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Our stylists’ guide to the perfect autumn capsule wardrobe

Our stylists’ guide to the perfect autumn capsule wardrobe

Ah, new seasons. They always come around so quickly, don’t they? Just as you’ve settled into your summery shirts and linen shorts, the weather turns and now you’re stuck wondering what on earth you’re going to wear. That’s why it pays to invest in those items you can turn to year after year that never go out of style, or as we like to call them: capsule wardrobes. “It’s always a good idea to have a trusty line-up of go-to outfits,” says Thread stylist Freddie Kemp. “You’ll save time, stress, and money.”

The concept isn’t complicated – you build a collection of trend-defying pieces that pair effortlessly with each other. And although it may be simple, it doesn’t equal boring. “Having a capsule wardrobe really helps you define your personal style. You’ll start to learn what colours and shapes suit you, so lean into these,” Freddie says. Not sure where to start? Try our failsafe guide. 

Start with shoes

“Ideally, you want a couple of versatile shoe options in neutral, easy-to-pair shades,” Freddie says. “For a casual option, they don’t come more versatile than Converse trainers – I wear mine with everything from turned-up jeans to tailored trousers.

“And for the perfect smart casual pair, try chunky boots. Go for a classic lace-up boot with a thick sole, and they’ll serve both walk-in-the-park and going-out looks.”

Layer with jackets

“Having two jackets – one short and one long – is key to a good capsule wardrobe. A longer trench style will have you covered for smarter occasions, while a shorter Harrington jacket makes casual denim feel more considered.

One of them should also be waterproof for those inclement weather days. As with your shoes, stick to neutral, staple colours for maximum versatility.”

Add colour with shirts and knitwear

“This is a great place to start if you want to move away from your usual black and grey shades this season. Burnt orange is always a favourite at this time of the year. But if you’re a little reserved when it comes to colour, you could always try an ecru or lighter neutral shade as it will still make a nice contrast to darker seasonal tones.”

Dress up or down with trousers

“Textured tailored trousers are a must for maximum versatility during autumn. We love a solid pair you can mix and match with nearly anything in your wardrobe, but don’t be afraid to add some with a subtle pattern too. They look great dressed down with a white t-shirt, jacket, and trainers, but also styled up with boots and a rollneck knit.” 

Keep jeans on standby 

“Of course, no capsule collection would be complete without jeans. Dark indigo shades work best for the autumn season, and can easily slot into both casual and smart wardrobes.” To nail the fit, check out our guides to regular and straight-leg fitting jeans.

Finish with accessories

“Look for a bit of colour when it comes to accessories to lift your outfits – it’s an easy way to lend your look some personality without pushing the boat out too far. Easy-to-pair dark autumnal hues work well, like this purple scarf.”

Words: Ashlie Brombley
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Freddie Kemp