Key Additions to your Autumn Capsule Wardrobe

How do you update your capsule wardrobe each season? By interpreting the themes (we do that for you with our seasonal update – out this weekend, get yours by signing up to receive the Friday bulletin over on the left!) and adding in some key pieces in the season’s colours, shapes or details.

This season key colours are red, purple, berry shades, pink and emerald. They may not all suit you, although purple is a universal colour that everyone can wear, so pick out the ones that do and add them in to your core capsule. By adding purple shoes, a red dress and maybe an emerald silk top – like the one shown below –  you have an instant but wearable update to your wardrobe. All of which would go with core basics in neutral colours.

Some of the themes include baroque, vivid florals, leather and what I am calling country life and dark romance. Admittedly the florals are scary but team a shirt with a plain bottom half and you can make them work. Add something with embroidery for the baroque theme or pick it up in the shape of a shoe like the Somerset one below. The Country life theme could be interpreted with a tweed jacket or skirt, a hacking style jacket, jodhpurs or riding boots (just not all together or you might get asked where you parked your horse!) Dark romance mixes sheer fabric, lace and leather in a fierce look for the confident woman.

Trousers were on every catwalk either slim legged and often patterned with matching jacket or wide leg Katherine Hepburn style seen at Ralph Lauren. Here I used a new style of trouser suit from the Le Marais Capsule at The Fold, of slim leg pants ad tunic top. If you are going for a skirt the shape is full – done beautifully at Christian Dior – and shown below by Zoe Hoda at John Lewis.


Finally if you need a new winter coat the shapes are Cocoon, capes, Military and wrap. The best were the beautiful clean lines shown at Jill Sander. For more on coats read my earlier post.

A few ideas of pieces on the high street:

Tunic and Matching trousers Le Marais Capsule at The Fold London. Caravaggio Shirt by Hobbs at House of Fraser Romia emerald silk top by L.K. Bennett Berry silk and cashmere top by Pure Collection
icon Pink Jersey top by L.K. Bennett Leather skirt Collection at John Lewis Zoe Hoda Full skirt from John Lewis Tweed jacket by Armani Jeans at John Lewis Jersey dress by Pied A Terre at House of Fraser Red Merino wool dress by The Fold London. Black suede shoe by Somerset at John Lewis Purple court shoes by LK Bennett

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Which autumn trends will you be buying into?

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