10 Fall Occasions, 10 Must-Try Style Moves

Sure, the start of football season, the changing leaves, and the end of humidity-induced bad hair days are reason enough to celebrate the coming autumn. But, for the sartorial-minded, fall fashion is the season's raison d'être. The mere mention of cozy knits, tall boots, and statement toppers gives us major heart eyes. So, with the days of summer winding down, we figured you might need a bit of inspiration to warm up to the cooler months.
Ahead, we break down 10 occasions — from weddings to interviews — and the must-have fall style to sport for each. Best of all, you can snag every look from Nordstrom Rack, satisfying the lazy gal in us all. Your one-stop shop for impeccable fall style is right this way.
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Getting Fancy At A Fall Wedding
Unlike summertime soirees where you can slip into a slinky number and call it a day, formal dressing for fall requires careful consideration of the cool climate. Try a dress in a solid jewel tone — the perfect backdrop for a statement topper and tights. Now, the only thing better than your layering game will be those dance-floor candids.

Alice + Olivia dress. Shop similar dresses here.

Wear it with: Heeled booties and sheer tights for some extra warmth. Top it with a structured coat while in transit.
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Tailgating At A Football Game
At the start of fall, nothing can vie for our attention more than the new season's fashion — except for football. Whether you're a student, an alumnus, a die-hard fan, or just tagging along, tailgating at a college or pro football game is one of those all-American experiences that is equal parts necessary and nostalgic. Channel your inner athlete, and sport a varsity-style bomber in a quirky pattern. Added bonus: You'll be easy to spot in the hot dog line if you get separated from your crew.

Marc by Marc Jacobs jacket. Shop similar jackets here.

Wear it with: Relaxed denim .
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Afternoon Of Apple Picking
There's no denying we have plenty of excuses to bust out our boot collection during the fall months: over-the-knee stunners for work, heeled versions for a night out, and our trusty flat ankle styles for everything in between. And, when you're headed to an autumnal adventure, like apple picking, the latter is exactly what you'll need. Opt for a super-versatile cognac hue — it'll mask any dirt you collect while reaching for a Red Delicious.

Dolce Vita bootie. Shop similar booties here.

Wear it with: Jeans or a casual dress-and-tights combo. Don't forget a cozy scarf.
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A Little Retail Therapy
So, maybe back-to-school goods aren't high on your shopping list, but if you're like us, you'll sure be taking advantage of those promotions. When you're out making the rounds at your favorite shops, punch up your daytime wares with a colorful, chill-fighting jacket. The stylish statement piece will leave you prepared for all of your spontaneous stops in between, like that necessary late-afternoon latte break with your friends.

Classiques Entier jacket. Shop similar outerwear styles here.

Wear it with: A crisp-white top.
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Sightseeing-Packed Staycation
Sometimes, the best things in life are right in front of you. So, once the temps drop below boiling and sightseeing is not synonymous with sweating, take a day to explore the beauties of your home base. Keep your camera, shades, and a scarf handy in a roomy satchel, and don't forget snacks — because nobody likes a hangry tourist.

Deux Lux satchel. Shop similar bags here.

Wear it with: Cat-eye shades.
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Interviewing For Your Next Gig
With summer interns returning to their respective campuses, fall is prime time to start interviewing for your next career move. Sometimes, the hardest thing next to updating your résumé is figuring out your professional-yet-personality-showing outfit. Stripes are always a sophisticated choice, but a unique, graphic take on stripes — like this grid pattern — is modern and memorable (meaning, if you kill the Q&A, that call back is starting to look a lot more likely). Stick to a black-and-white color palette to be bold but not too bold.

Topshop shirt. Shop similar blouses here.

Wear it with: A skirt in a classic shape, like an A-line silhouette.
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Dinner Date With Your S.O.
It's Thursday night (finally) and you've penciled in some alone time with your bae. If you're not sure what's in store for the evening ahead, a style that walks the line between casual drinks and fine dining is key. And, while we love getting creative with our after-hours attire, a simple black dress has never failed us for a romantic night out. Try a playful silhouette — like this button-up dress with a collar — in a grown-up lace. Whether you're shucking clams or dining by candlelight, you'll be dressed the part.

Jill Stuart dress. Shop similar dresses here.

Wear it with: A moto jacket for a dose of edge.
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Day Trip To Nature
Fall weekends were made for getting out of town to bliss out in nature. And, a day trip to hike local trails or visit vineyards doesn't require much more than the essentials — i.e. a versatile wool coat and an adventurous 'tude. A neutral gray will layer over your wardrobe without a hitch.

Calvin Klein coat. Shop similar coats here.

Wear it with: Tall boots for extra warmth.
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City Art Crawl
The fall season gives us a chance to shift our activities indoors and finally check out the museum exhibits we've been meaning to get to for months. If you're hitting up the art scene, you'll have a lot of ground to cover. Sport comfy sneaks that can take you from the ancient hieroglyphics display to the haute couture retrospective, blister free.

rag & bone sneakers. Shop similar sneakers here.

Wear it with: A laid-back cardigan.

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Cocktails With The Crew
When you finally coordinate schedules with your busy BFFs for an after-work night out, a leather-look skirt transitions seamlessly from meetings to happy hour. An oxblood hue is a great alternative to basic black — plus, it won't show wine stains when having a few drinks turns into hitting up the nearest dance floor.

Nordstrom Rack skirt. Shop similar skirts here.

Wear it with: Booties and a crisp button down.