The air is becoming crisp (if you live in the northern hemisphere), the smell of cardamom floats on the wind (if you’re lucky enough to live near a bakery), and Starbucks has prepared their employees for the onslaught of post-pumpkin patch pickers flooding in for their seasonally-spiced latte fix (pro tip: they serve these drinks all year round, but it would feel wrong if you ordered one in July, wouldn’t it?). The point is, the autumn wardrobe is in full swing and the cardigans, the vests, the plaids, and the boots are finally at the forefront of our closets.
If you’re lacking inspiration for the season or are still holding onto those skirts and shorts, we’ve incorporated these go-to essentials into our Fall 2021 LookBook for every outfit you need this season:
Back to Black
1. All Black Button-Up
Let's be honest, black never goes out of style! Plus, combat boots can be easily paired with patterned skirts or dresses if you're creating more than one outfit from several of the same pieces (because aren't we all?).
2. Emily in Paris Vibes
You didn't think we were finished with leather, did you? A black beret with a black trench coat will have you looking as chic as ever. Valeria's wearing the Corinne Hand Chain for a little extra shine in this all black look.
3. Biker Gang Vibes
Pay attention to how Valeria tucks in this Frankie Shop tee to create a nice silhouette with this longer flowing Mango Slip Skirt. The high cowboy-style boots hit the perfect spot for this length of skirt and throwing a leather jacket overtop means that you mean business.
Tailored on Tailored
1. The Classic (but not basic) Autumn Turtleneck
Bring back that turtleneck because we're only getting started. Wide-leg denim shorts create another beautiful silhouette when paired with a form fitting shirt and tall brown boots.
2. Thrift this Fit
We love a good thrift haul. And in that recycling spirit, this outfit uses the leather jacket and mini Dior purse you'll remember from the Black to Back section, as well as the white button-down from the Leather Weather section.
3. Give Us More Shorts!
Not ready to commit to the full-on sweater vest? Here's the perfect alternative. We're re-using those Zara brown boots for this uniquely-pleated take on vests. Since this outfit is heavy on the creams and browns, add a pop of color in your bag and accessories.
White Shorts - Thrifted
White Button Down - Agne Gilyte
Vest - Sandro Paris, something similar @ Hudson's Bay
Boots (something similar) - ZARA
1. Pretty in Pleats
Love your skirts but also really want to lean into the fall footwear season? Here's an easy go-to for office or errands where we can pair our long skirts and turtlenecks with a shin-high boot.
2. Vintage Florals for Knits? Groundbreaking
Take a page right out of Harry Style's tour get-ups (did you see our HS Halloween costume?), and find browns and yellows in knits and leather. These brown leather pants can be mixed and matched to create unlimited fall outfits while this floral vest can be re-used in the summer, sans white button-up base layer.
3. Trenchcoat, meet shorts
Don't shove your shorts to the back of the closet just yet. Create a nice contrast between the long buttoned trench coat with a loose-fitting Bermuda short. You'll still qualify as 'in season' while secretly holding onto summer.
4. These (fall) Boots Were Made for Walking
You'll be comfy cozy in a knit shacket so keep those shorts for awhile longer. Pair it with a crossbody bag and almost knee-high boots for crisper autumn weather.
1. The OG Layer
Vests are the original layering pieces - and layering is your best friend in cooler weather. If skinny jeans are dead, what do I wear instead? Here's an option: these jeans are a wide-leg style which leaves room for slip-on loafers or sneakers. The vest underneath adds some color and texture while the trench coat is right on theme for the season.
Vest (something similar) - H&M
White Button Down - Agne Gilyte
Jeans - Paige
Loafers - Mango
Trench - vintage Dior, thrifted
Bag - Chanel
2. Button-down Bling
Choosing a longer button-down will accent the layers you create with a cropped vest. Choosing a bedazzled button-down will make sure there's an added head-turning detail in your outfit.
3. Prep School Patterns
Grab that turtleneck, grab those boots, and grab that blazer - we're not done with you yet! Take all three of these pieces from earlier outfits and throw a vest on underneath. It will change the outfit enough so it's not too similar to any outfit from earlier in the week. Try color co-ordinating your bag with the vest for a cheeky matching moment.
4. That 70's Vibe
Sweater vests, pleated vests, silk vests - these pieces are so versatile for fall and winter seasons because they come in so many different materials. On a warmer day, pair a lighter vest over a blouse with jeans and look totally chic while still dressed up for any occasion. If it's cooler out, easily throw a shacket or trench coat over this outfit.
Watch our fall styles in action in our 2021 Fall LookBook!
Check out more of our Outfit LookBooks for inspiration on your next killer fit!