The 50 Best autumn womenswear

The new collections are selling fast so snap up these key pieces now because they won’t hang around for long. Eliisa Makin explains what to buy and how to wear it

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Lace dress, £630

Winter florals are a big trend and Latvian-born Katyav Shehurina has it nailed with the vintage feel of this romantic creation. Toughen up with chunky black boots.

Checked wool dress; £895

Roksanda Ilincic’s checked peach dress has leather details to cut through the otherwise traditionally feminine design. Team it with sharp rebellious heels and a leather satchel.

Tiger-patterned dress; £2,300

This opulent tiger patterned dress by Lanvin – extremely flattering and rather regal – is the perfect party piece. Accessorise wildly with a large bejewelled collar necklace.

Black dress with ruffles; £1,099

Oversized ruffles turn a simple black dress into something rather special. This black and white creation by Salvatore Ferragamo is a perfect example of understated chic.

Long racer-back dress; £89

Understated, elegant and comfortable, this navy smock dress is great when you are unsure about what to wear. Team with flat shoes by day or heels in the evening.



Dino jumper; £229

Inspired by her young son’s fascination with dinosaurs, Emma Cook’s autumn/winter collection prominently features this cheery neon dino. Alas, there’s already a waiting list.

Tube top; £390

Mad Men-style tube tops can seem a little scary, but if you are willing to give one a go, opt for a heavy, neutral fabric, such as this two-tone tweed version from Dolce and Gabbana.

Wool contrast top; £89

Understated, casual and sophisticated, this simple wool top is a great autumn buy. Try it with wide-legged trousers or an A-line skirt and tan laceups for a Scandinavian look.

Sequin and jersey sweatshirt; £430

Fashion’s fondness for neon isn’t waning. The key is to pair it with neutrals. This Ashish number would look great teamed with white or grey.

Pink jumper; £350

Sleek, sophisticated and artfully cut, this rose-coloured jumper will transform your wardrobe. Looks great with greys and monochrome. Try it with loosely tailored trousers.

Wide-sleeved white shirt; £250

White shirts are staple items in most wardrobes so it’s well worth updating them from time to time. This widesleeved, high-collared version by Acne is Jane Eyre-style for the 21st century.

Acid-wash ribbed elbow top; £18

This fun cropped jumper lends itself to many of this season’s looks. Team it with something high-waisted: grey or neutral trousers for a bold yet elegant outfit, or a floral skirt.

Black leather T-shirt; £120

A simple black leather (or faux leather) T-shirt is a nice way to update a similarly simple pair of tailored trousers or add some toughness to a prim A-line midi skirt.

Graphic-print cotton T–shirt; £253

Graphic-print T-shirts are still wildly popular. This sleeveless version looks great with beige cigarette trousers and white heels or skinny grey jeans and a blazer.

Red floral top; £125

Channel your inner First Lady with this stately floral print number. The classic Fifties shape with a wide neckline is a tried and tested formula and effortlessly flattering. Dressy yet highly wearable.



Checked midi-kilt, £48

Kilt-style skirts are big news this autumn, as are midi length skirts. And pale pink too, as it so happens. Combine all three with this on-trend chiffon kilt from Topshop.

Metallic navy mini skirt

Tara Jarmon 020 3445 0409; £165

The A-line mini is back with a vengeance this autumn. This time around, opt for a subtle metallic version to add an element of fun to your look.

Stretchy degradé skirt; £452

Alexander Wang is an expert at understated, super-wearable separates. Mix this mini skirt with a classic tailored jacket, white vest and heels for an easy going-out look.

Black full skirt; £34.99

Ladylike to the extreme, you will get plenty of wear out of this elegant calf-length satin skirt. Subtly textured fabric and a simple cut give it an expensive look.

Quilted black tube skirt; £25

Rebellious yet ladylike, this is one very sexy, quilted tube skirt from River Island. The side zips add a punk element. It would look great with a nude top. Slinky and very flattering.



Washed black mom jeans; £40

These “mom” jeans (like the ones your mum used to wear in the Eighties) are highwaisted, loosely tapered and best rolled up at the ankle. Great with a short T-shirt.

Leather-look coated track pants; £38

Highly wearable, extremely flattering and rather expensive looking. Try them with sharp heels and a slinky silk blouse or T-shirt for an evening look.

Slim checked trousers; £39.99

These slim, fitted, grey check trousers look really chic with black brogues and a white T-shirt. Buy the matching polo neck for an outfit Andy Warhol would have loved.

Green floral trousers, £140

These vivid green floral trousers from Jaeger are a bold look with a plain top, but up the ante with the matching tailored T-shirt. Team with simple heels or loafers.

Taupe skinny jeans, £205

These Balenciaga jeans are super versatile and would look great with many winter trends. Try wearing them with a nude top, this season’s pink coat and red shoes for a fun look.



