When it comes to fall clothes, I always have my eye on a few new things, but I’ve shifted away from buying a ton of trendy items that will be out in a year or two. Instead, I focus on filling in any gaps in my closet with timeless fall essentials.
Trends come and go—but some things never change. And to me, those are the clothes that deserve our attention!
Today, I’m sharing a roundup of 8 fall wardrobe essentials you might mix and match throughout the season to keep things simple and, especially for fall, cozy.
8 Fall Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Needs
1. Neutral Sweaters
As temperatures drop, layers are key—though cozy sweaters are just as great for couch-bound fall weekends. Building a “kit” of neutral knits in a variety of styles (turtleneck, crewneck, v-neck, pullover, chunky knit sweaters) is a great place to start. Many of my go tos are under $200 from Everlane, Banana Republic, C by Bloomingdales (for cashmere), Nordstrom Signature, and Free People (love their oversized sweaters). Check out my blog post ranking the best sweaters for women for more recommendations.
2. Camel Coat
Some of you might remember when I shared all the jackets that can work for fall, and I’ve also raved about leather jackets, moto jackets, and trench coats, but I’m here to confess that there’s one outerwear style I reach for most: a camel coatigan or camel coat. These really are the hero layering piece for fall days as they go with just about anything, from a long sleeve button down and skinny jeans to a moody fall dress. I love the J.Crew cardigan coat (and shared coatigan outfit ideas), and my favorite camel coats this season are from Theory, Mango, and Aritzia.
3. Neutral Booties
Over the knee boots, knee high boots, chelsea boots, heeled booties, ankle boots, loafers, suede mules—the list of beautiful fall shoes goes on and on. Each has its own place in your closet, but if push came to shove, I could wear neutral booties every single day. The Marc Fisher Alva booties are the best all around—they’re comfortable, easy to walk in, and come in several black, taupe, and brown.
4. Faux Leather Leggings
Commando has perfected faux leather leggings. Coffee run with an oversized sweater and sneakers? Faux leather leggings. For the office with a chic knit and heels? Faux leather leggings. Exploring a ski town in snow boots? Faux leather leggings. I get far more wear out of mine than I expected. Think of them as a modern, classy alternative to tights that pull everything in as a bonus.
There’s something confidence inducing about a blazer! They add a little tailoring and an autumnal pop, especially the plaid and earth-toned ones, to fall looks. I’ve owned blazers from high and low ends of the price spectrum, but my favorites are by Express, Everlane, Sezane, J.Crew, and L’Agence.
6. Midi Skirt
Every woman’s fall clothes collection needs a midi skirt. These are some of the most underestimated fall pieces—tuck in a white tee or graphic t-shirt and add sneakers for a casual look, or dress it up for date night with a chunky sweater, belt, and booties like I did below.
7. Straight Leg Jeans
I’m going to say something serious and not exaggerated—your life will change when you buy straight leg jeans. They’re the most versatile cut around for fall (year round, really). I still love a good high-rise skinny jean to pair with knee-high and OTK boots, but straight leg and slim straight jeans equal comfort.
8. Something Suede
Have you noticed that the best fall outfits incorporate a little texture or pattern? If you look at the ones you pin on Pinterest or like on Instagram, they probably have those elements. Suede speaks most to my personal style, so I mix it in with a tote or mini bag. But it doesn’t have to be suede. Maybe it’s a great cable cardigan, a showstopping cashmere scarf, or a plaid handbag. Think texture and pattern—we’re going for the pop here!
Shop 2021 Fall Essentials
No matter if you have a big budget or a small one or have a fully decked closet or are just beginning to refine your personal style, these are the fall clothes and wardrobe staples that can benefit every woman.
What’s one essential you’d like you’ll add to your closet this fall season? I’d love to hear in the comments!
PS—If you’re looking to revamp your fall dressing (or do a purge and hang onto only the things you really need), be sure to check out my fall capsule wardrobe, which is updated annually with in-stock pieces for the new season!