2021 Fall Wardrobe Essentials

It is absolutely my favorite time of year. The leaves are about the change. The mornings are cooler, and the clothing of the season always makes me feel a little less frumpy. I believe summer was made for the 6'2" bombshells. I want to be them someday, but I'm 5'2"(ish) and this pear shaped body loves oversized everything and boots. If your stuck and wondering what is going to be in this fall, or you just need to fill out your wardrobe a bit this guide will get you started in the right direction.

1. Boots

Ankle boots are still trending for 2021, and we’re seeing a lot of Chelsea boots and lug soles, but fashion boots still have their place. Western-inspired styles are also having a moment this season. Combat boots and dresses or skirts are really making a comeback.

Very G Conquest Combat Boots

2. Jeans

When getting dressed in the morning, nine times out of ten, I reach for a pair of jeans. They work well for my casual lifestyle, and I find them most comfortable. Because I wear them so much, I like to have a variety of styles and washes. But even if you only wear jeans on weekends and the occasional date night, a great fitting pair of jeans is a wardrobe item almost every woman should have in her closet.

Denim trends are in transition right now, but I’m seeing a little bit of everything. I recommend wearing the style(s) that looks best on you and experiment with the newer trendy cuts if you enjoy doing so. Straighter, more relaxed silhouettes are getting more popular, and I’m seeing a mix of cropped and full length styles. Skinny jeans still have their place, but I recommend mixing it up to stay current. Also, consider adding a lighter wash to your lineup, if you haven’t already.

Kancan High Rise Light Wash Jeans


In my opinion, there’s nothing better to top off a great pair of jeans than a soft, cozy sweater. If you wear a lot of sweaters, as I do, you’ll probably want a variety of colors and styles to choose from. Pullovers are super easy to throw on and go, but cardigans allow you to layer and accommodate a variety of temperatures. This fall, neutrals are still hot, hot, hot.

I’m seeing more shorter, cropped sweaters that are great for pairing with high rise jeans, but there are plenty of traditional lengths available as well. Also, consider adding a sweater vest to your closet this fall. They’re very much on trend.

Mustard Mélange Balloon Sleeve Sweater

4. Base Layer

Base layers include anything from tanks and tees, to camis and blouses, and even thin sweaters if you live in a colder climate. Most of these can play double duty — wear them alone with a skirts or jeans for now, and then add a completer piece when the weather cools down. Here in Missouri, it can be downright hot well into October, so I often wear short-sleeved tees and tops with a completer piece (denim jacket or cardigan) on top until it gets cold enough for chunky sweaters.

I make sure to have a few basic t-shirts in different solid colors and stripes, as well as some blouses and camisoles. Prints are fun, and a nice way to inject some personality into your outfits. I also like to have a good variety of classic crewneck, turtleneck, and V-neck sweaters that work well as base layers under moto jackets when it gets chilly.


5. Completer Pieces

My favorite part of fall fashion is all the layering options. When the cooler temperatures start to set in, that’s the time to bring out all of your cute moto jackets, blazers, denim jackets, and cardigans!

Cropped Washed Denim Jacket

Moto jackets are fun for date nights and for toughening up those feminine blouses and dresses, cardigans are nice for the office and for throwing on over a tee or tank with your favorite blue jeans on the weekend, and denim jackets and utility jackets are perfect for wearing over dresses and with colored pants and jeans. Take into account your life and personal style when deciding which styles make the most sense for your wardrobe. I generally like to have more structured pieces, but I also really like a cute bomber jacket.

6. Fashion Sneakers

Fashion sneakers have become a huge trend as of late, thanks to Golden Goose  and Gucci, but there are lots of lower priced brands with great looking sneakers that are also excellent quality. I prefer leather, especially in the winter because they tend to be more weather proof, but suede and canvas styles can be lighter and cooler on the foot. Patterns and prints are a fun way to add interest to an outfit, but there’s always a place for a classic white leather sneaker.

Grey Holly Loafer

7. Non-Denim Pants

If you work in a professional environment or just don’t care to wear jeans every day (I can’t imagine!) then you will need a few pairs of pants to mix and match with the tops in your wardrobe. And let’s face it, some days are made for leggings or joggers.

Sage Joggers



8. The Right Palette

The right makeup palette can change your life. Like this one from Zoeva. Rich caramel tones to go with all your fall fashion.

Zoeva Caramel Mélange Eyeshadow Palette

9. All Occasion Dresses

I’m not much of a dress girl, but I still like to have one or two in my closet for each season. In the fall, I recommend transitional styles that you can wear now with bare legs and open toe booties, and continue wearing with tights and boots (and maybe a layer on top) when the temperatures drop. Trends at the moment are florals grounded on dark backgrounds, which I love for fall, and animal prints, of course; but a solid dress in a rich fall shade is always a classic.


Dot Print Midi Dress

10. Neutral Handbags

A fabulous handbag for the season is always a great accessory. If you’re going to carry one main handbag all season, I recommend going for a neutral like taupe or cognac. Black is nice to have too, but it can be harsh and isn’t as versatile as a lighter neutral. Think about your footwear and choose a neutral tone that goes with most of your shoes and boots. I tend to wear a lot of cool colors like grey, plum, burgundy, and blush; so if I could only choose one handbag, I’d go with grey or taupe. If you gravitate to warmer tones, you may prefer cognac or a warm beige. I like to have some of each, personally, but it’s not necessary to change out your handbags with every outfit to be chic and stylish. To each her own!

Caramel Designer Handbag

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