Each season, I like to come up with one (maaaybe two) go-to outfits and call it done. This approach works because I’m much happier wearing one killer outfit on repeat..than trying to come up with something new everyday.
New is way over-rated.
So here are the outfits I’ve pulled together for fall. They are made up of basics that can go the distance (lace tops, jeans with a lighter wash, jackets in classic shapes), yet thanks to a few critical updates (a higher rise, a textured fabric, an unexpected color) they still feel fresh.
And YUP: This is my take on the brown/tan/rust trend for fall. (Gimme gimme alllll the warm tones.)
My Top 5 Outfit Pieces For Fall
1. Start With This Easy Lace Top
Lace tops — especially somewhat casual lace tops — have always solved SO many of my outfit woes. They look cute with distressed denim, they look cute with dark wash denim, they look cute with black denim. They also can be paired with fancy bottoms for Serious Dress-Up Nights. This top, by Free People, is a new fav. The hem is scalloped, but still 100% tuckable, and there’s NO hint of itchiness. I have the ivory, but it also comes in burgundy (SWOON).
2. Find A Pair of High-Rise, Cropped, NOT-Skinny Jeans
At this point, high-rise denim is non-negotiable. And I especially love the lighter wash (and slight distressing) with fall’s warmer tones. And while I’m never totally giving up my skinny jeans…I really want to branch out this fall. I’m looking at high-rise jeans with a wider, cropped leg. There are a ton of options out there (and I rounded up my favs below), but I wanted to use the two pairs of jeans below as a perfect example of how wide the spectrum of this style of jean can be.
A. Vintage-Inspired, Non-Stretch Jean From Free People
These Free People jeans are made from a soft denim, but there is zero stretch — often called “rigid” denim. This type of denim typically requires a break-in period, making them tricky to fit. I’m wearing my usual size (25), but almost couldn’t button them up. They did, however, stretch nicely with wear, molding to my shape. To wear with sneakers, I need to hem them up an inch or so.
B. An Updated Boyfriend Jean
On the other side of the spectrum, we have a pair that is basically an updated boyfriend jean. This pair of jeans still has that high-rise and flared, cropped shape…but they’re made from really soft, stretchy denim. Instead of the rather dramatic, vintage silhouette of the first pair, these jeans fit (and look) more like slouchy boyfriend jeans, just with a higher rise.
C. Shop a Few of My Favorite Light-wash, High-Rise, Non-Skinny Jeans
3. Pick A Jacket In Warm Tones
Once I have my base look, I’ve gotta warm it up a bit with a jacket in a brownish hue. The problem? I found TWO. A plush teddy-bear coat that will easily become a hero piece during the holidays (AND look amazing with denim)…or a rust cord moto jacket that seems to go with everything I own. (NOTE: Both coats look amazing with black skinny jeans, too.)
A. This Cord Moto Jacket in Rust
Everyone loves Blank NYC’s moto jackets, but this iteration — done in a beautifully textured rust — is probably their best yet. The cord fabric is soft and drapey (and gets softer with each wear), and the shape is literally perfect. It goes so well with both the vintage-inspired cropped flares AND the updated boyfriend jean.
B. The Plush (Faux-Fur) Duster
I never knew how badly I needed this faux-fur trench coat (that’s basically what it is) until I tried on this bad boy. It’s one of the coziest things I’ve ever worn, has pockets, and instantly elevates any look.
Word of warning: When buttoned-up, it’s not slimming. It’s like being wrapped in faux-fur throw and is so cute you likely won’t care. But if you do that grumpy pose in the mirror (YOU KNOW THE ONE) it might look bulky. But nobody else will ever notice — this coat looks so much cuter in real life than when standing still in grumpy pose*.
*I may have tried something on before coffee. Not advisable.
C. Let’s Do A Side-By-Side Comparison
So here’s the deal: both jackets look great with both pairs of jeans. But if you are really trying to pick just one…here’s a quick little cheat-sheet that might help.
D. Shop Fall Coats
That plush duster is almost completely sold out, but you can find additional sizes here.
4. Find A Midi Dress
For another really cute go-to for Fall…try a midi. I wanted one that could be worn with sneaks OR boots, as well as pair nicely with my two favorite jackets. This BB Dakota midi is perfect (size up).
Shop A Few Other Midi Dresses I’m Loving
5. Finish The Capsule Wardrobe W/ Brown, Tan or Taupe Boots
The freshest way to wear these tan- and rust-colored jackets is to pair them with a slightly-unmatching, warmer-toned bootie. (Snakeskin or leopard counts!) And I’d stick to booties with a higher shaft so they fit nicely under the denim. My longtime favorite is Free People’s Cecile bootie (one of the most walkable high-heel boots I’ve ever worn — I have them in multiple colors)…but I found a few others worth considering.
ps. This isn’t sponsored, but most of the pieces featured were gifted to me by Social Threads. They’re part of the Fall Edit I pulled together recently. To see the entire edit, go here.
photo credits: Peaberry Photography (love you guys!)