If you’re like me, a hopeless Google surfing nazi, as each season approaches you feverishly scour the internet searching for what to buy. Which shoes? What skirt? Which accessories? And, again if you’re like myself, you just may be an egotistical list-making maniac (Don’t you dare judge my flaws!). This isn’t really a list of what you should get, but more a friendly guide in the right direction. Maybe it’ll reinforce the list you’ve already got going on, and hopefully give you some more ideas. You should definitely consider this the best homework assignment life has been so gracious to offer you. I mean, shopping for cute new clothes? Yes, please! So, without further adieu, here are 30 essential buys for your Fall wardrobe:
1. The Speckled Pullover
There’s a new spin on the traditional lumpy sweater that always seems to make its way into our closets every season. This particular type gives off a hand-made vibe that both high-street shops and high-end designers alike are featuring, which means they won’t be hard to find.
2. The Fall Parka
This is a great transitional piece because, when properly lined, it can easily become a winter parka. You can wear it with the sleeves rolled up in the beginning of fall, or with thick trousers and knits when the temperatures drop.
3. The Mod Boot
You probably can’t remember a time when a black ankle boot has not been in your fall rotation, right? Well, if you’re looking for an updated version of seasons past, go for ones that come with a little extra. Whether it be a contrast panel, a super high shine, or an out-of-the-ordinary color.
4. The Generously Sized Sweater
This has always been a favorite of mine. Make sure the sweaters in your fall wardrobe are oversized, heavy, but fitted through the shoulders. This will make it look like its yours and not something you borrowed from your dad.
5. The Smock Dress
Functionality is synonymous to the smock dress. Its billowy and baggy style will bring a summertime familiarity to your fall wardrobe. Pair it with tights and a great boot for a look that keeps you both chic and warm. Ah, the best of both worlds.
6. The ’70s Leather Skirt
The ’80s rocker leather minis have had their fun. Now its time to ditch those puppies for a longer, warmer option for fall. These days leather skirts are getting a little longer, more boho, and coming in richer, matte materials.
7. The Simple Sneaker
Your go-to sneaker for the fall should be stripped from all extraneous bells and whistles. This means no wedges, contrast stitching, metallic panels, and unnecessary hardware. Think minimalist.
8. The Sexy Back Out Blouse
We are all sick and tired of the mullet skirt, its been done a hundred times over. But its high time to bring that same “business in the front, party in the back” philosophy to our blouses. This season designers are adding a surprise hint of skin to their blouses through sheer panels, deep slits, or well-placed cut-outs. Wear them with high-waisted trousers and skirts, but don’t tuck them in.
9. The Annie Hall Trouser Reloaded
If you don’t already have a pair of these, now would be a good time to go get some. The great thing about these is there are plenty of stores that carry these roomy, baggy trousers. Thrift shops always have a tone of these on hand. You can get them tailored to hit right above your ankle, or you can roll up the cuffs yourself. And you can pair them with just about anything
10. The Classic Belt
Adding a menswear belt to your low and mid-rise jeans is a fantastic way to modernize them. The thick leather and no-nonsense buckle makes a regular tee-and-denim ensemble look way more polished.
11. The Decorative Loafer
If your penny loafers had a mind of their own, they’d look like this season’s new batch. Complete with unconventionally appealing colors, whimsical add-ons, and bold design elements, these darlings will definitely add a dash of personality to your tootsies.
12. The Wicked Ticking Stripe
This isn’t your typical CEO’s button-up. This season, the classic blue-and-white pattern is being modeled in a myriad of silhouettes. Voluminous pinafore-style shirts, contorted tops, and strapless versions all achieve that button-up feeling without actually having buttons.
13. The Charming Faux Fur Accent
This season, don’t try to pretend that your fuzzy fur isn’t faux. Go for pieces in unnatural colors like mauve, pastel pink, and electric blue.