The Eternal Fall Wardrobe: 8 Staples to Buy Now and Wear Forever

We’d be straight up lying if we said we weren’t giddy to test out the new fall trends currently making wakes in the fashion universe. After all, we chat about the fresh looks on the daily over here. That said, the autumn season is also about the classic staples. You know, those mainstays that essentially withstand the test of time and more or less act as the foundation to accommodate some of the newer, more experimental trends out there.

While you may already have a healthy offering of these timeless essentials, we thought we’d do a quick rundown on the key staples that are an absolute must in anyone’s wardrobe. Because really, it’s these pieces that will ultimately build that classic fall wardrobe—aka one that will be forever in style. Ahead, we're bringing you the eight basic fall must-haves (complete with a little bit of visual inspiration) everyone needs. Naturally, we shopped out the most forward iterations of the items in question as well.

The perfect blazer is one of those no-fail staples thanks to its incredible versatility. A slouchier silhouette can act as a lightweight overcoat with a casual ensemble featuring jeans and a sweater, can be belted with a midi dress for the office, and so on. The options are endless.

Shop the staple:

Lioness The Don Jacket ($99)

& Other Stories Wool-Blend Blazer ($219)

BB Dakota Plaid City Blazer ($118)

It’s almost impossible to think about getting through the cooler months without a trusty heavier-weight knit. You can literally toss a chunkier style in a classic cut (like a boxy crewneck) on with jeans, trousers, a skirt, over a dress and have an instantly forward outfit that’s equal parts function (ahem, warm) and fashionable.

Shop the staple:

H&M Chenille Sweater ($30)

Mango Chunky-Knit Sweater ($70)

Wilfred Montpellier Sweater ($165)

If you’re into skirts and dresses, ensure you have a signature midi style in your arsenal to get through the season. The longer construction makes it doable for colder temperatures with taller boots. Plus, it works wonders for a work wardrobe teamed with other polished separates like a blazer and turtleneck.

Shop the staple:

Topshop Black Full Circle Vinyl Midi Skirt ($95)

ASOS Midi Skirt ($51)

Pajamas High-Waist Leopard Satin Midi Skirt ($29)

If one product had to act as the hero of the autumn season, there’s a strong chance a leather jacket would be it. Inherently cool in nature with luxe qualities, you’ll be able to toss your go-to style over pretty much anything for years and years. Seriously. Invest in your dream find, and watch it just get better with age.

Shop the staple:

Madewell The Ultimate Leather Motorcycle Jacket ($498)

Violeta by Mango Moto Jacket ($130)

The Arrivals Clo Mini Jacket ($495)

Yes, black ankle boots may seem like a no-brainer here, but we wanted to take a moment to reiterate the importance of introducing your closet to the ideal pair. While there is a slew of different styles out there, the timeless picks have a streamlined feel with either a pointed, rounded, or slightly square toe.

Shop the staple:

Miista Marcelle Croc Booties ($435)

Loeffler Randall Elise Leather Ankle Boots ($395)

Charles & Keith Sculptural Ankle Boots ($99)

Okay, okay, jeans are obviously a year-round must-have, but straight, rigid jeans are especially ideal for fall in a cut that hits right below or at the ankle. Invest in a flawless-fitting pair and mix them with all of your casual outfits. This is one denim pick that will legit never go out of style.

Shop the staple:

Citizens of Humanity Charlotte High-Rise Straight Jeans ($268)

Reformation Liza High-Straight Jeans ($98)

Levi's Ribcage Straight Full-Length Jeans ($98)

Similarly to the moto jacket, a trench coat is another outerwear essential that will withstand the test of time thanks to its classic sensibilities. Opting for a “basic” khaki style is never a wrong move, but some of the modern silhouettes out there (featuring details like balloon sleeves) will hold strong now and for seasons to come as well.

Shop the staple:

Free People Sweet Melody Trench Coat ($168)

ASOS Design Balloon-Sleeve Trench Coat ($103)

J.Crew Icon Trench ($228)

On the other end of the spectrum from the chunky sweater lives the slim turtleneck. This functional knit is essentially a wardrobe no-brainer as it can instantly become a layering must-have under jackets, blouses, or other sweaters—but it can also act as the focal point to an outfit simply tucked into a skirt or trousers as well.

Shop the staple:

Vince Essential Long-Sleeve Turtleneck ($95)

Ksubi Viper Turtleneck Top ($140)

Eloquii Layering Mock Turtleneck ($45)

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