I Just Built the Perfect Capsule Wardrobe With 6 Items From Arket

It might be deceptively warm outside, but the sudden bursts of rain and storms on the horizon are a sure sign that autumn is on its way, and with it comes a whole new way to dress. While we spent the last few months trying to get away with as little fabric as is socially acceptable, now is the time to think about layering up, and controversially, I'm looking forward to it. 

Autumnal dressing is all about getting creative. It's less about temperature control as it is in summer and winter, and with a fresh collection landing in shops, it's the best time to refresh your wardrobe and introduce the colours and textures that make the most of the season ahead. 

Having said that, there's no need to throw away all of your warm-weather pieces and start from scratch. With a handful of clever purchases, you can build a mix-and-match capsule wardrobe that will see you through the next season and still weave in what you already own, and my starting point for the best transitional pieces on the market is Arket

You can always rely on Arket for well-made basics and minimalist chic, the perfect foundations for a tastefully curated wardrobe that will never go out of style. So to help you streamline your go-to looks and focus on the essentials, I've searched the new-in section to put together an edit of pieces that are all you'll need for the season ahead. 



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If 85% of your summer wardrobe was dresses, rather than relegate them to the back of the closet for another year, wear them for evening with strappy sandals, or layer them up with a long-sleeve top for weekend duties. Now is also the perfect time to invest in a heavier knit option for when the chillier months roll around. 



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I am the first to sing the praises of the versatile, oversized shirt (and I'd go as far as to say everyone should own at least one), but looking "put together" can take many more forms than just a classic poplin shirt. Think sleek necklines, eye-catching prints and voluminous silhouettes. 



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Versatile bottoms are arguably one of the most important building blocks in assembling a capsule wardrobe. After all, "jeans and a nice top" is a reliable outfit for a reason. Good denim is always a great starting point, but for dressier occasions, venture into tailoring territory. It's the easiest thing to dress up or down. Just swap a T-shirt for a blazer and presto—evening ready. 



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Trench or blazer, denim or linen, a light jacket is a trusty wardrobe staple, and now is the time they come into their own. When it's a little too blustery to get away with a light dress, the jacket is the reliable anchor to keep you covered rain or shine and should be considered an investment buy for the sheer amount of mileage you can get out of a coat year after year. 



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Is there anything more decadent than wrapping up in strokeable merino or alpaca wool? Snuggle into cloud-soft layers with an easy pair of jeans or a midi skirt for an instant (and comfortable) outfit. Neutral-coloured knits never go out of style, so the pieces you buy now you can still guarantee you'll be wearing for years to come. 



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The pièce de résistance: the accessories. No look is complete without them, yet bad ones can ruin an outfit. The key to clever accessory shopping? Look for well-constructed, quality shoes and bags that will stand the test of time. 

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Remy Farrell
Fashion Editor

Remy Farrell is a London-based shopping editor with nearly 10 years of editorial experience covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. After graduating with a journalism degree and working on the editorial and fashion teams for titles such as Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, she moved into the luxury e-commerce sector, working as fashion assistant at TheOutnet.com styling for the social media channels and helping to develop the collections for the in-house brand Iris & Ink. After expanding an assisting and styling portfolio that includes shooting talent such as Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miquita Oliver, she also branched out into beauty, creating tried-and-tested reviews and diverse beauty content.In her role as shopping editor at Who What Wear, Remy is interested in discovering new and exciting brands to share with the Who What Wear readership and particularly loves uncovering hidden gems at affordable prices to make shopping accessible to everyone.Born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Remy moved to London in 2014 and lives in the Docklands with her partner and pug Billie.