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How to Style Fall Basics

Instead of a "here's what I'm wearing this Fall" type of post (because let's be honest, no one is buying a new wardrobe each season!), let's work with items that are absolute staples in the fall. These may be items you've recently gotten or items that need to be dusted off a bit.

I'm all about comfort and cozy as soon as the air gets a little chilly. That's not to say I don't like to spice things up once in awhile, but as a mom who leaves the house for the rare meeting, but mostly for story time or playdates, I rely on a pretty versatile closet. Staple pieces that can be mixed and matched, worn a variety of ways, and that are pretty darn neutral and timeless.

So here are my basics:

  • Knit Pullover Sweater

  • Long sleeve Blouse

  • Wrap Top (or other nicer long sleeve top)

  • Skinny Jeans

  • Dark Bootcut jeans

  • Denim Skirt

It seems pretty bleak - but I have a few options of each type of staple. That way, on any given day, I can mix and match my outfits without having to put too much thought into it. Not to get mathematical on you, but the number of possible outcomes is pretty darn high.

Styling a Pullover Sweater

Easily my favorite fall staple is a comfy knit pullover sweater. The good thing is, they come in every shape, size, color, pattern, and fit. Again, I like neutrals so I stuck with a pretty timeless pullover with nautical-style stripes.

Pair with your favorite skinny jeans and booties for an everyday look. This combo is on repeat. It's my fall #momiform in all honesty. Or, pair it with a denim skirt and a cute pair of boots for brunch or even a casual date night.

A fun, versatile sweater that can be worn 2 ways is a great way to get more mileage out of a sweater. These twist-front surplice tops are fun and sexy (if that's what you're going for!). Wear a plunging V-cut sweater or turn it around for a boatneck top with some back detail.

Styling a Blouse

There are few things that make me feel "put together" as much as a lightweight blouse. Especially during early fall, I love a linen or cotton blouse paired with boyfriend denim and flats. Tuck, tie, or let it flow - there's no wrong way to go. Elevate a simple white button down and denim with a trendy bag or fun shoes. OR break the "rules" and go for white after Labor Day (whhhhhaat?!) Yes. I love fall & winter whites.

Style white pants with a light blouse (or cozy sweater) to make white seasonally appropriate.

Styling a Wrap Top

I used to shy away from wrap tops because I didn't think they were flattering on me. Boy was I wrong. I love how they look! The natural ruching of the wrap is slimming and I like a V-neck top (as long as it's not too low).

A casual wrap top can be paired with a denim skirt and boots for a fun day-date, brunch with the girls, or day-to-night on the town. This look is a winner for the odd transition into fall when you still want a little skin to show, but not enough to make you cold once the sun goes down.

A dressier wrap top that is patterned or textured (hellloooo silk or velvet!) completely spices up a pair of flare or bootcut jeans for date night or a girl's night out. I love the simplicity of neutrals and denim but mixed with a fun texture, pattered shoe, or something to liven it up.

Like I said, the possibilities are endless with just a few closet staples. But these are some favorites that will be on repeat as we bid adieu to summer and welcome fall and pumpkin everything into our lives!


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