We might be squeezing the last warmth out of the sunnier months, but just one look around the shops will tell you that autumn has well and truly arrived. Coats, boots and winter woolies are lining the shelves, but it can be hard to know exactly what to choose to look the part this season.
We've picked our top basic pieces to help you to transition seamlessly into autumn. Whatever colour or print you go for, these basic items will see you through this changing weather!
1. Trench coat
A trench is the perfect coat for those days when the weather really just can't decide what it's up to. It's light enough to be worn open on a warm day, but it also looks incredible when belted with a wool scarf and winter gloves. An great transitional choice! We love this piped beige trench from Dunnes for €55 – and it's also available in burgundy.
2. Shirt dress
This is one purchase that will take you right through to next summer. A shirt dress is an easy choice with bare legs and leather sandals, or get cozy by wearing tights, boots and a chuky cardi. This printed khaki dress from Topshop (€52) is perfect for autumn.
3. Simple shorts
Shorts are your best friend when it comes to the changing seasons. They're a beach wardrobe staple in the sunnier months, but they look great over tights too – black or coloured. We're fans of this black belted pair from New Look for €17.99 – team with a cute knitted jumper for easy autumn style.
4. A cape, poncho or cardigan
A good quality knitted piece is a key addition to your autumn wardrobe. A thick cardigan, like this check-printed one from Warehouse (€56) adds a soft, feminine and cozy touch to your look.
5. Dark skinny jeans
A dark pair of skinnies is a sexier option than your standard denim pair, so they're perfect when you want to keep wrapped up on a Saturday night. We adore these waxed black skinnies from River Island (€55) – we'd take them over a miniskirt any day!
6. Ankle boots
Forget heels, ankle boots are your best friend this season. Your tootsies will be warm as you battle the elements, and the low heel is great for navigating icy pavements. These cutout Lianna boots from Oasis (€56) would look fab with bare legs or tights:
Or for a lower price point, we're big fans of New Look's tan Chelsea boot (€29.99):
7. A cozy scarf
A warm scarf doesn't just have to be practical. Choose a bright print to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe. At just €8 (down from €25), this H&M scarf won't leave you out in the cold: