Autumn is just around the corner, and with Autumn comes shorter days, longer nights and colder weather.
Summer style is easy—lightweight top, breathable bottoms, and shoes that don’t make your feet sweat. Simple! But, the colder months are when it becomes harder to dress yourself. You’re either too hot or too cold, and it seems like it’s a never ending sea of the same outfit over and over and over again.
Fall seems to be one of those seasons that everyone is excited for. You can finally be comfortable! But, it's difficult to assemble an outfit that is both comfortable and fitting for the season. I've been there--it's a constant struggle between sweats or tights--and it's hard to get out of the style rutt. When you find yourself stuck in the rutt, it's best to list your essentials. Essentials are items that you would consider crucial for the season. In summer, I would consider camisoles, denim shorts and sandals essentials. In fall, however, it's a whole different ball game.
I like to split up seasonal essentials into two parts: essential colors and essential items.
Essential colors are to be expected: dark and muted. These colors fit the season best because they don't deter from the natural beauty outside and instead compliment it.
For essential items, warmth, along with comfort, are key.
This year's fall essentials are chunky knit sweaters, leggings, coated pants, anoraks, cardigans, and over-the-knee boots.
First and foremost, chunky sweaters are a must. They’re warm, comfy, and they can opt as a dress if you’re short enough. This gorgeous navy one keeps you warm while also being a departure from the normal black.
I threw the sweater over a floral dress and paired it with some black tights and some Chelsea boots. Layering sweaters over summer dresses help to extend their wearable life! Also, it’s super cute and put together for any kind of casual occasion.
Leggings are a huge necessity in fall because they alleviate the need for pants. I’m a huge advocate for leggings as pants. Have you worn leggings before? They’re comfortable as can be. Wine ones are perfect for adding a pop of color in any outfit without being too bright.
Since wine is a dark shade of red, I paired it with black, because black and red (and brown!) are an unbeatable color combo. The tunic is long but fitted, and will cover your bum, and the faux leather jacket keeps the outfit warm with a touch of biker-chic. The boots balance the brown from the scarf and all together, you're really channling the fall leaves with this outfit.
If you’re against leggings, coated pants are a great alternative to the basic jean. They have texture and shine and go great a pair of loafers.
I like to think of coated pants as being transitional. Not in seasons—I can’t imagine wearing these in the summer or spring, but rather, in terms of situation. I can see these being worked in the workplace (albeit, a more casual work place) or in a club. They’re the perfect combination of sexy and modest. In this outfit, I played with the sexy aspect, and paired the pants with sheer blouse and simple bralette. I added a pair of leopard print loafers from some playfulness and a red blazer for a structrued edge. The oversized hat keeps the look overdramatic, and perfect for those cool fall days.
Outerwear is huge in the fall season, and anoraks are the best way to stay warm without sacrificing style. You can throw them over anything and stay warm and stylish. Army green is a great color to act as a neutral because it isn’t bland, but it isn’t bright, either. It keeps the outfit toned down.
I threw the anorak over a basic white/black pleated skirt combo. The anorak, along with the buckle boots, add some masculinity to the outfit and the scarf is a nice touch to tie all the colors in. The dark muted green of the anorak brings out the white of the blouse without being too bright.
Also, cardigans are great for that cozy warmth that everyone needs. This brown one is, again, a departure from black, and it's light, so it's easily layered under or over something.
I paired the cardigan with a basic breton striped tee and high waist black shorts. This combo is killer for rainy campuses, and is great for catching a pumpkin spice latte. The boots aren't too high, so you don't get that weird uneven leg to boot ration you get when wearing high waisted shorts, and the stripes give the look a little Parisian touch that is always fitting for Fall.
When it comes to fall boots, the taller, the better. Fall is a rainy season, and with rain comes mud, and with mud comes gross stains. So, the more protected the leg thebetter. So, over the knee boots are winner for this season.
Whenever I think of over the knee boots, I think of trenchcoats. I feel as if they go hand-in-hand. I started this outfit with a cream lace blouse and an olive green skirt. The skirt is flowy and the blouse is demure because if it'sd lace details. I added a black trench coat and topped it off with black over the knee boots. I opted for a black trench and not the normla khaki because the black helps to make the green in the skirt a neutral by darkening it. A lighter trench would only accentuate the color and would make the skirt more bright.
Honorable mentions: there are some items that I consider essentials that are too miniscule to create a whole look for, and those would be tights (sheer and opaque), frilly socks, knit scarves, and knit beanies. These can really tie a whole look together.
What are your fall essentials? What colors are you going to wear and what items?
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