Fall Favorites and Must-Haves
Fall is finally here! And if you're anything like me, as soon as the temps dropped and September's issue of InStyle magazine hit the newsstands you were eager to get your wardrobe ready for the new season. Now that October has arrived and cooler weather looks like it's officially here to stay (insert praise hands) I'm sharing my list of must-haves for fall.
Before we jump in let me start off by saying, unlike your kids who somehow grew two sizes over the summer, YOU do not have to buy a completely new wardrobe for the season. Don't fall for the latest trends and get sucked into buying every single bargain sweater your favorite blogger is sharing. Think about quality over quantity, what fits with YOUR lifestyle, what pieces will work with what you currently own, and what will last for seasons to come.
So before you click that "complete your purchase" button one more time, check out my list of must-haves below!
First up, this asymmetrical sweatshirt from Tee Lab. I personally feel like a sweatshirt should be a closet staple (it's definitely one for me!). I wear one year round, even when it's 100 degrees outside, and never travel without it. I know you're probably thinking who would spend that kind of money on a sweatshirt, but for me it has been a GREAT investment. This sweatshirt is one you can wear over a tank and pair with denim or yoga pants. It also holds up great in the washer.
Another alternative would be this affordable and cute sweatshirt from Zara. It comes in a few different colors and can be dressed up or down. Layer it over your tank for some added length.
I recently discovered this cardigan, or sweater blazer as they like to call it, from J. Crew. It's something timeless that you can reach for when you want the comfort of a cardigan, but need to look more polished and put together.
And if you want a super comfortable, warm and cozy, snuggle up and go-to-sleep-in kind of cardigan then you NEED this SoHo cardigan. I'm actually wearing mine from a couple of years ago right now! It's a best seller for a reason and it's one you'll want in more than one color once you've tried it on.
Underneath all these layers you'll want some good basic tees and tanks. If you don't have some already, I think it's important to find a few you love that you feel comfortable in and can grab at a moments notice all year long.
You can find great quality basics at an affordable price like these awesome Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tees and Tanks. They are comfortable and come in a variety of colors.
The Sofie tanks are my personal favorites because I love the neckline and fabric.
For a more athletic option you can go with something like this from Spiritual Gangster. Wear it under your sweater with denim one day and then layer it under your sweatshirt with yoga pants for a day when you'll be hitting the gym (or when you want to be dressed for it just in case! haha) the next.
This simple Malibu Tee has been one of our best-sellers. It's a relaxed fit, good quality, and something you can dress up or down. A good one to wear with cardigans or jackets.
Speaking of jackets a denim, leather, or faux leather option can take one of your favorite summery looks and convert it to something approved for fall. Free People makes a great one (it's Top Rated on their site). This one has the perfect amount of stretch and I love the lighter color denim year round.
I recently purchased a charcoal Hudson denim jacket and I love how it makes a simple t-shirt look chic. It's slightly edgy and stays true to my personal style. This denim jacket from Top Shop is a great option. The Free People one above also comes in black.
A leather or faux leather option is perfect for date nights or occasions that call for something a step above casual. A blazer is another alternative if your style is more preppy or business chic. I mentioned this faux leather jacket in our story a while back. I own it in the taupe color and it's the closest thing to the real deal I've ever seen (and trust me I've tried A LOT). Honestly, I thought it was real leather when I first saw it and tried it on.
True story: a couple of years ago I won on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine (I hate gambling by the way because I'd rather spend my money on clothes, shoes or food. haha!) and I decided to treat myself to this leather jacket with some of my winnings. It has been one of my favorite pieces I own and I'd buy it again in a heartbeat without the winnings. It was 100% worth the investment and will last for many years to come.
A great pair of denim jeans goes a long way. For the past couple of years I've steered clear of designer denim until I stumbled upon Fidelity during a buying trip. These Hayden Denim Jeans are over my usual price point, but the quality and feel make them more than worth it. I love the relaxed fit for days when I'm not feeling up for a tight skinny jean and they have a California-cool, laid back vibe to them which works for my style. A customer recently called them "PERFECTION!" after trying them on. It's hard to explain their greatness, but I am in LOVE.
When the occasion calls for dressy, but not too dressy I almost always reach for my black denim jeans. Pair them with a heeled bootie and a leather jacket and you are all set. This pair from Nordstrom will do the trick without breaking the bank.
My step-mom recently purchased these jeans from H&M and the fit is amazing. Talk about a great price too!
There are many options for leggings and a range of price points. It's hard to beat the fit and feel of LuluLemon's Wunder Under High Rise leggings. They are great for year round wear.
This fall I'm excited about to incorporate the Flat Iron Tux leggings from Athleta. They are a step above your average leggings as far as looks go and still offer the same feel and fit as your favorite go-to leggings. They will be a fun option!
A sweater is one of those things that truly comes down to personal preference. There are so many things to consider like color, texture, length, fit, neckline, etc. I could show you a hundred different sweaters I love, but I'll share a couple of my current favorites.
This Merino Wool Sweater from Madewell is a great option for the office and also works with denim on the weekends.
I love the color and the relaxed fit of this Switch Back Pullover Sweater from Athleta. The material is not itchy, the quality is great, it's not overly warm and it's something I can throw on with just about anything.
The Take Me Places sweaters are another great option for up and down Oklahoma weather. They are lightweight and can be fun when playing around with different layers and textures. So many options with these.
I'll be the first to admit I own too many coats for my lifestyle. I seem to either be in a cardigan, leather jacket or my heavy duty Northface coat in the winter. However, I found this option from H&M a while back and love that it's more polished like a coat, but has the feel of a cardigan and it's not too heavy. Perfect for fall!
These blouses are also on rotation in my closet right now. I love the comfort, ease and versatilely each one offers.
These Audra loafers in the Chestnut suede color are comfortable and lightweight. They will go with just about anything.
For a more fun option this fall try an Oxford like these Adwin Almond Toe oxfords in the Petrol Leather color.
If you've been following us for a while you've noticed my love for Golden Goose sneakers. At first glance they might not seem like much, but talk about an attitude boost when you throw them on. They are seriously so fun and take the most simple outfit and give it a little pizzaz. Start with something like these if you aren't quite ready for the crazy colors or high-top style.
Last, but not least, these are something I've discovered this year and now have them in a handful of colors. I also love these! They aren't the most supportive, but great for wearing under loose sweaters or tees.
I hope you found something you love from this list or at least feel inspired when shopping for pieces to add to your wardrobe this fall. Let me know what you think below or if you end up trying any of these picks. Thanks for reading!