Last Tuesday we went over 10 fall trends, today we are going to look at 14 fall staples.
What is a staple?
A staple is a piece that is considered classic that will never go out of style; they are the foundation of every wardrobe. While staples may look different in certain places, the ones I have listed are pretty much universal.
Now, because we are talking about staples and foundational pieces, we will follow my rule: save on trendy, splurge on classic so these pieces will be quality and a little bit pricier.
All of these pieces mentioned should complete an entire, case in point… staples, when you mix and match these staples, you will have a complete outfit.
Let’s get started: fall staples:
What’s the one thing you reach for on a cool fall day when it’s raining and you still want to look chic and put together ? A trench coat.
Now you cannot mention trench coat without mentioning Burberry. Their trench coat is the most coveted and it’s on my luxury wish list.
The coat is so beautifully made and it will last you a lifetime. While Burberry does keep up with the trends as far as colors, embellishments and fit, it will always sell and have its Heritage camel colored trench coat.
2. Camel coat
What is the next thing you think of when coats and fall come into play? A classic camel coat. My current one is from J Crew and I am in the market for another one, a dressier coat.
3. The Classic Black Coat
The Pea Coat, more importantly, the black pea coat. Next to the camel colored coat, the black pea coat is classic, it will never go out of style.
Turtlenecks are sexy, I don’t care what anyone says, they are. Anywhoo…turtlenecks are everywhere, they can be chunky or they can be like a second skin. You have tall turtlenecks and you have mock turtlenecks. The best part about the second skin turtleneck, is layering, you can wear one under a blazer, a coat, or a duster. For an edgier look you can put one under a dress. You also have sleeveless turtlenecks, ¾ sleeve turtlenecks, and long sleeve turtlenecks and I am happy to report that I have all 3.
5. Black boots
What is more classic than a black coat? A pair of black boots. Now the heel height is up to, but if you are going for classic stick with 2-3 inches. You have ankle boots, right below the knee boots, knee high boots, and thigh high boots. Now, you cannot mention classic boots and not mention the 50/50 Stuart Weitzman boots. He makes them every season, sticking with the camel and black, and then based on trend he will make them in different colors. Again, the type of boot is up to you but for a staple stick with ankle boots.
Style tip: ankle boots go with everything; you can a pair them with a pencil or mini skirt. You can also pair these boots with a baby doll dress. If you’re not a dress girl grab your favorite pair of skinny jeans or relaxed fit and tuck them into your boots.
6.Fall Staple: Sweater dress
If I don’t have on a turtleneck during fall, I will probably have on a sweater dress. Sweater dresses can be worn in so many ways and worn with many things that it has quickly became a classic. Every year designers make sweater dresses, and they either sell out or do very well. I love fashion, but I also love easy. Put on a sweater dress, and you are ready to go.
I have a couple and my newest one drags on the floor, lol, there is something so over the top about that, and I love it. For fall and winter this will more than likely be in a sweater material.
Stick with your neutral colors : cream, black, grey, oatmeal, tan, etc.
8. Dark wash jeans
Now, while I don’t wear pants, I do know a good pair of jeans when I see them. Dark wash jeans will always be classic, they look good on everyone and they are easy to style.
Style tip: dark wash jeans, ankle boots, cami, duster, stud earrings, top knot, and a cross body, you are ready to go. If you get cold easy add a scarf, you’d be surprised how warm you’d be if you cover your chest.
9. Pull over sweater
I just counted. I have 8 J Crew Tippi pullover sweaters, and I’m sure I’ll collect more, but the pullover sweater will always be in. 4/3 sleeves, short sleeves, and long sleeves, they come in all lengths and all colors.
Style tip: pair it will a pencil skirt, stud earrings, a clutch, and then wear flats or kitten heels.
Trousers: Pair it with high waisted trousers, this will give the illusion of of longer legs. Pair it with pearl studs and a matching necklace, then thrown on a trench coat for a rainy day and then the camel coat for a chilly day.
Jeans: Pair it with dark wash jeans, ankle boots, a camel colored coat, and a pair of studs earrings.
10. Black tights
I HATE tights, pantyhose, whatever you call them. Yall know I don’t wear pants, but I loathe pantyhose, especially the control top; I feel like I will die. My legs have pretty much-gotten use to the cold weather, but for you ladies who want some coverage during fall and winter a classic black pair of pantyhose will do the trick.
You can take it a step further and get a pair with designs to jazz up your outfit.
11. Pencil skirt
The pencil skirt is a staple in my closet year-round, but people tend to wear pencil skirts in fall and winter because of the material they are made of; plus, when it’s warm, people don’t want their clothes clinging to them. For fall and winter, you will probably see wool, tweed, and sweater pencil skirts.
12. Fall Staple: Crossbody
The top handle is my favorite, but the crossbody is classic as well. Why? It’s cold, and you want to keep your hands in your pockets, where they will be warm. Not to mention a crossbody will keep your hands free when you are out and about.
13. A simple necklace or pair of earrings
Yall know I love a good statement necklace or statement earrings, I consider them staples in my closet, but many people don’t. Elegant and straightforward jewelry will always be in.
Decide if you like silver or gold and then look for something simple that will go with anything and can be worn everyday.
14. Fall Staple: Wrap dress
Lastly, the wrap dress.
And you cannot mention wrap dresses without talking about Diane Von Furstenberg. While her dresses are not cheap, they are beautifully made and classic.
The wrap dress is a staple because it looks good on all body types, and they are so easy to style. Many wrap dresses are made with a jersey knit, so it also makes them easy to travel with, perfect for the women on the go or for women who travels a lot.
These dresses are typically thin so they can be layered as well.
That’s it; a list of all the fall staples that you will need. Which fall staple do you already have in your closet? Are you missing any?
With class and grace,
Mya – Karren