An essential wardrobe of a few basics will get you everywhere you want to go this fall. The right basics will fit together in various interesting combinations and can be dressed up or dressed down with a few accessories. The basics will take you from a board meeting to a dinner party with friends. You can attend a birthday, a picnic and an evening concert all in the same day, just by adding, subtracting and layering pieces.
Let’s start with the jacket. Whether you choose one of this fall’s boxy, cropped jackets or a classic blazer, it’s up to you to fit the pieces into your personal style. Just remember, pieces that are too trendy will look dated very quickly. A feminine, slightly fitted jacket is versatile over time. A cardigan or a pullover with interesting texture is another essential piece to own. Choose a neutral color.
A little black dress is the first item to own and the last word in attire for intimate soirees, festive gatherings and suddenly scheduled meetings. Little dresses are currently very popular, and an essential wardrobe will include one or two more in delicate prints.
The longer skirts this season include full skirts or fun, pencil skirts for a more svelte look, and trumpet skirts that flare at the hem for a bouncy street feel.
A pair of jeans that fits you perfectly is essential. Choose blue, black or white denim for the basic set. Another essential item is slim black pants.
The pieces that make everything else work start with a crisp, tailored white shirt, which can be layered under the jacket or sweater. A lace camisole will change the look of the jacket to evening. It can be worn alone over a skirt for a still more elegant feeling. Long-sleeved and short-sleeved t-shirts extend the options for office attire.
A big, bold statement necklace will set off any outfit you construct from your essential basics. Pair it with an oversized clutch bag for this season’s best look. Choose lighter, more delicate necklaces and a chain evening bag for a night on the town. Silk scarves can be worn with everything.
It’s essential for fall to have an ensemble of basics that feel good to wear. Choose a neutral color for the base, and it will be easy to mix and match everything. Finally, choose one crazy piece just for fun — just for you.