25 Fall Wardrobe Essentials Your Closet Needs

It's been awhile since we last thought about layering our clothing for weather, as opposed to just for style. But for the majority of us who live in weather changing seasons (throwing you some envious side-eye Florida and California), fall’s arrival means waving goodbye to our beloved off-the-shoulder dresses. If unpacking your plastic bin of half-pilled sweaters and parkas is as heartbreaking for you as it is for us, we’re here to remind you that fall is actually the underdog for closet cleansing.
After all, fall is more than just sweater weather. With wildly-changing weather that can throw you from summer-like heat to chilly winds in just one day, a true fall outfit is more than the sum of it's chunky knit parts. Ahead, we’ve rounded up 25 fall essentials to give your closet the refresher it needs. From two-tone floral dresses, to corduroy's triumphant return, these trends — from Fall 2017's runways to Instagram's latest cult items —are ready to cheer those post-summer blues.
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1. Multi-Tone Floral Dress
How do you make florals groundbreaking? According to this fall’s trend book, by colorblocking. Whether it’s two toned, thrice toned, or more, make sure to put this easy spring crossover on your list.

Simone Rocha Floral Print Tulle de Chine Dress, $2,616, available at Farfetch.
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2. Roll-Neck Zip Pullover
J.W. Anderson teased us with this trend all summer and now that it’s less than 80 degrees outside, we’re finally ready to tackle this sweater trend.

Kenzo Zippered Roll Neck, $395, available at Kenzo.
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3. Black Denim

Does it get any better than a great pair of black jeans in a flattering silhouette? Swap your light-wash denim for a darker style that'll take you from day to night this fall. Bonus points if you double up on trends with a frayed hem for well-worn character.

AG Jeans The Farrah Skinny Ankle, $198, available at AG Jeans.
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4. Bold Red Boot
Sound the alarm! The hottest get of the season is a bright red boot. Whether it be cherry, fire-engine, or Russian red, go bold with your boot selection.

Maryam Nassir Zadeh Emmanuelle Boot, $644 $322, available at Maryam Nassir Zadeh.
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5. Collared Fleece Jacket
The explosion of cropped denim jackets with faux shearling collars has won over the hearts of many the last few years, but this time around, we’re eyeing a pastel-colored version.

Zara Fleece Jacket, $49.90, available at Zara.
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6. Printed Set
We know we keep going on about how much you need a matching set, but there’s a reason we love them. They’re chic, easy, and are a distant cousin of pajamas which gives them an automatic stamp of approval.

People Tree x V&A Organic Cotton Shirt Co-ord, $119, available at ASOS.
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7. Acrylic Earrings
Metals are fun, but the new class of acrylic earrings are funner. They're a little costume-y without looking gauche. For beginners, we recommend searching for pastel hues and jewel tones.

Rachel Comey Lohr, $115, available at Rachel Comey.
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8. Belted High-Waist Trouser
Turn any look into a work-appropriate look with a belted high-waist trouser. Seriously, no top could diminish the power woman appearance a pair of these will gift you.

Pixie Market Black Belted High Waist Pants, $118, available at Pixi Market.
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9. Drawstring Pouch Purse
As we fall further and further down the trend hole of mini bags, we find we don’t need to carry as much stuff as we thought after all. So take one leap further by ditching a mini tote for these super cutie (there’s really no other word for them) drawstring pouches.

Ganni Benson Purse, $284, available at Ganni.
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10. Oversized Blazer
Ah, the oversized blazer. This staple of in-house fashion market editor Alyssa Coscarelli deserves to be on this list with good reason. It’s minimalist, it’s trendy, and best of all, it’s layerable in those ever changing fall weather conditions.

Maison Marais Check Blazer, $447, available at W Concept.
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11. Tinted Sunglasses
We told you tinted sunglasses we’re coming back. Fall’s rendition with pink tones is even better than we anticipated.

Les Specs The Fugitive, $119, available at Les Specs.
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12. Wedged Mule
They’re almost like chic house slippers you can wear outside.

