Autumn Capsule Wardrobe Additions – Refined Casuals

With the weather here in the UK being so unusually warm, you may, like me be itching to wear some new season clothing. It’s that in between time when boots don’t seem right but you’ve put your sandals away. So what can you add to your capsule wardrobe now to start the transition into autumn weather? And, as many of my clients ask me. “how do I do casual without looking sloppy?”

Start with some lighter weight knitwear that can be layered up later, a scarf or two or a wrap for the chillier mornings and a pair of trousers that can be worn now with shoes and later tucked into ankle or over the knee boots.

LK Bennett have got these transitional looks just right this season with their skinny trousers, longer length tops and knits and cardigans you can wrap yourself into. With a palette of neutral grey, black and stone and soft pink and rich claret accents it’s an easy but incredibly chic look that I am absolutely loving. Remember to balance out the look, so if you are wearing a waterfall knit or wrap choose slim trousers or a pencil skirt. These longer length tops and knits are great concealers of lumps and bumps too.


Autumn capsule wardrobe, capsule wardrobe service

Add a scarf or a gorgeous sheepskin shrug when the temperature drops.

Autumn capsule wardrobe, capsule wardrobe service

On a smaller budget take inspiration and find similar looks on the High street. But I do think with knits it’s worth saving up and buying quality rather than something that bobbles and looks tatty the first time you wash it. My problem is choosing just one or two pieces when really I’d like my wardrobe to be filled with these looks.

All items from LK Bennett’s Refined Casuals edit.

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  1. Andrea
    October 2, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    Hi Maria,

    What advice would you give to those of us that are petite & hourglass / slight pear for this look? I ask as I feel whenever I don’t accentuate my waist I end up looking very boxy and more frumpy.

    Many thanks, Andrea

    • Maria
      October 25, 2015 / 1:12 pm

      Hi Andrea Thank you for your comment and apologies for the delay in answering. If you are petite create a continuous line of colour, for example a top and trousers in the same colour and then you could have a knit left open in a different colour. For an hourglass figure add a belt to accentuate your waist and if you are curvy in general look for a waterfall style finer knit rather than a stiff and straight one.