The 8 Simple Pieces You Need to Complete Every Fall Outfit

You know those mornings when you don’t want to put any effort into your outfit, whatsoever? Most of the time we’d rather get an extra 30 minutes of sleep than fuss over our appearance. That’s when these pivotal pieces come into play. Contrary to popular belief, your everyday items can be somewhat trendy—just think of them as your go-tos that always work, no matter what. Here are eight that we’ll be wearing nonstop through November. 

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Trench Coat

Once you find a good trench, you’ll understand their staying power. Seriously, these jackets never go out of style. The lightweight feel; the rainy-day assurance—it’s the most practical-yet-stylish thing to throw on when running out the door.

Get the look: London Fog ($198); Tory Burch ($598); Burberry ($1,890)

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Victorian-inspired Booties

Every autumn, we search for the perfect pair of booties to take us through fall, winter and back around to spring. This year, it’s all about the Victorian-inspired details (see that tapered heel?), which surprisingly work with anything your fall wardrobe has in store.

Get the look: Manu Atelier ($495); Fendi ($950); Brock Collection ($1,095)

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Voluminous Sweater

We’re not talking about a knit that swallows you whole. Simply focus on acquiring a style with blouson sleeves. Balance that oversize detail with a slim bodice and a cropped cut (and pair your sweater with some high-waisted pants).

Get the look: LPA ($165); Rebecca Minkoff ($168); RE/DONE ($495)

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Leather Pants

Whether you go for the real deal or opt for faux, leather pants are the easiest way to spice up your typical jeans-and-sweater uniform. They’re chic, warm and just a touch more unexpected than a moto jacket. 

Get the look: BlankNYC ($98); Tibi ($450); Equipment ($995)

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Tissue-thin Turtleneck

OK, we might not be ready to rock a giant wool turtleneck, but the thought of temps in the 50s and 60s has our gears turning. A super-thin sweater paired with a midi skirt will satisfy that fall craving without resulting in an impromptu sweat sesh. 

Get the look: Free People ($48); Splendid ($58); Vince ($95)

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Plaid School-girl-inspired Skirt

Plaid is to fall what florals are to spring—not particularly groundbreaking, but a pattern that works in most situations. And you don’t need to go full-on heavyweight flannel to inject autumn vibes—a semi-sheer, breezy fabric in a neutral color palette will do the trick. 

Get the look: Vince Camuto ($99); Vince ($345); MM6 Maison Margiela ($555)

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Silk Hair Bow

Bows are a major trend for fall, but they’re also one of the oldest tricks in the book for making anything look more polished. Didn’t have time to wash your hair? Throw a bow in it. Don’t want to fuss with a fancy outfit? Jazz up a minimalist getup with a bow. See? It’s easy! 

Get the look: L. Erickson ($52); Wald Berlin ($100); Avenue ($150)

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Tailored Blazer

Every badass woman should own a tailored blazer. Yes, including you. And fall’s crisp weather is the ideal excuse to add it to your weekly rotation.

Get the look: Madewell ($168); Cinq à Sept ($395); Veronica Beard ($695)

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