10 Timeless Fall Fashion Staples You Need in Your Closet

Layering up for chillier weather is a cinch when you own these must-have pieces.



Whether you call it a military jacket, a lightweight parka, or an anorak, the truth is that this is one of the biggest workhorses of your fall wardrobe. Look for one that has drawstrings at the waist to help define your waist—this will especially come in handy when you’re layering bulky sweaters underneath. It’s a casual piece that immediately conjures up jeans, tees, and boots, but also try mixing it up and wearing it to work. Zipped up over a pencil skirt, it’s a stylish replacement for a blouse; you can also layer it with neutral colored maxi dresses to get a little more life out of your summer clothes. Check out these other ways to transition your summer clothes to fall.

Soft pants


Jeans will always be a year-round staple, but try switching it up with some soft pants this season. Soft pants are a hybrid between the sturdiness of denim and the softness of sweats, and can be worn both casually and dressed up for work or date night. Look for pants made from cotton and cotton-blends for maximum softness; they’ll often have drawstring or tie-front waists. If you’re worried about anything showing through, find a blouse that falls beneath your hips to ensure that your behind is well-covered. Even if you want to live in your favorite jeans during the fall, make you sure never make these denim mistakes that could ruin your outfit.

Striped shirt


A striped shirt will get you from weekend to work day easily with a little ingenuity. You can wear it as is with jeans and your favorite pair of ballet flats for a very Parisian look, or you can layer it under sweaters, cardigans, blazers or even shift dresses for a preppy, pulled-together look. If you plan on layering, go for something made from lightweight cotton; it’ll make putting items over it much easier. Here are the style secrets of women who always look put together even when the weather gets a little chilly.

Mid-weight scarf


The scarf is nothing new, but it gets updated each season and it’s an easy investment piece that you’ll end up wearing time and time again. A neutral color like navy, grey, or taupe will be a nice complement to any outfit. Cotton blends with some heft to them are best for giving your body the warmth it’s seeking.

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