It’s Friday, friends! I hope you’ve enjoyed your week and maybe it even feels like fall in your neck of the woods. We’ve been getting little teasers in Dallas, with temperatures in both the 90s and 70s this week. I’m ready for heat to go away completely so I can wear fall clothes consistently.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll stick by it–fall is my favorite time of year for fashion. Cooler temps–not burning hot, nor freezing cold–mean I can wear some of my favorite things. I’m breaking those down today and showing you the 10 pieces you need for fall.
1. Skinny Jeans
You can wear skinny jeans with just about anything, and they look good dressed up or down. I never thought a pair of $60 jeans would be my favorite, but these have won me over. They’re incredibly soft with a good amount of stretch, and they hold their shape really well. Order a size down for the best fit.
2. Basic T-Shirt
My new favorite t-shirt comes in 5 colors, and is currently under $10! I have the black, white, gray, and olive, and I wear them all.the.time. Literally, just about every other day, this t-shirt is part of my outfit. It’s super comfy with a relaxed fit and long enough to wear with leggings.
Another plus about this tee? It’s made of rayon instead of cotton, so it’s got a silky look and feel. That makes it work for both casual and dressier situations. I pair mine with moto leggings and cute tennis shoes during the day, and with skinny jeans and booties for date night.
You’ve heard me praise these leggings pretty much since I began blogging, but these truly are a must-have. They’re not too thin and the higher waistband helps contain your muffin top. I have both black and grey, and after two years, both of them still look like new.
Moto leggings are a hot trend right now, and I’m a fan. I have this wine colored pair (also available in black and olive), as well as a pair of green ones that are made out of a thicker khaki-pants type material. Mine are sold out right now, but check HERE to be notified when they’re restocked.
And remember: leggings pair best with longer tops–always make sure your lady bits are covered.
4. Field Jacket
It’s not cold enough yet for a coat, but a field jacket is perfect for in-between weather. It’s a great layering piece and also pulls together any outfit.
I’ve seen some field jackets that are super casual, but the J.Crew field jackets are much more polished and worth the extra cash. I’ve had an olive green field jacket from J.Crew Factory for three years, and it’s gotten tons of wear. Like this one, it has pretty gold detailing, nice fabric, and a wonderful fit. Unfortunately, it’s only sold in stores–so if you have a Factory or Mercantile store near you, pop in to check it out. Otherwise, the original J.Crew version is the way to go. It’s been on sale this week, and I might have just ordered the ivory version for myself.
5. Solid Dress
A simple solid dress like like this one is perfect for fall. Throw it on with some cute accessories, and you’re good to go. It’s easy to layer with a jacket, leggings, or even a shirt underneath. Here are a few more that caught my eye, and they all come in multiple colors.
I tried to pick just one of these “pieces” as a must-have, but your fall wardrobe really wouldn’t be complete without both of them.
Sneakers– Most of my days are spent running errands and then picking up my kids and driving them to and from various activities. I’ve found that sneakers are the most practical choice for this. My running shoes work just fine when I’m wearing althleisure wear, but when I want to step it up a bit, I turn to these.
I have these taupe suede and snakeskin Pumas and love them. Super cute, super comfy and look great with skinny jeans and leggings. If those aren’t your jam, try one of these:
Gold & White New Balance (another pair I own and adore)
Booties- Every girl needs at least one pair of booties for fall. I did an entire post on booties last month, featuring both casual styles for every day wear and dressier picks for work or evenings out. Any of these would work:
7. Plaid Scarf
You can’t have too many plaid scarves. They come in so many gorgeous colors and easily transform an outfit. Plus, they’ll keep you warm when the temperatures start to drop.
This is my all-time favorite blanket scarf, and I’ve seen it at several boutiques over the past year. It’s currently on sale for only $15 on Zulily. If you haven’t joined Zulily yet, email or leave me a comment for a referral code. They have amazing deals on everything from clothing (for children and adults) to home goods.
If a blanket scarf is too bulky for you, try these options:
Plaid + Fringe (available in several colors and super, super soft)
Tunics are so easy to wear and look great on everyone. I’ve sung the praises of this tunic top for a while (see it on me HERE), and if you don’t have one yet, now is your chance. It’s under $30, which is a steal considering how versatile it is, and it’s available in several colors. Wear it tucked, untucked, half-tucked–it always looks great. And because it’s long enough, it’s just the thing to wear with leggings.
I’ve also picked a few more options for you.
9. Statement Necklace
You didn’t think I’d let a must-have list go without a statement necklace, did you? I have a bit of an obsession with statement necklaces, but that’s because they’re so wonderful. And you don’t have to spend a lot to find a good one? This one is the perfect example–it’s under $25–and that gray color is gorgeous.
Other good options include:
Chunky Stones (a major splurge, but gorgeous and in multiple colors)
Beaded Collar (under $40 and several colors)
10. Something Leopard
Saving the best for last…Your fall closet needs something leopard. Leopard is nature’s best neutral. It’s a classic print that looks good on everyone, and I think every outfit can benefit from a little leopard. This clutch is killer, isn’t it?
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be showing you various outfits made from these must-haves. So, stock up now if you need to. Happy shopping!
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