The old me used to shop for clothes without a list. That’s how I ended up with eight identical cream sweaters and jeans all in the same shade of blue! If you are like me, you might find yourself gravitating toward the same items year after year. That’s perfectly okay if you’re content with those particular pieces, but if you’re looking to mix up your style a bit this fall, this post is for you.
To prevent myself from adding unnecessary bulk to my closet this fall, I put together a list of specific pieces I’m on the hunt for to help round out the items I already have in my wardrobe.
I’m imagining wearing a statement cardigan atop my nap dress to give it new life for fall! I also like a cardigan paired with long Bermuda shorts with a pair of loafers and some sheer socks.
Mint Cardigan (Above)
Black and White Cardigan (Below)
Honorable Mention: Green and White Checker Cardigan
Gen Z made a compelling argument for ditching skinny jeans, and while I have one or two pairs in my closet, the world of jeans suddenly became a lot more exciting once I expanded my horizons beyond only vintage Levi’s and mom jeans. Lately, I’ve been particularly interested in patched jeans or ones with embellishments, styled the same way I often pair my Levi’s. I like my baggy pair of patchwork jeans (I own the ones above!) with a long white shirt and clog sandals.
H&M Jeans (Above)
Mango Jeans (Below)
Honorable Mention: Free People Crochet Jeans
I picked up my first vintage vest at the end of this past winter and was unsure if it was a look that was going to feel “right” on me. The fit was off on the vintage one, but I know once I have one that is a bit roomier to wear sleeveless or layered over long-sleeve tees, button-downs, or turtlenecks, it will for sure be a staple.
Blue Vest (Above)
Flower Vest (Below)
Honorable Mention: Ruffle Vest
Midi skirts take outfits that you would usually wear with either a short skirt or jeans and make them feel a bit more mature and sophisticated. I love the shape this style brings to fall clothing, especially because it looks great with so many kinds of footwear—knee-high boots, heels, or flats, to name a few.
Pleated Skirt (Above)
Rib Knit Skirt (Below)
Honorable Mention: Silk Skirt
Structured, Cropped Cardigan Jackets
I have saved photos of outfits with the perfect light structured jacket for years now and it seems like there are finally similar styles widely available! I would wear a cardigan jacket like this with a white turtleneck, mom jeans, socks, and Birkenstock slides.
Sweater Jacket (Above)
Knitted Zip Cardigan (Below)
Honorable Mention: Boxy Wool Cardigan
I love the idea of wearing these boots under long flowy skirts and maxi dresses!
Tall Slouch Boots (Above)
Tall Black Boots (Below)
Honorable Mention: Tall Suede Boots
I’m definitely looking to add some personality to my outfits through embroidery! I’ve been seeing it on everything lately, from jackets and hats to cardigans and maxi dresses.
Embroidered Chore Jacket (Above)
Embroidered Knit Sweater (Below)
Thick and/or Nubby Sweaters
I have a vast collection of sweaters and have noticed that when it comes to making a sweater purchase, quality reins supreme over time. If it’s in your budget, buying a Babaà sweater is akin to purchasing a forever bag, especially when you care for it properly. I like to wear them with so many different styles—with a collared shirt underneath, over a maxi dress with boots, or with wide-leg jeans and Dr. Martens. I’ve also been loving nubby sweaters with bobbles on them lately, like the one below!
Babaà Sweater (Above)
Bobble Cardigan (Below)
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Kate is currently learning to play the Ukulele, much to the despair of her husband, kids, and dogs. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.
BY Kate Arends - September 22, 2021
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