The Best Fall Clothes, According To What R29 Readers Are Shopping

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Feeling behind on getting your fall wardrobe into shape? We've written plenty of shopping guides for our autumnal favs, from this season's biggest trends to perennial samples. But if you just wanna cut to the chase and get only the crème de la crème we got you. To make your add-to-cart journey even more seamless, we tapped our anonymously sourced shopping data to craft a guide to the best fall clothes for women — according to you, our loyal R29 readers.
Below, explore our all-encompassing style lineup conveniently outfitted with crosslinks to our most popular fall fashion stories and the top-bought products from each. We've covered every category from the best fall dresses to the best jackets and the best sweaters to the best fall shoes. If you're not swooning over what you see, or if styles are sold out in your size, then check back with us in the upcoming weeks as this fall fashion roster is refreshed with newer best-selling styles. Go ahead and journey down our virtual skyscraper of the best fall clothes for women below — you're in store for easy layers, luxurious cashmere knits, chunky loafers, perfect pairs of denim, and more.

Best Fall Dresses

Free People Edie Dress, $168
One thing we know for sure: R29 readers are huge fans of dresses, especially when transitioning from summer to fall. In our extensive coverage of the best fall dresses, we've rounded up the highest-rated frocks from dozens of reader-favorite shopping destinations — and the top two categories thus far are sweater and maxi-style dresses. Below, find the best of the best in our top categories for fall dresses.

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Sweater Dresses

Quince Mongolian Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Dress, $99.90
A standout category in the best fall clothes for women is sweater dresses. The highest-ranked style from our roundup is this cashmere Quince turtleneck dress — and it's not just our readers who are in love. "I just received this in the oatmeal color, which I'd really belabored versus the other colors, but I'm so glad I got that one! It's a beautiful, warm neutral shade," writes a reviewer. "I'm also really impressed by the design of the turtleneck itself, which doesn't skimp on volume at all and sits nice and high on my neck."

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Maxi Dresses

Anthropologie The Marais Printed Chiffon Maxi Dress, $180
Out with the summer minis, in with the fall maxi dresses. Another popular seasonal dress category is maxis, and Anthropologie reigns supreme. Its floor-sweeping chiffon maxi delivers on both the ruffled tiers and the fall-appropriate length.

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Best Fall Sweaters

H&M Rib-Knit Sweater, $24.99
Sweaters are an essential item in any fall fashion arsenal; they're easy to dress up or down, lightweight enough to layer, and substantially soft enough to keep you cozy. Our coverage of the best fall sweaters for women led us to discover a reader appetite for the cardigan, cashmere, and coatigan styles below.

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Quince Baby Alpaca-Wool Cropped Cardigan, $59.90
R29 readers' most wanted sweater in this style is a cozy cropped button-front style from Quince. "This is the cardigan Taylor Swift wrote the song about," claims one reader. "I’m obsessed with this... I want every baby alpaca wool option here, and if I didn’t live in Texas I’m not kidding that this would be my entire wardrobe. Seriously, it’s worth the hype."

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Jenni Kayne Sweater Coat, $425
Our shoppers love cardigans so much that they're scoring them in varying lengths this season. Enter: the coatigan, an oversized coat cardigan. Cozy enough to be a house robe but structured enough to stand in as a lightweight jacket, it can also serve as a winter-long outer layer for people in warmer climes. Hurry and score this best-selling style from Jenni Kayne while all sizes are still in stock.

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Cashmere Sweaters

Quince Mongolian Cashmere Duster Cardigan Sweater, $99.90
The number-one luxury fabric for fall is cashmere, no doubt. It's made from the hair of sub-zero-dwelling Mongolian goats, which means the warmer, the better. If you're not interested in this top-bought cardigan-styled pick, then take a browse around our complete roundup of the best cashmere sweaters for more options.

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Best Fall Shoes

Free People We The Free Wesley Ankle Boots, $298
When it comes to fall footwear, you need a few styles to get you through inclement weather, outdoor activities, professional events, and going-out nights as needed. To get acquainted with this year's best fall shoe trends. Read our full breakdown and shop our reader favorites below.

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Chunky Loafers

Madewell The Corinne Lugsole Loafer, $158
This year, we're seeing a mad rush for loafers in particular, like this classic penny style with a '90s-inspired chunky lugsole. And it's no wonder it's a hit — it's easy all around: easy to dress up or down, easy to take on and off, and easy on the wallet, too.

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Black Boots

Sam Edelman Garret Bootie, $180
We all need a re-up on the tried-and-true Chelsea boot once in a while. When it comes to versatile fall shoes, our best black boots roundup has got your bases covered. This bootie, in particular, has been a reader favorite for its combat design and comfy fit.

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Best High-Waisted Jeans

Levi's Ribcage Straight Ankle Women's Jeans, $98 With shorts tucked away till next year, fall is a great time to revisit the classic, down-to-the-ankle pant. And, when it comes to versatility, the three best pants styles we recognized for fall are leggings, trousers, and high-waisted jeans — like this pair from Levi's.

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Best Leggings

Lululemon Align High-Rise Pant 25", $98–$118
We think our shoppers' WFH setups must lend ideally to quickie mid-day yoga sessions because leggings continue to rule. And, because these Lululemon leggings are so weightless, smooth, and easy to style with an oversized sweater, our readers can't stop buying them in every color.

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Best Baggy Pants

Everlane The Way-High Drape Pants, $118
If our shoppers are not wearing contour-fit leggings, they're wearing wide-leg trousers. Super versatile and easy to style in myriad ways for fall, this best-selling drape pant from Everlane pairs well with a white button-down, a cropped tank, a casual tee, or a sweater on top. For more loose pants made for easy, breezy, fluttery fall days, check out the highlights in our shopping roundup.

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Best Fall Jackets

Summersalt The Reversible Eco Quilted Lightweight Jacket, $135
These in-between-season days call for in-between-season jackets. Our roundup of the best lightweight fall jackets includes the major trends to know, like fleeces, airy puffers, and shackets.

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Lightweight Puffers

Free People Pippa Packable Puffer Jacket, $168
If sporty is your vibe, you're going to love our roundup of lightweight puffers — great for working out, and also not for working out. Shoppers are obsessed with this best-selling, water-repellant outerwear from Free People, which also happens to be the brand's first performance puffer. "This jacket is absolutely amazing. If I had to live with one jacket for the rest of my life it would be this. [...] It’s the perfect material and fit and it keeps you warm but never overheated," writes a reviewer.

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Jean Jackets

Free People After Hours Fringe Denim Jacket, $128
Since you can never go wrong with a jean jacket, we offer some of the best new trends when it comes to denim outerwear, like this exaggerated fringe outerwear from Free People. Other chic jean jacket trends to consider are denim blazers, two-toned jackets, and Western-inspired jackets — which you can learn more about in our story below.

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Fleece Jackets

FP Movement Hit The Slopes Printed Pullover, $168
Fall shoppers have not slept on gorpcore at all — and best-selling fleece styles like this colorful one from Free People prove that the outdoorsy look is a solid aesthetic for fall. Super cozy, built for any kind of weather, and easy to maintain, you'll be wearing fleece jackets for years to come.

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