It’s always exciting as a new season approaches, and nothing thrills me like the appearance of Fall fashion on magazine pages and in store windows. The rich fabrics, deep colors, and interesting layers get me every time. But if you’re a longtime reader you know that I’m not a believer in replacing my whole wardrobe every season. It’s just not environmentally responsible or affordable for most of us. I’m a huge fan of shopping my closet a few times a year to find new color combinations and fresh ideas, without getting pulled into the pursuit of perfection that grips so many of us as the seasons change.
Today I’m excited to share a few versatile pieces that will freshen up the basic outfits already in your closet. Wear any of these with a black dress, or a jean jacket, or last year’s wool coat once the weather cools down.
Scarf, faux leather jacket, black dress (also available in Merlot), lace skirt, pea coat
Blanket scarves aren’t going anywhere yet; they’re just too cozy to give up. Look for a deep, sophisticated colorway with plenty of drape. Wear with an unexpected cream leather jacket, or over a slim dress, or juxtapose its cozy feel with a delicate lace skirt. The classic choice? A military-style pea coat. You just can’t go wrong.
Bag, denim dress, cardigan jacket, utility vest, faux wrap dress
Merlot, or burgundy, is an Autumn staple, and this bag is a beautiful (and splurgy!) example. A clean structured bag never overwhelms an outfit- even a feminine dress- and is a great way to update your denim favorites. One combination I love is burgundy with black and white, like this chunky sweater, or burgundy with olive. Perfect for Fall. Here are several affordable options for merlot bags under $30, and this perfect burgundy leather tote for under $200.
Long sweater, bodycon midi dress, reversible neck dress, Choose Happy tee, jersey midi skirt
A black sweater for Fall? Groundbreaking. But try it in a longer length, edged with soft ribbing, and suddenly all your summer clothes are boot-appropriate. Wear it with a fitted midi dress and cute flats, or a graceful more formal dress with suede heels. Throw it on over a graphic tee and a striped pencil skirt, and it just doesn’t get any better. Here is a more affordable option with the same open shape and stylized ribbing.
What’s top on your list for perking up a wardrobe for Fall?