Autumn Workwear Basics For 2021

It’s been a while! But I’m back with a slightly different topic than usual: I’ve been really into the Autumn fashion this year, and some stores have really nailed it, and in some cases, at an affordable price. I was on the hunt for basics, and I got my hands on a few that I just had to share. I bought most of these items with work in mind, but I made sure that I could style them for everyday wear too.

Ribbed Sweater Vest

I’ve had a turbulent relationship with the sweater vest since it became a trend, if I’m honest: I didn’t always like them, and thought it would be a passing trend (which it still may become), but seeing it styled on a few people out and about or on Pinterest, I thought I’d give it a go. I found this regular-length sweater vest from H&M in cream for a shockingly affordable £9.99 (although I did debate getting the chocolate brown originally). I’ve worn it so far with a long-sleeved bodysuit, and a white shirt, which by far got more compliments.

Rib-Knit Cardigan

The cardigan of dreams! If you’re looking for a versatile, cropped cardigan, this H&M one is for you. I bought the camel one for £14.99 as I thought camel had that more expensive look to it, and would go with more of my clothes, and safe to say I’m obsessed with it. I’ve worn it so far with slim-leg suit trousers, bodysuits, jeans, and to be honest, quite a lot of combinations – you’ll get good use out of this. I’m actually contemplating getting another colour for how good the price is!

A White T-Shirt

A white t-shirt may sound simple enough, but when I was brainstorming outfit ideas for the workplace, a white t-shirt factored in to a lot of them. I got this 95% cotton shirt from H&M for a steal at £3.99, and it’s not as see-through as a lot of the white shirts I was looking at (just make sure you’re wearing white or nude underneath!). I do want to give a shout out to the Zara halter-neck bodysuit that I picked up around the same time (yes, I know I’m late to the game) – this bodysuit again goes with so many options, such as jeans, leather trousers and skirts, and to make it more work appropriate, I pair it with suit trousers and the rib-knit cardigan from H&M I mentioned above.

Ribbed Bodysuit

I’m a huge fan of a bodysuit, if you couldn’t tell by now, as I just think they’re so versatile and make an outfit look put-together. I originally picked up a white one from Zara, but found it to be too see-through, so I bought the camel version instead that works an absolute treat. It does come in multiple different colours though, so be sure to have a look at those too!

Polo Bodysuit

I didn’t actually buy this, but I’m definitely thinking of picking it up: having a polo-style top just adds an extra flare to your outfit, and again, you can dress this up for work or wear it casually. This navy bodysuit from Zara is definitely on my wishlist to pick up next.

Black Suit Trousers

If you don’t know, get to know: these black slim-fit trousers from Next are probably my favourite smart trousers I own. I struggled for so long to find a pair of trousers that fit my body perfectly, and I almost gave up until I saw these. I’m honestly tempted to get a second pair in case they stop selling them! I couldn’t recommend them highlight enough.

Puffer Jacket

Autumn weather calls for puffer jacket season: I’ve had my eye on quite a few, but I came across this gorgeous, dark green one on the Zara website that I’m definitely thinking about getting. Something that I’m looking for in my next jacket is water and wind protection, and this ticks the box while still looking fashionable. Another one for the wishlist!

I would love to know in the comments or via my Instagram whether you’ll be picking up any of these, or whether you’re on the hunt for something specific this Autumn. For me, I’m still on a hunt for a pair of slim-leg camel trousers that fit me properly, so any recommendations would be helpful! Thanks for reading, and I’ll hopefully be back sooner than last time!

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