As we’re spending more time indoors and at home, many of us are prioritising comfort and ease when getting dressed. However, this is balanced with the increasing desire to return to our normal wardrobe routines and to get dressed properly. “Understated luxury is the keyword for many collections, and the vocabulary is high-quality knits, cashmere and neutral tones,” says Tiffany Hsu, fashion buying director at MyTheresa. “Among the ways to achieve the look, the knit dress is a new wardrobe essential.” Buyers have focused on a capsule of easy-to-style but elevated separates, as Lydia King, fashion director at Harrods, says her hero pieces for at-home dressing this autumn are “relaxed silhouettes, cocooning knitwear, easy dresses, silk separates and chunky boots for stepping outside.”
Comfort is key. However, instead of loose, baggy knits, loungewear is made to feel more elevated this autumn thanks to the return of fitted silhouettes. “The second most prevalent trend was the focus on the female form, which saw the return of the bodycon dress,” adds von der Goltz. “However, today’s version of bodycon is more elegant.” Think of the fitted, body-hugging knitwear we saw Gwyneth Paltrow wearing in the ’90s.
Another significant shift we’ve seen during COVID-19 is the rapid explosion of resale sites—the ThredUp resale report estimates that online second-hand is set to grow 69% between 2019 and 2021, while the retail sector is projected to shrink 15%. You’ll find many of the autumn buys below on resale and vintage sites, from boxy blazers and belts to Gucci’s re-released Jackie bag. So when compiling this report, I have included several second-hand shopping options to stress the timeless nature of these autumn pieces.
From knitted vests (thanks Gucci) to statement collars made for Zoom, keep scrolling for what’s what for autumn.