6 Essential fall wardrobe items
September is upon us – have you updated your wardrobe in honor of the new season yet? If you're still hanging on to the last of summer and have yet to embrace fall, we're here to inspire you with all the fabulous fashions autumn has to offer. Stock your wardrobe with our top fall fashion picks.
High heel loafers
This fall, the humble loafer is going upscale – and up a few inches. We love this new take on the old, casual standby so much that we're poised to pick up a few pairs, which are perfect for wearing with anything from pencil skirts to trousers. Just try not to fall in love with this pretty pair (J. Crew, $265) with a stacked heel and exterior platform. They come in several hues including black, warm brown, taupe and henna (a rich red).
What's old is new – and stylish – again this fall with a focus on fashions from the 1960s, in particular, all things mod. We're partial to mod dresses, as seen on celebs from Michelle Williams to Hailee Steinfeld – a fun and flirty way to say hello to a new season. Get the best of two top trends with this 1960s-inspired polka dot print shift dress (Asos.com, $82), with a scoop neckline and full length sleeves.
It seems like every designer is mad for plaid this season and we can't blame them. This classic pattern looks eye-catching on anything from bags and jackets to skirts and shoes, so we suggest trying on something tartan for fall. Keep your essentials close at hand in this cute plaid Rag & Bone clutch (Shopbop.com, $325) featuring solid leather panels over classic wool plaid.
Ruffle collar blouse
Add a feminine twist to the everyday blouse by wearing one with ruffles – a delicate feature shaping up to be a fall fashion mainstay. Pair this Alice + Olivia silk ruffle front blouse (Bloomingdales, $286) with skinny black trousers and the aforementioned high heel loafers for a polished, poised and pretty look that can easily take you from the office to after-work drinks.
Snakeskin has been a style staple for a while now, but this season in particular it's made quite a splash. And not just any snakeskin – we're talking about sleek, serpentine looks in bright, bold hues that are sure to turn heads. Check out this pair of psychedelic-hued Jeffrey Campbell snakeskin wedge lace-up heels (Urban Outfitters, $148). While not for the faint of heart, they do offer a prime example of the new eye-popping snakeskin trend.
Crew neck sweater
Sweaters are an easy-wearing fall fashion must and this season it's all about the crew neck. Slouchy, cropped, slim fitting and everything in between, as long as it has a crew neck, it has a place in your closet when the temperature drops. We love this simple gray cable knit style (Madewell, $98) that's just as cozy as it is stylish.