Fall is on the way, which means that it’s once again time for a wardrobe overhaul. Soon, you’ll have to trade in your beach shorts for trousers and your sundresses for chunky knits. You may also have to buy more tights, gloves, and scarves to keep yourself warm. Make sure that you’re ready for cooler temperatures with this definitive checklist of the essential items that should be part of your autumn wardrobe.
Nothing says “fall” quite like a good plaid flannel shirt in warm, autumn colors such as red, gold, brown, and black. Warm, comfortable, and extremely versatile, you can wear a flannel unbuttoned over a t-shirt as its own distinct layer, or button it up and tuck it into your favorite pair of jeans or corduroy pants. If it’s long enough, you can also try it with a pair of opaque tights and tall boots for a sleek and classic autumn look.
One of the best things about autumn is that the weather of the season makes it perfectly acceptable to both look and feel huggable. Protect your arms from the dropping temperatures with a huge, soft sweater or pullover in fabrics like cable-knit merino wool or cashmere. Like flannels, you can’t go wrong wearing them with a pair of jeans or even a midi denim skirt. Add a pair of boot socks and chunky boots for stomping around in the fallen leaves, and you’re good to go!
Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn this season and keep your neck and shoulders warm at the same time with a selection of turtlenecks. There’s the iconic fitted black turtleneck, of course, but you can also try the famous actress Holly Golightly’s ensemble from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which includes a relaxed wool turtleneck sweater in beige paired with simple black cigarette trousers. Polish off the look with a pair of loafers or brogues for a warm fall look that’s fabulous without even trying.
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean that you have to stop wearing your favorite skirts and dresses. Tights are a great way to keep warm and comfortable outside, even if the temperature ventures a few degrees lower than you’re used to. Consider flat knit sweater tights or opaque blackout tights with your favorite mini-dress or tartan skirt.
Denim jeans are relevant no matter the season. This year, though, fall jean trends are veering away from slim fits and more towards seventies-inspired styles that sit high on the waist and are wide in the legs. Look runway-ready in a pair of high-rise flared jeans topped with a fitted button-down and a bomber jacket. Of course, you can still stick to skinny jeans, too. Tuck them into leather knee-high or over-the-knee boots for that classic autumn silhouette that all fashionistas know and love.
A Long Coat
Whether it’s a trench coat or a wool coat, long coats that hit all the way down to your knees or just above or below them are a great way to top any outfit. You can wear them with almost any combination of clothes and still come out looking like a million bucks. Consider classic styles for trenches and wraparound styles for coats made of wool, tweed, and other thick fabrics.
A Leather Jacket
Few things can elevate an autumn outfit more than a slick leather jacket. This essential topper can be worn with almost anything, from jeans and a graphic tee to floral dresses and pastel skirts. You don’t have to restrict yourself to black leather, either. Colors like tan, deep red, or plum are great choices for fall and will distinguish you as a true fashionista.
By focusing on a few key pieces that look good and fit well, you can put together a solid rotation of fall outfits that are both stylish and seasonally appropriate. Now you can enjoy this truly magical time of the year!