We hate to say goodbye to summer, but with the sunshine season drawing to an end, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming colder months.
This transitional period is an easy one to master if you prioritise versatile and practical pieces, which also tick all the right boxes when it comes to style. And here’s the good news: you don’t have to completely revamp your wardrobe this year, as just a few smart additions can make all the difference.
To help you move seamlessly from summer to autumn, consider investing in these eight key new season pieces.
1. The Cardigan
One of the easiest knits to work into your existing wardrobe, a cardigan is perfect for throwing on over your summer tees or buttoning up over a fitted shirt for extra warmth in the office.
For a piece that will work right now, try a lightweight version like this grey number by Journal Standard, which is a crafted from a cotton-blend to ensure you won’t overheat if we do end up experiencing the hallowed ‘Indian Summer’.
Available at END Clothing, priced £85.
2. The Check Shirt
Lumberjack shirts have held their own for quite a while now, proving plaid is more than just a fleeting fashion trend.
To really get the autumnal vibes going, look for high quality flannel versions in rich, seasonally-appropriate palettes – like this design by Parisian label A.P.C.
It will look effortlessly stylish teamed with a pair of raw selvedge jeans, and can be used as a makeshift jacket when the chill hasn’t quite hit.
Available at END Clothing, priced £169.
3. Dark Chinos
The move from summer shorts straight into jeans can be a tough one, so a pair of soft chinos in a dark shade offers an ideal compromise.
Opt for cotton construction to ensure year-round comfort and prioritise slim-fitting styles in deep autumnal hues such as racing green, burgundy or brown for a pair that is fully in-tune with the season.
Available at Topman, priced £25.
4. The Luxury Sweatshirt
Sweatshirts aren’t just for the track anymore, with contemporary labels transforming the sporting style into something truly luxurious.
Premium fabrics, modern cuts and unique detailing have elevated the piece beyond its casualwear roots, allowing you to dress it up with an Oxford shirt and flannel trousers as easily as you can down with a pair of jeans at the weekend.
Try this grey number by Parisian label Maison Kitsuné for a simple, high quality top with a touch of playful branding.
Available at END Clothing, priced £95.
5. The Lightweight Scarf
If it’s not quite coat weather just yet, but if you’re looking to take the edge off the early autumn chill, be sure to pick up a lightweight scarf.
Zara has a strong selection this season, offering a number of relaxed, non-bulky options in autumnal shades that can be thrown on at any moment. This striped design won’t make you feel too hot when you’re out and about, but will help fight that back-of-the-neck wind style.
Available at Zara, priced £9.99.
6. The Canvas Bag
When dressing in autumnal shades – browns, reds, oranges and greens – be sure your accessories blend in with your look too.
This rugged khaki weekend bag by Mango perfectly mixes a neutral tone and contrasting leather-look accents with utilitarian design, resulting in a relaxed option to sling your stuff in for an easy-going weekend away.
Available at Mango, priced £45.99.
7. Graphic Knitwear
On-trend and an easy way to make an effortless statement this autumn, it’s time to opt for a more graphic, eye-catching piece of knitwear.
But printed doesn’t have to mean garish, as this lightweight jumper from ASOS proves. Crafted from a soft touch cotton-blend, the chevron motif brings a retro sporty feel to the sweater, which would work well with slim-cut chinos or athletic shorts for an eye-catching downtime look.
Available at ASOS, priced £26.
8. The Desert Boots
Desert boots are considered a modern wardrobe essential that every man should own. Coming into their own during the autumn months, a tough, rugged leather pair works for both those rainy days in the city and an informal after-work dinner date.
This timeless brown pair by Clarks – the creator of the iconic silhouette – are crafted to the highest standard and built to withstand anything that Mother Nature throws at you.
Available at Clarks, priced £99.