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Jennifer Monahan is a freelance writer and a mom of 2 fantastic kids out of Jackson Hole Wyoming. When she’s not working around the horse and cleaning up after her husband, she likes to keep up and write about the newest fashion trends. You can follow her on twitter @Jenmonahan76
Fall is one of the best seasons for your wardrobe because you have the ability to mix and match pieces to create different looks that show off your sense of style. You can pull from different seasons and layer them (or dress them down) so that it all feels season appropriate.
However, there are also many items that are fall specific that you might not have in your wardrobe yet.
These ten items are absolute essentials for your closet this year:
1. Scarves of All Colors
Scarves are really the most versatile option for fall. Put them on in the mornings with a coat to keep you warm, and then use them in the office when the air conditioning gets to be too chilly. Scarves work well with sweaters, t-shirts, and even dresses to keep you looking put together.
Go for one that adds a pop of color to your outfit to beat those mid-October blues.
2. Skinny Jeans
Skinny jeans have been a staple in everyone’s wardrobe for the last few years, and they show no signs of leaving anytime soon. Tuck a pair into high-shafted boots to look a little more stylish or match them with a chunky, over sized sweater for a hayride. They are also great for those mornings when it is a little damp outside – having pants with a wet hem is the worst!
3. Fun Flats
Mornings start getting slick in the fall, and that is not a time to be wobbling on your heels. Flats make more sense in the fall because you likely have to dodge leaf piles and walk on some questionable terrains. Add a pair of nude flats to make your legs longer and coordinate with a scarf for a put together look!
4. Boots, Boots, and more Boots
Boots are the perfect shoe for almost everyone – they are comfortable, keep you warm, and can really transform any wardrobe into something special. Booties look great with tights and a dress or cropped pants, and ankle boots are perfect for picking apples or trick-or-treating. The clear winner, however, is the high shafted boot
, which you pair with just about everything. Pair with high socks, skinny jeans, and a chunky sweater and you’ll get a cute, comfortable, and cozy look without much effort.
5. Not Your Dad’s Plaid
Plaid is going to be one of the hottest patterns of the fall, no matter where you are. Whether you want to go classic with a plaid shirt or flannel or you want to add some plaid to your accessories, it goes with just about everything. Try to add a plaid scarf or bracelet to your chic black looks or use a pair of plaid flats to spice things up. Remember that a little bit goes a long, long way!
Capes have been all over the red carpet lately, and there is a way to do them in everyday life. A great cape or poncho is a versatile look for weekends at home, hayrides, or while you are sitting under the Friday night lights. Most of the time, they are made from a warmer material so they can act as outwear when you don’t need a jacket at first, but once the sun goes down you will. Pair them with a simple outfit like jeans, a t-shirt, and boots to look a little more stylish.
Skirts never really are “out,” are they? In fall, skirts have a great time because they are so versatile. Take a plain skirt and pair it with tights and some killer boots or get a longer skirt and match it with a great sweater. Color blocking in skirts has been huge this year, so make sure to color coordinate with a similar color shirt.
8. Trending Trench Coats
Walk the streets of any major city, and you will see that some of the most stylish women have trench coats. Now, for most women a trench coat seems a little stiff, but many brands have been working on more feminine styles. Look for trench coats with a touch of velvet, ruffles, flowers, and even pleated skirts. If you are going somewhere that you need to look good in outwear, a trench coat is an absolute must have.
Cashmere has long been considered a luxury for many women, but it doesn’t always have to be. A cashmere scarf, beanie, or gloves can really take your look to the next level. There are even some pretty great cashmere-dupes on the market as well. Cashmere will never go out of style, so making an investment in a great cashmere sweater will pay off many times in the coming years. Plus, they go with everything! Wear them with a skirt for the office, or pair with some leggings and thick socks for a cuddly weekend indoors.
10. The Fall Classic Leather Jacket
Leather jackets are another wardrobe staple that if you play your cards right and invest in a great, quality jacket, you will have it forever. Their popularity for the normal fashionista may vary, but you will never be out of style in one. Pair on top of a flirty dress to add some edge to your look, or just match with boots and jeans for a classic look. Black or brown leather is the most popular option, but if you want, going outside of the box and picking a colored leather is gorgeous as well.
Fall is a great time to experiment with pieces from other seasons. If you mix and match the items on this list with what is currently in your wardrobe, you can never go wrong.
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