10 Fall Fashion Classics You Need to Own

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Make Sure You Have These Wardrobe Classics

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Fall is undeniably our favorite fashion season. We love to layer, love to try out new trends, and just like in the days when we were still going "back to school" shopping, it's an excuse to update your wardrobe.

But what about those timeless pieces — the ones that stand the test of time, season after season? Below are 10 classic pieces to have in your fall rotation, if you don't already!

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A Navy Peacoat

J.Crew

Outerwear is the core of any great fall wardrobe, and a great peacoat — fitted to show off feminine curves but without too many bells and whistles — will pair with everything from work trousers to jeans. A jacket like this adds structure to your figure: gives curvy girls more angular lines, creates waistlines for boyish figure types and smooths out lumps and bumps for all shapes. Plus, the nautical look and neutral color ensure it will never go out of style.

Get the look: J.Crew peacoat

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A Crisp White Shirt

Net-a-Porter

Sounds basic, but a crisp, long-sleeve white shirt is a building block of your fall wardrobe. The varieties are endless — cotton with stretch (this one is a stretch cotton-poplin), fitted silhouettes, cuff and sleeve details, collar variations — but they all work under everything from cardigans to jackets or on their own with wide-leg or cropped trousers at the office.

Get the look: MICHAEL Michael Kors shirt

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A Wide-Brim Hat

Nordstrom

The thing about hats is that they can manage to be both practical and whimsical at the same time — adding character and a bit of warmth in the fall. We love a wide-brim style, it walks the line between a cowboy and Indiana Jones — just add a plaid scarf and a coat for an adventurous fall look.

Get the look: Brixton 'Homestead' hat

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A Turtleneck Sweater

Uniqlo

Neckline trends come and go — cowl necks, plunging V necks, henleys—but a turtleneck sweater has earned its place as a classic. Here's why:

  • The turtleneck brings your face into focus.
  • A mock turtleneck is a good option if you don't like the bulk of a true turtleneck (it's the same height, only the fabric doesn't fold back over).
  • Stick with cozy, touchable materials for your turtleneck sweater because anything itchy or scratchy is unbearable on your sensitive neck area.
  • The black turtleneck is the ultimate classic because it creates a blank palette to show off wonderful necklaces, cuff bracelets or just a pretty face.

Get the Look: Uniqlo cashmere blend sweater

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A Neutral Wool Coat

Zara

There's a reason timeless fashion pieces retain their popularity: they go with most things in your closet and transcend the trends. The neutral coat — especially in a camel color — is an enduring fall classic because it has so many possibilities.

Get the Look: Zara 'masculine' coat

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A Plaid Scarf

Madwell

Plaid — a perennial menswear print favorite — translates very well to trousers, coats and jackets, but we're especially fond of the versatile plaid scarf. An extra-large blanket scarf can be worn as a shawl or wrapped around your neck for warmth — wear it over just about anything.

Get the Look: Madewell rangeplaid scarf

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Tall Equestrian or Over-the-Knee Boots

Dolce Vita / Nordstrom

Knee-high boots make great sense for fall because they let you get more wear out of everything from skinny jeans to miniskirts. You can even layer on opaque tights with a skirt or dress to keep out the chill. Choose a mid-heel height for the most trend-proof look (something 2 inches or less). Brown boots are a great choice if you wear lots of denim; black pairs with almost everything.

Get the Look: Dolce Vita 'Kitt' boots

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A Denim Jacket

Donna Karan
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Throughout the year, there's no time when you don't need a denim jacket. We especially love how easy it is to layer a denim jacket in the fall — over a sundress and under a hat and scarf, easy as that!

Get the Look: Madewell denim jacket

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A Sheath Dress

Aritzia

As feminine and flattering as they can be, make no mistake — a sheath dress will be the workhorse of your fall wardrobe — and all year long, for that matter. If you don't already have one, get three! You can wear yours with a hem-length coat or wear it on its own with pumps; anyway you wear the classic sheath dress it's a winner.

Fabric choices include knits, crepe, silk, and menswear fabrics. Or try something edgy like a leather sheath! 

Get the Look: Aritzia 'Sebatier' dress

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A Structured Leather Bag

Zara

Bags get bigger with cooler weather because you have more to carry (umbrellas, wraps, hats). Your leather bag certainly doesn't have to be boring — there is a range of colors, patents, exotic skins, quilting, or bold hardware — but bear in mind that the most classic looks have a ladylike feel to them (not to mention understated luxury).

Unlike an in-today/out-tomorrow "It" bag, a structured leather bag will be your faithful friend for years. This is one splurge where you'll get lots of mileage on your investment.

Get the Look: Zara leather bag