Sad girl autumn is officially here (and it’s a whole vibe)

Welcome to your sad girl autumn starter pack...

by Caitlin Casey |

Ah, autumn is here. It's the era of Phoebe Bridgers playlists, the best scarves to wrap up around our necks and maybe a little one too many pumpkin-spiced lattes to drown our sorrows in (whilst binge-watching Twilight, of course).

Despite the name, we are absolutely thriving in sad girl autumn. Hibernation really is here.

Now, if you haven't already pulled out your Doc Marten boots or got your trusty oversized coat out of your wardrobe, then what have you been doing? The temp has dropped to what feels like arctic conditions and we are cancelling all plans for the foreseeable. The 'sad girl' aesthetic has taken over our lives in the best way, and soup-plus-toastie lunches have fully been integrated into our routines.

Important note: though we do love the cosy autumn vibes, sad girl autumn is a real thing and you may be feeling a little down as we head into the darker nights and colder months. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a common feeling of low moods in a seasonal pattern, also known as "winter depression". So, if you're feeling this way, it's good to know you're not alone.

TikTok and Instagram have shown us that sad girl autumn doesn't have to be so low though, and all the best things about the colder months can be just as enjoyable too. Stick on a Yankee Candle, curl up in a duvet puffer coat and get your mini ugg boots ready because we're in for a cosy ride.

Want to make the most of sad girl autumn? We've got the best fashion, wellness and self-care buys you won't want to forget - plus, then you have loads of excuses to stay in.

SHOP: Everything you need to nail the 'sad girl autumn' aesthetic


Your complete guide for a 'sad girl autumn' starter pack

ASOS DESIGN supersoft scarf with tassels in chocolate
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There's something genius about a supersoft cosy scarf to get you through the winter months. A must-have.

Dried 55cm Natural Bouquet Mixed with Thistle
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CREDIT: Dunelm

Nothing says autumn more than dried flowers. Even better, you won't have to water them and they'll last forever.

Typo Chill Out Mug
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With the colder weather coming in you'll definitely want to stock up on your mug collection. These hand-painted mugs from Typo are super cute and make staying in a little nicer.

H&M Ribbed cardigan
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Get slouchy with a cardigan that you can throw on whenever you need to layer this autumn.

CCILAND 3m Remote Garland String Lights for Bedroom
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CREDIT: Amazon

There's nothing better than some fairy lights to make a bedroom or living room feel like home - make sure you get the warm white ones though, for the extra autumnal vibe.

boohoo Rib Wide Leg Lounge Jumpsuit
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boohoo has nailed it with this jumpsuit loungewear that tbh, would look just as good as outerwear too.

Calm & De-stress Candle
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Light a candle and watch your worries melt away this autumn. This one's specifically made for calming and de-stressing, so it will really work when you need it.

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The best way to nail the sad girl fashion is to cosy up with a long-line oversized coat - and we love this option from H&M (also available in brown and black). Throw on some white trainers and you're good to go.

Taylor Swift - Midnights Moonstone Blue Vinyl LP
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CREDIT: Urban Outfitters

There is nothing more sad-girl than putting on vinyl to mellow out to. Taylor Swift knew what she was doing bringing out a new album just in time for the season.

Huggable Sloth Cooling & Heating Pad
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CREDIT: Urban Outfitters

Hot water bottles are essential to make it through the season, and you won't feel so bad slothing out when you're costing up with your huggable sloth too - pst, get the matching sloth hand warmer (£10) for added cuteness.

Fall Autumn of New Horizons Print
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Up your interior by switching in some new dark illustrations and prints - we love this one which is filled with the best of autumnal nature.

ASOS Exclusive Make Your Skin Grin Face Happy Face Masks
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Face masks every night, because you deserve it.

Dr Martens 1490 10 eye Bex boots in black
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If you haven't already got a pair of Dr Martens, now is the time and they'll last you basically forever.

Boux Avenue Fluffy plush fur long dressing gown
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CREDIT: Boux Avenue

Fluffy dressing gowns are a must-have for this season, and you'll never be able to get out of this extra-fluffy one from Boux Avenue.

John Lewis ANYDAY Fleece Throw
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CREDIT: John Lewis

Can anybody really survive autumn without a cosy throw?

Lumie Vitamin L SAD Light
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CREDIT: Urban Outfitters

If you really are feeling the sadness of sad girl autumn, it might be time to invest in a therapy lamp. Designed to improve energy and mood, it mimics sunlight to target winter blues.

Urban Bliss Light Brown Long Oversized Puffer Jacket
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CREDIT: New Look

A duvet coat? A hug in a jacket. Throw it on to the shops or go for effortless chic out and about because it's the perfect partner for the cold season.

Casillero Del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon
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CREDIT: Amazon

Sad girl autumn is the perfect time to be drinking (lots of) wine. Red wine, to be exact.

Papier Dream Wellness Journal
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CREDIT: Papier

Look after yourself this autumn with a wellness journal, giving you a little bit of light every day.

ASOS DESIGN 2 pack rib beanie with deep turn up in pink and black
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Beanies to go with your cosy coats and scarves. Need we say any more?

Nails Inc Keep It Tonal Quad
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CREDIT: Amazon

Autumn means throwing out the bright nail polish for nudes, browns and dark colours. We're okay with that - especially when Nails Inc give us them all in one.

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