Fall for Fashion: These are the 9 Wardrobe Essentials You Need
Fun’s over?! Nah. We’re just getting started. While we love summer, fall might be our favorite season. The sudden chill in the air that makes us reach for our coziest sweater, the longer nights that have us curled up with a fresh novel, the bottomless cup of hot chocolate, the layering, the anticipation of the holidays…it’s pretty good. Fashion-wise, it’s the best. So, while it might still be warm and you might still be at the beach, it is time to start thinking about a cooler-weather closet refresh, stat. Here, the foundation of your autumn wardrobe planning, including style tips and all the fall essentials you need. Mindshift, done.
1. Power Blazers
An elegant black blazer is one of those essential pieces every woman should own. A classic workweek staple, it looks just as cool with jeans and a tee or layered over a slip dress.
-Find one that’s sharply tailored for a perfect slim fit.
-Wear yours undone over a billowy midi dress.
-Get one in a standout color and wear it with a white tee and faded jeans.
2. Pretty Scarves
One of the reasons we love fall fashion so much is because we get to wear our favorite accessory again. Sometimes it’s the little extras that make the biggest impact.
-Find one with a generous length and double it around your neck for extra warmth.
-A poncho-size scarf is perfect for keeping cozy on long-haul flights or car rides.
-Try a bold print to add a playful contrast to a neutral outfit. Wear as a neckerchief, headband, or accent to your favorite tote.
3. So-Cozy Sweaters
If jeans-and-a-tee is your go-to style uniform, this one is easy. Just add a sweater. But don’t worry if it’s not, sweaters are great for layering and work with just about everything in your closet.
-A lightweight crew with a slim fit is layer-ready.
-Look for luxe fabrics like cashmere and wool for the highest quality.
-Try a chunky knit if you know you’re going to be outside most of the day. No jacket required.
4. Forever Flares
This is one silhouette you don’t want to skip. With its leg-lengthening powers and versatile styling, it will be the one pair of pants you turn to all season long.
-Legs for days? Look for a pair that sits high on your waist.
-Pairing with flats strikes the balance between ease and elegance. Loafers at the office, slides on the weekend.
-Tuck in a relaxed blouse or go ‘90s with a sleek bodysuit.
5. Sophisticated Stripes
While we do love a good stripe in summer, truth is stripes are seasonless and never go out of style. Just up the polish in the fall with elegant accessories.
-We love a fashion clash—pair stripes with florals for the ultimate style mash-up.
-Stripes are a neutral when it comes to prints and patterns. Style with denim, khaki, leather, anything.
-Stripes aren’t just for your outfit. Look for handbags, wallets, scarves, and other accessories with the iconic print.
6. Sleek Turtlenecks
Turtlenecks are basically the hardest-working piece in your wardrobe come fall. A timeless silhouette, they are easy to build casual and workweek looks around.
-Layer under a summer dress for extra mileage come fall.
-Pick one in a bold color for a chic pop under a neutral outfit.
-Tuck in form-fitting styles and leave out voluminous silhouettes.
7. Ankle Booties
Ankle booties are pretty much here to stay. Endlessly versatile, they work with everything from denim to dresses. A perfect option for the cooler months when you want something a bit more substantial than flats.
-Update yours this season with low-heeled pair in a bold color.
-Wear with a sleek pair of socks or tights to add interest to your outfit.
-Big party or night out? Swap your heels for high-heeled ankle booties for a more modern look.
8. Day-to-Night Shifts
Evocative of the ‘60s, the shift dress is chic and timeless. It works equally well at the office as it does on date night.
-Wear it alone now and layer over a turtleneck and tights when the weather cools.
-For a modern look, pair with flats or loafers.
-Try one in an uplifting shade of yellow or pink.
9. Feminine Blouses
You probably already have arsenal of button-ups in your closet. This season, add a flowy, feminine blouse into the mix.
-Look for draped sleeves and light and billowy silhouettes.
-If it’s sheer, pair with a lace camisole.
-Pussy-bows are trending right now. Leave the bow long and undone for an not-so-fussy look.