14 Oct 2018 21 comments

Wardrobe Staples For The New Season.

Let’s talk wardrobe staples…

I’m having a whale of a time shopping the autumn trends this year! I’m completely hooked on adding to my wardrobe, which is new for me because I usually find shopping a bit of a chore.
I don’t know if it’s just me being festive and embracing the cold weather for once, or if this year’s offerings are just extra cute! Whatever the answer, someone needs to hide my credit card asap. Maybe I’ll freeze it in to a block of ice like they do in the movies.

There’s quite a few pieces sitting in my wardrobe currently that I consider staples; the items I think are incredibly versatile, last year after year and keep my wardrobe looking pretty up to date.
I’m quite an effortless dresser most of the time, and autumn and lazy dressing totally go hand in hand…

The cord skirt…

You’ve probably spied me rocking a cord skirt a few times recently, I think cord is such a faultless texture for autumn. Last year I picked up a ton of styles from Forever21 when we were in the States, but I recently got this beautiful emerald number from Topshop and I absolutely adore it. I’m loving a bit of green at the moment, and this darker shade is such a lovely change from the typical rusts and burgundys I usually go for.

The checkerboard shoes…

Oh hello, I’m 14 again. No, not really… I’m just embracing my wardrobe from half my lifetime (!!!) ago. That’s worrying.
Say what you will about my fashion choices, but you can’t deny these aren’t cute. I love slipping them on with a pair of Topshop Jamie jeans and a colourful knit for the ultimate effortless outfit. I just wish I’d kept the first pair I had all those years ago…

The staple beret…

What can I say, I love a beret! I have an entire drawer full of ’em and I’m always looking for new colours and combinations to add to my collection.
I wear my beige one a lot, I find it’s a nice change from black and doesn’t need lint-rolled every ten seconds.

Everyone always asks me how to wear a beret; I usually put it on and use the little… nipple (??) bit to pull it back and to the side a little. I wear mine about a third to halfway down my forehead, although I do see a lot of girls wearing them further back so a section of their hair is showing. I think any way works with a beret, honestly. Just put it on, act confident (it takes a while to feel like you suit one!) and own it! Maybe hold off on wearing a stripe tee during that adjustment period though, the jokes can wait until you’re a bit more comfortable with your new accessory.

The chunky knit…

The chunky knit! Fun fact, I was hanging out with some friends before I went to meet Jordan for our (very casual) first date, and a couple of my guy friends kept yelling “lose the chunky knit!” because I was wearing this big, long cardigan as part of my very cute ensemble. Well, I persisted and kept it on, and now we’re married. Some say it’s the chunky knit what did it.
Anyway, I really think you can’t go wrong with a couple of beautiful pieces of knitwear in your wardrobe. I love how versatile a cute cream jumper is; perfect for wearing with your favourite comfy jeans and trainers at the weekend, or throwing on with a midi skirt and ankle boots for work during the week. Divine.

The checked trench…

This might well be my favourite find of the season, as soon as I laid eyes on it I added it to my basket!

I love the length of this one as I always struggle with what coat to wear with all my midi skirts, it kind of has to be the same length or longer to work I think.

Plus, I find trench coats are perfect for this bizarre weather we’re having, you can wrap it up and keep cosy or just tie the belt at the back for a more flattering fit.

The statement bag…

Oh I do love a statement bag! I’m definitely more of a bag person than a shoe person, I’m not sure why that is, but I’ve always, always loved handbags. I think they’re the cherry on top, the finishing touch to an outfit.
I’ve been giving my JW Anderson Logo bag a lot of love already this year, it’s something I bought last year but I only used a few times and I actually almost sold it. It’s weird what a difference a few months can make!
Of course, a statement bag doesn’t have to be designer – Mango is my favourite place to shop for good quality handbags! Just as long as it makes your outfit pop, the price tag is irrelevant.

This has got me in the mood to shop even more now, although I do have to do my ASOS returns before I even consider another purchase! I’m on a ‘one in, one out’ policy until further notice.
I hope you lovely lot have been inspired by my autumn edit, I’ve popped a few more favourites below if you fancy a browse…

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  • Lisa Autumn

    I absolutely love this coat Kate!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • The beret is so so cute! My autumn staple has always been a chunky knit – preferably in an autumnal colour such as burgundy, but this year I have been so into cord too! I have my own cord skirt that I can’t wait to wear, I love how you style yours! x

    Erin // Everything Erin

  • I really want to add a corduroy skirt into my wardrobe this autumn, I love the way they look!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • I stay to the neutral pieces. I love how you made a mood board with various pieces. Atowle|https://formationvacations.com/

  • LOVE that coat! Looks so lovely on!

    Zoey | http://www.zoeyolivia.com

  • The skirt is so cute! Love these pieces. X

  • Debbie J

    I completely agree with cord skirts! I have a pink one and think they’re positively gorgeous.
    Debbie | http://www.brewingcolour.wordpress.com

  • StrawberryMakeupBag

    Love your pics! I’m currently after a beret – a mustard one would be perfect but the Anthropologie one is also super dreamy. I’ve got plenty of chunky jumpers already – last year I went a bit crazy with those – and I’m currently after a pair of nice trousers as I wear jeans all the time these days and I need to step out of my comfort zone. x

    Beatrice | Strawberry Makeup bag

    • Rebecca Griffin

      Mango has some really nice trousers! I just ordered the “skinny suit trousers” and they are incredibly comfortable, soft, and perfect for fall. I have struggled to find trousers that fit me well more so than any other article of clothing, but I’ve found some great things at Mango lately!

  • Natalie Redman

    Love this outfit and i love these picks.


  • Rebecca Griffin

    I completely agree with everything you said. This fall’s trends have been extra cute and I, like you, rarely indulge in shopping the trends, but this season in different. I think it’s thanks to the mix of vintage and modern vibes, and I love it all. And someone seriously needs to take away my credit card as well!

  • Love all the picks! Your outfit is adorable! I particularly love your skirt πŸ’•

    Arianna | Southernbf.blogspot.com

  • I’m right there with you when it comes to being head over heals with the fall trends this year. It’s like we’ve finally gotten back to looks that are flattering and actually SUIT people. Oh yea, they’re pretty classic as well. I’m definitely in a fall state of mind these days and not ashamed to admit it.

    xoxo – Kelly

  • I’ve really been wanting to get a cord skirt <3 πŸ™‚ It's super cute! Love these fall wardrobe staples!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

  • You always have the best outfits! such a fashion inspiration


  • waterfall/trench coats are so in at the moment!

  • I love everything about this look!! I’ve been meaning to get a corduroy A-line skirt for ages now, and I neeeed to pick up one in that gorgeous forest green colour. The story about the chunky knit on your first date is amazing, love it :’) x

  • i never though i would wear cord but here we are and i love it. i also have been loving tweed and all the earth tones ever.


  • Caroline Malone

    I wish I could pull off a beret, my hair is too flat and they always drown me. I have to say I am obsessed with that bag and you’ve now made me scrolling through online shops to find a mustard/statement bag! xx


  • I love this outfit, I’d love a cord skirt!

    Shelley x