Starbucks is selling pumpkins spice lattes and groceries stores already have Halloween candy out. Fall is officially here, which means it is time to get cozy and start layering. Our fall essentials this year are full of rich browns, plaids, and heritage-inspired details.
This season, preppy touches are popping up everywhere. Between the rise of menswear-inspired tailoring and a plethora of pleated skirts, the classics have been reinvented with a modern touch. Ralph Lauren’s Glen plaid skirt is a perfect example. The skirt shape is a classic, but style it with flat ankle boots and a dramatic white shirt for a more contemporary take on it.
Speaking of tailoring, blazers have never been more on trend. They’re not just for business anymore, thanks to blazers that go just as easily with jeans as they do trousers. Alex Mill’s slightly oversized corduroy option is perfect for running around. Looking for something slightly dressier? Everlane’s blazer in check can go either way.
Turtlenecks are always in style, and Raey’s luxurious knitwear in slouchy shapes is the gold standard. This version in oatmeal would go with anything, but if you’re looking for a more affordable option then try this cream-colored one from Mango.
One of the most dramatic trends this fall? Capes. Mango’s sweater cape can be worn season after season though, with the dramatic turtleneck detail and a classic taupe color.
Of course, keep in mind that depending on where you are, you might not be able to whip out the chunky knits just yet. That’s why we also picked quite a few pieces that are pretty versatile. You can wear them right now on their own, and later underneath coats or sweaters. For example, this white-belted shirt from COS would be gorgeous right now with linen pants and sandals. But when the temperatures drop, throw on a maxi skirt and calf-height boots (like these snakeskin Schutz boots) with a leather jacket for a look that’s cool but comfortable.
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