Fall styling can be tricky for two reasons: your #ootd depends on the confusing transitional weather and/or you’re missing some essential items in your wardrobe. It’s easy to just settle for your favorite sweatpants and comfy tee. But, if you’re challenging yourself to put more effort into your style this season, here are some tips to keep in mind. Start with the basics, like a go-to top and bottoms. Then add on your layers and accessorize from there. Lastly, pick out a staple piece that can be worn with anything in your wardrobe.
This fall season is the perfect time to elevate your style, especially for those who may be heading back into the office for work. If you need some inspiration, the R29 Unbothered team is sharing our fall must-have items and the ways we love to style them. From the perfect pair of jeans to the perfect style of boots, we got you covered from head to toe.
Venesa Coger, Style & Culture Specialist
“My fall wardrobe is only complete with the perfect medium wash skinny jeans simply because they can be tucked smoothly into any of my knee-high boots. And when I do want to wear other shoes like loafers or sneakers, I can still manage to look sleek. I don’t mind investing in higher brand denim because I want them to last longer. It’s taken me years to find the right fit and style when it comes to jeans because I need them to always be comfortable, provide a good amount of stretch, and look flattering on my shape. Don’t listen to those TikToks dragging skinny jeans, they are here to stay.”
Maiya Carmichael, Social Coordinator
“Whether it’s a cardigan secured with a belt or a calf-length number with a high slit, a sweater dress is a must-have for the fall season. The sweater dress combines the ease and fluidity of your favorite summertime dress with the chicness of a sweater. And don’t get me started on it being one of the best layering pieces! Paired with Chelsea boots, an oversized blazer, or a scarf, a sweater dress is guaranteed to have you looking good and feeling better.”
Sandy Pierre, Branded Execution Specialist
“My fall must-have is a hoodie! No particular brand but Essentials Fear of God, has been my favorite brand lately. You can match a good hoodie with a pair of jeans, biker shorts, tights, or even skirts. I also love to class it up with blazers. Hoodies are super comfy and they keep you warm. Plus, they’re perfect for a casual day out.”
Christa Eduafo, Social Content Strategist
“My fall staple without a shadow of a doubt is an oversized blazer. I absolutely live for an oversized blazer moment, complete with shoulder pads. It elevates casual jeans and t-shirt outfits in a way no other layer can, and I simply enjoy it.”
Kathleen Newman-Bremang, Senior Editor
“My favorite thing about fall is the layers. Layers on layers on layers, baby! So, naturally, my fall must-have is the most important layer of all: the jacket. And since I am obsessed with teen TV shows, and teen content in general, I’m also very into varsity jackets that makes me feel like Vince Howard in Friday Night Lights (played by my future ex-husband, Michael B Jordan) or Jackson Marchetti (Kedar Williams-Stirling) in Sex Education. In fact, this season’s varsity jacket of choice is part of H&M’s collaboration with the UK Netflix series and it’s perfect. Its fit is relaxed, comfortable, and oversized. It’s warm enough for the cooling temps but not too warm. And its official Dolphins logo will make you feel like you’re walking straight to Moordale Secondary.”
Ineye Komonibo, Culture Critic
“Fall is the perfect time to pull your favorite boots out from the back of the closet, and for me, my go-to kicks for the cold(er) seasons are my dependable Dr. Marten 1460 Pascal Bex Boots. I’ve had these combat boots for years — that $160 sticker price is for a good reason — and they match every outfit no matter the vibe I’m going for. Even though they’ve gotten a little scuffed as a result of being out on these Brooklyn streets, my Docs are always the perfect edgy accent for my fall and winter wardrobe. They are effortlessly cool and comfortable. 10/10 would recommend.”
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