The 10 Pieces You Need to Update Your Fall Wardrobe
Something about the fall triggers the shopping center in my brain. Even though I haven’t gone “back to school” in quite a few years, September still makes me want to buy a whole new wardrobe. While most of us can’t afford to start over every year, these 10 key wardrobe additions will help to bring your current closet into the new season. And better yet, each piece is under $200!
Colored pants aren’t going anywhere! Replace summer’s colored jeans with cords in rich fall colors like rust, olive, eggplant, and mustard. Buy cords in a skinny silhouette so you can tuck them into your favorite boots as the temperature drops.
_Rag & Bone, $176; Free People, $68; Sold, $134_
Revitalize any look you already own by topping it off with a flashy necklace. “More is More” is this fall’s motto, so don’t be afraid to layer on multiple bold pieces. Bonus points for sporting statement necklaces under a buttoned up collar for a chic and unexpected office look.
_”Ice Chain Strand (Top)”:http://baublebar.com/index.php/baublebar-plus-view-all/bejeweled/ice-chain-strand.html, $34; “Ruby Triad Pendant (Bottom)”:http://baublebar.com/index.php/baublebar-plus-view-all/bejeweled/ruby-triad-pendant.html, $36_
Grab a funky blazer that you can dress up or down. Wear it with a pencil skirt for the office, or pair it with a pair of faded jeans for a put-together weekend look.
_”Zara”:http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/us/en/zara-us-W2012/269184/825805/PRINTED%20CARDIGAN%20WITH%20ZIP , $129_
Heeled Ankle Boots
These boots will work with almost any outfit you already own, plus the chunky mid-height heel will guarantee that they’re comfortable enough to wear all day without killing your feet!
_”Sam Edelman”:http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sam-edelman-salina-boot/3296515?origin=category&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Black+Suede&resultback=680, $129.95_
Fall calls for comfort, and this sweater makes me want to cozy up to a fire with a good book. This slouchy sweater will be your weekend staple because it’s comfortable without looking sloppy. Want to bring some comfort into the workweek? Pair this sweater with a tailored pair of pants or a pencil skirt. Make sure to top off the look with heels to balance out the casualness of the sweater.
It’s inevitable: fall means that temperatures will cool down, but that doesn’t mean that you have to pack away your favorite dresses just yet. Add tights and a fun, colorful parka to update your look for fall.
Striped Pencil Skirt
Your school days are long behind you, but you’re never too old for a bit of preppy style. Recreate the boarding school look with a prim button down and a blazer, or make this skirt weekend-chic by wearing it with a chambray shirt and loads of chunky jewelry.
_”Banana Republic”:http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=50356&pid=421587, $79.50_
In my book, leopard print is a neutral. Wear these with any solid color in your wardrobe, or, if you’re feeling bold, why not pair them with a contrasting print? With these skimmers, you’ll get the comfort of flats without sacrificing any sass.
There’s something so incredibly sexy and slightly androgynous about a woman wearing a shirtdress. Invest in this dress and make it a building block of your fall wardrobe. While it’s still warm, wear it with bare legs to show off your summer tan, then add tights as temps cool and keep wearing this dress all through the winter.
_”Club Monaco”:http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13010157&cp=12243590.12266330.12724022&ab, $198.50_
I’m going to tell you a secret: wearing a maxi skirt is basically the grown-up equivalent of wearing your pajamas in public. It’s that comfortable! Pair this skirt with a tank top and a belt for the last days of summer, and take it through winter by layering it up with your favorite sweaters for an easy outfit that’s perfect for weekend errands.