Dressing for every day of the week can be a huge challenge, especially in the fall when heavy layering gets involved. I’ve always found that mixing cozy and tailored pieces is the easiest way to look put-together for moments when I need to transition from work to an evening dinner. With cooler temperatures under way and new fall pieces dropping daily, it’s time to fill out your fall work wardrobe with staple yet fashion-forward items. Scroll ahead to get my essentials of the season.
1. Trench Coat
One of the fastest solutions to looking more professional is to throw on a classic coat, such as a trench. I love that I can be wearing the most casual outfit and it’ll look instantly dressed up with a chic trench and heels.
Balmain Blazer (wearing a US 0, also here, better for budget) | Gucci Belt (also here, wearing a size 70, read my ‘Gucci Belt Size Guide’ HERE) | Gucci Marmont Velvet Bag (similar here) | B.P. Black Tee (wearing an XS) | Topshop Black Denim (wearing a 24 – runs TTS) | Kendall + Kylie Black Booties (sold out, similar here) | Celine Sunglasses (better for budget here)
The blazer is not only the best lightweight outerwear piece to wear at the start of fall, but it’s a time-tested staple that’s so easy to mix and match with pieces you already own. Plus, blazers often come in so many different colors, cuts, and fabrics, making it easy to switch things up.
Balmain Blazer (wearing an FR34, better for budget here) | ASTR The Label Black Cutout Turtleneck | Blank Denim Faux Leather Pants (wearing a 24 – runs TTS) | Nike Cortez Sneakers | New Era NY Hat | Quay Sunglasses | Prada Cahier Bag
3. Fitted Turtleneck
A formfitting turtleneck sweater is an essential piece for layering. Whether you prefer to wear yours layered underneath a dress or tucked into trousers, they’re great for more conservative office settings and will definitely keep you warm.
Abercrombie Striped Shirt (wearing an XS) | Levi’s White Jeans (wearing a 24 – run TTS) | Nordstrom Silver Necklace | Christian Louboutin Heels (better for budget here) | Saint Laurent College Bag (exact color sold out)
4. Button-Down Shirt
I don’t think there’s anything more classic than a simple button-down shirt. You’ll always be able to create effortless yet polished looks with this one piece. Although white is the most traditional option, don’t be afraid to test out bold animal prints this season.
September kicks off sweater season, which is something I can never really have enough of. I always keep a stash of various silhouettes on hand from cardigans to basic crewnecks and chunky pullovers. They work over everything and are a great way to transition summer dresses to fall.
Revolve White Crop Top (wearing an XXS) | Lovers & Friends White Pants (wearing an XXS – runs large, size down) | Hermes Belt (wearing a 75 – in Fauve/Noir, also here and here) | Gucci Dionysus Bag (mini size) | Ego Perspex Heels (go by UK sizing) | Tom Ford Sunglasses (better for budget here)
6. White Trousers
I’ve been obsessed with white trousers lately. They’re such a fresh alternative to black slacks and look great with other neutrals and rich brown tones. My favorite pair consists of a high-waist and oversized, wide legs!
Cole Haan Camel Coat (sold out, similar here) | ASTR The Label Black Cutout Turtleneck | Blank Denim Faux Leather Pants (wearing a 24 – runs TTS) | Gucci Marmont Velvet Wallet On Chain (similar here and here) | Christian Louboutin So Kate Leopard Heels (better for budget here) | Saint Laurent Sunglasses (better for budget here)
7. Leather Pants
When you start getting tired of your usual office uniform, grab a pair of faux leather pants to shake it up. It’s one of the few pieces that look great in the office, on a date, or on the weekends. Just style it as you would traditional black trousers and slip on printed pumps with a statement coat.
Free People Chunky Knit Sweater (sold out, similar here and here) | By The Way Faux Leather Skirt (wearing an XXS) | Gucci Velvet Bag (velvet version sold out) | Christian Louboutin Heels (better for budget here) | Saint Laurent Sunglasses
8. Midi Skirt
Midi skirts are a great option to have on hand just in case you’re not in the mood to wear pants. When the weather gets too cold, you can always add tights and tall boots. Style it for the office with a lace cami or silk button-down top tucked in.
H&M Black Sweater (similar here) | Blank Denim Vegan Leather Pants (wearing a 24) | Gucci Belt (wearing a 70) | Christian Louboutin Heels | AUrate Solid Circle Bracelet | AUrate Icon Ring Yellow Gold | AUrate New York Inverse Ring | AUrate Mini Earcuff | Chanel Classic Small Double Flap Bag
I really believe in investing in pieces that get worn. Besides coats, high-quality footwear is always where I focus my fall spending. Pumps are one of my favorites shoe styles because you can wear them all year long – and even through the colder seasons. They’re super versatile and look great with anything.
10. Knee-High Boots
Booties are an obvious footwear option for the office, so if you’re looking for a modern update, try sleek knee-high boots. You can wear them over leather pants, leggings, denim, or underneath midi skirts. I love a skinny heel, narrow shaft, and pointed toe details for a chic look.