Fun prints, cool colors, and dapper details will get your wardrobe off to a fresh start come September. The best part: No need to replace your entire closet—these will easily mix with your existing pieces.

By Gabrielle Porcaro
August 05, 2019
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Sadly, summer is coming to an end. Keep positive by focusing on fall being the best time of year to get dressed. Boots, sweaters, jackets, and layers keep us warm of course, but they also inspire us to be stylish. Shopping for this new season does not need to become daunting or expensive, though. Here is a simple and focused list of fall fashion ideas—like purple, plaid, and puffy sleeves—that will soon become your new favorites. 

Image courtesy of Nordstrom Rack.

1. Leopard

This classic yet fierce print is covering everything this season, including shoes, bags, coats, and skirts. A long cardigan is a flattering way to add this pattern to an existing outfit. Layer it over a solid white or black tee and jeans for a new go-to look.

Buy It: Sanctuary Up Camp Leopard Knit Cardigan, $24.97, Nordstrom Rack

Image courtesy of Old Navy.

2. Purple

All shades of this warm color—pale pastel to dark amethyst—are around. The deep tone of these comfortable and soft twill pants makes it easy to match with a white or a floral print. The cropped cut is flattering with your favorite pair of camel-color booties too. 

Buy It: Mid Rise Pixie Chino, $39.99, Old Navy

Image courtesy of Shien.

3. Plaid

Because we tend to live in our coats starting now, you might as well get a topper that makes a statement. Plaid always says quintessential fall, which is why everyone from high-end designers to affordable stores is turning to it. A bigger pattern in neutrals will complement your hats and scarves. (This no-sew blanket scarf is one of our favorites.) 

Buy It: Check Plaid Dual Pocket Coat, $16, Shein

Image courtesy of Uniqlo.

4. Puffy Sleeves

Arms are bringing some drama this season. Puffy sleeves of all sizes are showing up on blouses and button-downs. The best part about this detail that even the simplest tops, like this khaki one, become a statement piece

Buy It: Cotton V-neck ¾ Volume Sleeve Blouse, $29.90, Uniqlo

Image courtesy of Target.

5. Dark Florals

This print, usually reserved for spring and summer, is moody yet feminine. The dark tones and length give the skirt a romantic feel. Wear it with your favorite crew, V-neck, or turtleneck sweater for work or a fall gathering

Buy It: Floral Print Mid Rise Tiered A-Line Maxi Skirt, $29.99, Target

Image courtesy of H&M.

6. Oversized Knits

For those who refuse to sacrifice style for comfort, try this one on. Chunky turtlenecks, long cardigans, bulky V-necks—when it comes to sweaters, bigger is better. Try wearing oversize knits with wide-leg pants and over a collared shirt to keep the look from getting sloppy. Made from recycled polyester, this mock neck from H&M will be a feel-good purchase

Buy It: Knit Mock-Turtleneck Sweater, $34.99, H&M

7. Lace

This textured fabric can always be counted on to add romance and drama. Don’t feel guilty about buying a sleeveless top when the temperature is about to dip; when paired with a navy cardigan or blazer, this top works 12 months of the year. Plus, this tank is in another bold fall color to look out for: saffron. 

Buy It: Scalloped Lace Shell, $54.50, Loft

The best part of all these trends is that they are completely versatile. Dress them up for work or keep your look casual for the weekends. Whichever way your mood leans, all of these fall fashion essentials suit all occasions. 

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