My Fall Closet Staples

Easy Fall Wardrobe Essentials

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Our big annual weekend at my day job is happening right now, so I didn’t get this post up yesterday because of a late night Thursday and a lack of planning head last weekend :) As you may have noticed, the normal Friday post didn’t go up–I’m going to try something different where I switch Friday Things to every other week because it’s felt really weird to have that series be literally every third post now that I’m posting three times a week instead of five. My list of content ideas has been growing and it quickly became apparent that not only were the Friday posts getting shorter (since I spent less time surfing the internet some weeks than others), but it was limiting to feel constrained to that series once a week. I’ll probably continue to talk about my weeks + upcoming weekend but will just be transitioning to “normal” posts every other Friday. Anyway, hopefully this new format works out–let me know if you have any feedback!


Before we dive into today’s post, I wanted to thank everyone for the sweet comments, tweets/DMs, texts, etc. following Wednesday’s post. It sounds like a lot of people can relate to that feeling of doing something because you feel like you have to, not because it’s the right decision for you. Just one of the challenges life throws at us!

I also mentioned on Wednesday that a blog rebrand and redesign are going to happen really soon, so a little update on that: it’s going to include a long overdue name change (for the better!) and a new site design. I’ll share more soon but posts may be a little lighter–it’ll depend on how much I get done this Sunday :)–and there may be a “we will be right back” splash page when you visit the website next weekend. The hope is to have it up and running by the 30th but it’s not always easy to plan with technical things so a heads up in case the transition period is a bit rocky. Can’t wait to share!!


Onto today’s post with ten easy fall outfit essentials…basically these are items I personally wear on repeat all fall long…I guess you could say they’re almost a capsule wardrobe but I do wear other stuff too (despite taking pride in having a well-edited closet, I don’t think capsule wardrobes will ever be my thing.) If you’re looking to pick up a few new things for the season and don’t have some of the below, I’d highly recommend them…they’ve served me well over the past few years!

ONE // BARBOUR JACKET: I got the Bedale in olive about two years ago (mine was from Nordstrom and the smallest size they carry is a 34, which I got…it’s pretty roomy and I could have gone smaller but it was on sale and I like being able to layer/have some outerwear that’s looser) and thanks to a trip to the Barbour Clearance Center this summer, also picked up the Beadnell in navy and the Quilted Beadnell in black (they were 50% off when we went and are usually at least 30% off–if you’re ever in the area, go!). I can’t say enough good things about the quality and workmanship…there’s a reason they’re a royal favorite.

TWO // BEAN BOOTS: I’ve gone on and on about my Bean Boots but they really are a fall staple around here–here’s how to know what pair to get for yourself! I am also OBSESSED with this tartan-lined pair.

THREE // VESTS: Anyone else love wearing vests? I have a fleece one (a more basic version of this) and a quilted one that’s unfortunately sold out but this one is very similar and is fleece lined! Size down with L.L. Bean–I’m an XS and still have room for light layers underneath.

FOUR // BLACK SKINNY WORK PANTS: There a lot of versions of these–like the Everlane ones–I have a couple older ones from J.Crew and they’re basically my go-to for work. I like that they pair well with sweaters and nicer tops (including flannels!) and can be easily dressed up or down. Factory’s version is on major sale right now! I’d typically recommend sizing down for most pants in this style.

FIVE  // PULLOVER: I’m literally not going to go into this because I feel like I don’t shut up about it but the L.L. Bean Sweater Fleece Pullover is the one thing you need this season. It’s insanely cozy and also washes well…the fleece lining doesn’t thin out with wear, which is rare and a huge plus. I have both a medium and a large–size up if you have any doubts. It’s also available in men’s!

SIX // SIMPLE CRENWNECK SWEATER: Another office go-to…a simple crewneck sweater that probably won’t surprise you given the aforementioned cashmere crewneck. I just got this 525 America one from Tuckernuck and it’s 20% off through tomorrow, and also really like the Tippi sweater.

SEVEN // PLAID SCARF: Plaid scarves are typically my go-to when it gets cold enough because they’re the perfect pattered accessory for a otherwise solid or striped outfit. I love the ones from Barbour and L.L. Bean makes a nice one, too!

EIGHT // CREWNECK CASHMERE SWEATERS: If you’ve been following along for awhile, you probably know that I love cashmere. It can be pricey, so I buy most of it at a very steep discount and have tried my fare share of brands in the hunt for a good deal. My two favorites are Halogen’s (Nordstrom’s in-house brand) and Lord & Taylor’s–both are great quality for the price and have hand-washed well, too. A heads up that Lord & Taylor often marks their basic styles down to around $40-50 on Black Friday!

NINE // FRAME JEANS: I was a Rag & Bone high rise skinny jean loyalist (unfortunately I haven’t been able to find the exact pair I have two of, but it’s similar to this one) but then tried FRAME’s Le Skinny Jeanne and they became my new favorite. Size down (they feel snug at first, but stretch to fit…not stretch in a saggy way)–I’m usually a 26 but am really happy I went with a 25 in this style. They’re stretchy, a great length, hold up so well, and come in a ton of colors.

TEN // BASIC LONG-SLEEVE TEE: Arguably the most boring thing ever to include on a list, but these are definitely part of “fall essentials” because I wear plain long-sleeve tees tucked into skirts for work and under sweaters throughout the fall and winter. J.Crew makes a great budget-friendly one that comes in tons of colors. And obviously, so does Factory. Size up–I typically find this style to run small.

ELEVEN // FRYE BOOTS: Apparently the ‘Melissa Button Boot’ got an upgrade this season and I can’t speak to the new version, but my pair from 3.5 years ago is still holding up strong! The calf circumference on the regular version worked well for me but it’s on the narrow side and most boots end up being too loose around for me–I know people who said the “wide” version felt more “average.”

TWELVE // FLANNEL: Unsurprisingly, my favorite flannel comes from L.L. Bean–if you want a more feminine cut (similar to the style of J.Crew’s variety), go with the “slightly fitted” version. I have both a medium and a small…the medium is good for wearing with leggings, and the small is my preference otherwise.


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