These 12 Trending Items Are Already Autumn’s Cult Buys

As fashion editors, we’re rather well acquainted with the trend cycle. We’ve witnessed hundreds of beautiful garments and many exquisitely crafted accessories rise in popularity, before ebbing out of style. There are, however, a few exceptional items that we’ve seen transcend this rhythm and reach true cult status. These special items have the rare ability to capture the fashion zeitgeist, riffing off a building trend and delivering a wardrobe-altering product.

These true cult classics offer a timeless look that always feels current. Khaite’s V-neck cashmere cardigan eclipses its peers, delivering a flattering, comfortable and wearable style that you’ll reach for for years to come, whilst The Row has struck gold with its leather ankle boots that balance grunge with wearability. From luxury leaders such as Acne Studios and Miu Miu to high-street heroes including ARKET and COS, we’ve identified the cult buys of next season to give you a head start on honing your autumn wardrobe.

Read on to discover the cult fashion buys of autumn 2023.


1. Miu Miu's Coin-Logo Leather Loafers
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Style Notes: Miu Miu's new leather loafers have been swiped up quickly by the fashion set. The classic, chunky style features a subtle gold coin insert with an embossed logo design. The humble loafer has peaked at cult status already this year, and we expect to see its popularity continue to grow through autumn and beyond.


2. Toteme's Embroidered Scarf Jacket
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Style Notes: Toteme's embroidered scarf jacket is a fan favourite amongst the Who What Wear UK team. I'm secretly counting down the days until it's officially autumn and I can safely cocoon myself in a jacket this cosy once more.


3. The Row's Zip-Front Leather Ankle Boots
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Style Notes: Every year I keep my eye out for the perfect pair of leather ankle boots, and every year I come back to this style. Chunky enough to ground a light, transitional outfit, this pair from from The Row serve as my go-to inspo from autumn and beyond.


4. Acne Studios Distressed Leather Bomber Jacket
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Style Notes: I've spotted worn, leather bomber jackets on all of my favourite influencers, and I can't wait to scoop one up myself. Acne's slightly cropped version falls to hip height, which means it'll pair perfectly with high-waisted trousers.


5. Loewe's Puzzle Bag
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Style Notes: Loewe's ergonomic bag has been on our radar in a big way since it debuted in 2014. Now available in a broad range of colours and sizes, we're as charmed now as we were when we first laid eyes on it almost 10 years ago.


6. Max Mara's Coat
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Style Notes: Nothing signals the change in seasons like a Max Mara wool coat. Autumn 2023 will lean as heavily on Max Mara's classic camel coat, just as in seasons past.


7. Arket's Oversized Wool-Blend Blazer
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Style Notes: Arket's Oversized Wool Blend Blazer is every fashion insider's secret to elevating a casual look. Pairing as well with jeans and a white tee as it does an evening dress, this is the blazer we're banking on (again) this autumn.


8. COS Wide-Leg Wool Trousers
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Style Notes: The perfect pair of trousers does exist. Coming in a range of colours, COS's wide-leg wool trousers are expertly pleated to drape loosely but elegantly on the leg.


9. Khaite's Cashmere Blend Cardigan
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Style Notes: Ever since Katie Holmes wore this cardigan in 2019, we haven't been able to get it out of our minds. Khaite is a cut above on quality and design, and this is the absolute perfect cardigan to wrap up in on a cool autumn evening.


10. COS's Cross Body Bag

Style Notes: The Uniqlo crossbody bag's big, more sophisticated sister, this is composed of supple leather. Like all crossbody bags, it works just as well with a summer dress and sandals as it does a heavy winter coat.


11. Toteme's Signature Stripe Turtleneck
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Style Notes: First released in 2019, I'm as head over heels for this jumper now as I was then. The bold Breton stripes combined with the perfect roomy fit make this item a staple that I'll be calling upon for the foreseeable.


12. Prada's Logo-Plaque Loafers
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Style Notes: Before Miu Miu's coin-embossed loafers came on the scene, it was all about Prada's "stealth wealth" version. Composed of gleaming patent leather, these sleek shoes feature the covetable Prada logo front and centre, perched upon the refined design.

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Natalie Munro
News Writer

Natalie Munro is Who What Wear UK’s news writer. Having worked in the fashion industry since her time at university—where she obtained a BA in Journalism from University of the Arts London, Natalie's experience spans journalistic and styling roles. In the early stages of her career Natalie predominately worked on editorial shoots for fashion publications such as British Vogue, Vogue Ukraine, AnOther Magazine and Elle UK, before moving into journalism roles.

On completion of her degree she interned in the editorial team at British Vogue and later went on to freelance for the publication. Here, she developed her interest in reporting on the latest fashion news and trends. Inspired by the dynamic nature of the industry, Natalie went on to write for other lifestyle and fashion brands and publications before taking on the role as News Writer for Who What Wear.

With an interest in uncovering the latest fashion trends, Natalie takes a leading role in identifying news for Who What Wear UK. Focusing on trends on and off the runway, as well as street style and celebrity fashion, Natalie reports on a daily basis, ensuring that she remains ahead of the trends. Natalie also creates content for Who What Wear’s social channels including TikTok and Instagram on a weekly basis.