These five things are staples in my fall wardrobe once the temperatures start to drop and crispness returns to the air!
While we haven’t *quite* gotten rid of the humid summer weather here in the south, it feels like we’re inching closer to fall by the day. Once I begin seeing back to school advertisements, I know summer is coming to an end. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE summer. But by mid-August I’m ready for cooler temps, crunchy leaves, jeans, and fall foods. here’s nothing better than starting to notice the leaves changing and hearing the leaf blowers start running.
Lucky for me, we’re going to Boone for a month while our new house is being renovated, so I get to start my fall-vibes even earlier ;). Don’t get me started on how cute Thomas is with puffer jackets and jeans on.
Since I’m in the spirit, and goodness knows I don’t want to buy any more summer clothes, I decided to round up some fall fashion favorites. There are a few items that are staples in my closet every fall which I’ll share below, and I’ve also included a fall wishlist at the bottom of the post. Some of my favorite retailers haven’t launched their fall collections yet, so I’ll be sure to update this post with my favorite items as they launch.
Let’s get into it!
I had to drop a fall photo from the month we brought Thomas home two years ago. Our (old) house was decorated which made me SO happy. Look how small he was!
My Fall Wardrobe Staples
1. Tall Boots
Tall boots are one of my favorite things to wear in the cooler months. I doubt they will ever go out of style, which makes them a great investment for your closet and a staple for your fall (and winter) wardrobe. I’ve had my tall boots for YEARS. And I especially love them for dates in the fall and winter, since they’re a little too dressy for my work from home lifestyle.
I recommend having both a pair of brown leather boots, and black leather (or suede) boots. I feel like leather is a little more casual than suede, so I love tall black suede boots for a more dressy look.
Here are my tall boot picks to add to your closet!
Booties are the most worn type of shoe in my closet in the fall (okay, maybe second to my running shoes). They go with everything – jeans, dresses, skirts — and they’re a great transitional piece as the seasons change. I love a pair with a heel, since I’m 5’1″ and the height makes my legs look longer. And I especially love this pair.
I find that booties without a heel aren’t super flattering on most legs. So I always try to find a pair with a heel, and always something pretty comfortable. I also recommend wearing them with very skinny jeans tucked in, or if your jeans aren’t skinny enough, have an inch between where your jeans hit and your booties hit on your leg.
Here are my booties picks this year:
Fall weather = sweater weather = best weather. Super oversized sweaters aren’t my main go-to since I’m so petite (I’m 5’1″). But leggings call for longer sweaters. So I just make sure they’re still slim through the torso to avoid overwhelming my frame. Also if I am wearing an oversized sweater, I roll the sleeves a little to show some more skin to balance it out. Cropped sweaters paired with high waist jeans, like pictured below, is another great option beyond oversized sweaters!
I love a semi-fitted turtleneck. It’s perfect tucked into jeans and paired with tall boots.
This sweater is incredibly soft and works well for fall, winter and spring! The photo below shows a similar sweater, but it’s sold out unfortunately. (Side note: I hunted for the best black booties for YEARS and finally found the ones pictured below last year. I LOVE THEM. So comfy and go with everything without looking too moto!)
Here are my picks for sweaters this year:
4. Cardigans, Coats & Jackets
I love having a variety of cardigans, coats and jackets for the fall since the weather is so finicky, especially in the South. It can be 80 degrees one day and 40 the next! I think a packable black down coat is great for almost every day in the fall and winter. I have the Patagonia nano puff jacket but I also like this Eddie Bauer packable coat. And you can also return your Eddie Bauer at any time for any reason if something becomes messed up, and they replace or fix it.
A good vest is a MUST for fall!!! The down vest a little bit thick which is great for colder days.
5. Casual shoes
While I practically live in boots and booties, there are a few other pairs of shoes I think are absolutely necessary. I love casual sneakers –– not running shoes, but true day-to-day sneakers. And I’ll love this option even more for lots of stroller walks!! I also LIVE in Sam Edelman loafers and Ugg Slippers.
Here are my casual shoe picks!
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