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10 Autumnal Items Every London Fashion Person Owns

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@laurennicolefk

Lauren-Nicole steps out in the streets of London in a cool double-denim look. 

It’s August, which means London Fashion Week will be here in the blink of an eye. The September shows always mark the start of autumn, and for this, we’re not-so-secretly glad.

There’s nothing like a new season to make you want to reassess your wardrobe, pull out gems you haven’t worn for months and identify any gaps. To celebrate, we’ve looked to some of London’s most stylish dressers to see which trends they’re already backing for autumn and how they’re mastering this notoriously tricky time for dressing. Needless to say, their outfits threw up a wealth of inspiration.

It turns out that just a handful of key buys can bring your wardrobe instantly up-to-date for autumn—be it a new bag shape or an inspired shoe choice. Scroll through the 10 pieces that are all you need to compile the ultimate London autumn capsule wardrobe to carry you through the next five months. 

1. Chic Jumpsuits

london autumn capsule wardrobe: Grace in a white boiler suit

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@thevisuelofgrace

There are so many reasons to embrace the brilliantly versatile jumpsuit. First, it’s more effortless than a dress. Second, it can be dressed up or down, and third, it flatters every body type. Make room for a boilersuit style this autumn. You could even go for one with tailored details like Loïcka’s, which features statement pockets.

Equipment Almira Jumpsuit
Equipment
Almira Jumpsuit
£450
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Sonder Studio Zip-Up Denim Jumpsuit
Sonder Studio
Zip-Up Denim Jumpsuit
£69
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2. Directional Trenches

london autumn capsule wardrobe: An oversized or deconstructed trench coat creates a sleek silhouette

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@_jessicaskye

If you’ve been hankering after a classic trench, may we point you in the direction of one with an unusual twist? Whether it’s oversized, deconstructed or cape-like, you’ll reap the benefits of being able to chuck it over anything in unpredictable weather while cutting quite the dash.

Maje Belted Trench Coat With Leather Patches
Maje
Belted Trench Coat With Leather Patches
£379
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H&M Oversized Trench Coat
H&M
Oversized Trench Coat
£50
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3. Chunky Knee Boots

Okay, so you mightn’t need rubberised, track-sole, waterproof knee boots in early autumn, but seeing as this specific style is set to be the most popular of the season, it pays to secure yours early. We predict both Ganni’s and Marks and Spencer’s pairs will sell out particularly fast. 

Marks and Spencer Chunky Cleated Knee High Boots
Marks and Spencer
Chunky Cleated Knee High Boots
£50
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Ganni Knee High Chelsea Boots
Ganni
Knee High Chelsea Boots
£299
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4. Something Vinyl

How can you add edge to your transeasonal looks? With a touch of vinyl. Whether it’s a pencil skirt or a coat, nothing screams Londoner attire like a high-shine finish. Oh, and did someone say rain-proof? 

16Arlington Fonda High-Rise Patent-Leather Pencil Skirt
16Arlington
Fonda High-Rise Patent-Leather Pencil Skirt
£600
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Stutterheim Mosebacke Long Opal Black Coat
Stutterheim
Mosebacke Long Opal Black Coat
£265
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5. Pearl Jewellery

There’s no easier way to add power to your look than with a statement piece of jewellery. And the look that just keeps on gaining traction? Big, bold pearl jewellery.

Lily & Roo Solid Gold Large Pearl Drop Hoop Earrings
Lily & Roo
Solid Gold Large Pearl Drop Hoop Earrings
£95
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Eliou Pietro Freshwater Baroque Pearl and Gold-plated Brass Necklace
Eliou
Pietro Freshwater Baroque Pearl and Gold-plated Brass Necklace
£128
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6. Sculptural Handbags

london autumn capsule wardrobe: Architectural handbags

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@waityouneedthis

It’s no longer hip to be square. If you’re after a new handbag, succumb to all the unusual shapes and handle styles designers are serving up this season.

Staud Moon Bag
Staud
Moon Bag
£240
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JW Pei Rantan Bag
JW Pei
Rantan Bag
£109
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7. Wide-Leg Trousers

This year, suddenly, wide-leg trousers are all the rage. They’re comfortable and chic in equal amounts, so it’s easy to understand why. Make like Marianne and wear yours with a knitted tank (coming right up) for perhaps the most 2021 autumn ensemble. 

The Row Gala Cream Wide-Leg Trousers
The Row
Gala Cream Wide-Leg Trousers
£940
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Karen Millen Curve Soft Tailored Wide Leg Trouser
Karen Millen
Curve Soft Tailored Wide Leg Trouser
£109
£88
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8. A Dose of Tartan

london autumn capsule wardrobe: tartan prints can be clashed from head to toe

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@monikh

Though checks are always on the London style agenda, none feel quite as British-cool as tartan. Whether you choose to wear it from head to toe or simply mix it in with a plaid top, don’t be afraid to experiment with clashing several iterations at once.

Molly Goddard Soha Ruffle Tulle Tartan Cardigan
Molly Goddard
Soha Ruffle Tulle Tartan Cardigan
£320
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RedValentino Wool-Tartan Mini Skirt
RedValentino
Wool-Tartan Mini Skirt
£250
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9. Knitted Vests

london autumn capsule wardrobe: a knitted vest is entering the mainstream

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@lucywilliams02

We promised you that knitted vests would make our edit, and just as well, as they’re the one piece all London fashion types, regardless of their personal aesthetics, seem to agree upon. They’re ideal for wearing under even the most fitted outerwear, owning to their sleeveless cut, so they are the ultimate layering piece for autumn. 

& Other Stories Fuzzy Scallop Knit Vest
& Other Stories
Fuzzy Scallop Knit Vest
£55
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COS Knitted Vest
COS
Knitted Vest
£39
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10. Throw-On Dresses

Printed midi dresses aren’t going anywhere. It’s still mild enough to go without tights, so reach for those chunky trainers or ankle boots. But when the temperature drops, pull on some tights and a roll-neck, and make the most of your investment. 

Ganni Stripe Organic Cotton Smock Dress
Ganni
Stripe Organic Cotton Smock Dress
£245
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Warehouse Print Mix Tie Neck Midi Dress
Warehouse
Print Mix Tie Neck Midi Dress
£79
£64
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This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. 

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