Take a sip of cappuccino couture: As Kate opts for a camel trouser suit, why you should slip into neutral this autumn

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  • The trend that champions pared-back basics in luxe fabrics and muted colours
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Camel, taupe, biscuit, oatmeal — whatever you want to call it, beige is having a moment this autumn. After a summer of hot Barbie pink, the new season is all about dialling things down.

But if you’re having visions of your parents’ old three-piece suite or nude tights, let me stop you right there. 

Dubbed ‘cappuccino couture’, it’s part of the quiet luxury trend that has dominated the fashion scene this year and which sees pared-back basics in luxe fabrics and muted colours championed over flashy designer brights.

The Princess of Wales nailed the understated look with a chic Roland Mouret camel suit and cream top while visiting a youth charity in East London this week.

The rich and fabulous have been doing cappuccino couture for a while now. At this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards, Cate Blanchett opted for an understated beige ensemble rather than a flamboyant gown.

Kate Middleton channeled 'cappuccino couture'  in a stylish Roland Mouret camel suit and cream top while visiting a youth charity in East London this week

Kate Middleton channeled ‘cappuccino couture’  in a stylish Roland Mouret camel suit and cream top while visiting a youth charity in East London this week

Jumper, £39.99 and skirt, £49.99, H&M; shoes, £199, LK Bennett; bag, £495, Aspinal Of London

Jumper, £39.99 and skirt, £49.99, H&M; shoes, £199, LK Bennett; bag, £495, Aspinal Of London

Jumper, £129, The White Company; skirt, £89, Mint Velvet; boots, £525, Russell & Bromley

Jumper, £129, The White Company; skirt, £89, Mint Velvet; boots, £525, Russell & Bromley

Coat, £495, LK < Bennett; top, £8.99, Zara; trousers, £85, John Lewis; shoes, £195, Me+Em; bag, £395, Russell & Bromley

Coat, £495, LK << Bennett; top, £8.99, Zara; trousers, £85, John Lewis; shoes, £195, Me+Em; bag, £395, Russell & Bromley

But you don’t need an A-list budget to tap into the sophisticated look. 

Start with a camel coat, a hardworking wardrobe classic. LK Bennett’s trench is a chic way to style out autumn’s indecisive weather.

Team it with coordinating wide-leg trousers and a T-shirt for a contemporary smart-casual look.

For something with a little more polish, try Massimo Dutti’s tailored overcoat. Add cafe au lait trousers and a cream shirt for the office. 

And Jigsaw’s taupe trouser suit is a sure-fire way to up the style credentials of your 9-5 uniform. 

Keep it sleek at the weekend in a pair of honey-hued slacks and Zara’s waistcoat. Slip a roll neck underneath if desired.

Mix and match a few complementing shades. H&M’s caramel mohair jumper looks luxurious worn with an off-white midi skirt. Team a sandy-coloured blouse with Ro&Zo’s chocolate cropped trousers. 

You can even introduce print. The White Company’s striped jumper is the perfect accent for Mint Velvet’s latte slip skirt.

Waistcoat £29.99, Zara; trousers, £425, Frame; boots, £219, Mint Velvet

Waistcoat £29.99, Zara; trousers, £425, Frame; boots, £219, Mint Velvet

Blazer, £270 and trousers, £170, Jigsaw; shoes, £99.95, Massimo Dutti; bag, £119, Mint Velvet

Blazer, £270 and trousers, £170, Jigsaw; shoes, £99.95, Massimo Dutti; bag, £119, Mint Velvet

Coat, £149, Anthropologie; jumper, £55, John Lewis; dress, £159, Hobbs; boots, £199, Mint Velvet; bag £395, Aspinal Of London

Coat, £149, Anthropologie; jumper, £55, John Lewis; dress, £159, Hobbs; boots, £199, Mint Velvet; bag £395, Aspinal Of London

Coat, £249, Massimo Dutti; shirt, £95, With Nothing Underneath; trousers, £35.99, Zara; shoes, £59, John Lewis; bag, £229, LK Bennett

Coat, £249, Massimo Dutti; shirt, £95, With Nothing Underneath; trousers, £35.99, Zara; shoes, £59, John Lewis; bag, £229, LK Bennett

Shirt, £69, Ro&Zo, vest, £37.99, H&M; trousers, £79, Ghost; shoes, £55, John Lewis

Shirt, £69, Ro&Zo, vest, £37.99, H&M; trousers, £79, Ghost; shoes, £55, John Lewis

When dressing in similar colours, combining different fabrics will keep your look interesting.

Elevate M&S’s coffee midi dress by cinching it with a leather belt. Or why not layer a crisp shirt over Ghost’s silky trousers for an effortless desk-to-drinks outfit.

We’ll take an espresso martini, naturally.




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