Trademark Castaigne Satin Slide, $598, available at Trademark.
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13. Fisherman Caps and Berets
Go ahead, @ me if you aren’t on board with this one. Paired with a cropped colored denim jacket and bell-bottoms, these hats might be our favorite fall trend yet.

Brixton Fisherman's Hat, $42, available at Urban Outfitters.
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14. Oversized Double Breasted Coat
Mansur Gavriel just debuted these beauties down its "see-now buy-now " runway and we’re finally seeing the light. While we always love a good trench, we're ready to give this solid oversized coat a chance.

Mansur Gavriel Wool Oversized Coat, $1,095, available at Mansur Gavriel.
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15. Graphic Long Sleeve Tee
The graphic long sleeve tee is far from new. In fact, it pops back up every few fall seasons. It's simple, and slightly tomboyish to perfectly offset the feminine trends of the year. It's also one of the easiest layering pieces we could add to our closets.

Tna Chiemsee T-shirt, $45, available at Aritzia.
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16. Knot Handle Tote
Here sits the ultimate #OOTD bag for fall. There’s been a year long evolution towards these knot handle bags. From the thick one strap mini bag to the cross strap pouches, it was only a matter of time until a pre-made knotted handle appeared on the market.

Loeffer Randall Mini Knot Tote, $495, available at Need Supply.
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17. Layerable Slip Dress
Yeah, yeah slip dresses are a thing. We can practically hear the “we know” groans from everyone. But have you explored stepping beyond a slip dress and a t-shirt? Finding a dress that’s a little more flexible (like cotton or a lighter silk) provides a multitude of styling options. Tuck one side into a pair of jeans, layer it under an asymmetric skirt, let it sit over a patchwork button down shirt and under an open puffer coat. The options are endless.

Everlane Japanese Go-weave Long Slip Dress, $88, available at Everlane.
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18. Kitten Heel Bootie
We love when a summer trend crosses right on over to the next season. Looks like our love affair with kitten heels doesn't have to end so soon. These look best with a midi length skirt, all things glitter, and a boot-cut jean.

Tibi Jean Leather Ankle Boots, $595, available at Tibi.
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19. Crossover Buttoned Mini Skirt
Kendall Jenner was on to something with those asymmetrical mini skirts, and we're loving this trenchcoat-inspired version. Top it off with a thin sweater and you're good to go.

Self-Portrait Lace Utility Mini Skirt, $375, available at Intermix.
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20. Giant Hoops
There's yet to be an ear a big hoop doesn't look flattering on. If you're ready to take it one-step further, leave the thin hoops behind and grab a heavy duty door knocker for an extra level of oomph.

The Last Line Diamond Door Knocker Earring, $4,327, available at The Last Line.
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21. Corduroy
It's been a while since we've seen you, corduroy. Which is why we're welcoming this trend with open arms. This throwback material is a statement in its own right, no matter which clothing piece you get it in.

Mango Button Corduroy Jacket, $79.99, available at Mango.
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22. Wide Belt
If you're still hung up on this year's corset trend, try making the move towards a wide-belt. These look best with an unassuming long sleeve dress. Just in time for the chillier months.

BreeLayne Willa Belt, $285, available at BreeLayne.
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23. Leather Sneakers
If you're going to go for a luxe sneaker, leather is the way to go. It's an easy move to dress up any daytime outfit.

Vans Embossed Sidewall UA Old Skool, $70, available at Vans.
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24. "Coach" Windbreaker
There's something cool about a slightly large fit jacket you'd find on a sports team's assistant coach. Keep things simple by pairing it with a thin turtleneck and high-waisted denim.

Opening Ceremony OG Logo Coach Jacket, $195, available at Opening Ceremony.
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25. Sock Boot
Sock boots are ubiquitous now, which means you'll have any easier time finding a pair within your budget. We recommend going for a bold print or a bright color for fall.

Stuart Weitzman The Cling Bootie, $575, available at Stuart Weitzman.
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