I really want to move past fall style and start talking about holiday style…and by “talking about holiday style” I mean “listen to Christmas music,” but Mike has already said no.
I’d settle for a cozy wool sweater and cute scarf-and-mitten set, but daytime temps are still soaring to almost 70 degrees (and then plummeting overnight), so would someone just tell me what to wear already?
Besides a festive holiday dress because…see above.
15 Fall Outfit Ideas With Pieces You Already Own
1. Try A Button-Down Dress As A Jacket
If there are any shirtdresses laying around in your closet, try wearing one unbuttoned in the place of a jacket or cardigan. (Bonus points if they’re long and dramatic, like Cam’s.)
Similar Piece: This Shirt Dress
2. Layer Plaid Tops
Try layering one plaid shirt over the other. This obviously works best if the shirts are two different sizes or styles, but if not, apply a bit of creativity. Try rolling up the sleeves or leaving the top one unbuttoned. You could even try loosely knotting the top shirt and letting the bottom one peek out. (And ignore that old watermark – it’s from The Mom Edit olden days omg.)
Similar Piece: This Plaid Top
3. Denim Midi Skirt + Leather Jacket
Sick of your usual uniform of leather jacket + skinnies? Swap out your jeans for an old denim skirt. It’s just a slight twist that totally elevates the look. (And leopard shoes alway helps.)
Similar Piece: This Denim Midi
4. Mixed Prints in Black & White
Mixed prints are always an easy way to make an outfit more interesting. Rule of thumb? Look for prints that have at least one color in common. Or just go nuts with black-and-white (stripes, dots, plaids, floral) — that always works.
Exact Piece: Reformation pants (but this year’s black/white print)
5. Flared Jeans + Retro Sneaks
Retro sneaks look especially good with flares for a whole ’70s vibe. Just add a white tee.
6. Printed Pants + Sweatshirt
We love outfits that were made for sneakers…and a casual sweatshirt + work-ready trousers is such an outfit. The combo makes for a perfectly laid-back (yet polished) look.
7. Sweatshirt Dress + Parka
A sweatshirt dress is a no-brainer; cute, comfy, simple. Layer under a parka because, fall. (And for some added warmth, of course.) This is another outfit that looks cute with sneakers — although it could be warmed up further with tall or OTK boots.
8. Mix Denim
While I never shy away from the classic Canadian Tuxedo…mixing black & blue denim is an easy win. Just add a big scarf for warmth.
Similar Piece: This Denim Jacket
9. Silky Dress + Army Green Jacket
An unlikely match, I know, but silky fabrics + army green is an unexpectedly awesome combination. The army green topper keeps the silky dress (or top or skirt) from feeling overly precious. An easy way to style something fancy for day.
10. Knot Your Cardigan (Those Waterfall Ones Work Well)
Tie together your outfit (literally) with a simple cardigan hack; a loose knot at the bottom! Waterfall cardigans work great, but any long one would work just as well.
Similar Piece: This Cardigan
11. Mini Dress + Long Cardigan
If there’s ONE THING that can make a classic grandpa cardigan sexy…it’s a mini dress. Keep the legs bare if the weather is warm, or add tall or OTK boots if it’s cold. (Tights, too.)
12. Belt A Sweater Dress
Add some shape to your cozy sweater dresses with a simple (or not-so-simple) belt!
13. Pop Of Yellow + Animal Print
Leopard print is everywhere right now…and adding a bright pop of yellow is a really fun (and fresh) way to wear it.
14. T-Shirt Dress + Skinny Jeans + Cardigan
T-shirt dresses aren’t summer-only pieces! Sport one over your skinnies and under a cardi for a seriously cool layered look.
15. Work The Proportions: Long Topper + Cropped Jeans
It’s the long-short proportion play that works every freaking time. Pair your cropped jeans (especially a dramatic wide-leg jean) with a tucked-in tee and a longer outer layer. Try a longline blazer like Laura below, or even a long-ish cardigan.
Until we’re really ready for sequins and holiday faux-fur, we’ll just stick with Fa-la-la-la-FALL outfits for now.
And ps. If you’re as excited about the holidays as I am….we have a guide coming out — SOON — for how to dress your basics up for holiday parties. It’s only available to newsletter subscribers, so be sure to subscribe (if you haven’t yet already).