Is it just us, or has the summer dragged on for what feels like 1,000 years? We’re over the sweltering heat and the midday pit stains. We’re ready for apples, Halloween, changing leaves, and cute fall outfits.
After so long wearing the same tank tops, maxi dresses, and shorts, it’s sometimes tough to wrap your mind around how to craft cute outfits that involve layers, jackets, sweaters, and other fall staples. That’s where this guide comes in.
We’ve got 10 fall outfit ideas that combine classic fall looks with current trends (and our own spin on things!). You by no means have to take every word as scripture. Simply peruse our ideas and assimilate them with your own style and wardrobe.
Let’s get into it!
1. Summer Clothes with an Autumnal Feel
Not quite ready to pack away your favorite maxi dress or your denim mini skirt? Don’t fret! All you have to do is pair those things with accessories, jackets, or sweaters that will make them into a fall style.
For example, let’s say you can’t part with that denim mini skirt quite yet. Pair that with flannel leggings, ankle boots, and a slouchy long-sleeve for a casual look that’s Instagram ready.
You can also take that ruffled tank top that got you through those 90 degree days and pair it with a motorcycle jacket, black skinny jeans, and a beanie to give off a hipster-coffee-shop fall vibe.
2. Sweater Dresses
Let’s do a complete 180: from summer clothes to a full-on sweater dress. Sweater dresses are some of the easiest fall clothes to create an outfit with since it’s an outfit all by itself.
A cozy sweater dress combined with some tall fall boots and a messy bun screams “fall.”
3. Spice Up the Classics
When you think of classic “fall” clothes, you probably think of mom jeans, ankle boots, slouchy sweaters, and beanies. These are all fine and good, but why not switch it up a little?
Don’t take this as a hint to get rid of these staples. On the contrary, we think you should load up your closet with them. But don’t get a rut of the same colors, patterns, and styles.
Why not switch your brown ankle boots for some bright yellow ones? Why not try a cropped sweater instead of your classic oversized one? What about adding a large belt to your mom jean ensemble?
Do what you can to add a bit of (pumpkin) spice to these fall staples.
4. Thrift Shop Clothes Are In
Not all of us have the funds to completely remake our wardrobes with each new season. But just as our friends at Bonsai Finance point, there’s always a way to make the funds you have work for you and your goals.
That’s why it’s a relief to see that thrifting is not only a cheaper alternative to classic retailers, but it’s also trendy and “in” to shop at thrift stores. And, honestly, thrift stores have way better selections of classic fall staples like grandma sweaters, perfectly worn-in sweatshirts, and mom jeans.
You can also luck out and find designer clothes at a fraction of the price.
5. Turtlenecks and Jackets
Want a more specific tip? Pair a turtleneck with a jacket.
This layering technique will look sleek and sophisticated without much effort. We love the look of a tight black turtleneck with a blue jean jacket, but you can choose any color and material combination that suits you.
6. Fall Grunge
Fall grunge is what you think of when you picture someone covered with tattoos heading to a slam poetry night at their local coffee shop. Even if that description doesn’t fit you in the slightest, you can take some of those fashion ideas to create an awesome fall fashion moment.
Think flannels paired with ripped skinny jeans, Doc Marten boots, and clunky rings covering both hands. If you don’t think you can pull off this look in its entirety, try adding one of those elements to another outfit you have in mind.
7. Take a Risk: Capes
All of the fall looks we’ve gone over haven’t been too outside the box, so let’s add in a risque option for those who are daring fashionistas.
Capes and cape jackets were all over New York Fashion Week this year. These would be an awesome statement piece to add to a “going out” look or for a fancy work event.
You can make this couture look and every day one by looking for raincoat capes that also walked the runway this past fashion week.
8. Hoodies with Everything
Fall and hoodies go together like ice cream and hot fudge. They’re a must-have cozy addition to your wardrobe that doesn’t have to be limited to nights spend in with hot apple cider (although, a big oversized hoodie makes a night like that much better, doesn’t it?).
Hoodies can be layered under jackets, paired with leggings, jeans, and more. You can opt for your dad’s old college sweatshirt for a comfy day or find a high-fashion designer hoodie to make your look a bit more sophisticated.
9. Fall Suits
Are you ready for a Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally moment? Then you’re in luck: suits, especially 80s and 90s style suits, are back in. And not just for work, either.
Try throwing a plaid suit jacket on over a tailored shirt with blue jeans and heels for a sexy and chic look. Suit pants also can beef up a casual outfit.
10. Velvet Is In
And finally, we have velvet. It’s a perfect material for fall: soft, cozy, and usually in fall colors like maroon, black, and orange. Velvet pants, tops, and accessories are in right now, so pick some up for some awesome fall outfits.
10 Fall Outfit Ideas: Wrapping Up
Like we said earlier, these fall outfit ideas are just that: ideas. Use these ideas as inspirations for your own outfits, style, and fall aesthetic.
We’ve got loads more of fashion and style advice if you are still feeling stuck after this long summer. Check it out on our blog!