The world of fashion is constantly evolving, with new trends appearing every month. Or more. For the majority whose finger isn’t on fashion’s pulse with each changing season, it can be hard to keep up. Was black the new black this Summer, or was it white, beige, or burgundy? We’re not sure either. 

As we emerge from months spent in pyjamas, leggings and slippers, we can’t help but wonder what fashion trends will take off post-lockdown as slowly but surely the return to real-life forces us to give up our sofa-chic. 

Rather than second guess the latest trends, we’re taking comfort in the timeless. And fortunately, there are plenty of wardrobe staples that will never go out of style, meaning you can confidently step out in any of these, safe in the knowledge that your ensemble is on the cutting edge of post-lockdown cool. Without further ado, here are 5 timeless looks for Autumn 2020.

THE JUMPSUIT

One of the most versatile items of clothing out there, with so many variations on this simple piece, is the jumpsuit. 

Jumpsuits can be perfect for almost any occasion, are adaptable for the season, and the right one can even be a very comfortable choice – choose a long-legged piece for a low-maintenance look or select something shorter for a playful late summer set. 

In the early stages of Autumn, when there’s still a little warmth left in the air, dress down a floral number with loose boho waves and sandals for a daytime-casual look that captures the festival vibe, or dress it up with a belt, chunky jewellery and a great pair of heels or boots for a fashion-forward ‘fit that makes you look and feel great. A light jacket (more of that later) can be added in the evening. 

DENIM 

Stonewash, acid-wash, boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans, bootcut, ripped, distressed, relaxed, double – there are hundreds of ways to wear denim. 

Every wardrobe needs a staple pair of great jeans. Add a plain white t shirt into the mix and you have an instant go-to combo which can be paired with a simple set of accessories such as sunglasses and a leather jacket – black is best for a rock-chick vibe, whilst brown leather creates a sensible-yet-stylish everyday look. This is an ensemble just perfect for Autumn, when the temperature can turn from T-shirt weather to shiver in a second. 

There’s also the highly controversial double denim look that was once the ultimate fashion faux pas. No more, and these days, trendsetters like Bella and Gigi Hadid, Priyanka Chopra and J-Lo are all making amends. It’s also perfectly suited for Autumn’s colder evenings.

With the rulebook thrown out, there’s no limit to the looks you can create and fledgeling brand Funky Fuchsia suggest that a stonewashed denim dress, in particular, ‘’provides the perfect blend of comfort and style’’. We couldn’t agree more. 

PLAID & SIMPLE

Autumn, as it does every year, is set to see layering. But this year, expect to see checks on checks being a popular choice for both patterns and accompanying pieces of an outfit.

Plaid, in particular, is going to be back and enjoying some much deserved time in the spotlight. Thick, loose-fitting flannel shirts with sleeves rolled three quarter length serving as casual jackets, tartan skirts teamed with one tone tights, even capes in check; this is one pattern everyone will be wearing with pride. Channel your inner Kurt Cobain here, without the angst.

Accessories are particularly effective in multi-check, drawing the eye without dominating the whole outfit. Try out a plaid scarf or bag for best results.

A STATEMENT JACKET, BELTED

A belted coat is perfect during Autumn, as it is an ideal statement piece to keep warm whilst strolling through the park. That versatility, as we mentioned earlier, is perfect for adapting your outfit’s approach to the whims of the season. What’s more, that belt can help define or conceal a waistline which may have taken a bit of a battering during lockdown.

Whether you decide to wear a statemented fur jacket, or opt for a leather trench coat – the belt is a refining piece within this ensemble, which can be knotted or fastened depending on your look.

PENCIL SKIRTS 

A pencil skirt is the perfect centrepiece for your office glamour outfit. Yep, if we’re going to be pushed back to the office, at least we’re doing it in style! This figure-hugging garment flatters your fabulous figure whilst making you feel like a boss, even if yours is working from home whilst ordering you back to work.

To complete this wearable work ensemble, try a plain black pencil skirt with a white blouse and a slick of red lipstick for instant sophistication. Alternatively, experiment with colour and patterns for an office-smart outfit that won’t look out of place during Friday night cocktails. Autumn fashion relies on these versatile pieces which make it easy to transition location and occasion.

The pencil dress is another classic variant on this reliable piece. Three-quarter length sleeves offer a modest, graceful look whilst a Bardot neckline combines sass and sophistication in equal measure, turning your outfit into an instant showstopper.