My Autumn Capsule Wardrobe Wishlist

Because a girl can dream, right?


IT’S CAPSULE WARDROBE TIME AGAIN! September marks the beginning of my autumn capsule wardrobe and although I haven’t really started the shift yet as I’m here, there and everywhere until mid-September I’m already thinking about the empty categories that will add some versatility into my closet and need filling before the cooler weather makes an appearance. If you scroll down the bottom of today’s post you’ll spot a video on how I go about working out what makes it onto my shopping list, but the main tool is an ongoing list that I keep in my bullet journal. At the end of every season I write down what my most worn pieces were and what items I feel are still lacking. This means by the time I’m revisiting it a year later I can remember what should be top of my to-buys. Did I ever mention that I’m a Virgo? So with a glance at last year’s list and my current Instagram saved section, here’s what’s made it on my autumn capsule wardrobe wishlist so far…


I’ve ticked off most of the items that were on my ‘to-buy’ list from last autumn with things that I purchased for my winter, spring and summer capsules but black high-heeled boots still remain a category that isn’t currently catered for in my wardrobe. What a basic to be missing, eh? I’m a right fuss pot when it comes to boots and usually like my styles to be pointy or almond-toed which make me look like Noel Fielding’s twin, but I have to say that the Dear Francis Spirit Boots are bringing me round to the idea of a more rounded toe. The heel height seems high, but manageable and I like the sock-boot style as they’ll keep my ankles warm when I wear my more cropped denim. I’m 95% sure that I’ll be making a purchase of these v.soon…

Last year I purchased a pair of black wide-leg trousers from Mango. They were great and I actually got a decent amount of wear out them, donning them for evenings out mostly – I even wore them on my hen do! But the fit of them just wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. Being that fancy black trousers were a new addition to my wardrobe I think it’s nice to go in with something from the high-street so you can prove whether they’ll be a worthwhile investment later down the line. The Joseph Rocker Super 100 Wool Wide-Leg Pants seem to be exactly what I’m looking for. They’ve still got a bit of a school-trouser vibe about them, but they’re much less tight around the backside and have a wide leg fit that starts right under the bum. I love how they’re styled on Net-a-Porter with the cream roll-neck tucked into them. SOLD.


I’ve come to accept that I’m just not really a heels gal (aside from a pair of boots that I can actually walk in, as I mentioned earlier). Over the summer I’ve gravitated towards the flats in my shoe collection; either wearing my Topshop Leopard Print Slides of my Gucci Horsebit Detailed Leather Loafers. Given that slides won’t be an option for much longer, I’m looking to expand the loafer category of my wardrobe, so if anyone has any recommendations then I’m all ears. Do I go for another colour of the Gucci loafers? The red ones make my eyes light up when I see them online. Or do I find a similar style and go all out with a leopard print number? Or both? LOLZ.

The main reason why I love cooler weather dressing is because you can wear a top that is basically a blanket and it’s completely socially acceptable. What I’m talking about here is what I’m wearing in this post, which is a brand-spanking new purchase, so it’s already bypassed the wishlist stage. It’s the Acne Studios Deborah Oversized Ribbed Wool Sweater and it wasn’t exactly the cheapest purchase I’ve ever made, but it’s one that I’ve been lusting over since I screen-grabbed a picture of it from Instagram last year. I don’t think a snugglier jumper exists. I may have sweated my bollocks off taking pictures in it during a hot August day, but I think the warmth will be much appreciated over winter. If anyone has any wallet-friendly dupes I’m interested because I reckon another one or two of this style in my wardrobe will help to beef out my knitwear category.


I loved these white cropped jeans that I’m wearing this post for the first part of the warm weather wave, however as the summer went on I became more obsessed with high-waisted, straight-leg fit denim with raw edges and these no longer fitted the bill. The latter’s ability to conceal a food baby is unrivalled. I can make them work with heavier tops, but with my usual silk flowy numbers I find them too low to tuck things into and you all know how much I love doing that. I’ve made the most of them by hacking off the bottoms to create a frayed hem, but I’m thinking of investing in a pair of white denim that ticks all my boxes as they have made a nice alternative from wearing standard indigo and faded washes. Enter the Topshop Boutique High Waist Frayed Hem Jeans that are everything I want and more. These may have made their way to me already. Haul incoming… 

Photos by Lauren Shipley

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  • Hi Anna,
    Thanks for sharing your zodiac mystery!:)
    X finja –

  • Julia Deutschen

    About a week ago, I’ve also shared my wishlist on my blog and some pieces are similar.
    I haven’t been a big fan of cream or nude knitwear for the past couple of years, but after scrolling through Lucy Williams blog for a day, I am converted! Defenitely need to get my hands on some chunky cream and grey knitwear.
    The sweater you’re wearing is perfection! Love the combo with the leopard slides and bag.

    xx Julia

  • Hi Anna,
    Ive been looking forward to this video, as I love autumn/winter dressing too!. it means I can revive my vast knitwear stash ) You mentioned heeled ankle boots, so just a suggestion that currently have an LK Bennett sale (if you’re looking for something more highstreet. Also, how do you feel about the “IT” colours for the season (e.g red)?, do you consider that when putting together your capsule wardrobe updates?

