Fall Wardrobe Staples

Hey loves!

Happy fall! I can’t tell you how excited I am for crisp weather, cardigans, and the crunch of leaves beneath my boots. And, of course, one of my favorite parts about fall is the shopping… I don’t know what it is about fall clothes, but they’re so much fun to buy. This season I have a tight budget, so I’ve come up with a list of ten fall wardrobe staples that are worth the splurge. These pieces are classic, versatile, and can be worn for years to come.

{One} A classic {leather bag} will last for years! Black and tan leather go with anything in your closet. Be sure to choose one that has both top handles and a shoulder strap to make it even more versatile.

{Two} A luxurious and warm {cable knit sweater} is the perfect fall wardrobe staple. Pair this sweater with denim, black skinnies, colored cords, or even a pencil skirt, and you’re good to go. The great thing about this sweater is you can easily change up your look with accessories. A fun statement necklace can transform this plain sweater into the perfect outfit for a night out on the town.

{Three} I’ve always loved a gorgeous {puffy vest}, not only for its chicness, but also for it’s ability to keep you warm! Unlike a huge jacket, vests are easy to take on and off and are a great way to spice up your fall wardrobe.

{Four} I’m loving {colored cords} this fall, simply because of their comfort! The great thing about cords is you can wear almost any shoe with them: riding boots, pumps, ankle boots, or flats are all game with these colorful pants.

{Five} The classic cool-weather staple, {riding boots} can be worn with dresses, skirts, or skinnies. For different looks, try pairing your boots with tights in different colors and patterns!

{Six} My favorite trend for fall, {smoking slippers} are classically beautiful. Not only are they librarian-chic, but they’re also super comfortable (a major plus when you’re walking around campus all day). They’re also perfectly acceptable to wear to work in place of heels! Your feet will definitely thank you.

{Seven} I love {black skinnies} because they go with everything and I mean everything! You can easily wear them to class, work, and out for drinks afterward. I particularly love them when they’re tucked into boots and worn with an oversize sweater.

{Eight} This essential {cashmere wrap} is perfect because of its versatility. Wear it as a scarf on a rainy day or as a wrap with an evening dress – you can’t go wrong with cashmere.

{Nine} Embrace the bordeaux trend for fall, because it’s here to stay. I’m particularly loving {Essie’s “skirting the issue”} for nails.

{Ten} Duh I had to add this in here! I’m NOT normally a coffee drinker, but there’s something about sipping a {pumpkin spice latte} that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside (or maybe that’s just the caffeine). Regardless, you’ll find me with one of these in hand every day of the week.

What are your fall wardrobe staples that you don’t mind splurging on for fall? I’d love to know!

Love, Cait

P.S. Thank you to EVERYONE who read and commented on my {announcement} post. Your messages meant so much to me and I love you all!! πŸ™‚

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  1. I love my riding boots, they're a great cognac color and I wear them almost every day in the fall/winter!

  2. I love layering in fall – button downs, cardigans, vests, boots…I love it all! Your picks are perfect.


  3. 1. Love the leather bag
    2. I have that vest in 2 colors and looooveee it
    3. I just bought my first pair of cords in Navy but am eyeing the J.Crew toothpick ones in burgandy
    4. You're right I definitely need a cashmere wrap!!

    xx Emily @ laughliveandshop.blogspot.com

  4. I am LOVING cord. pants! I want a pair!

    Sheena @ A Girl's Guide To Retail Therapy

  5. Love all of this!

  6. Anonymous

    Love all of these pieces…they're essential for fall! So glad you commented on my blog, I just love yours! Can't wait to read more

    Xo, Rachel


  7. love these pieces- especially those printed flats and the essie polish- such great colors for fall!


  8. I went for the jcrew vest in the hot pink and I'm in love! You have fabulous taste πŸ™‚

  9. Yay! Number 10 is the best (well they're all good but I love fall flavors)!! πŸ™‚


  10. Love you picks! Especially the color of those cords!

  11. I love your Fall wardrobe staple list – totally agree on the cable knit sweater and slipper shoes – I feel like they can work for summer too.. or at least that's what I'm hoping!

  12. This is great. I love this post, and these boots. Thank you for your comment on my blog, and helping me come up with the right look.


