I Just Assembled 6 Chic Outfits That Make Me Really Excited for Autumn

If there’s one brand I love shopping for autumn, it’s Arket. While other affordable destinations can easily pander to of-the-moment trends when a new season arrives, Arket always stays true to what it’s good at and leans into the classics—and I’d argue that there’s no better season to invest in classics than autumn.

Think tailored blazers with jeans and loafers, chic trench coats paired with crisp white shirts and wide-leg trousers, and midi dresses with knee-high boots. That perfect not-too-hot, not-too-cold autumn weather lends itself perfectly to a lightly layered outfit, which, after a summer of navigating a lot of skin on show, feels wholly fresh in itself. And it’s certainly anything but boring.


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Now, I know we’re still in the midst of August, and for some of you, that means the summer holidays are still top of mind. But September is a mere 26 days away, and no matter how warm it is outside, the new collections are coming in thick and fast, and they're feeling significantly more fall-appropriate, so bare with me. When scrolling through Arket’s new-in section recently, I saw so many great autumn pieces that I ended up getting a little over-excited and assembling them into five chic outfits to have in my inspiration bank. But I know I’ll wear these pieces through winter with a coat, and I’ll even wear them next autumn. Keep scrolling to see the looks I created. Of course, I’ve added links to shop the pieces if you’re in the mood to get prepared, too.

1. Short Trench + Chinos + Breton Top + Boots



2. Striped Shirt + Jeans + Ballet Flats + Crossbody Bag



3. Trench Coat + Midi Dress + Chunky Knee-High Boots + Tote Bag



4. Wool Jacket + Knit Vest + Black Jeans + Trainers



5. Midi Dress + Blazer + Knee-High Boots + Tote



6. Striped Jumper + Wide-Leg Jeans + Loafers + Crossbody Bag



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Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.