Many of us are still trying to cling on to our summer wardrobes. Perhaps adding boots to our summer dresses on wetter days. But, it’s time to accept that summer is over. It’s been fantastic. But, the leaves are starting to fall, nature is full of glorious color, and the temperature is dropping. The time is coming to pack those summer dresses away, take your sandals up to the attic, and start pulling down your fall wardrobe.
Fall can be a beautiful time. The leaves crunch under your feet as you walk, the sky is still fresh and blue, Halloween decorations are starting to pop up, and there are even Christmas gifts in the stores. Even better, the temperature is often mild and dry enough that you can enjoy all that the season has to offer outdoors and still get away with cuddling up in your pj’s with a cup of cocoa as soon as you get in from work. In many ways, it’s the perfect season.
One of the best things about fall is the fashion. You can wear chunky jumpers and thick tights without having to worry about covering them up with giant coats and waterproofs. It’s the perfect time to experiment with color and style, finding clothes that are warm but still trendy and confidence boosting. Once you’ve got these ten essential pieces, you can start being a little more creative with the rest.
The Skater Dress
The skater dress is perfect for fall. It looks great with thick tights and boots, flatters any figure, hides the hips and tummy for those days when you fancy overindulging on comforting food and looks fantastic with jumpers, light jackets, and scarves. The classic skater dress looks fabulous with flat boots and a jacket for a day around town, but equally amazing with heels and some bling for a night out.
Go for long sleeves for a warmer take on the classic dress, but branch out with brighter colors, as well as deep fall shades like navy and burgundy, and cool autumnal prints to add some color to what can become quite a dull fall wardrobe filled with dark color and plain print.
A Little Black Dress
A little black dress is always a staple. You might need breast augmentation to fill some styles confidently, but there’s an option for every body shape. With so many parties and events coming up in the next few months, a little black dress is a great go to. It makes you feel confident and sexy and looks great at any time of the year.
If there’s one thing that your fall wardrobe can’t be without, it’s a good pair of sturdy boots. Some things, like t-shirts and vests, it’s okay to scrimp and save. Cheaper options are great. Boots, however, are worth spending more money on. Buy the best pair that you can afford, and they’ll last for years, keep your feet warm and dry and always look fantastic. You can always get them re-healed or resoled down the line to make them last longer if you need to.
Good boots should be waterproof, sturdy, have excellent grip and be comfortable. Black or dark brown are great options as they’ll look fabulous with both your winter dresses and jeans.
Cute Ankle Boots
Many of us wear boots for most of the season. If you’ve just got one pair of sturdy boots, it can quickly get a little boring. So, get some cute ankle boots in a different color so that you’ve got options. A good pair of pumps and some leather boat shoes are also good options for the milder, dry days.
A Chunky Jumper
Chunky jumpers are one of the best things about autumn/winter fashion. They look fantastic, they are comfortable, they fit over other layers, and they just make you feel safe and cozy as soon as you put them on. There’s really nothing better.
A chunky knit jumper will keep you warm, it’ll look great over a dress or with a skirt or skinny jeans, and it’s easy to accessorize with an oversized scarf and bag. Mustard and Purple are always favorite fall colors, and they look great with dark leggings and jeans.
Long Sleeved Tee
A tight fitting, plain long-sleeved tee is an absolute must in colder weather. On a milder day, they look great as a single layer with jeans. But, as the weather starts to get colder, they fit easily under flannel shirts, jumpers, and even dresses, giving you options and more importantly, warmth when it’s cold. If you want to add another layer in especially cold weather, fit a vest underneath.
Skinny jeans are a must at any time of the year. In summer, they look amazing rolled up with pumps or sandals and a loose fitting cami. In fall, they look awesome layered with chunky jumpers, longline tees and cardi’s and tucked into boots. You can’t go wrong with a skinny jean as long as you buy a size and style that fit and suit your body shape. They also have the advantage of not getting wet at the bottoms like a bootcut or flare.
A Collared Jacket
Fall can be awkward when it comes to coats and jackets. You don’t need your big padded parka yet. But, it is getting cooler, and you do need to wrap up to keep warm. A lighter jacket, perhaps in denim or leather can be a stylish option that works well with the rest of your fall wardrobe. Finding something with a collar gives you an extra option when it comes to keeping warm and blocking the wind.
A Warm Scarf
A large scarf in a deep shade can change any outfit, adding texture and depth and breaking up a print. It’ll also keep you warm and help to protect your skin from the wind. Go for a matching hat, scarf, and gloves set to really make a statement.
Sunglasses might seem odd, but you’ll need them. Especially if you drive. The sun is lower and can seem brighter even when it’s cold. It can be hard to see, and there’s nothing less attractive than a squint. Quality shades look cool and help to protect your eyes.
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