Autumn can vary from a glorious ‘Indian summer’ to a brisk and breezy season of wind, rain, but not quite snow.
So, how do you dress for a season that changes as much as a weather man’s mind? The answer is layers, and lots of them.
From cotton to heavier fabrics like wool, there are plenty of layers which can transform your ordinary shirt or t-shirt into a cosy autumn look.
For our selection of autumnal wardrobe picks, we’ve opted for seasonal colours such as navy, green, burnt orange and burgundy. Plus, it’s always a good idea to have some layers in neutral or monochrome colours – so we’ve thrown a few of these into the mix too for good measure.
First up is this classic checked design from Nudie Jeans, made from Oxford quality cotton. Checked shirts have been riding the wave of the current 90s revival, and one of these can be worn tied around the waist, under a leather jacket or layered over a white t-shirt.
Interpret the change in weather literally with this topographic shirt from Tripl Stitched, which features swirling patterns showing the contours of a metrological map. The finishing touch is their signature triple-stitched sleeves, which add a ruched look.
Overshirts are another great layering item, with the style of a shirt comb
lined with a heavier feel that treads the line between shirt and jacket. This stylish khaki design from Stone Island is ideal for autumn, with a casual look perfect for pairing with jeans.
If you want to liven up a dull day in a chic way, this Scotch & Soda sweater will do the job. With a white torso and a grey herringbone weave fabric on the arms, there is a subtlety to this design that would work equally well with a pair of casual jeans or as part of a smarter look.
Complete with the signature watch-viewer logo, this navy sweatshirt from CP Company is a great second layer for when the weather turns. With tonal stitching and a dying process unique to every garment, this design is something special
Just like pumpkins and multi-coloured leaves on the trees, burnt orange is a great colour choice for the autumn, and this knitted crew neck sweater from Marshall Artist is certainly eye-catching. Whether you wear it over a buttoned up shirt or a t-shirt, it’s guaranteed to brighten up your outfit.
With an intricate blend of navy, orange and white, this textured knitted sweater from Boss Orange can add a burst of colour to a muted look. Layering different textures together is a contemporary take on layering – pair this knit with heavy denim, leather or a chunky knit scarf.
Made with fine merino wool, this green crew neck sweater from Scotch & Soda is perfect for layering over a plain t-shirt when the cooler weather sets in. The swirling pattern catches the eye and the deep green is a great autumnal colour.
For a casual hoodie to throw over just about any t-shirt or polo shirt, this sweater from Penguin should do the trick. This classic design, in a muted blue, will probably work with most of your wardrobe and is ideal for a trip to the shops or the gym.
Another great choice for the autumn is this black and grey hoodie from Fred Perry. The monochrome colour scheme guarantees this sweater will always look good, whatever you wear it with. Plus, the striped detail at the cuffs and hem give this hoodie real style.
This soft-edged casual grey blazer from Hugo Boss is a great choice this season. Not as heavy as some more wintry blazers, this jacket has a laid-back, understated style and would work well against muted or bold colours.
From Barbour’s Lifestyle Collection, comes this classic tailored jacket. Made from mallalieus ‘Woven in England’ overcheck wool twill, the blazer has a full tartan and branded silken lining. The finishing touch is the elbow patches, which add to the country gent look.
Sometimes it’s too cold to be without a jacket and too hot to wear one. This is where the gilet comes in – it’s a great choice for those in-between months. This bold red waterproof gilet from Lacoste is sure to brighten up your autumn wardrobe.
When the weather really starts to turn, it’s time to get out a proper jacket. Made from woven cotton, this coat has a casual feel. Plus, the autumnal ‘fudge’ colour is ideal for this time of year.
No wardrobe is complete without a classic Harrington jacket. This regular fit design from Fred Perry is a great casual jacket. Plus, the coat is filled with eye-catching details, such as a tartan lining and brown buttons at the stand-up collar.
Ideal to wear to the office by day and to a restaurant by night, this classic navy trench coat from Paul Smith is just what you need. Plus, this coat is not only made from sheep’s wool, but their bigger, fluffier cousins, the Alpaca – which means this design is extra cosy.
Often, it’s rain, not the cold, that’s the main offender in autumn. This rain mac from Marshall Artist is perfect for keeping you dry without overheating. With a sleek, stylish and practical design, this mac could become your go-to jacket this season.