whatever styling camp you’re in this autumn, we think you’ll find an outfit idea or two to try. We visited the personal shopping suites at Browns Fashion and MATCHESFASHION.COM, and because we are not just about new-in pieces, we also went to the rental platform Hurr’s space in Selfridges. Renting doesn’t have to be just for wedding guest outfits—we love the idea of borrowing a fabulous coat for a week or two.

Keep scrolling to see the eight outfit ideas we really love for autumn, assembled from some of the strongest collections around.

 

EMMA SPEDDING, EDITOR

Autumn editor outfits:

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I’ll be honest—I don’t know what happened to me at Browns. This is a very un-me outfit, but I’m into it. I love balancing the splashes of Billie Eilish green with a classic trench coat, making it feel less out-there.

Autumn editor outfits:

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Autumn editor outfits:

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Totême Double-Breasted Trench Coat
Totême
Double-Breasted Trench Coat
£650
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Christopher Kane Ecosexual Crystal Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Christopher Kane
Ecosexual Crystal Long Sleeve T-Shirt
£345
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Bottega Veneta Green Double Knot Leather Clutch Bag
Bottega Veneta
Green Double Knot Leather Clutch Bag
£930
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Balenciaga Black Tractor Leather Boots
Balenciaga
Black Tractor Leather Boots
£795
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Fashion editor autumn outfits

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This Prada nylon blazer is actually from the men’s department, and I love the oversized boxy fit. These Burberry loafers are also a wow autumn item for me and would look great with jeans or with midi dresses.

Autumn editor outfits:

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Autumn editor outfits:

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Prada Re-Nylon Single-Breasted Jacket
Prada
Re-Nylon Single-Breasted Jacket
£1600
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Simone Rocha Pearl Cardigan
Simone Rocha
Pearl Cardigan
£650
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Burberry Black Patent Leather T-Bar Shoes
Burberry
Black Patent Leather T-Bar Shoes
£520
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Chloé Black Kiss Small Leather Cross Body Bag
Chloé
Black Kiss Small Leather Cross Body Bag
£1250
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Brunello Cucinelli Straight Leg Jeans
Brunello Cucinelli
Straight Leg Jeans
£950
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HANNAH ALMASSI, EDITOR IN CHIEF

Fashion editor autumn outfits

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“One of my favourite films for fashion inspiration is Eyes of Laura Mars. So whenever that ’70s suiting look comes back into fashion, I’ll always go full throttle for it. The outfit centres around the dagger-collared orange-and-brown cardigan from Rejina Pyo, which I have been obsessed with for months. It’ll look good with jeans, but I’d much rather dress it up in a totally retro way.”

Autumn editor outfits:

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Autumn editor outfits:

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Bella Freud St James Wool Cavalry-Twill Suit Jacket
Bella Freud
St James Wool Cavalry-Twill Suit Jacket
£845
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Rejina Pyo Blake belted ribbed cotton-blend cardigan
Rejina Pyo
Blake belted ribbed cotton-blend cardigan
$325
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Gucci Pleated Checked Linen Midi Skirt
Gucci
Pleated Checked Linen Midi Skirt
£1250
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The Row Square-Toe Leather Mary Jane Pumps
The Row
Square-Toe Leather Mary Jane Pumps
£920
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Saint Laurent Maillon Medium Leather Shoulder Bag
Saint Laurent
Maillon Medium Leather Shoulder Bag
£1890
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Fashion editor autumn outfits

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“Blame it on the back-to-school mood I find myself in, but I’m into this bookish ‘dark academia’ idea of pinafore dresses layered over prim shirts. It’s simple but effective and very easy to re-create with what’s already in your wardrobe. Although, I wouldn’t say no to either of these things hopping into my closet…”

Autumn editor outfits:

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Autumn editor outfits:

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Emilia Wickstead Freya Square-Neck Speckled-Denim Midi Dress
Emilia Wickstead
Freya Square-Neck Speckled-Denim Midi Dress
£1460
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JW Anderson Peter Pan-Collar Cotton-Poplin Shirt
JW Anderson
Peter Pan-Collar Cotton-Poplin Shirt
£380
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Jil Sander Sphere-Link Choker
Jil Sander
Sphere-Link Choker
£360
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Andrea Wazen Mandaloun 85 knotted-Ties Leather Sandals
Andrea Wazen
Mandaloun 85 knotted-Ties Leather Sandals
£340
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REMI AFOLABI, VIDEO CONTENT CREATOR

Fashion editor autumn outfits

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“Kermit green is here to stay for me this autumn. I styled this stunning Bottega knit shirt with this bold blue Stella skirt for a striking take on the colour-block trend. I also paired this combo with the highly coveted Bottega boots for a kick of contrast to the feminine flare of the skirt. The light Totême leather jacket thrown on top is perfect for the days that don’t require too many layers.”

Autumn editor outfits:

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Autumn editor outfits:

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Totême Army Leather Jacket
Totême
Army Leather Jacket
£1600
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Bottega Veneta Ribbed Polo Shirt
Bottega Veneta
Ribbed Polo Shirt
£750
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Stella McCartney Flared Skirt
Stella McCartney
Flared Skirt
£675
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Prada Cleo Bag
Prada
Cleo Bag
£1700
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Fashion editor autumn outfits

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“I couldn’t help but obsess over Sacai’s unique take on the high-waist midi skirt. (As you can probably tell, I do love a midi.) From the utility-style pockets to the crisp pleated details, I’m all over this khaki nylon number. Again, I paired them with chunky boots for the ultimate utility-style combo.”

Autumn editor outfits:

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Autumn editor outfits:

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Kassl Pocket-Stud Raincoat
Kassl
Pocket-Stud Raincoat
£750
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Sacai Cargo-Pocket Skirt
Sacai
Cargo-Pocket Skirt
£685
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Staud Scotty Bag
Staud
Scotty Bag
£270
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Bottega Veneta Lug-Sole Chelsea Boots
Bottega Veneta
Lug-Sole Chelsea Boots
£845
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JOY MONTGOMERY, SHOPPING EDITOR

Fashion editor autumn outfits

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“Despite not usually being a big dress wearer, there’s something about this season’s prairie dress style that has piqued my interest. With its statement frills and dramatic sweeping skirt, it’s a dream for those who enjoy a little retro styling. I’ll be wearing this with my vintage loafers now then swapping in knee-high brown boots when winter arrives.”

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Seraphina The Summer Ruffle Dress
Seraphina
The Summer Ruffle Dress
£45
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Vintage Brown Woven Leather Shoes Loafers
Vintage
Brown Woven Leather Shoes Loafers
£82
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Fashion editor autumn outfits

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“I love the texture that the homespun trend has brought to the autumn collections, a season usually dominated by minimalist silhouettes and neutral colourways. Quilting is one style that Sea NY has really got on board with and executed beautifully. This skirt is the perfect foil for my fave past-season Ganni logo tee and the high-low appeal is very Scandi. Just add chunky boots and a shearling coat for the colder months.” 

Autumn editor outfits:

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Autumn editor outfits:

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Ganni Vase Tee
Ganni
Vase Tee
£75
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COS Organic Cotton Oversized Trench Coat
COS
Organic Cotton Oversized Trench Coat
£150
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Sea Linden Skirt
Sea
Linden Skirt
£34
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Next up, see our guide to the key trends for autumn 2021.

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