10 Perfect Outfits You Can Create With Just the Basics

Basics are the foundations of our wardrobes. After all, these staples more or less anchor our looks and have the ability to be easily mixed and matched with those trend-driven pieces that crop up each season. On that note, there are actually a few elevated basics that I think pair especially well with some of fall’s most forward items. Essentially, outfit perfection can happen when said trendy hero items are balanced out by the simple pieces in question.

Here, I’m talking about pairings like a timeless denim shirt and an of-the-moment sweater-vest or a chic blazer and knit top. To showcase all of this further, I’m highlighting how fashion people are wearing some of my favorite outfit combos below. Keep scrolling for more. You’ll also find a smattering of inspired shopping picks in case you’re looking to add something fresh into your rotation.

1. Quarter-Zip Sweater + Leggings + Loafers

Mango Striped Knit Sweater ($42)

H&M Crease-Front Stirrup Leggings ($25)

Koio Bari Glossed Black ($298)

2. Denim Shirt + Jeans + Ankle Boots

Good American Split Back Denim Shirt ($129)

Madewell Whisper Cotton Rib-Crewneck Tee ($19)

Levi's Wedgie High Waist Straight Jeans ($90)

Mango Squared Toe Leather Ankle Boots ($84)

3. Racer Tank + Slip Skirt + Chunky Knit

Treasure & Bond Rib Tank ($20)

Who What Wear Collection Christine Sweater ($135)

Vince Slip Skirt ($199)

Vagabond Shoemakers Jillian Chelsea Boot ($180)

4. Sweater-Vest + Relaxed Jeans + Chunky Boots

Scoop Cable Knit Sweater Vest ($26)

Everlane The ’90s Slouch Jean ($98)

Dr. Martens 2976 Quad Platform Chelsea Boot ($180)

5. Blazer + Turtleneck + Belt + Flare Jeans

Astr the Label Autumn Blazer ($168)

Halogen Funnel Neck Sleeveless Top ($25)

Levi's 70s High Flare Jeans ($98)

Treasure & Bond Oval Buckle Leather Belt ($49)

6. Trench Coat + Tank + Loose Trousers + Sneakers

Mango Detachable Hood Trench Coat ($140)

Hanes Tank ($10)

Dickies Original 874 Work Pants ($30)

Nike Daybreak Sneakers ($90)

7. Crew-Neck + Miniskirt + Socks + Loafers

BDG Devon Varsity Stripe Pullover Sweater ($128)

Hoerev Pleated Tennis Skirt ($13)

Sarto by Franco Sarto Ream Lug Sole Loafer ($130)

Hanes Comfortsoft Ankle Socks ($6)

8. T-Shirt + Sweater-Vest + Loose Trousers + Clogs

Who What Wear Collection Knox Sweater-Vest ($115)

H&M Wide-Cut Cotton T-Shirt ($10)

Topshop Wide Leg Pleat Trousers ($86)

Proenza Schouler Lug Sole Mules ($740)

9. Blazer + Bright Knit + Straight Jeans + Loafers

WAYF Finn Metallic Daisy Double Breasted Blazer ($128)

Lisa Says Gah Davis Turtleneck in Lazuli Stripe ($119)

Madewell Perfect Vintage Jeans ($128)

Franco Sarto Newbocca Loafer ($98.95)

10. Blazer + Skinny Jeans + Bucket Boots

H&M Oversized Jacket ($50)

1822 Denim Extra Long Butter Skinny Jeans ($44)

H&M Knee-High Boots ($60)

Up next, Your Fall-Basics Checklist: The 7 Handiest Buys of the Season

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