Every fall, certain trends come and go. And then there are the pieces that I might have bought with the intention of just trying for fun that turn into the things I wear over and over again. The building blocks of fall, one might say.
Before you flinch at the thought of suiting, pay attention to the key word here: oversized. This is a slouchy, bigger silhouette that fits more like a jacket than the waist-cinching sharp-shouldered blazers of yesteryear. J.Crew’s boyfriend blazer in wool, for example. Or this Frankie Shop oversized blazer in a chic pinstripe. And this printed knit version.
2. Novelty Sweater
Can’t start fall without a few new sweaters, and this year I’m investing in a few that have some extra fashion-y details. Like this cardigan with feminine lace and ruffle detailing to wear with boyfriend jeans. Or this white sweater with preppy, sports-inspired stripes on the bell sleeve.
Corduroy is back in a big way this year. I’m not surprised, because they’re kind of the perfect pandemic pant. There’s a little stretch to them and they’re super cozy, but you can still wear stylish silhouettes. J.Crew’s skinny pants are a great example, and I love Everlane’s wide-leg navy pair as a denim alternative. Uniqlo’s brown wide-leg pair are gorgeous, too.
4. Flat Boots
Because heels? Who are we kidding? I’m going for form AND function with a flat lace-up pair of boots that feel like a chicer combat and will go with everything. Like this pair from Sam Edelman, or this pair from Anthropologie with a tiny block heel for when I’m feeling brave.
5. Flared Jeans
I don’t really know what this silhouette is called – it’s somewhere between a full on flare and a boot cut, and it is all I want to wear. These Le Baggy jeans and these Le High Flare jeans from Frame are on heavy rotation.
6. Leather Jacket
The ultimate cool-girl fall wardrobe staple, a leather jacket can make any outfit look downright editorial. Especially when it’s as great-looking as the Dalby jacket from All-Saints. Or their Balfern jacket. Anthropologie’s suede option is great too, for anyone looking for a more boho-take.
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