5 Key Pieces to Upgrade Your Wardrobe this Fall

It’s been a hot minute since we thought about upping our layering game to accompany the new temperatures. But, as true Minnesotans, we definitely aren’t strangers to the concept. While I love a good Indian summer, one of my favorite parts about living in a city where you get to experience all four seasons is the opportunity to switch out my wardrobe for new pieces that will carry me through the cooler months. Who’s with me?

Read on for a round-up of my 5 favorite fashion staples and styles worth trying out this fall. From bright red hues to leather classics, they are destined to give your closet the refresher it needs (and hopefully cure those post-summer scaries).

1. A 70s-Inspired, Bold Knit

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Though I may be biased, (I’m a sucker for anything comfortable and fuss-free) if you ask me, a sweater is undoubtedly the hero piece to any fall wardrobe. Maybe I’m taking inspiration from my current favorite set-in-the-70s HBO series, The Deuce (hey, Franco), but this fall, I’m really digging knits in burnt hues and rich textures. Editor’s tip: save some $$ and pay your favorite vintage store a visit. Or better yet, your mom’s closet.

2. A Statement Boot

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Metallic, white, emerald green, and military combat. Statement boots of all kinds are dominating the fashion scene right now. My personal fav? The combat boot. Remember those clunky-soled Dr. Martens we all rocked circa ’98? They’re back. In a big way. While some may have mixed feelings about the combat comeback (my husband recently asked me if I was going for the Seattle grunge band look, and luckily, I happen to be a serious Nirvana fan and the 90s will always hold a special place in my heart), I’m welcoming these stompers with open arms. Equal parts fashionable and functional, they are perfect for adding a dose of edge to any look. Editor’s tip: Pair with your go-to skinnies or a feminine dress for an unexpected twist.

3. Oversized Menswear Blazer

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Strong shoulder nostalgia is having a big moment right now. I’m talkin’ (almost) 80s shoulder pad vibes… and I’m not even mad about it. Whether solid, plaid or houndstooth, I’m having a hard time not buying all of the oversized blazers I’m seeing this season. What I love most is how they make any outfit office appropriate, while transitioning well into the evening. Try playing around with different looks like adding a belt or pairing one over your favorite white tee, or, if you are a daring dresser, channel your inner #girlboss and opt for the full-blown pantsuit.

4. A Pop of Red

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I used to think red wasn’t my “color” but I quickly learned that this statement-making hue really looks good on everyone. Luckily, this year, red shades are proving to reign supreme. Tend to be a bit color-hesitant? Ease in with a subtle touch, such as a red bag, hat or pair of booties– all guaranteed to give life to any monochromatic ensemble.

5. A Classic Leather Piece

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Let leather weather ensue! Each year, my leather jacket is hands-down one of the most worn pieces in my wardrobe– the closet cornerstone that always feels current. The best part about leather? If treated properly, It ages well… so definitely worth the investment. If you already have a trusty leather coat, up your game with a fun mini skirt or pair of pants. I’m currently drooling over all things leather and shearling, like this beauty from Madewell. Editor’s tip: Leather pieces come with a hefty price tag. Check out H&M or Zara for great faux options.

Top image via Sandra Semburg


Madeline Nachbar is a Marketing Manager and freelance lifestyle writer. On the weekends, she enjoys reading and writing about the latest and greatest in fashion, seeing her favorite bands in concert, traveling, or checking out the newest restaurant in town. She lives in Northeast Minneapolis with the three men in her life: her husband Eric, and her two cats, Harry and Lloyd.