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.

So.

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.)

Lackadaisical attitude about your wardrobe right now? Same. Too cool for summer outfits, too hot for fall. Shop your closet! 15 ready-to-wear outfit ideas, inside.

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.)

Lackadaisical attitude about your wardrobe right now? Same. Too cool for summer outfits, too hot for fall. Shop your closet! 15 ready-to-wear outfit ideas, inside.

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.)

Lackadaisical attitude about your wardrobe right now? Same. Too cool for summer outfits, too hot for fall. Shop your closet! 15 ready-to-wear outfit ideas, inside.

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.

Lackadaisical attitude about your wardrobe right now? Same. Too cool for summer outfits, too hot for fall. Shop your closet! 15 ready-to-wear outfit ideas, inside.

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.

Lackadaisical attitude about your wardrobe right now? Same. Too cool for summer outfits, too hot for fall. Shop your closet! 15 ready-to-wear outfit ideas, inside.

Similar Pieces: Similar flares, These sneaks

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.

Lackadaisical attitude about your wardrobe right now? Same. Too cool for summer outfits, too hot for fall. Shop your closet! 15 ready-to-wear outfit ideas, inside.

Similar Pieces: These Pants, This Sweatshirt

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.

Lackadaisical attitude about your wardrobe right now? Same. Too cool for summer outfits, too hot for fall. Shop your closet! 15 ready-to-wear outfit ideas, inside.

Similar Pieces: This Sweatshirt Dress, This Parka

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.

Lackadaisical attitude about your wardrobe right now? Same. Too cool for summer outfits, too hot for fall. Shop your closet! 15 ready-to-wear outfit ideas, inside.

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.

Lackadaisical attitude about your wardrobe right now? Same. Too cool for summer outfits, too hot for fall. Shop your closet! 15 ready-to-wear outfit ideas, inside.

Similar Pieces: This Dress, This Jacket

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.

Lackadaisical attitude about your wardrobe right now? Same. Too cool for summer outfits, too hot for fall. Shop your closet! 15 ready-to-wear outfit ideas, inside.

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.)

Lackadaisical attitude about your wardrobe right now? Same. Too cool for summer outfits, too hot for fall. Shop your closet! 15 ready-to-wear outfit ideas, inside.

Similar Pieces: Try this cardi (so cute over a mini) and This Dress

12. Belt A Sweater Dress

Add some shape to your cozy sweater dresses with a simple (or not-so-simple) belt!

Lackadaisical attitude about your wardrobe right now? Same. Too cool for summer outfits, too hot for fall. Shop your closet! 15 ready-to-wear outfit ideas, inside.

Similar Pieces: This Dress, This 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.

Lackadaisical attitude about your wardrobe right now? Same. Too cool for summer outfits, too hot for fall. Shop your closet! 15 ready-to-wear outfit ideas, inside.

Similar Pieces: This Coat, This Scarf

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.

Lackadaisical attitude about your wardrobe right now? Same. Too cool for summer outfits, too hot for fall. Shop your closet! 15 ready-to-wear outfit ideas, inside.

Similar Pieces: This Dress, This Cardigan

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.

Lackadaisical attitude about your wardrobe right now? Same. Too cool for summer outfits, too hot for fall. Shop your closet! 15 ready-to-wear outfit ideas, inside.

Exact Pieces: These Jeans, This Blazer

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).

xo,

S

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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and shorts known as denim-underwear, always.

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