Autumn is my favorite. Probably not groundbreaking news to share, but for me it’s been the best season ever. In Vermont, we’re going to have a slightly longer fall because it’s cooling faster here than in Rhode Island. Waking up in the mornings in the 40’s and 50’s and thinking about fall fashion, I’m already organizing my fall wardrobe. The fresh autumn wind and changing foliage outside the window made me extra excited for the sweater-and-boots weather. I find fall to be the easiest time to dress because I love layering and I can’t get enough of comfortable sweaters, jackets, and fall boots.
This year also feels a little different. Between motherhood and Covid, I haven’t paid that much attention to my wardrobe, and we haven’t really been anywhere in the past few years. It finally feels like we’re a little more normal, and I’m ready to recreate a wardrobe that I love, whether it’s a birthday party, girls’ night, date night or just getting dressed for the workday.
My wardrobe is going through a bit of a process, so I thought I’d share my approach, my must-haves, and the trends I’m excited about this fall.
A big closet cleanup
I’ve been putting off cleaning out a large closet, but before I start adding new things, I need to decide what’s left and what’s going. I hadn’t made it long before Marin was born, and I was overdue. I still have a lot of things that don’t fit, or I just don’t plan to wear them sitting in my closet taking up space. On my to-do list next week is a big wardrobe overhaul to go over all my fall/winter items and decide what I want to keep and what I want to donate/sell/give to friends. This will help me better understand the gaps I want to fill, rather than buying things without knowing what I have in the first place.
I actually feel pretty good about the basics for my fall wardrobe. I’ve been adding them to my wardrobe over the past few years, and I’ve found pieces from a specific brand that I really like.look back The first capsule wardrobe I shared it a few years ago and I’m happy to report that I still have everything in that post. I thought I’d share my basics first (I’ve seen it called “fall trend” which is funny). Then I’ll talk about sweaters, coats, shoes, etc. My basics are what I consider a “core wardrobe” or foundation, and the rest is my outfit.
my wardrobe basics
- White T-Shirt: My favorite is Sézane. It’s super soft, organic cotton, washable, and slightly oversized.
- Long Sleeve T-Shirt: Great for layering or wearing alone. The one in my ABLE collection has a button-front henley style with a slightly loose fit that creates a relaxed vibe and looks great with a sweater or blazer. Use code JAK15 for 15% off.
- Button-Up Shirts: You can’t go wrong with a classic white button (love this)but my favorite is AYR Deep End Shirt Stripes in blue and white. It’s just the perfect blue, looks great bunched up or loose, and comes in an oversized fit (small). Looks great with jeans, blazers, leggings and cardigans.
- Tissue Turtlenecks: I know turtlenecks aren’t for everyone, but I love them.my favorite is Madewell’s Tissue Turtleneck, especially stripes.I noticed one of my favorites Base brand Pact just launched So I would love to try theirs.
- Straight-leg jeans or boyfriend jeans: I have had my AG Isabelle straight jeans for several years and they are still my favorite.Washing has been updated but 13 Wembley Very close to what I have.i like cheap stuff Madewell’s Skinny Pants (exist also black).
- Straight-leg pants: Really love the straight leg pants in my ABLE collection and I’m all for wearing white after Labor Day. Use code JAK15 for 15% off.
- slip dress: One of the pieces that excites me most while designing with ABLE. I love midi slip dresses for fall and winter. You can wear a T-shirt or turtleneck underneath, or a sweater/blazer (or both) over it. I reduced it by one size. Use code JAK15 for 15% off.
Sweaters and Coats
It’s probably no surprise here that sweaters and coats are my fall favorite things. I definitely need to go through my sweater collection and figure out what I keep and what I need to go with, but this is where I get excited about wearing and some new additions.
striped cotton sweater
I love seeing all the striped cotton sweaters in the fall, maybe that should be expected My ABLE Marlin Sweater Will be a hit as it sold out of most sizes on day one (we’re working hard to bring it back!). This is another style of Sezane I love.
I’ve had enough Quilted Nora jacket from my ABLE collection.It’s super soft and has a perfect slightly faded vintage wash that’s super comfortable. It is great for layering and comes in two shades. Use code JAK15 for 15% off.
i have my barber jacket It’s still a favorite in my closet over the years. The quality is impeccable and the style never goes out of style for me. Mine is mine so I have room to fold the sweater underneath.
I’m a huge fan of the camel coat because it pairs well with any outfit whether you’re wearing leggings and sneakers or a dress and booties. This is probably my favorite coat, as evidenced by the many styles I hang in my closet.summer salt gorgeous cocoon coat and Bodden has a tailored version this season So chic.
I have Sezane’s denim pullover In summer, but it’s definitely perfect for fall. It’s thick and slightly oversized, so it’s perfect under dresses, sweaters or turtlenecks. You can also wear a vest over it.
shoes and boots
My fall shoe cabinet hasn’t changed much, just a few additions.I have my first choice Sam Edelman Loraine Loafers in the saddle, chunky heel ankle boots (half size up, 15% off with code JAK15), lace up shearling boots and My Blundstone Chelsea boots. I love My Converse is also suitable for autumn. For this season, I got into the clog trend, especially My ABLE Collaboration Slides and These high-heeled clogs with M. Gemi straps. I would love to try it too These Lug Sole Brown Leather Waterproof Boots But need to assess my wardrobe first.
I’m not one to follow trends, but I always appreciate the revival of styles that speak to me. There are a lot of fall trends that don’t work for me this season (chunky loafers, bright pink, oversized pants/jeans), but there are many that I like (updated prep, clogs, striped sweaters, maxi dresses/skirts). Here are some favorites and how I plan to incorporate them into my wardrobe.
I’ve seen a lot of mixed opinions on fall prep trends.I lean towards a more minimalist style like button drop and updated polo game This ribbed style from Faherty or this cashmere polo shirt. I also love seeing so many blazers, which are definitely a wardrobe staple for me, especially in classic navy or camel. My Favorite Loafers There must be an academic look to them too.
I really like the clog trend and I’m excited to see them making a comeback. My ABLE Collaboration Slides The clogs are more casual, very comfortable and perfect for everyday wear. M. Gemi Lace-Up Heeled Sandals Really fun and chic.
I’m pretty sure if I could go back in time and search my mom’s ’90s closet, there would have been some sweater vests there. I’m all for it and there are a lot of styles that I really like. I ordered this from Madewell and I’m following this from Sezane.
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