Fall is our absolute FAVORITE season for fashion! It’s warm enough outside to wear dresses but cold enough to break out the chunky knit sweaters and blanket scarves. Because the weather is still relatively mild, you can mix and match pieces from both your summer and winter wardrobes to create stylish transitional looks. Your favorite summer dress, for example, can be turned into a fall fashion staple just by pairing it with a leather jacket, wool tights, and ankle boots. When it comes to fall clothing, there are just so many options!
To help you update your closet for cooler weather, we’ve picked out nine fall clothing items you can add to any outfit to make it cozy and autumn-appropriate. We’ve also included some styling tips throughout this post that will help you get some extra wear out of your favorite skirts and dresses this fall.
This plaid blanket scarf from Dora Bridal comes in a wide range of beautiful fall colors, including burnt orange and burgundy. It’s warm and cozy without being too heavy like a lot of other blanket scarves. You can wear it as a scarf or shawl, so it’s a very versatile piece that will add a little autumn flair to any outfit.
We suggest wearing this scarf with a pair of dark wash jeans and a slouchy white tee. You can dress up the look with a pair of ankle boots and a chic blazer or dress it down with sneakers and a fuzzy cardigan like the one below.
That brings us to our next fall fashion staple — this long cable knit cardigan! It comes in a dozen different colors, such as wine red and hunter green. It’s long enough to wear with leggings but still looks great with dresses, skirts, and jeans. It’s slightly oversized and slouchy, so it will bring a casual vibe to whatever outfit you pair it with. And the best part: it’s super soft and cozy!
We think slouchy cardigans like this one look especially good over dresses with streamlined silhouettes like shift and slip dresses. Try pairing one of your summer sheaths with this cardigan, a pair of tall leather boots, and tights if the weather is especially chilly.
On many fall days, it’s too warm to wear a heavy winter parka but too cold for a light jean jacket. That’s where this faux leather moto jacket comes in! It’s made of thick vegan leather that will keep you warm on 50-degree days without overheating you like a puffer jacket would. It comes in fun colors like wine red and mustard yellow as well as black. It has lots of zippers and metal details, which gives it an extra edgy vibe.
We suggest teaming this jacket with your favorite floral dress or skirt, a pair of tights, and black ankle boots. Adding a rugged leather jacket on top of a summery floral dress edges it up and makes it more appropriate for fall. Plus, we love the contrast that wearing masculine and feminine pieces together creates!
Nothing says fall more than corduroy, which is why this chestnut brown corduroy skirt made the list! It has a long hemline that hits just above the knee, so it’s appropriate for work or date night. We suggest pairing it with a cream turtleneck and a pair of flats or heels if you want to add some height. No matter how you decide to style it, this classic skirt will quickly become a staple in your fall wardrobe!
This turtleneck looks so comfy and cozy that we could fall asleep in it! It’s made of super soft knit fabric and has a casual, oversized fit. It has a slight cowl neck and long batwing sleeves that roll up at the ends. It comes in over a dozen colors, including cream, brick red, and orange with cream stripes. We definitely have our eye on the orange color — it would be perfect to wear with a pair of jeans and flats for a day of apple picking!
The only downside of this sweater is that it isn’t great for layering because it’s bulky. If you want a turtleneck to go under your blazers and dresses, check out this next one!
In addition to a cardigan and chunky knit sweater, you’ll need a slim fit turtleneck in your fall wardrobe. This one comes in nearly twenty different colors, including army green, orange, burgundy, black, and caramel brown. It’s ribbed, so it hugs your curves and provides a good base for layering. You can put this turtleneck under dresses to make them warmer or pair it with a blazer for a chic professional look. You can also layer it under things like tees, button downs, chambray shirts, and silk camisoles to provide extra warmth and make a unique fashion statement. Buy it in a few different colors to maximize your layering options!
We absolutely love wide leg pants! When you pair them with heels or ankle boots, they give off an effortlessly chic vibe. They’re a great alternative to skirts and dresses on colder days because they have the same feminine, flowy look.
These wide legs from Tronjori hit right at the waist, which makes them ultra flattering. They also come in a range of trendy colors and patterns from plaid to snake print. These pants would look great with the turtleneck we mentioned above, a pair of heels or ankle boots, and a cropped jacket. It’s the perfect fall look for work or going out with friends!
Everyone needs a plaid shirt for fall and winter! They’re great for layering and can easily be dressed up or down. If you want a fancier look, you can wear your flannel with a black skirt and accessorize with a pair of heels and a statement necklace. For a casual yet polished vibe, wear your plaid shirt with jeans, a blazer, a statement belt, and a pair of ankle boots or sneakers.
We think you should get this soft plaid shirt from Yidarton in a few different colors. Flannels are such an essential fall clothing item that you’re going to want more than one — trust us!
Leggings are another fall clothing item we can’t live without. You can layer them under long sweaters, tunics, and even dresses. Plain black leggings are nice, but we like to wear patent leather leggings to add some extra visual interest to our outfits.
These faux leather leggings from VIV Collection are a great pair to pick up. They’re super affordable, but they don’t look like it! They’re every bit as glamorous as genuine leather leggings at a fraction of the cost. They’ll add a touch of feminine edge and class to any outfit you pair them with, especially if you accessorize with a pair of heels or booties.
Fall is a great time to practice layering
One thing that can’t escape our notice is that the weather seems to turn on a dime during the fall — one day it’s sunny and 65, and the next it’s almost freezing! To face these variable weather conditions, you’ll need pieces that you can easily layer such as tights, leggings, scarves, cardigans, and turtlenecks. If you master the art of layering, you’ll be able to wear whatever you want this fall, including your beloved summer skirts and dresses, without freezing! Doing this will also be great preparation for winter, when you’ll have to consider your layers more seriously.
Hopefully our list of fall clothing has given you all the info you need to create stylish outfits that will keep you nice and warm this season. What are your top fall fashion essentials? Let us know in the comments section below!
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