It’s officially October, and now that we’re out of that crazy heat wave, we can finally prepare for fall. As tempting as investing in a whole new wardrobe this time of year can be, there’s actually so many ways you can mix and match outfits for fall—as long as you have a few staples. Be sure to pin my chart below so you have it handy when shopping this season…
Shirt dress. Tunics and dresses are great for fall layering and a shirt dress is the best of bold worlds. If the right length, you can wear it as a dress with booties or knee-highs on warm early fall days (a must in California) and pair with the leggings or dark jeans above when the temps drop.
Basic sweater. It’s not autumn without a cozy fall sweaters. If it’s chilly where you live, you probably have a variety to choose from, but it’s nice to have a super simple sweater that goes with anything. Sweaters like the above can be worn year-round too, so they’re always a good investment.
Vest. Winter may call for heavy coats but fall is notorious for unpredictability. A nice vest will keep you from going too overboard on chilly mornings and once again – perfect for layering.
Rain coat. Fall weather may not have completely hit yet but it’s always good to be prepared (especially when running around with little ones at your side). Get a rain coat that’s actually comfortable and appropriate for an average day in your city (not too thick or thin etc.).
Poncho or shawl. I love ponchos because they’re the chicest way to wear your comfiest, most casual clothes out on the town! If it doesn’t feel dressy enough for your event, pair yours with heeled boots and chunky jewelry.
Button up. A simple button up shirt or blouse is a must for proper layering. You’ll be able to sport it under a vest, poncho, jacket, or even just tuck it into a cute fall skirt when it’s not too cold. Go for a neutral so it doesn’t compete with your statement pieces and you’re good to go!
Tote bag. I know we’ve covered the best fall bags in my other post, but a versatile tote (in a romantic color like marsala preferably!) isn’t just practical, which I’m all about, it gives any outfit a bit of elegance.
Circle scarves. All you fall fashionistas know you’ve gotta have that circle scarf for easy layering.
Dark denim. Dark denim and skinny jeans are another staple. Fall and winter are when you pay more attention to footwear so get a pair that goes with your fave boots.
Leggings. Anyone else out there put comfort first? With the appropriate top and shoes (the vest and shirt dress above will do the trick), you can get away with leggings this time of year. Just make sure they’re thick and durable – trust me, it’s worth the extra few dollars.
Booties. Need I say more? This might be your best investment for fall, and if you’re walking around in the elements frequently, investing in a pair of booties that will last all season (or hopefully much longer) should be high on the priority list.
Once you have these staples, you only need a couple other pieces – a felt hat, a little bling, and another sweater or two comes to mind – to round out your closet all season long.