One of my most popular blog posts each year is my Fall Wardrobe Essentials, so today I’m posting an updated list for 2022. I publish a post like this every year around this time, and while our fall wardrobe essentials don’t change a lot from year to year, sometimes you want to update it with fresh, new fall wardrobe essentials, and as always, you should consider your personal style as well as your lifestyle and your fall wardrobe needs when reading this list. My fall wardrobe essentials may not be the same as yours, but this should be a good starting point for most of you, so here is my updated fall wardrobe essentials list for 2022:
Base layers are the tops you layer under cardigans and jackets, but they can also be worn alone. Think plain t-shirts, white button-up shirts, woven shells, even thin sweaters if you live in a colder climate. (The T Shirt above is perfect as a layering piece. Available in 20 colors, starting at $11.89)
Transition Tops & Sweaters
These are the stand-alone tops that you need in your fall wardrobe. Think lightweight sweaters, graphic tees, blouses with fun sleeves, etc. They usually have more details than your base layers, and they are interesting enough to wear without a top layer although they can sometimes double as base layers. (The graphic tee above is a great transition top for the season. Available in 19 different designs)
I wear jeans almost daily throughout the fall season, so I have a variety of styles and washes, but even if you only wear jeans on weekends and the occasional date night, a great fitting pair of jeans is a wardrobe item almost every woman should have in her closet. Denim styles are in transition right now, so there is a little bit of everything. Straighter, more relaxed silhouettes are definitely here to stay, and flares are coming in strong this season as well as a mix of cropped and full-length styles, and mostly medium or light washes, but faded black washes are also big right now. (The jeans above are a straight leg, mid rise jeans with a comfortable fit. Available in 24 sizes)
If you work in a professional environment or just don’t care to wear jeans every day, then you will need a few pairs of pants to mix and match with the tops in your wardrobe, such as a basic pair of black trousers as well as a pair of khaki and dark navy pants too. (The black trousers above can go from a business meeting to a causal dinner with friends. Comes in 4 colors and 5 sizes)
My favorite part of fall fashion is the layering options. When the cooler temperatures start to set in, that’s the time to bring out your leather jackets, blazers, denim jackets, and cardigans. Leather jackets are fun for date nights and for toughening up those feminine blouses and dresses, blazers and cardigans are nice for the office and for throwing on over a tee or tank with your favorite blue jeans on the weekend, and denim jackets and utility jackets are perfect for wearing over dresses and with colored pants and jeans. (The blazer above is perfect for layering over a button down blouse for the office or over a graphic tee for a weekend lunch with friends. Comes in 4 colors and 8 sizes)
Fall is when I break out my boots, and ankle boots are still going strong this year. They look great with every style of denim as well as dresses and skirts, but of course styles will vary based on the current trends and your preferences. (The ankle boots above are faux suede and would go well with jeans, leggings, dresses or skirts. Comes in 4 colors and 8 sizes)
Sneakers are a fashion item that is here to stay! From athletic styles to slip-ons and every sneaker style in-between, sneakers are still definitely on trend and there are plenty of different styles, textures, patterns, and colors to choose from. (The fashion sneakers above are a causal walking shoe that will complement any causal weekend outfit. Comes in 5 solid colors, 2 prints and 9 sizes)
When you are tired of sandals, but you aren’t ready to break out the boots, or even as an alternative to sandals and boots, a versatile transition shoe is a life saver. Think loafers, ballet flats, mules, etc. and speaking of ballet flats, they are making a comeback this year, but loafers are still very much on trend, and clogs are also a trending this season and with so many options, there’s definitely something for everyone. (The quilted ballet flat above is a great transition shoe that goes from the office to a causal date night. Comes in 2 colors and 8 sizes)
I’m not much of a dress girl, but I still like to have one or two in my closet for each season. In the fall, I like transitional styles that you can wear now with bare legs and open shoes or booties and continue wearing with tights and boots when the temperatures drop and the dress trends at the moment are florals grounded on dark backgrounds, and lots of volume and ruffles. (The floral print dress above is causal V-neck dress that’s perfect for an evening out or Sunday brunch. Comes in 3 prints and 5 sizes)
A fabulous handbag for the season is always a great accessory. If you are going to carry one main handbag all season, go for a neutral like taupe or cognac. Black is nice to have too, but it can be harsh and isn’t as versatile as a lighter neutral. If you gravitate towards warmer tones, you may prefer a cognac or a warm beige handbag. I like to have some of each, but it’s not necessary to change out your handbags with every outfit to be chic and stylish. To each her own! (The crossbody handbag above is great for any fall outfit and any occasion. Comes in 5 colors)
Finally, don’t forget to update your accessories for the season. In the summertime, like to keep my accessories to a minimum because it’s so hot, but as the temperatures start to cool down, I start to bring out my scarves and heavier jewelry and although scarves are not trending so much this season, it’s always appropriate to break out your knit scarves to add to your outerwear when it gets cold outside and jewelry trends right now are layered looks and link styles, and gold seems to be the primary metal, although I like to have a mix of gold and silver in my wardrobe. The layered necklace above would look great with any color mock turtleneck, t-shirt or blouse. Also comes in silver)
Okay, that’s a wrap! I hope this post has been helpful as you try to figure out what your fall wardrobe essentials are going to be this season and until next week, be happy, healthy, and beautiful!
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