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Five Fall Wardrobe Staples

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!

Becoming a Mom

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.

Fall Wardrobe Staples

Sweater | Jeans | Boots


Here are my tall boot picks to add to your closet!


2. Booties

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.

Fall Wardrobe Staples

Top | Jeans | Booties

Fall Wardrobe Staples

Top (similar) | Jeans | Booties | Purse

Here are my booties picks this year:

3. Sweaters

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!

Sweaters for fall

Sweater | Jeans | Loafers

Fall Wardrobe Staples

(similar) Sweater | Jeans

I love a semi-fitted turtleneck. It’s perfect tucked into jeans and paired with tall boots.

Tall Black Tory Burch Boots

turtleneck | Good American Jeans | Tall Black Tory Burch Boots (similar here and here) | similar glasses

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!)

chenille sweater

Sweater | Jeans | Booties

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.

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket 

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket | Jeans | Sneakers | Top

A good vest is a MUST for fall!!! The down vest a little bit thick which is great for colder days.

Pinehurst NC

White Polo | Vest | Jeans | Booties

I love this suede drape jacket that came in my Trunk Club! It’s lightweight but the material is perfect for fall. It’s great for an evening out and works well over dresses too.

suede drape jacket

Jacket | Jeans (one of my top picks for pants that aren’t skinny jeans) | Striped t-shirt | loafers

My picks:

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!



Happy fall!

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  • Reply

    What do you think of the Zyia leggings? Are they worth the price?

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      I felt like they fit really well, were super flattering and I loved the colors but the quality didn’t seem to hold up. Granted, I’m VERY hard on workout clothes but the stitching came undone pretty quickly on both pairs I had. :/

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    Karen Harris

    I have been running and lifting for about 45 years- I have worn just about every brand that is out there! What I have found that works best for me, is Victoria’s Secret sport leggings. Although they have a new line out now that is a thinner material and I’m not really sure I like it.

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    Michelle Baxter

    Those black booties and black skinny jeans are on my fall wish list as well!

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    We have such similar taste, I need to raid your closet! Love all those pieces you have your eye on. I actually recently bought the madewell pocket sweater in cream and I love it. And that mustard blazer is giving me life. Need.

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    I’m so grateful you do these posts! You’re basically my personal shopper 😉 I feel bombarded by things to buy all over social media, but appreciate that you buy things to last and wear what you showcase again and again. Now, do you wear socks with the cut out booties? What kind? Thanks!

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      I really appreciate that feedback and I’m so glad these posts are helpful! Thank you for sharing!

      I don’t wear sock with the cutout booties. 🙂

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    Okay but I came to this post for the red booties in the Patagonia pic and they aren’t linked! ? Does that mean they’re old/sold out??

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    Thank you for sharing your staples! I have to say, cardigan and knee-high boots are definitely my own staples for fall. Those huge shawls also give me the vibe straight away. I live in Italy and it’s not yet cold here, but I can’t wait to wear my little fall goodies!

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