  13. So you're saying I can wear my cords again????! πŸ™‚
    I mentioned Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte in a post this weekend…I need to go get one soon…so yummy! xoxo http://www.styleoyster.blogspot.com

  14. LOVE these picks!

  15. I think this is the first time I've loved everything that a blogger has on her must-have list (well, except i would change the pumpkin spice latte to a pumpkin spice chai latte since I don't drink coffee!)!!! Great picks, Cait! πŸ™‚


  16. i want everything about the first outfit – especially that bag! I love fall outfits!!!

  17. lovely handbag and boots<3
    wanna follow each other?

  18. Wow all of those pieces are fabulous and I am really needing the smoking hot slippers! I'm so excited that you stopped by my Game Day Attire post and for your sweet comments today. I love love love your blog and I'm definitely your newest follower:)

  19. I love all of these pieces! I can't wait for cold weather, boots, and chunky sweaters.

  20. I love all of these pieces, they make up the perfect fall wardrobe. xo

  21. That bag is perfection! I bought a pair of colored jeans in a Bordeaux color and instantly thought of you!

  22. Loving those slippers and the cords!

  23. Hehe! You and I truly are twins! πŸ™‚ I ADORE pumpkin spice lattes and have had several already this season. πŸ™‚ I've also but rather smitten with this whole Smoking Slippers trend as well! They just look so elegant. We are definitely going to have to meet up if I make it down your way in the future. I'm actually thinking of doing one of my clinical rotations at a hospital in Greenville, so I'll let you know! πŸ™‚ Have a good one girly!

  24. LOVE fall fashion! So many of these are my list of fall must-haves too. Especially the PSL!

  25. You hit it dead on with these!!! I want a cable knit sweater and cords in every color!! Definite staples. And oh, how I wish that TB bag could be mine!!! πŸ˜‰ Happy fall…now cooler temps, please!! πŸ˜‰ Have a great week!

  26. Adorable blog name and love those leather boots!! xo, Julie

  27. I'm totally with you about the Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Coffee is totally not my jam, but once the leaves start to fall, there's something so lovely about pumpkin spiced ANYTHING. On a totally unrelated note, I want a leather bag so badly! It's the perfect fall accessory!

  28. two great looks

  29. Yes. Yes. Yes. Love all of these!

  30. AHH just read your post about the new job. i am SO SO excited for you, so perfect. Also, in love with this post. i feel like we would be besties and shopping buddies if we lived closer together πŸ˜€ I seriously want all the same things right now

  31. I completely agree with this list, and I love how you added the pumpkin spice lattes. You're a girl after my own heart. πŸ™‚

  32. Smoking slippers, love 'em. I just purchased a needlepoint pair for myself and I'm in L.O.V.E – I wish it were socially acceptable to wear them every day.. but they're cheetah print, so I probably shouldn't try haha

  33. Yay! I have all but the puffy vest and the smoking slippers…almost there πŸ™‚ My fave is #10…ruined my budget twice last weekend on that one!


  34. Madilene Lake

    Oh my gosh, I'm obsessed with all of these! Here across the pond it's gotten colder a lot faster than I expected… I'm absolutely going shopping for all of these!!

  35. Love your picks! cords and black skinnies are my favorites during the fall!

  36. Love the cords and the pumpkin latte!

  37. So happy fall is back! I haven't gotten my hands on a pair of cords yet but I've been seeing them lately and want to snag a pair for myself! πŸ™‚

  38. these are awesome fall outfit picks. I love that cashmere scarf, and the puffy vest as well. I seriously need to stop shopping soon though!

  39. You have two amazing sets…
    Love the Tory Burch bag…perfect color and shape.
    Love the black skinnies and the cashmere wrap…totally a must πŸ˜‰

  40. looks like i am ready for autumn!

    so excited to pull out my new leather fryes and my cream chunky knits!


  41. I absolutely love all of your picks! I especially want to invest in a cashmere wrap πŸ™‚

    go for the glam

  42. I've been eyeing some deep red chords for myself lately and am about to pull the trigger. Such a perfect fall staple! I love all your choices.

  43. Love these outfits! So cute!

  44. love this post so much!! that cable knit sweater look so cozy, and i love the Bordeaux polishes πŸ˜‰ i LIVE in my black skinnies all fall and winter. xoxo

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