Fashion Must-Haves for the Fall Season

Clothing to Pick Up on Your Next Department Store Trip

The wardrobe transition from summer to fall can be tricky to navigate—especially for those of us who live in cooler climates. One day it’s blazing hot, and the next it’s a blistery fall day that leaves us shivering in our summer dresses. What’s a girl to do? Take this list with you next time you hit up the department store and you’ll leave completely fall-ready.

The first thing you need to pick up is the perfect blend of trend and functionality: a crimson colored tote bag. Why? As much as we love those few lingering summer days in September, they call for a quick place to stow away that scarf or jacket. Also, the straight-from-the-runway color will update any outfit you pair it with.

The next item I insist on picking up this Fall is a 60’s inspired pea coat. The runways of Milan were full of shift dresses and bold prints this year—so make sure your pea coat is anything but a drab black shade. Try a two-tone brown/black combo, or a brighter hue reminiscent of the autumn leaves. You’ll be in-tune with the retro vibe while keeping warm outside.

In keeping with the vintage theme this year, try a pair of full bell bottoms and pair them with a fitted, tucked in top. The bell bottoms are a god-send for those who struggle to balance out a larger bottom half. And forget hip-huggers—high-waisted styles are the way to go this season. Try them with a heel to elongate your legs and create a beautiful silhouette.

No fall wardrobe is complete without a pair of warm shoes, and there’s nothing like boots to keep your toes toasty. Don’t be shy with a little faux-fur trim this year—runways were teeming with these types of wilderness-inspired details. If fur isn’t your thing, you can never go wrong with a pair of classic leather riding boots—which, by the way, are a great item to pair with your summer dresses before it gets too cold.

Stock your closet with all of these items and you will be a fashion-diva ready to take on anything this fall. Happy shopping!