As temperatures plummet, skies darken, and the promise of festivities and holiday cheer loom in the distance, there comes a moment when you realize you can’t leave the house without something warm and cozy. Gone are the days — at least temporarily — of lightweight cardigans and breezy dresses. It’s time to embrace the best looks of the season, from the nubby knits that instantly comfort you to the plush fabrics that feel as good as your favorite fleece blanket.
While you start making plans for the months ahead and figuring out how to navigate your busy schedule, take some time to cultivate a comfortable wardrobe that will help you look and feel your best throughout the fall season. A few tweaks here and there will make all the difference when it gets truly chilly out there. No matter what your routine might bring, there’s a cozy companion to see you through it all in style. Here are a few essentials to keep in mind.
Nothing quite says fall like a timeless flannel shirt. It’s inherently casual — you’ll spot it everywhere from the farmers market on a brisk Sunday morning to the stands at a football game. Yet it’s also versatile enough to be worn in multiple ways, some of which are quite surprising given its off-duty, low-key nature.
Wear it with skinny jeans and a pair of booties and you’ve got yourself the ultimate fall ensemble perfect for any casual outing. Knot it over a knit dress and a pair of leggings and suddenly that flannel shirt looks a whole lot dressier. You can even try it with a fit-and-flare skirt, a pair of tights, and heels. Add a statement necklace and knot the shirt at your waist to pull it all together. The options are endless, which is why the flannel shirt is such a great investment for any wardrobe.
Talk about luxurious. The cashmere turtleneck is one of those undeniably perfect pieces you’ll treasure for its warmth and comfort. It’s the antithesis to the chunky knit sweater — sleek and stylish, timeless and beautiful, and perfect to wear in so many different and unexpected ways.
Dress up a pair of jeans with a touch of plush cashmere. Try a gorgeous jewel tone for a casual holiday party. Wear a Fair Isle style with crisp and tailored pants on workdays. Try a simple pattern or a neutral color on weekends. Cashmere is among the most practical materials for fall — it’s a transitional material that wears well throughout fall and layers under coats and jackets when it gets colder leading up to winter.
Oh, so chic! You’ve got plenty of options where cold-weather wear is concerned. Leggings lined with fleece feel lush against the skin and allow you to wear skirts and dresses throughout the season with ease. A pair of high-waisted pants is another alternative that you can wear just about anywhere.
There’s a fashionable slant that makes them even more appealing. Tuck a pretty blouse into the pants and step into a pair of low-profile pumps for a polished workday look. Pair them with a matching blazer to create a coordinated look that’s ideal for anything from meetings to interviews. Try them with a fitted long-sleeve top and a pair of wedge booties for lunch with the ladies or a dinner date.
As the days grow shorter and winter inches ever closer, you’ll need to add a few warmer essentials to your fall wardrobe. Thermal shirts are among the most practical and convenient options available for their enduring comfort. They’re perfect to layer beneath sweaters, and because they’re so sleek, you can even put them on underneath something more fitted, like a turtleneck.
Some styles are especially pulled together, giving you plenty of styling options. Try one with a floral pattern or an animal print for an eye-catching look that looks great peeking out beneath a cardigan. Look for a wide range of styles, from turtlenecks and crew necks to scoop necks and tank tops. Thermals lock in body heat, ensuring that you stay even warmer on those chilly days, and wick moisture from the skin so you remain fresh and dry.
Fall isn’t quite bulky coat weather, but if you want something that’s a little more pulled together than your usual anoraks and rain jackets, consider a denim jacket. It’s the ultimate casual piece — something you can wear in countless ways that helps you stay warm while adding a dose of timeless style to your look.
Denim jackets are available in various lengths, so consider that when determining how you plan to wear it. A shorter length that rests above the hips looks great layered over a long top. Or try it with a pair of wide-leg pants for a balanced look from head to toe. Longer lengths are great for ultra-casual looks. You can even throw your jean jacket on over a dress or a skirt to dress the look down just a bit.
You have plenty of options where your fall wardrobe is concerned. The key is to stick with pieces that elevate your comfort and help you stay as warm as possible throughout the season. They’ll help you feel and look your best no matter how cool it might be out there.