Tops

The key to keeping warm in the unpredictable autumn months is layering. Build your way up from a simple camisole to a jumper or cardigan that are also easy to remove if you get too warm.

Tops can be simple T-shirts or blouses in natural fabrics like cotton and linen. Synthetics aren’t the best for layering. Every woman should have a few fitted T-shirts in block colours, as well as a few oversized tees to mix and match with skirts, leggings or trousers.

In terms of knitwear, buy jumpers and cardigans in cashmere or merino wool for both the comfort and warmth factor. Good quality fabric will last you for many years to come, and these are essentials that will never go out of style.

Bottoms

So many women make the mistake of associating autumn with trousers, and forget about their pretty skirts until spring. But there’s no reason not to wear them if teamed with the right garments. Invest in either thick tights or leggings in simple block colours that won’t clash with your skirt. To avoid the Marilyn Monroe skirt effect, wear tailored skirts, pencil skirts or other fitted shapes. Floaty materials don’t mix well with the autumn’s winds and rain. The same goes for dresses.

If you prefer trousers, avoid denim as it can get very unpleasant to wear if wet from the rain. It clings to your body, and can take a long time to dry. Instead, opt for a pair of chinos, or a fashion forward pair of leather trousers.

Footwear

The aim of autumn footwear is to keep your feet dry in case of sudden showers or storms so don’t think a pair of fabric ballet pumps will do the trick.
Invest in a sturdy pair of leather boots, and treat the leather with a waterproof spray. Alternatively, wear a pair of thick trainers or welly boots on your way to work, and change into a pair of flats or heels at work.

Outerwear

Your jacket is the item you’ll wear the most during autumn so make sure you like it, that it matches your wardrobe and, most importantly, is a comfortable fit and keeps you dry and warm.