Perhaps you’ve already felt the chills in the air as the evenings begin to drop, packed away your swimsuits and pulled out your ‘big coat’ from the back of the wardrobe, or maybe you’ve noticed all of the AW12 stock making its way onto the shelves on your local high street – whether you like it or not, autumn officially begins tomorrow!

When you’re immersed in the world of fashion – whether it’s on the front row at London Fashion Week or from the comfort of your home between the pages of the latest glossy magazine – it can be difficult to keep track of what’s going on around you, especially when items that are hitting the shop floor are already classed as ‘last season’, and you’re looking ahead to Spring Summer 2013 before Christmas has even started.

In light of autumn is just around the corner, we thought we’d cast our minds back to the AW12 shows we saw in February and put together a few key pieces that are essential for your wardrobe right NOW for your minimalist dorm room. We’ve taken inspiration from collections like Paul Smith, DAKS, Burberry Prorsum and Topshop Unique and fused them together in one fashionable pot!

When we think of autumn, a plethora of rich, textured fabrics spring to mind, and this year it’s all about mixing them together to create a pretty yet edgy vibe. Layer tartans, tweeds, and houndstooth with corduroys, velvets, and wool for a heritage feel, and team with boy-cut, tailored pieces for a modern twist. Play with scale too for maximum effect – combine structured, cocoon style coats with slouchy oversized knits and cropped preppy trousers.

Once you’ve got your silhouette sorted, the accessories are just as important. Add a flash of color to your outfit with colorful suede or leather gloves, team ribbed tights with shimmering ankle boots, pull wool skirts in at the waist with patent belts, and finish with an oversized clutch or a giant tote. The overall look should be a charming blend of old meets new, of librarian chic meets country girl!