Autumn is upon us, and it can be one of the trickiest times of the year to dress properly for. Between the changeable conditions, the rain and the sun, maybe even the snow (who knows?), it can be difficult to get it right and stay stylish.

The colour palettes often also change and get a bit darker, as it can be hard to transition from the warmth of summer to the chill in the air and the shorter days, but your clothing doesn’t always need to reflect that either. You can combine brighter tones with darker shades to still inject some colour into the colder months (let’s be honest, they’re dark enough as is) without the use of a Hawaiian shirt.

Cos, who recently launched their own standalone store here in Dublin, have a great selection of simple and classic menswear that will pull any outfit together. They’re minimalist, but that allows them to work with a variety of different looks no matter what your style, and their simplicity is a large part of the reason that we like them. Too much ornamentation and loud patterns tend to go out of style pretty quickly, but with a strong sense of tradition, Cos’ Autumn Winter collection has more than enough to choose from, with plenty of pieces that are filing up our wish list.

They’re even having an event this September 11th if you want 20% off AND free beer, so get yourself to Wicklow Street from 6pm for some sweet discounts to fill our your wardrobe and save some cash too, or check out their online store

For the budget conscious, Penneys are also bringing their collection for this season into stores now, and there are a couple of seriously great options that will make your wallet happy. The inclusion of some proper tweed in the Autumn Winter range is a very welcome one indeed, and although they are priced on the higher end of what you would expect from the retailer, they are also the stand out pieces, and represent great value for what you’re getting.

We’ve cast our eye over both collections to pick out a few must haves…alright a lot of must haves, but trust us, you’re going to want all of them too. Your big purchase should be your jacket, while the bright yellows and lighter tones of blue in the jumpers and knitwear will throw a splash of colour into an otherwise drab outfit.

Accessories such as snoods in shades like mustard will add colour, while similarly bright knitwear can be matched with more muted tones in the rest of your look to add vibrancy without going over the top. Jackets, from blazers to full length coats, are always important at this time of year, and choosing a look that has a few layers allows you to adjust for the changing temperatures and to look smart while you do it.

Take a look at the gallery below for a selection of our favourite pieces, with prices and details so you can plan out your budget accordingly.