4 Outfit Formulas You Need To Know This Season

For every person who eagerly curates their "fall lewks" Instagram collections page and counts down the days 'til October and its plethora of style options, there's just as many people feeling a little intimidated by the thought of suddenly having to put together a real outfit...like, beyond cutoffs and a baby tee. If you're feeling a little rusty, don't worry. The truth is, you can get through fall with just a handful of go-to outfits. And get this — it only takes a few trends to make the stuff you lived in last year feel fresh again.
Starting with some of our favorite pieces from PAIGE, we took four key trends — from the super-sized shirt to the rich velvet jacket — and built killer outfits around them that'll take you almost everywhere you need to go this fall. Step away from the off-shoulder tops and fluttery summer dresses; here's your guide to getting into getting dressed again.
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The Pointy Patent Ankle Boot

Fall's coolest shoe, hands-down, is the slick, sassy, pointy ankle boot. They've been all over the runways and social media and are now ready to revamp your favorite cool-weather outfits. Look for bold colors and interesting details (like this pair's very Dior-esque forward-pitched heel); then just add a moto jacket, cropped jeans, and a femme blouse for a look that practically begs you to strut.

& Other Stories Peplum Blouse, $115, available at & Other Stories; Topshop Fishnet Ankle Sock, $8, available at Topshop; Topshop Hot Toddy Pointed Boots, $110, available at Topshop; Manu Atelier Mini Pristine Leather Shoulder Bag, $495, available at Stylebop.
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The Plush Fall Jacket

Little-known fact: Your rich velvet jacket wants its time in the sun. Sure, velvet is a natural choice at night, but this fall, it feels even fresher when it's elevating an everyday outfit. Pair this military-style jacket with a silk blouse, suede skirt, and leather loafers — the contrasting textures are low-key luxurious and prove that autumnal style doesn't have to mean a big ol’ plaid scarf.

Zara Suede Mini Skirt, $69.90, available at Zara; Sarto by Franco Sarto Jolette Penny Loafer, $108.95, available at Nordstrom; Mango Metal Applique Bag, $59.99, available at Mango.
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The '70s-Stripe Sweater

Sweater weather is second only to PSLs on the short list of things people get weirdly hyped about for fall. And okay, we get the sweater part — after all, nothing looks cooler than a striped sweater with frayed-hem jeans and classic kicks. Add your trench coat, roll up the sleeves, and bam — you've perfected tomboy chic.

Proenza Schouler Striped Sweater, $490, available at Farfetch; Nike Classic Cortez Shoe, $70, available at Nike; Laura Lombardi Gate Earrings, $180, available at Laura Lombardi; Babaton Enando Coat, $99.99, available at Aritzia; Everlane The Day Magazine Tote, $165, available at Everlane.
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The Supersized Shirt

Sure, you could tuck this menswear-inspired shirt into a pencil skirt, throw on your trusty office heels, and call it a workday. But the right-now way to wear it is as part of your weekend uniform instead. Try wearing it over your track pants and sports bra (whether you're headed to the gym or not), with the tails loose and the sleeves unbuttoned — suddenly everyone in the brunch spot's wondering if you're that girl they follow on Instagram whose highlighter is always popping.

No Ka’ Oi Ola Sports Bra, $77, available at Farfetch; Adidas Superstar Track Pants, $70, available at Madewell; Suavs Women's The Zilker Knit, $95, available at Suavs; Kor One Water Bottle, $25, available at Kor Water; The Transience Swing Bag, $275, available at Bandier.