Autumn is just around the corner and with so many cover-ups to choose from, now’s the time to start gathering your new season staples. From interior-inspired prints to neo-Victorian accents, there are lots of captivating trends to experiment with this season – and while it’s tempting to indulge in a one-of-a-kind coat to top it all off, keeping your outerwear refined can provide the perfect base on which to experiment with edgier pieces. Let’s hear it for the classics!

The piece: Lightweight, breathable and beautifully tailored, the trench is an investment piece with timeless appeal. Look for honey-hued variations that taper in at the waist, or for a more defined look, opt for a colourblock collar in jet black, navy or khaki.

The trend to style it with: Maximise the trench’s artful ability to keep an outfit pulled together. Throw it over a geometric dress for instant daytime wearability – the more saturated the colour palette, the better.

The piece: It’s all in the detail when it comes to evening outerwear. Look for subtle pieces with delicate tailoring or a pleated structure for added femininity. As for colour, swap statement shades for deeper hues like rich indigo or midnight blue.

The trend to style it with: Amp up the romance and indulge in this season’s neo-Victorian vibe – think delicate ruffles, lace-trimmed necklines and floor-sweeping gowns.

The piece: When it comes to finding the perfect statement coat, a bold block colour has far more longevity than a unique print and packs the same powerful punch. Choose a minimalist cut and let the piece carry you from season to season.

The trend to style it with: On the accessories front it’s all about pearls this autumn, so highlight elegantly cropped sleeves with stacks of delicate bracelets.

The piece: With structured shoulders cut to precision, a camel coloured coat can be worn with everything from mini dresses to skinny jeans. Choose a mid-weight fabric that will sit comfortably over sweaters, or zip it neatly over ribbed knits.

The trend to style it with: The fashion world borrowed from interiors this season, incorporating textures and prints typically found in an immaculately designed living room. Throw a Moroccan-print pant suit under your camel coat for instant off-duty style.

The piece: Perfect for nine-to-five life, a tailored workwear coat has an androgynous feel that’s ideal for the office. Look for sharp angles, rough textures and long lengths for maximum impact.

The trend to style it with: The autumn catwalks borrowed from the boys this year with gamine-cool looks inspired by traditional menswear. Work with the oversized silhouette of this coat and play with proportions by wearing it with skinny cigarette trousers and boyish brogues.