In the last few years, and this one in particular, it has become more than apparent that what we want from our wardrobes has changed slightly. Most would argue for the better in that we seem to be moving away from fleeting trends and toward pieces that carry longevity—purchases we can enjoy wearing time and again.

With ultra-luxe designers like Bottega Veneta and The Row unable to keep camel coats and crisp white shirts in stock, it’s clear the demand is there for quality investment pieces that elevate our wardrobes. For the average person, however, finding that sweet spot of quality, design and affordable price tag can long be searched for. Although those tickboxes are often associated with the luxury market, it is possible to find premium, long-lasting pieces on the high street—you just have to know where to look.

That’s where we come in. One of our favourite places to find such things is French Connection. Its new winter collection is full of sleek staples that look way beyond their high street price tags. There’s standout knitwear, including chic-but-cosy knitted dresses; outerwear that’s topping all of our new season wish lists; and luxe leather (as well as faux) pieces to rival the greats.

Anyone can do basics, but French Connection goes one step further, adding those trend-led details that make the simplest of pieces stand out from the crowd: the dark-chocolate trench in luxe croc PU leather, the collared knits, and an oversize lapel on a wool coat, for example. All of which you’re no doubt about to see flooding your Instagram feeds, having already been picked up by some of the most-desirable wardrobe owners out there. Plus, they’ve indulged our 2020 needs, creating a luxe leisurewear edit we can actually wear to the shops as well as on our sofas. 

Although often underestimated, French Connection is well and truly on the fashion insider’s radar for this autumn/winter. Keep scrolling to shop our edit of the best pieces from the brand’s extensive new drop (we hope you have as much fun scrolling the new-in section online as we just did), plus the leisurewear we plan on wearing all winter. 

Shop French Connection’s New Drop: 

French Connection Afra PU Belted Coat (£180)

This will make any jeans and knit combo look way more expensive. 

French Connection Alia Whisper Belted Tailored Jacket (£150)

Everybody needs a classic black blazer— the belt updates this one.

French Connection Alia Whisper High Waist Trousers (£85)

Great as part of the suit, but also on their own with a slouchy knit and chunky boots.

French Connection Balia Tweed Belted Coat (£250)

The perfect smart winter coat— need we say more?

French Connection Arlan Leather Midi Skirt (£225)

The khaki green sets this leather midi apart from the rest. 

French Connection Jude Knits Collared Jumper (£85)

Rusty brown and collared. You’re spoiling us. 

French Connection Alaricia Leather Trousers (£230)

For those that have long been searching for the ultimate real leather trousers, here they are.

French Connection Immy Suiting Double Breasted Jacket (£150)

The purple running through this 80s style blazer is unexpected but we love it. 

French Connection Jessa Knits Longline Cardigan (£125)

Thanks to Monikh, we can’t get enough of longline cardigans this season. 

French Connection Patti Leather Belted Shirt Dress (£280)

A leather mini dress has a place in most wardrobes. Pair with knee high boots for dinner dates.

French Connection Cashmere Blend High Neck Jumper (£95)

Such a classic, you’ll have this forever. 

French Connection Ekita Leather Jumpsuit (£450)

Drool. We’ll wear this now with chunky boots and a wool coat, but add heels as soon as we’re allowed out-out again. 

French Connection Belen Faux Fur Jacket (£140)

A timeless investment, that’s not so much of an investment. 

French Connection Joetta Cable Knit Cardigan (£95)

Layer over floral dresses to bring them into this season. 

French Connection Maka Leather Look Joggers (£75)

Fancy joggers are the 2020 saviour, bag these whilst you can. 

French Connection Katerina Knits Roll Neck Dress (£90)

So cosy for an autumnal walk with knee high boots. 

French Connection Jolie Knits Mock Neck Dress (£95)

Knitted dresses are comfy but still feel elevated. What’s not to like?

French Connection Margot Recycled Leather Mini Crossbody Bag (£125)

This classic crossbody will go with everything, and it’s made from recycled leather. Win, win. 

French Connection Mira Flossy Knit Frilled Jumper (£85)

The perfect knit for all those festive Zoom drinks we’re set to have. 

French Connection Bala Embellished Check Shirt (£120)

French Connection is encouraging us to ‘stay in, dress up’ this party season— this sequin co-ord is the perfect comfy-yet-fun look for it. 

French Connection Bala Embellished Check Flared Trousers (£160)

Pair with the matching sequin blouse above or even your favourite knit. Either way, wearing these will be a sure fire pick-me-up. 

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