10 Fall Clothing Staples Every Woman Should Own

Fall Clothing Staples

It’s hard to believe that it’s time to put away the shorts and swimsuits in exchange for pants and jackets. Don’t fret: Fall is one of the most fashionable seasons of the year. Now that fall is here, you’re ready to update your wardrobe to reflect a season full of change and pumpkin spice. From dresses in classic jewel-toned colors to statement pieces perfect for layering, here are ten fall clothing staples that every woman should own.

  • Fall-Inspired Dresses — When choosing fall-inspired trendy dresses for this season, you have plenty of options. To get started, go for dresses in classic autumn colors. Think of colors you’ll see on the changing leaves, like red, orange, and yellow. Pair a rust-colored dress with a jean jacket. Even if the weather heats up, because we all know how tricky it can be when you’re transitioning from summer to fall, you can always take off additional layers like jackets and blazers. When it’s chilly, layer with leggings or stockings.
  • Dark Wash Jeans — You might call this season fall or autumn, but did you know that this season was once called “harvest?” That’s because, according to Redbook, in 12th- and 13th-century Middle English, fall was referred to as “Haerfest,” named after the act of taking in crops. Whether you’re pumpkin picking, raking leaves, or just having a pumpkin spice latte, you can’t go wrong with any of these activities when you’re wearing dark wash jeans. Opt for jeans in darker colors like navy blue or black for the autumn season.
  • Turtleneck — Every woman needs a go-to turtleneck in her wardrobe. The turtleneck easily transitions from fall to winter wear as well. In fact, despite common misconceptions about rules about wearing turtlenecks, you don’t only need to wear turtlenecks during the cool weather months. You can also wear a turtleneck during the spring and summer months. The trick is to wear them with appropriate pieces of clothing for each season. For fall, pair turtlenecks with dark jeans or dark mini skirts.

  • Bodysuit — If you love the look and feel of a turtleneck, give your top an upgrade by adding some sleek black bodysuits to your wardrobe. A black fitted bodysuit does wonders for any outfit. Pair the bodysuit with dress pants to wear to work or a night out. For a fun brunch look, pair your bodysuit with a flowy skirt this fall.
  • Long-Sleeved Blouse — This season, try a neutral-toned long-sleeved blouse.  Those neutrals can include colors like ivory and taupe or gray and blush. This blouse can match with everything else in your wardrobe and other pieces on this fall clothing staple list. Wear your long-sleeved blouse with a mini skirt. Wear it with jeans and heels when you’re having a night out. No matter how you choose to style it, every woman needs a long-sleeved blouse in several neutral hues in her closet.
  • Sweater — The basic sweater is one that you can wear with anything in your closet. Pair your sweater with jeans or joggers. Go for a classic knit sweater for comfort and texture. Muted or neutral colors work well for the fall season. To make a statement, get a sweater in a bold color or a fun pattern like stripes or plaid. For more variety through the seasons, try a sweater with a v-neck or crew neck neckline. If you want a sweater specifically for the fall season, go for a turtleneck or off-the-shoulder sweater.
  • Open Cardigan — If you want cute women’s clothing that’s both stylish and practical, get yourself an open cardigan. You can wear the cardigan with that fall-inspired dress. Wear it with a graphic tee. When it’s really chilly, you can pair it with a long-sleeved blouse. Have a cami that worked well during the spring and summer months? Just throw on that open cardigan, and you’ll be all set for the fall.
  • Black Pants — A pair of black pants is a must-have closet essential. Try a pair of slim-fit black pants. It’s so easy to dress up or dress down a pair of black pants, depending on the occasion. Keep it casual with a white t-shirt. Dress it up with a long-sleeved blouse and blazer.


  • Dressy Leggings — Leggings aren’t just for lounging at home or working out at the yoga studio. You can get a pair of sleek, dressy leggings for your night out or Sunday brunch with girlfriends. For your next date night, wear black leggings with an oversized sweater and knee-high boots. For a more casual look, try a graphic tee, windbreaker, and form-fitting leggings with white sneakers.
  • Leather Jacket When it comes to fall clothes for women, every woman needs a staple leather jacket in her wardrobe. It’s a classic that never goes out of style. To ensure it matches with everything else in your wardrobe, stay away from too many details like zippers, snaps, or fringe. While those are certainly statement pieces, they lose their trendy touch over time. You’ll appreciate the classic versatility of a plain leather jacket this fall.