Autumn outfit ideas: 7 stylish looks to add to your wardrobe rotation

Autumn outfit ideas to get your ready for the season ahead

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When it comes to autumn outfit ideas, we’re seriously spoilt for inspiration. Arguably the most exciting season in the fashion calendar, the drop in temperature allows us to pull out all the stops and create a multitude of outfit combinations. 

Autumn outfit ideas require planning, as the changeable temperatures require a use of clever layering. Creating an autumn capsule wardrobe full of transitional jackets, the best trench coats, cosy knitwear and new-in boots will help to create a strong base layer from which you can build multiple outfit ideas. Texture is key with heavier fabrics such as leather, corduroy, faux fur, wool and suede all coming into play from late September onwards.

“In the summer it’s easy to just throw on a cotton dress and be ready but autumn allows us to be a lot more creative with our looks. You can’t go wrong with the best jeans and knit combo but if you want to elevate it, simply add a statement boot or polished trench and wait for the compliments to roll in,” says Eloisa Johnson, Deputy Fashion Editor at woman&home. 

Of course, you can tap into some of the autumn/winter fashion trends 2023 to make your ensembles feel more directional, and mix them with wardrobe essentials such as best cashmere sweaters to carry you through the season.

AUTUMN OUTFIT IDEAS - STYLISH OUTFITS CHOSEN BY A FASHION EDITOR

Ready to prep your autumn outfit ideas? We’ve rounded up all the inspiration you need so you can step into the season in style.

1. JEANS + BLAZER

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A classic combo you’ll reach for time and time again, the jeans and blazer pairing is a fail-safe formula that always looks chic. Mastering that tricky smart-casual dress code, the blazer keeps your denim feeling polished whilst the jeans give tailoring a cool, relaxed spin. A quick and easy outfit to pull together, it’s the perfect partnership when it’s too hot for the best winter coat, but too cold for a dress on its own.  

Most types of jeans will look good with a blazer, whether you opt for straight-leg jeans and an oversized jacket or wide-leg jeans and a cropped blazer, the outfit combinations are endless. Incredibly versatile, this high-low mix works for many occasions from the office to date night. Layer the blazer over the best t-shirts now and swap for a fine-knit jumper when the temperatures drop. You can even throw a coat on top when it starts to get really cold. Don’t be afraid to mix in wintery textures here - a leather blazer adds an achingly cool edge

2. JUMPER DRESS

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Combining the cosiness of your knitwear with the chicness of a dress, the jumper dress is an autumn hero piece. The beauty lies in the comfort, with a slouchy fit that drapes effortlessly over your figure, making it easy to throw-on in a rush in the morning with minimal effort. You can add a belt if you want extra definition on the waist, or keep it loose for a more relaxed feel.

It has heaps of styling potential too and looks just as good worn with the best white trainers as it does elevated with some knee-high boots and a chunky chain necklace for an evening out. Add a dose of dopamine dressing and opt for a bold red or orange number, or keep it tonal in classic camel and tan accessories. 

3. OVERSIZED KNIT + LEATHER TROUSERS

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Swap your go-to denim for a pair of sleek leather trousers for a fresh update. If you’re stuck on how to wear leather trousers, we can confirm they are just as easy to wear as your best jeans but with a cooler aesthetic and they’re fast becoming a style staple. Take note from the street style set and pair yours with an oversized knit for a classic meets cutting-edge look. This combination looks especially neat with the best leather leggings or a straight-leg silhouette to offset the oversized top half. For an elevated weekend look, add a pop of colour with a vibrant knit to compliment the neutral tones and team with coffees and caramels. Finish with a pair of stompy boots or a sleek mule to render it dinner date-ready.

As with the best leather jackets, the fabric only gets better with age so leather trousers are a great investment piece. Alternatively, there are plenty of faux leather and vegan options that look just as stylish. Finish off the look with one of this season's best John Lewis coats for added warmth.

4. MIDI DRESS + BOOTS

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Not quite ready to part with your best summer dresses? Fret not. Most midi dresses will work through autumn too, it just comes down to some clever styling tricks. Ditch your summer sandals and introduce some sleek boots to give floaty frocks a tougher edge. Try a chunky biker boot or keep it elegant in a heeled sock boot. The midi dress and boots coupling is a go-to look to take you seamlessly from day to night.

Choose long-sleeve dresses for extra coverage or add warmth by layering a slim-knit polo neck underneath lighter or shorter sleeve styles. The best gilets are having a bit of a moment, and are perfect for those tricky in-between weather days, keeping us cosy without the thickness of a full-on coat - whilst simultaneously letting the dress still take centre stage.

5. SKIRT + SWEATER

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A favourite amongst the fashion elite, if you want to dress like Carrie Bradshaw then read on. The key to nailing this pairing is all in the contrasting textures. Think chunky cable knits with slinky skirts or a leather skirt with a cashmere jumper for a cosy meets chic look.

You can add structure to the sweater with a half tuck - that’s tucking in just the front half to help highlight your waist - this avoids adding bulk to your middle too as opposed to tucking in the whole jumper which can look messy.

Dial up the glamour with accessories - gold hoop earrings, the best designer bags and some kitten-heel boots will finish this look off effortlessly. 

6. SLEEVELESS KNIT + TOP

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No longer saved for the grandads, the sleeveless knit or sweater vest has made quite the comeback and it’s cooler than ever - and it's perfect for autumn outfit ideas. A handy layering tool, a knitted vest adds warmth without the bulk, making it easy to wear on its own, over dresses and shirts or underneath a blazer or the best denim jackets.

Slip them over a tee, shirt or slim roll neck, these retro-inspired vests will give any outfit a joyful spin. From colourful cable knits to vibrant stripes to classic fair isle sweaters, there are heaps of fun and fashionable designs to choose from, each with the sartorial powers to lift your look in an instant. Pair with tailored trousers or a pleated skirt for a preppy feel and complete the look with the best loafers

7. TRENCH + TROUSERS

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The one piece of clothing that will always be able to navigate tricky transitional dressing is the trench coat. Defined by its double-breasted design, storm flaps and waist-cinching self-tie belt, it’s elegant and oh-so-flattering.

Forever timeless, the trench coat’s superpower comes in its versatility with the ability to be thrown over pretty much any look to add instant polish - layer up over chunky knits in winter or over tees in spring, it can be adapted to any temperature and situation. Whether you opt for a luxury Burberry trench coat or a budget-friendly version, you won’t regret investing in this well-cut piece of outerwear.

Despite its universal appeal and timeless abilities, it’s anything but boring and comes in many iterations from tough leather to cropped fits for a modern update. For longevity, our advice would be to stick with a classic neutral colour to ensure plenty of wear from season to season. A camel trench coat also looks great styled with other autumnal hues - brown boots, leather trousers and warm red dresses (one of the top autumn/winter fashion colour trends for 2023

Charlie Bell

Charlie is the Deputy Fashion Editor at Future plc across multiple women’s magazines including Woman & Home, Woman and Woman's Own.

She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Stylist, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys.

With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys.