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11 Fall Outfits from 7 Versatile Pieces

Autumn is here, and it's time to hit the mall for some fresh additions to your wardrobe. But before you whip out your credit card, know this style secret: It doesn't take a big budget or a closet full of clothes to have a hardworking, good-looking fall wardrobe. To prove the point, see how these 7 clothing items were mixed to create to 11 fall outfits.

7 Versatile Pieces

7 Versatile Pieces

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The key to a successful fall wardrobe is investing in basic pieces that will work in multiple ways. Own these seven pieces—a dress, a blouse, a sweater, a skirt, skinny jeans, a trench coat and a T-shirt—and you'll be able to make many fall outfits. (Click on to see how!)

Dress, Gap; T-shirt, Ann Taylor; Chambray Blouse, Gap; Sweater, Forever 21; Jeans, Gap; Skirt, Ann Taylor; Trench Coat, Gap

Outfit 1: Sweater + Blouse + Skirt

Outfit 1: Sweater + Blouse + Skirt

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Put a neutral skirt in the same category as your pants. You can wear them in endless ways by swapping out the top, shoes, and accessories. For fall, the midi skirt is everything. For this look, we paired a chambray blouse under a classic crew-neck sweater. This outfit would be great for work or a family outing.

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Outfit 2: T-Shirt + Skirt

Outfit 2: T-Shirt + Skirt

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When creating fall outfits, think about simplicity. Sometimes the prettiest looks are the ones with the fewest pieces. A printed top tucks in perfectly to your midi skirt. The pieces are simple, but you can add glam with a low pony, a pair of pumps, and a simple clutch.

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Outfit 3: Trench Coat + Blouse + Skirt

Outfit 3: Trench Coat + Blouse + Skirt

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Remix your layers for a fresh look. For this outfit, we removed the sweater from outfit one, added a trench coat, put on a metallic pair of pumps, and grabbed a big bag to carry all of the day's necessities. These changes create a professional look. Hello, power outfit.

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Outfit 4: T-Shirt + Jeans

Outfit 4: T-Shirt + Jeans

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If you're in need of a girl's night out, this look is for you. This outfit is simple yet sophisticated and easily thrown together after a busy day at your desk. Dress up your simple skinny jeans with a killer pair of booties and a dressy T-shirt like this one with leather accents. Don't forget to accessorize with a little color. An oxblood clutch is sophisticated and perfect for evening.

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Outfit 5: Trench Coat + Blouse + T-Shirt + Jeans

Outfit 5: Trench Coat + Blouse + T-Shirt + Jeans

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For cooler days, pile on the layers. Start with a base layer like a T-shirt; then add your chambray top, leaving it unbuttoned. To finish, add your trench coat. Because you've added visual bulk on top with all those layers, keep your body shape balanced by slipping into a simple pair of dark skinny jeans on the bottom.

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Outfit 6: Sweater + T-Shirt + Jeans

Outfit 6: Sweater + T-Shirt + Jeans

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This casual outfit reflects just how easy layering can be. For this look, pair your printed T-shirt under a crew-neck sweater so the pattern plays peek-a-boo. It gives a whole new look to a modest green sweater.

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Outfit 7: Trench Coat + Dress + Jeans

Outfit 7: Trench Coat + Dress + Jeans

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Ever thought about wearing skinny jeans under a dress? Well, you can. The look redefines the laws of layering, showing that nearly any two pieces can be mixed to make a stylish fall outfit. To finish the look, add a trench coat and a pair of heels. With heavier layers it's important to define the waist to accentuate the slimmest part of your body.

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Outfit 8: Blouse + Jeans

Outfit 8: Blouse + Jeans

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Try a denim-on-denim look—also known as the Canadian tuxedo. The key to making this work is pairing two denim separates that are different colors, such as dark wash skinnies and a light chambray shirt. To add a bit of fun, grab a pair of printed slip-on sneakers.

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Outfit 9: Dress

Outfit 9: Dress

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A shirtdress—especially plaid—is one of the most versatile dress styles to own. You can wear shirtdresses on their own or layered with a sweater or trench. Add a fun fur bag for texture with your fall outfits.

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Outfit 10: Dress + Skirt

Outfit 10: Dress + Skirt

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Is that a plaid shirt? No! It's the plaid dress with the leather midi skirt layered over top—genius, right? Your shirtdress is easily transformed into a top when paired with a long-enough skirt. Rock this look for work or play, but we always suggest a heel with a midi skirt so the skirt doesn't overwhelm your body.

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Outfit 11: Sweater + Dress

Outfit 11: Sweater + Dress

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For the last look using these seven basics, layer the crew-neck sweater over a shirtdress. Choosing a shirtdress with a collar and cuffs lets you integrate a little extra color and pattern into your look effortlessly. Toss your hair in a ponytail, and you're ready to go anywhere.

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