As summer draws to a close, we've got autumn dressing on the brain. Fans of a layering moment will have been counting down the days, but if you're in need of a dash of street style inspiration, Hello! Fashion has got you covered.
The temperatures this summer have proven fairly lacklustre, but even so, adjusting to cooler weather requires a spot of sartorial nous. Nothing taxing, but this season we're looking to curate some failsafe outfit combos that we can wear on repeat.
To jacket, or not to jacket? Indeed, that is the question. Lightweight separates that can be easily layered are indispensable for autumn, including asymmetric knits, staple polo necks, and oversized shirts.
Bomber jackets are having a serious moment - check out those by Whistles and Free People. And if you're aching to prolong the summer vibes, you can't go wrong with a chic waistcoat top or a pair of mesh ballet flats, inspired by Alaïa's It-shoe.
Hello! Fashion shares the stylish autumn outfits that we are head over heels for:
Trench + pinstripe shirt + wide-leg trousers
Immensely versatile, trench coats are an autumn style classic. If you're looking to branch out from the classic camel colourway, consider one of the hottest hues of the moment: rich, chocolate brown. Layer over a wide-cuff striped shirt and flowy trousers, belted for a sense of structure.
White tee + tailored trousers + retro trainers
The perfect-fit white T-shirt is the fashion editor's outfit saviour, time and time again. Style yours alongside tailored trousers with a sharp central pleat and It-girl trainers for off-duty polish. Consider embracing buttery yellow, one of AW23's key colour trends, in to your look via a padded scarf - we're eyeing up those by the likes of Jil Sander and Lemaire.
Denim shirt + cargo jeans
Double denim is the fabric trend that refuses to quit, and we're not even mad about it. For SS23, designers injected the classic with a stream of sexy, whereas for autumn, the vibe is more heavy-duty. Style Western-inspired shirts with cargo jeans, tied together with tan leather accents, topped off with a cosy wool coat on days when the weather demands.
Polo neck + jumpsuit
A jersey polo neck styled under a woven jumpsuit makes for an excellent, clean-line layering moment. For bouclé and tweed, check out Asos and Maje, otherwise Raey, Sézane and Jigsaw are boilersuit havens.
Bomber jacket + mini skirt + riding boots
The bomber is the jacket to beat this season. Spotted everywhere among the street style set, the military-derived design is back with a bang. A slightly oversized fit in a luxe-looking neutral is the way to go – style yours alongside a matching mini skirt and sleek riding boots if you can't bear to succumb to opaques just yet.
Cool-girl co-ord + gorpcore trainers
Copenhagen Fashion Week guests put a seriously stylish spin on the humble cardigan by championing clean, peplum-esque silhouettes. Stage a calculated co-ord moment with a mini skirt in a matching hue, and complete the look with high-impact tinted shades and sporty, function-focused trainers.
Asymmetric knit + leather trousers
Asymmetric detailing elevates the everyday knit into a league of its own. Statement metallic buttons can be played up even further with a chain accessory or a chic belt. Buttery leather trousers feel sleek and cool for autumn, opt for a pair with seam detailing for added interest.
Blazer + white tee + utilitarian trousers
Blazers hide a multitude of sartorial sins, providing instant polish, even when layered over a simple tee. Oversized fits win in terms of versatility – team yours with high-waisted combat trousers or low-slung baggy jeans.
Waistcoat top + wide-leg trousers
Thought the waistcoat as a top trend was reserved for lightweight summer linens? Think again. Bring this cool-girl-approved tailoring trend into autumn by styling yours with pleated wide-leg trousers and a slouchy jacket.
Chunky knit + pleated skirt
When (rather than "if") the weather takes a turn for the worse, a chunky knit will be worth its weight in style gold. Proportion rules dictate that an oversized shape on the top balances out well with a more fitted silhouette on your lower half – think leather split-hem leggings for instance. We're more than willing to flout this fashion rule for floaty pleats that offset the thickness of the knit.
Oversized coat + baggy jeans
For a sense of casual cool, baggy jeans are the go-to shape. Layer your favourite pair over a turtleneck jumper and counterbalance the relaxed fit of a neutral coat with a slicked back, stretchy hairband moment. Complete the look with seasonless, luxe accessories – you can't possibly go wrong with cat-eye shades and a chic shoulder bag.
Leather blazer + denim skirt + ballet flats
My personal denim skirt obsession has snowballed – and I'm unapologetic. Refresh midi and maxi styles for autumn by pairing them with the shoe du jour, this year's most unexpected footwear trend, mesh ballet flats. Style yours with a chic splash of leather in the form of a blazer – Buffy would be proud.
Textured top + parachute pants
Cool-girl cut-outs have dominated for the past couple of seasons and the trend is showing zero signs of stopping. Opt for a more everyday version with a relaxed-fit top and team yours with airy parachute pants à la Hailey Bieber and the like.
Cardigan as a top + statement jeans
Wearing a cardigan as a top is a super easy way of putting a sexier spin on the otherwise potentially dull knit. Use the buttons sparingly, showing a glimpse of skin (should the weather allow) and team yours with statement jeans.
Shoulder-baring top + leather skirt
A chic shoulder-baring moment is ideal for the transitional dressing period, and we love the idea of textured sleeves alongside a smooth A-line midi skirt. String out the summer by sporting minimalist sandals, and if it gets parky, top things off with a neutral maxi coat.
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