More than any other retail season, I find that Fall is a great time to refresh or replenish wardrobe basics. To me, “basics” are those no-nonsense pieces that become the workhorses in my wardrobe. I’m always on the lookout for simple pieces in lightweight layers. And now, a little color too.
Fall Wardrobe Basics
Your style, lifestyle, and climate will often determine what your “basics” are. Ideally, they’re pieces that work together, don’t require a lot of fuss to style, and feel appropriate for your day-to-day activities. (My lifestyle is mostly casual these days, but I still want to look put-together.)
The Striped Tee
A good striped tee is one of the most adaptable tops in my wardrobe. It’s not always easy to find the right cut and colors, but this one from Madewell ticks the boxes. Above, in a Mahogany stripe (which I picked up over the weekend.)
The Easy Cardigan
I find it’s good to have at least one of these in my seasonal wardrobe…a no-brainer cardigan I can throw on as I’m heading out the door, and not worry that it’s going to fight with the rest of my outfit. Above, this longer cardigan of “responsible” merino wool has an elegant drape, and can easily layer underneath a coat when needed. I’ve shown a cool green “Hemlock” color above but it’s offered in several colors in Misses, Petites and Plus.
For a more budget-friendly option, this soft cardigan (in Misses and Plus sizes) is well reviewed (though reviewers suggest to size down). Multiple colors offered, and there’s also a fun striped version.
The Lightweight Jacket
My current search criteria: a solid neutral color, NOT black, and an indoor-outdoor style that’s NOT a blazer.
I have this “vegan suede” jacket on order and have my fingers crossed the color is as it looks here. If so, it should go with just about anything in my Spring palette. For those with cooler palettes, it’s also offered in a gorgeous “Duchess” blue. Offered in Regular sizes up to 22, Petites up to 18P.
If you prefer a little more structure, here’s a band-collar jacket in a cool burgundy hue. This is a little more polished than an anorak or field jacket, but just as versatile. Offered in Misses, Petites, Plus, and Petites Plus, also in a pretty aqua color.
For that “left bank artist” vibe, this longer button front jacket (with nice big pockets!) is 100% cotton and sustainably made in the E.U. Other colors available too.
Unstructured but elegant, this wool shawl collar jacket is offered in three colors and can dress up or down.
What are your fall wardrobe basics?