Create a timeless autumn wardrobe with these 9 essentials

28 April 2022
By Nicole Saunders

Don't let the changing seasons overcomplicate your wardrobe. Invest in these nine key pieces and you'll be all set for autumn and beyond.

The Trusty Trench Coat

While it’s (fingers crossed!) not quite time to layer up with the toastiest woollen coat you can get your hands on, you’ll never regret investing in the ultimate trans-seasonal piece: the trusty trench coat. A timeless neutral-toned number will see you right for seasons to come. Still, if you have a predilection for something a little different–perhaps an enduring checkered print of autumnal colour palette, you’ll be spoilt for choice this season.

Acne ‘Chino’ trench coat, $1298 from Workshop.

Camilla and Marc ‘Nelle’ trench coat, $1020.

Moochi ‘The Trenchie’ trench coat, $599.99.

The Floral Dress

Why wait for spring to grace us with its glory when you can embrace blooming beautiful floral dresses all autumn long? Go on and throw that fashion rule book out the window: florals aren’t just for spring. Don’t let sleeveless numbers perturb you; all you need to do is master the art of autumnal layering. Don florals over the top of lightweight knitwear, and–et voila!–you’re all set.

Ruby ‘Maude’ silk slip dress, $349.

A.L.C. ‘Elara’ dress, $650 from Muse Boutique.

Juliette Hogan ‘Carmela’ dress, $669.

The Statement Sunglasses

Long gone are the days when sunglasses were merely a fair-weather accessory. Throw some shade at autumn–and protect those peepers while looking effortlessly slick–with a pair of sunglasses that promise to complete any autumn look. If you want to make a statement with your seasonal shades, opt for oversized logo detailing–we can’t get enough of these Prada head-turners–or the latest iteration of the retro-inspired cat-eye silhouette.

Karen Walker ‘Ultra Vulture’ sunglasses, $240.

Gucci horn-effect cat-eye sunglasses, $585.

Bottega Veneta sunglasses, $695 from Sunglass Bar. 

The Can't-Live-Without Denim

It’s a failproof recipe for autumn dressing: if in doubt, add one pair of jeans and a white shirt, and you’re ready to go. As simple as the equation above might be, finding dream denim can be an arduous affair. Much to our delight, never before has denim catered to diverse body shapes like it does today. There’s something for everyone in the denim department, from high-waist, wide-leg retro-inspired cuts to the return of the risqué low-rise styles of the earlier noughties.

Levi’s ‘Ribcage’ cropped bootcut jeans, $149.95.

Ragdoll LA denim wide pant, $289 from Superette.

Kowtow ‘Painter’ jeans,
 $269.

The Boots Made for Walking

While we’re not here to advise you to retire sky-high heels completely, autumn downpours are a sartorial hazard. And it doesn’t take Carrie Bradshaw to figure out that pounding the pavement in open-toe stilettos once the temperature drops is less than ideal. Fortunately, style and comfort go hand in hand when it comes to the season’s must-have sashaying friendly boots.

Ecco ‘Modtray W’ boot,
$369.

Karen Walker ‘Val’ chunky boots, $495

Mi Piaci ‘Idris’ combat boot, $420. 

The Bright & Cheerful Bag

A predictable sombre cool-weather colour palette of inky greys and jet black need not leave you feeling uninspired: colour abounds this autumn. If you’re not ready to embrace a vivid, painterly approach to your head-to-toe attire, some vibrant arm candy is the best way for the dopamine-dressing novice to start having fun with colour.

Louis Vuitton ‘Twist’ MM handbag, $8100.

Brie Leon ‘Remy’ baguette handbag, $199.

Deadly Ponies ‘Mr Minimese’ handbag, $429. 

The Must-Have Earrings

Forget about a less-is-more approach to autumnal bling—in the earrings department, the sparklier, the better we say. Not sure where to start? Digging through your mother’s relics for some priceless relics from the 80s could do the trick. If not, look to the likes of Valentino, Ulla Johnson, and Carolina Herrera (pictured left) for inspiration. 

Wild Wagon ‘Shadow of the Sun’ drop earrings, $729.

Partridge flower petal earrings, POA.

Gucci ‘GG’ running Drop Earrings, $3,455 from Orsini.

The White Shirt

What’s a great pair of jeans without an equally fabulous white shirt in tow? Whether you opt for a refined button-up, bow detailing, or invest in a luxury deconstructed silhouette, this dependable number will come in handy all autumn long.

Aje ‘Ephemera’ braided shirt, $320. 

Balenciaga twisted cotton-poplin shirt, $1275.

Caitlin Crisp ‘Merchant of Venice’ shirt, $350.

The Autumnal-Toned Knitwear

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Give Mother Earth the credit she deserves by embracing knitwear in an autumnal-toned colour palette. Pair with pops of lilac for the ultimate statement. 

Bassike chunky rib polo knit, $689 from Sisters & Co. 

Acne ‘Intarsia’ wool sweet, $1243 from Net-A-Porter. 

Frisson Knits ‘Eddy’ vest in Mocha, $399.

In need of a little more statement earring inspiration? Shop our must-haves right here.

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