14 Fall Outfit Formulas You Can Always Count On

Totally foolproof, totally chic

Listen, we love fall clothes. Give us all the scarves and tights and jackets, and we’re happy as clams. But not every day guarantees a light bulb of outfit ingenuity. When we’re lacking inspiration, we turn to these 14 foolproof formulas to ensure we look A-OK.

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Chunky Sweater + A-line Mini + Knee-high Boots

A miniskirt in fall? Yes, yes, a million times yes. Shorter hemlines can be seasonally appropriate when styled correctly—here, with a heavy knit and to-the-knee boots that limit your exposed skin to just a small swath. (Depending on your colorway, you can also add tights.)

Get the look: Gap sweater ($70); Rachel Antonoff skirt ($198); Sam Edelman boots ($170)

Long-sleeved Maxi + Skinny Belt + Ankle Boots

Think maxis are inherently summery? Think again. In long sleeves and a darker print, the breezy style is perfectly appropriate in fall and winter.

Get the look: Doen dress ($155); LOFT belt ($45); Zara boots ($120)

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Moto Jacket + Turtleneck Sweater + Flare Jeans

Hey, ’70s lady. Channel Elizabeth Jennings from The Americans in a pair of leg-lengthening flares and a zippered suede or leather jacket. To top it off, toss a simple saddle bag over your shoulder and hit the streets in style.

Get the look: BlankNYC jacket ($188); Uniqlo sweater ($20); Free People jeans ($78)

Cable Knit Sweater + Midi Skirt + Block Heels

Another solid option for working gals: a chunky sweater, preferably in a standout color, tucked into a pleated midi. Parisian heels are then the cherry on top.

Get the look: J.Crew sweater ($88); DKNY skirt ($398); River Island shoes ($50)

Plaid Overcoat + Turtleneck + Cropped Trousers

A great menswear-inspired option, an oversized plaid coat adds polish to whimsical hemlines. Go for a monochromatic look in earthy shades, and then pair the whole thing with pointy-toed stilettos to bring back a hint of femininity to the ensemble.

Get the look: Sezane coat ($390); Madewell turtleneck ($35); Theory pants ($295)

Silky Blouse + Jogger Pants + Statement Necklaces

This one’s all about comfort. A fluid top and comfy trousers could read a little pajama-y, but tucking in the blouse and adding statement accessories upgrades the look without sacrificing coziness.

Get the look: Mango shirt ($60); L.L.Bean pants ($35); Dannijo necklace ($285)

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Leather Jacket + Printed Pants + White Sneakers

Well aren’t these fun? Let cool pants do all the talking by paring them with simple basics like a black tee, black moto jacket and your go-to white sneakers. Note that this top-shoe combination would look just as rad with everything from skinny jeans to a midi skirt.

Get the look: ASOS jacket ($147); Gap pants ($70); Puma sneakers ($70)

Long Vest + Culottes + Heeled Sandals

How to dress for work without feeling stuffy? Culottes of course—shown here with an oh-so-stylish longline vest. It creates a sharp silhouette and looks professional without being boring.

Get the look: H&M vest ($40); Target culottes ($30); BP sandals ($70)

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Trench Coat + Leather Pants + Bucket Bag

Simple, elegant and classic, the combination of skinny pants, an essential trench and on-trend bucket bag is a look you can wear over and over again without it feeling tired or overdone.

Get the look: Burberry coat ($795); Joe's Jeans pants ($132); Creatures of Comfort bag ($495)

Utility Jacket + Striped Shirt + Trousers

Another closet staple, your trusty striped tee works great in the fall. Worn tucked into black trousers and with a light jacket, it’s perfect for that in-between weather when you want to layer but don’t want to whip out your parka just yet.

Get the look: Joe Fresh jacket ($50); Madewell shirt ($32); Old Navy trousers ($25)

Black Blazer + Boyfriend Jeans + Ladylike Heels

This looks is all about contrasting the masculine with the feminine. Juxtapose a menswear blazer and slightly loose-fitting, distressed jeans with low heels that might read a little too precious in other situations. Here, they’re the perfect balance to the rest of this outfit.

Get the look: Vince Camuto blazer ($150); Tommy Hilfiger jeans ($43); Zara heels ($90); Brahmin bag ($435)

Bomber Jacket + Black Skinnies + Black Sandals

Have you heard? Bomber jackets are all the rage this season. Let yours take center stage by pairing it with simple basics like a white tee and black skinnies. When the temps drop, swap out the sandals for white sneakers, and you’ve got our ideal fall weekend outfit.

Get the look: New Look bomber ($57); Mango jeans ($40); Steve Madden sandals ($90)

Shirt Dress + Silk Scarf + Peep-toe Booties

A colorful silk scarf (tied one of a million ways) jazzes up a simple black dress, which, as it gets colder, can totally be worn with a pair of opaque tights and closed-toe boots.

Get the look: Tory Burch dress ($395) and scarf ($125); Sam Edelman booties ($110)

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Black Top + Black Pants + Jean Jacket

Sometimes the simplest outfit is the best outfit. Case in point: this look, which could sound boring on paper but is thoroughly modern, effortless and cool. Style it with beige loafers, a few delicate rings and a cool hat.

Get the look: Equipment shirt ($218); BDG pants ($60); Levi's jacket ($50)

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Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...