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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.