I Just Restyled 5 Summer Pieces to Work Perfectly for Autumn—Here's How

With the blissful weather we're experiencing right now (it's 28 degrees in London as I write this), it's hard to believe autumn is just around the corner. An Indian summer would be a welcome treat, but there's only so long we can hold on to our warm-weather clothing—right?

Well, not necessarily. Many of the summer items you've been preparing to shove to the back of your wardrobe can, in fact, be carried into the colder season. All it takes is some smart styling. We're not talking about barely-there sandals and bikinis, but crop tops, cotton shirts and mini skirts are easy to incorporate into autumn outfits. By adding in a few extra layers, using accessories to beat the chill and adjusting the colour palette—think more warm neutrals than striking brights—you can keep wearing your ride-or-die staples for the next couple of months.

But I'm not one to dole out advice without leading by example, so below, you'll find a collection of outfits I've assembled around five popular summer buys. I've also linked all of the items featured, so you can easily pick up the pieces you need to re-create these chic summer-to-autumn looks.

1. THE WHITE SHIRT

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Style Notes: Our Instagram feeds have been filled with breezy cotton shirts for the past few months, tossed on nonchalantly over bikinis and strappy camis. As the temperature cools, use your shirt as the base layer rather than the cover-up, adding a knitted vest on top for added warmth.

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2. THE COTTON MIDI DRESS

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Style Notes: Think you need to say goodbye to your flowy midi dresses? Think again. Swap your sandals for sneakers and give the look an autumn spin with a biker jacket. Simple.

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3. THE MINI SKIRT

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Style Notes: Mini skirts made something of a comeback over summer; all you need to do to carry them into autumn is add thick tights and a cosy knit. In my opinion, short skirts and knee-high boots were made to be worn together, so consider this the perfect opportunity.

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4. THE CROP TOP

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Style Notes: Tank tops are truly a year-round staple. Not only do they allow you to tailor your outfit to the weather (you can strip off your knitwear on milder days), but the more basic iterations can be inserted into any kind of outfit.

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5. THE WIDE-LEG TROUSERS

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Style Notes: Wide-leg trousers proved their versatility over the warmer months, paired with everything from linen shirts to one-piece swimsuits. For seasonal shift, switch into cosy mode and style yours with smart layering pieces in a sophisticated autumn palette.

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Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer. After receiving an Audrey Hepburn box set for her 10th birthday and subsequently swooning over the actor’s wardrobe, Bébhinn felt pretty confident she wanted a career that involved clothes. She started her first blog at age 14—the title was a pun, but we’ll leave it at that—and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine


A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor for Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and updated takes on classic designs. 


While she still loves Audrey Hepburn films, these days, Bébhinn’s sartorial taste sits closer to Annie Hall’s and Alexa Chung’s. In her spare time, she’s likely cooing over cute dogs on rescue websites, playing folk songs on her guitar and browsing bookshops for new additions to her already-overpacked shelves.