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With winter officially kicking off next week, I wanted to look back on my favourite season and highlight five of my favourite outfits of Autumn. There are so many reasons why Autumn is my favourite season – the foliage, the temperate climate, the lightweight-jacket weather (and not yet needing to layer up like a marshmallow before heading out the door…).
Since returning to the office earlier this year, I’ve been working hybrid weeks and heading into the office for half of my working days. The variety is great! And aside from the obvious efficiencies I enjoy when working from home (hello roast dinners popped in the oven at 3:30pm between Teams calls), my style has noticeably relaxed, particularly when I’m heading into the office. Pencil skirts have been cast aside in favour of cropped trousers and the silhouettes are not as fitted as they used to be… and I’m here for it!
Here’s a round-up of my top 5 ensembles from Autumn:
#1 – The classic turtleneck + cropped trousers combo
It doesn’t get any more classic than a black turtleneck, right? A favourite amongst some heavy hitters – think Audrey Hepburn… or Steve Jobs… (if that’s your thing 🤓) I’ve loved pairing my turtleneck with my Frankie Shop Bea trousers (that I’ve got in both camel and chocolate brown). I’ve felt comfortable and put together in this ensemble and it has been one of my favourite Autumn outfits. And while I used to regularly tuck my turtleneck knits into pencil skirts for the office, the slim fit skirt silhouette hasn’t really been my vibe as of late… but that may change though, who knows?!
#2 – Puff sleeves + chelsea boots years in the making!
I finally got my hands on a pair of iconic R.M. Williams Boots and chose to ultimately stick with the traditional chestnut colour having tried on numerous styles in both black and brown (my try-on and first impressions are here). They’ve been relied upon heavily this Autumn since I bought them. I also added this puff-sleeve top by Marle to my wardrobe recently and I love the cut. The fabric is linen so while it has a lovely texture, there are the inevitable wrinkles! Still, I love this top and it’s had its fair share of wear over the past few months.
#3 – My dream coat + the dreamiest suede pumps
Another favourite Autumn outfit features this coat of dreams – my Toteme Annecy Coat in Houndstooth. I’ve loved this style for yeeears and finally bit the bullet with their new season print. I’m slowly chipping away at the cost per wear as I’ve been whipping it out every time the temp has been chilly! Another dream addition to my wardrobe have been my Sarah Flint pumps, which have featured in a fair few of my outfits as of late, including a few here in this favourites post. They’re so well made and incredibly comfortable for a pair of heels. I’ve harped on about them heaps so to avoid repeating myself, you can have a read of my comprehensive review here (which also contains a discount code!).
#4 – A secondhand jacket & white denim
Toteme jacket (sz XS) via Vestiaire Co, Country Road knit (sz XS), Everlane jeans*, Sarah Flint pumps* (review and discount code here), Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Ray Ban sunglasses
I’m not one to shy away from a secondhand purchase and if you saw my recent post sharing my Toteme wish list, you’ll have seen that I had my eyes on the Lunel jacket. It’s not a current season piece, so the hunt was on and I managed to track one down in my size. For reference, I’m wearing a size XS. I pretty much take a size XS in all of my Toteme outerwear pieces as they’re cut to a more relaxed fit. I’m totally in love with this jacket and love how it elevates the simplest of outfits. I teamed it with white jeans in the jacket’s first outfit and it is one of my favourite Autumn outfits to date!
#5 – It’s all gravy in navy
Marks & Spencer trench coat* (sz UK 6), Marks & Spencer shirt* (sz 8), Marks & Spencer trousers* (sz 8), R.M. Williams Boots (first impressions here), Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Ray Ban sunglasses
And last, but not least, it wouldn’t be a proper favourites list without a navy entry. Navy is one of my favourite colours to wear to work and I’m particularly partial to a head-to-toe navy look. I rely on navy heavily for structured and tailored looks to the office but I really love this relaxed navy ensemble, thanks to the relaxed fit trousers that pair so nicely with my boots of the moment.
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. How to budget for work clothes at 3 different stages of your career and five effortless ‘one and done’ pieces for the spring/autumn transition.