Jacket with velvet collar, £355

Look past The Kooples’ self-conscious branding and this is a great label to seek out for modern tailoring. This subtly textured blazer, with its slim velvet collar and clean cut, is a perfect party alternative.

Wool alpaca jacket, £710

French label Carven is a firm favourite with fashion-lovers. This simply designed, light blue herringbone wool jacket, has an unusual trio of colours, and looks great simply worn with jeans and heels.

Grey bomber jacket, £748

Bomber jackets are still popular for the autumn. This grey silk version from Alexander Wang is extremely wearable and works well with silk peg trousers and stiletto heels for an elegant look.

Tiger bomber jacket, £591

Kenzo is the label of the moment since being revived by Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. And this collarless tiger-print jacket is a fiercely fashionable piece to add to any wardrobe.

Red coat, £1595

This beautiful Roland Mouret red statement coat is an outfit in itself! It looks great buttoned up over a dress with a pair of grey heeled boots, although it’s equally hot worn open over trousers.

Pink coat, £85

The pink coat is this season’s biggest trend. As flattering against pale winter skin as it is on darker complexions, it is great with everything from prints to denim and neutrals.

Oversized checked coat, £349

Mannish tailoring is always a worthwhile investment. This gorgeous charcoal grey coat from Hobbs NW3 looks great with rolled-up trousers and a pair of trainers.

Tan double-breasted coat, £395

Tan is perfect to compliment the bold colours currently in vogue. Wear this coat with pegleg trousers in this season’s favourite pink, blue or orange.

Trenchcoat, £69.99

Get the Hitchcock heroine look with this elegant trench from H&M. Great worn belted to draw attention to a small waist, this piece works wonders to create the illusion of curves.

Jacquard knitted jacket, £59

Relaxed yet elegant, this cardi/jacket looks chic worn with dark greens, aubergine and taupe colours. It will also breathe fresh life into last year’s autumn wardrobe.


Shoes and boots:

Platform lace-up pumps, £25

It may not have been love at first sight, but flat platform shoes, or ‘flatforms’ aren’t going away any time soon and we’re secretly becoming rather fond of them.

Patent leather pumps, £400

These Gianvito Rossi white patent stilettos, worn with the right outfit, make everything look really fresh, modern and youthful. Pair them with slouchy mannish tailoring.

Silver brogues, £49.99

Dancing shoes of the practical variety, these silver brogues are a great pre-party season purchase. They do a good job of refreshing your outfit when teamed with a well-loved dress.

Crocodile embossed leather mules, £530

Add these Alexander Wang stiletto mules to your wishlist for the coming season. An easy way to bring some rebellious punk spirt to any outfit.

Black ankle boots, £270

Clumpy shoes are firmly back at the forefront of fashion this season and this particular pair of ankle boots is a great way to toughen up a feminine dress with requisite edge.

Black biker boots, £681.30

Worthy of rock ’n’ roll royalty, these Sergio Rossi boots may be a serious splurge but they are beautifully finished. They are also seriously robust so will be sure to last you for many years to come.

Wedge ankle boots, £130

Celine’s soft grey ankle boots were a catwalk sensation but if you found yourself priced out of the market, try this pair by Vince Camuto. Great with both slouchy trousers and lady-like full skirts.

Red and grey sandals, £29.99

Zara is renowned for its well priced, high-fashion footwear. These playful red and cream sandals are an expensive-looking colour combination, with elegant gold heels to add luxe to your look.

Printed cotton slippers, £425

The slipper trend is set to continue, so let your feet entertain you with Christian Louboutin’s brazen and beautiful printed creations. A great way to inject colour and humour into a simple outfit.

Neon pumps, £44.99

Bring some sunshine in your wardrobe even if the weather lets you down. These neon pumps are great with greys and neutrals, and perfect for wearing with super-feminine dresses in cream or pale pink.



Socks, £8

Even if no one else sees them, knowing you have some seriously fun socks hidden inside an otherwise sombre boot and trouser combo really does make you happy!

Maiya gold hoops, £95

Along with many Nineties styles, gold hoop earrings are enjoying a real comeback. These intricate, spiky versions give the classic style a feminine update for 2013.

Degradé leather clutch, £1255

This holographic leather PS11 bag by dynamic New York design duo Proenza Schouler, is bold, bright and a little bit bonkers. It’s also a great way to perk up a neutral outfit.

Faux-pony clutch bag, £30

Rich, inky navy blue is a prominent colour this season. This blue faux-pony clutch bag looks incredibly ladylike worn with simple separates or a mid-length dress.

Orange rucksack, £290

The ‘fashion rucksack’ is a fun way to add a pop of colour to your look. Work this Marc by Marc Jacobs version Eighties style and wear with a suit and sneakers on the way to work.

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