During the summer it is true that we tend to plump for less is more when it comes to our style choices. This is due to several reasons such as the fact we don’t want to be sweaty messes when we’re out and about, we’re hoping to show off our holiday tans and the fact that it is so simple and easy to just throw a summer dress and head out the door. With cooler temperatures and shortening days though our city chic casual look has to of course undergo somewhat of a makeup. But with gorgeous autumn silhouettes, styles and colours, this season’s fashion is a beauty.

We may not love the rapidly cooling days but they do offer us the chance to embrace some layering and to pull out those gorgeous coats that can make any outfit look put together. Autumn is also a really great time to try streamlining your style with a capsule wardrobe and try to think of quality rather than quantity since you want pieces that will also protect you from the elements. We’ve put together here a few of our favourite pieces that will see you through this season with ease, so read on to find them out.

Corduroy is one of those materials that is typically associated with autumn thanks to its softness and warm, and what could be better than replacing your summer skinny jeans with a pair of skinny cords in a gorgeously rich burgundy shade. These stunning corduroy skinnies in ‘rich wine’ shade appropriately come from one of our favourite smart-casual high street stores Gap. Available in 5 shades in total including khaki and black moss, these are the perfect staple trousers to wear this autumn. They also come in petite and tall leg lengths and cost a reasonable £49.95, although you can always check out some Gap discount codes when you shop online to see if you can get an even better deal. And just one more reason to shop at Gap is their fantastic range of sizes which runs from UK2 to a UK20 which is pretty great for a standard high street retailer.

A waterproof yet dainty handbag is a must and will look great when paired with your coat but don’t automatically assume that you’ll need to rush out and buy the latest eye-wateringly expensive designer version. Faux-leather is not only waterproof but it lasts pretty well too being easy to clean and if you pick carefully a cheap bag doesn’t have to look cheap if you know what we mean! This lovely khaki green buckle number comes from Primark and costs just £7, but is nonetheless chic and elegant.

For an easy to wear coat that is an instant style classic we simply adore this black check number from River Island. Completely timeless and in a colour palate that is stylish and easy for anyone to pull off, this is the ideal coat to throw on over a cosy jumper and your skinny cords and will have you looking sharp in an instant. Get it from River Island for £85.