Now that November is coming to an end, it feels like we can fully embrace the fall season and start dressing the part, too. The leaves are slowly starting to change, along with the weather, and I’m seeing more layers appear on the streets daily.
Often times, this transition of seasons makes people switch from dresses and skirts to pants and jeans every day. I get it. Once it starts to cool down, dressing becomes all about wanting to stay warm and comfortable. But I’m here to say that dressing into cool weather could be just as fun by simply relying on a select few items that mixed and matched with multiple other pieces quickly become wardrobe staples. I could already identify a few things I know I’ll be wearing often over the coming months. They’re the items I want to try with all different outfit combinations, that I reach for no matter the occasion or event, and that always make me feel comfortable, confident, and true to myself and my personal style.
Is it a true fall fashion list without the incorporation of a blazer? Although I tend to have many styles of blazers on constant rotation, a plaid option is certainly a fall staple. It makes layering so effortless. When shopping for a staple blazer, look for details such as gold hardware, pockets or double breasted buttons. These little things elevate the piece and make it more unique.
Fall is all about layering and one of the best layering pieces is definitely the chunky cardigan. I tend to prefer knits that are longer in length because it accentuates that super cozy vibe. Also, even though I often dress myself with monochromatic looks, when it comes to cardigans my favorites are with some sort of print - folk, aztec, tribal or native american.
There are not too many wardrobe staples that truly never go out of style. Even the most “classic” items, like a pair of dark jeans or a little black dress, vary from season to season and year to year, so it can be all too easy to put a time stamp on when you bought a specific piece. There’s nothing wrong with this - our styles are supposed to evolve and develop over time, after all - but it does make those select few items that remain constant all the more impressive. One of those pieces to me is the trench coat. While I love the classic beige/khaki colored ones, recently I reach for trenches in new prints and textures like this pastel pink one from H&M with slightly loose fit.
I must admit, I have a lot of winter coats, from classic double breasted to warm parkas, in different styles, lengths, fabrics and weights to go with different activities and weather during the winter season. On milder days, I’ll simply throw a warm coat on over whatever I’m wearing , but on the coldest days, you’ll find me in one of my trusty winter shearling parkas. And while some can be a bit pricey, I’ve found that it can be worth the investment if a coat is versatile enough to be worn again and again and ends up in your closet for years to come.
Every October, I find myself counting down the days until I can pull my boots out of my closet. Since I wear them often starting later in the fall and through the winter months, versatility is key. I usually gravitate toward classic, simple silhouettes in shades of gray, beige, brown, or black. One of my all time favorite styles are the combat boots, so I'm more than happy that they are currently the biggest trend in the footwear.
Also, I’ve found that a great pair of high-quality boots (especially in leather or suede) prove worth the investment time and time again, since they tend to hold up best long-term.
What are some of your staple pieces for this season?