The Perfect Outfit For A SoCal Gallery Opening

There's a new motto to keep in mind when you're getting dressed: Minimalism yields maximum impact. For fall, designers like Phoebe Philo at Céline and Marc Jacobs showed simple, ladylike clothes that ushered in a new penchant for discreet luxury. And that ethos has absolutely made the transcontinental trip to the West Coast—just check out today's Perfect Outfit to see exactly what we mean! Trim trousers in a somber shade take the place of harem pants this season, and a high-cut neutral top is as effortless as it is pretty. Just throw on a knit cardigan for the office and a great pair of heels for a marquee gallery opening, and you're set. We promise it's a smart dressing strategy you'll want to keep in mind through fall and beyond.

Check out these four finds to snag fall's minimal-chic look:

Essential #1: Draped nude blouse—This top is pretty perfect for fall. The neutral color goes with everything, and the draped neckline is understated without being snoozy.

Draped Crepe De Chine Blouse, $513, available at Vanessa Bruno, 8448 Melrose Avenue (at North Croft Street); 323-655-5300.

Essential #2: Tapered trousers—Pleated pants with a slimmer fit are the new go-to bottoms. Opt for a pair that's a bit tapered at the bottom but avoid any drop crotch styles to nail this newer look.

Fletcher By Lyell Pants, $78, available at Urban Outfitters, 1440 3rd Street Promenade (between Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway); Santa Monica; 310-394-1404.

Essential #3: Black pumps—We quite like these classic black pumps for any occasion, especially when you are heading from work to play on a weekday.

Cole Haan Talia Pumps, $198, available at Bloomingdales Santa Monica, 4th Street (at Broadway Street); 310-394-5451.

Essential #4: Casual Cardigan—Knit cardis are everywhere this fall and we plan to wear ours all winter long, so don't forget to invest in a sweet sweater to keep you cozy and cool.

Weekend Mohair Cardigan, $78, available at Madewell Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Avenue of the Stars); 310-772-0428.