Are your stress levels at a peak as you navigate the summer-to-autumn dressing dilemma? Don’t panic. Autumn dressing needn’t be complicated – browse through our edit of unbeatable transitional pieces that will last you this season and next. Find effortlessly stylish staples to master transitional dressing for autumn, from cosy outerwear and layering options to everyday staples and footwear.
The Staple Blazer
To get the most from a staple blazer, ensure it has a relaxed but structured fit—it should look equally good thrown over a casual dress as it would over a shirt and jeans. Overall, a timeless and classic blazer will work for every occasion. Stick to neutrals for a piece you can wear all year round.
& Other Stories Wide Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt, £17
& Other Stories Lesley Cut Jeans, £75
MANGO Buckle Leather Belt, £22.99
The Staple Slip Dress
It’s easy to see why the slip dress achieved staple status a few years back. This seasonless wardrobe essential can be dressed up or down and is a winning choice for date night. Want more coverage for those cooler end-of-summer nights? Invest in a classic blazer. It will serve you season after season.
COS Oversized Fit Blazer, £125
& Other Stories White Leather Tote Bag, £75
& Other Stories Pointed Kitten Heel Mules, £85
It’s a Wrap
When the occasion calls for simple sophistication, a beautiful wrap dress or playsuit is a surefire winner. These flattering wrap pieces from COS and & Other Stories require minimal accessories. Just let the details do the talking. Getting ready has never been easier with a flattering wrap one-piece at your disposal.
& Other Stories Knotted Leather Midi Handbag, £95
& Other Stories Linen Wrap Mini Dress, £75
OFFICE Makeover Knot Mules, £30
The Longline Cardigan
Anything goes when it comes to selecting a cardigan: chunky and cropped, relaxed and oversized; the list goes on. Make sure your styling is fresh and modern – think tank tops with tailored trousers and casual accessories over anything too structured.
M&S Collection Ribbed Racer Vest Top, £12.50
M&S Woven Tapered Ankle Grazer Trousers, £29.50
M&S Leather Cross Body Camera Bag, £49.50
The Linen Shirt
A staple for any style-conscious woman, there’s a good chance you already have a linen shirt in your wardrobe. The linen shirt combines a relaxed attitude with a simple formality that works for any occasion. They’re timeless and adaptable for any aesthetic or season. We’ve found the most beautiful styles to transition your summer wardrobe for autumn.
& Other Stories Oversized Patch Pocket Shirt, £75
NA-KD Linen Blend Overshirt, £60.95
ARKET Linen Shirt, £55
The Trusty Trench
A longline coat will become a go-to this autumn while you wait for the weather to settle down. At the top of our list is the classic trench coat. Not only is it perennially chic, but it’s practical too. It’s our go-to for workwear and makes casual outfits look more pulled-together. The trench is a wardrobe staple every woman style-conscious woman should own.