Start shopping for autumn – a fashion editor’s checklist

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Fashion editor Harriet Davey reveals the best buys to invest in for autumn –  from Zara’s organza blouse to the JW Anderson “it” coat…

While I love summer for reasons way beyond an Aperol Spritz in the sunshine, by the time it gets to this point in the year I’m ready to vacuum pack my linen dresses away and get in full autumn mode. 

Autumn is my favourite season for fresh new buys. In fact, as soon as the sales finally stopped and the new in sections filled up I started making a checklist on my phone. I feel as though I waited too long to buy the summer pieces I wanted (looking at you Ganni seersucker dress) so I’m not going to make the same mistake again.

A capsule wardrobe is something I long to have, but with a growing shoe habit, and a bag addiction to match, for me it’s all about being more conscious about what I’m buying. Rather than impulse buying like I previously would have, I try to think about every item I’m planning to purchase. This is why making a list I can refer to helps. Another tip is to make wish lists on your favourite sites and go back to them in a week or two to see if you still love the items as much as the first time you saw them. Believe me, it works! 

Aim for forever buys, items you’ll be able to style in multiple ways across seasons and pieces that suit your style rather than being purely trend-led. Here are the nine autumn buys that are saved in my notes, and they just so happen to be this season’s hottest items, from Arket’s luxe leather shirt to the under £50 Topshop boiler suit and the JW Anderson’s coat that basically broke the internet (and my bank card, hopefully!). Scroll down to see my best buys this season. 

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  • JW Anderson belted checked trench coat

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    Autumn buys: J.W.Anderson trench coat

    This coat is basically the coat of the season. When it hit the a/w 2019 catwalk it naturally went viral within seconds on Instagram. 

    Sure, it’s an expensive item but a trench coat (and checks) will never date so it’s an investment – I’ll keep telling myself that anyway!

    Checked trench coat, £1,350, JW Anderson

  • Daisy London Aphrodite gold necklace

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    Autumn buys: Daisy London necklace

    When this necklace dropped in my inbox I knew I needed it. I wear gold pendants every day so this one would be perfect to layer.

    Not only is it effortlessly stylish, £10 from each necklace sale also goes to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to help raise awareness and prevent the disease. 

    Aphrodite necklace, £79, Daisy London

  • Zara polka dot organza top

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    Autumn buys: Zara top

    Fuchsia was all over the catwalks at the likes of Jacquemus and Balenciaga. Now, it has filtered down to the high street in the form of this organza sheer polka dot blouse. 

    Ticking off all the trends, and for under £30 – well done Zara. Tip: wear with light wash straight leg jeans for an ‘80s feel. 

    Organza top, £25.99, Zara

  • Rejina Pyo Nane brown check top handle bag

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    Autumn buys: Rejina Pyo bag

    The Nane bag shape first dropped back in spring in an array of colour ways; now due to the success it’s back in a new season print: checked. 

    It’ll be my new everyday and evening bag – paired with everything from clashing floral print dresses, to boiler suits and biker suits. 

    £295, Rejina Pyo

  • Arket leather shirt

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    Autumn buys: Arket shirt

    Luxe textures like leather and suede instantly transform a summer wardrobe into autumn. Wear this tan beauty open over the top of a racer vest top with kick flare trousers and cowboy boots for a Western feel. 

    Shirt or jacket, you’ll style it so many ways. 

    Lather shirt, £225, Arket

  • Common Projects glossed-leather ankle boots

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    Autumn buys: Common Projects boots

    Biker boots are big news this season and there are no shortage of pairs to choose from. 

    I like the ankle length of this Common Projects pair as any higher can often shorten my legs. Wear them with organza, tulle and feminine frocks for a Villanelle in Killing Eve edge.  

    Biker boots, £545, Common Projects

  • Rixo green retro micro floral

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    Autumn buys: Rixo dress

    I’m a sucker for a Rixo dress. I wore my first Eastern inspired style to Oslo Fashion Week a couple of years back and now the brand is my go-to for evening, and more recently, day dresses. 

    Puff sleeve dresses have been popular all year so far, so for autumn/winter let the hemline go south and wear with skinny mules to update the look.

    Green dress, £295, Rixo

  • Topshop petite denim utility boiler suit

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    Autumn buys: Topshop boiler suit

    A boiler suit is the easiest way to make an effort, without actually having to make an effort. It’s the one piece that needs minimal styling, will stick around in your wardrobe year after year and Topshop’s dreamy denim version is under £50!

    Get it from the petite section so it’s slightly cropped, this way it’ll show off a killer pair of new season boots. 

    Denim boiler suit, £49, Topshop

  • H&M modal polo-neck top

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    Autumn buys: H&M top

    Fresh from the latest designer collaboration, the Richard Allan x H&M collection is inspired by vintage printed scarves. With a ‘60s edge, team this perfect polo top with a lather mini skirt and knee high boots. 

    It also comes in two other prints and yes, it really is under £10!

    Polo top, £9.99, H&M

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