When the weather swings from baking hot Indian summer one minute to frosty chill the next, it's safe to say that the question of what to wear this autumn remains on tip of everyone's lips. To see you through this transitional season here are a few top tips.
You won’t have heard it here first but layering is key and allows you to wear your favourite summer pieces for a little bit longer. Be adventurous, don’t just throw a cardigan over a maxi dress. Pop lightweight polo-necks, white t-shirts or soft silk blouses under slip dresses.
Wear a silk shirt layered under slip dresses
Be clever with how your wear your coat. It may be cold in the mornings but by the time you head out for lunch it could be scorching. If it’s too hot for full arm coverage take a leaf out of Anna Wintour’s books and turn it into a shrug by resting your coat over your shoulders – a timeless and very chic look.
Invest in some key pieces in autumnal fabrics. Tweed and velvet were seen everywhere on the A/W catwalks, with the Queen’s 'Balmoral look' said to be inspiration for the likes of Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel who had dozens of his model walking through a carpet of autumnal leaves wearing different shades of tweed.
Tweed and shades of brown are big this season
Along with tweed, brown was the hue of choice on the autumn/winter catwalks. Whether it’s tan, camel or taupe all you need to do is find the right shade for you.
Pick floral dresses in deep shades of red and blue
Floral dresses were ubiquitous over the summer and flower power shows no signs of slowing down this season Just pick prints in darker, warmer colours like deep plums or navy.
Invest in a beautifully tailored suit for this season and years to come
When it comes to investing, a well-tailored suit will see you through your life never mind the next season. Pair a wool skirt with a light cashmere jumper until it’s cold enough to use the jacket too. And if you’re keen to show off your summer tan opt for bare legs with ankle boots.
Go for oversized blazers with plenty of space for layers underneath
Classic blazers are your best friend when it comes to between-season dressing. Fitted never goes out of style but over-sized is particularly on trend this year, as is wearing more than one. Katherine Hooker’s jackets might not be designed to wear six at a time but they are thin enough to be worn underneath a thicker one in a contrasting colour when Jack Frost rolls into town.