June 3, 2023

If you’re still holding out for that second August heatwave, then you might want to look away now because I’m about to rain on your parade. (Quite literally—have you seen the weather outside?) I’ve always been drawn towards the enveloping silhouettes of autumn, partly because I can’t stand the sweaty logistics that come with heatwave dressing but also because there’s so much more creative potential in layering. I find that there’s only so much you can do with a summer dress.

Autumn is a time to experiment with statement jackets, create unexpected pairings with blouses and jumpers and give your midi dresses an edge with chunky boots and equally chunky knits. So yes, it might only be July, but I’m already scouting out the cold-weather outfits that I plan on re-creating the moment the mercury drops.

Many of my chosen looks centre on tailored hero pieces, such as wide-leg trousers or a colour-pop blazer. The key is to dress them down with casual staples, such as denim, white tees or ballet flats. At the top of my list is Linda Tol’s super-simple, but also super-chic, knitted tank and black trousers. By sticking to neutral tones, you can then go to town with colourful accessories or a statement coat. Your options are limitless. Scroll down to see and shop the autumn outfits I can’t wait to wear this year.

1. Knitted Vest + Black Trousers

Casual autumn outfits

The psychedelic swirl print isn’t going anywhere for autumn, and I plan on taking my fashion cues from Abisola Omole and tucking a printed top into a pair of split-hem trousers. 

Kai Collective Gaia Top Purple
Kai Collective
Gaia Top Purple

Nasty Gal Ribbed High Waisted Split Hem Pants
Nasty Gal
Ribbed High Waisted Split Hem Pants

COS Leather Square-Toe Sandals
Leather Square-Toe Sandals

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