    Cant wait for part 2 🙂

  • Ally

    Hi Anna. I’m also a massive fan of Autumn dressing. September is here and I’ve already cracked out the suede boots! I’m also in the market for a camel duster coat, so looking forward to see what you go for. Jaeger did some nice double faced wool last year (although is that a bit of a mum shop?!). I’ve also seen a great camel coat from Theory…and it’s reversible! Looking forward to part 2!

  • Autumn is my favourite season, also when it comes to fashion! There are so many gorgeous trends right now I’ seriously struggling to stick to a more sustainable capsule wardrobe haha x

  • I did a clearout before my summer holiday and now and slowly looking for things I need to restock on, You always give me a lot of inspiration, though I need a few more smart pieces for work.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Susan Akyeampong

    I don’t really think of white trousers for the autumn – LOVE this idea!

  • Em

    LOVE the Acne sweater and I can’t wait to see how you style the boots! Yay for Fall dressing!

  • Vee

    Loving the jumper – I recently bought a pale pink H&M cashmere one that looks very similar…

  • That jumper looks so beautifully soft! Love the white trousers combo too!

    Abbi |

  • That jumper looks so cosy Anna! x

  • April

    Love your style. You should checkout Everlane. It’s a San Francisco based company which focuses on sustainable modern basics. You should check out their shoes, particularly the modern loafer and the modern point. I think they’re right up your alley! Plus I think they just restarted their international shipping 😉

  • Love your style goals for the season!! You NEED the LL Bean Signature Fisherman sweater in your life! It’s amazing and they sell out in the states because they’re so well loved–they last forever and get better over the years.

  • Ray

    That jumper looks nice and cozy.

  • Moira Cain

    Love this look! I’m majorly obsessed with that sweater you’re wearing. For the black roll neck shirt. J.Crew has them, and they’re not super expensive, but high quality! Can’t wait to see Part 2!

  • I love these pieces! That grey knit looks so comfy!

    I hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • This jumper is perfect for autumn / winter and the colour is perfect too x

  • The slow pace

    If you are looking for loafers, you can’t go wrong with Tod’s classics! I don’t like the Gommino ones, but I love their all time classic leather loafers!

  • Adore the jumper, it looks so cosy!

    Sara – Flemingo

  • Lisa Autumn

    Your capsule wardrobe videos re my absolute fave!

    xx Lisa |

  • Hannah

    Bought the Dear Frances Spirit Boots last week (because of Lizzy Hadfield duh) and I love them. I was also nervous about the heel height (I usually keep it to <60mm for everyday shoes) but I literally just walked 2km from a client meeting back to my office with NO pain. Not going to run a marathon in these, or walk more than a few km at a time without a break, but for my lifestyle that's a pretty realistic daytime shoe (and nighttime–so easy to dress up). Wholeheartedly recommend. For context, I own Rag & Bone Newbury, Acne Pistol, Acne Jensen, and Toga Pulla (obviously I love a black ankle boot lol) and only find the Acne Pistol more comfortable than the Spirit Boots.

  • Your capsule wardrobe sounds so dreamy…
    There’s something exciting about the start of a new season and going out and treating yourself to some new clothes and accessories… I love it! (or is it just me, lolz!) 😛
    Daisy xxx

  • What a cool jumper. I love white jeans for fall x

  • all that jae

    I LOVE Acne sweaters- just wish the prices weren’t so hefty! Loved your video about your wardrobe and can’t wait to see what you ended up getting!

  • Samantha S

    Hi! You’re my absolute favorite blogger!!!

    Have you ever tried Everlane? They have amazing knits and at a great price. They’re also transparent with the cost of their items. I’m not sure if they ship to the UK, but I hope you get the opportunity to check them out 🙂

  • Elizabeth Alexander

    Hey Anna! Would you ever consider doing a more in depth clothing review for some of your more high end pieces? Specifically that new whistles camel coat 😉 Loved the Chloe Faye bag review!

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