If summer is for showing off how great you look out of your clothes, then fall is for making the most of being able to get back into them. No more sucking in. No more plotting ways to stay horizontal. Instead, there’s just sweet, sweet fashion, 12 brilliant examples of which you can see ahead.
Is there a more autumnal feeling than doing a mini sprint across four lanes of traffic wearing a jaunty coat and boots? Important notes for this most classic of outfits: topper and dress hemline should ideally hit at the same length, and bag should be top-handle for maximum swinging power.
The Suit, Remixed
Now, one to bust out when the weather cools and you’re like “I want to look tough and sharp and not like that melted rubber ducky anymore.” The special thing about Cara Delevingne’s three-piece Alexander suit is the tunic, which you could easily recreate with the mini-est of dresses.
Another Suit, Another Remix (Probably by DJ Khaled)
Ideas in Suits #2: The jacket worn with just a bra underneath, a popular celebrity outfit this summer. Excellent for Global Warming Dressing™, Going from Day to Night™ (do up those buttons, tho), or simply when you can’t bother picking out a coordinating shirt.
The Lauren Hutton
Feels so classic, but pay attention to the half-tuck and how the pant leg ends right where the top of the boot begins. Details matter.
The “I’m Going to Be Extra About Matching”
Why not match your sweater and coat like Irene Kim?
The New “Hello, Moto”
With just one twist—the slouch-ification of a leather jacket—the standard T-shirt/jeans formula gets a new, loucher lease on life.
The “I Paid Good Money for This, So…”
Another way to make the coat you stalked for months the focal point of every outfit: Pick up tones from the stripes, but otherwise KISS.
The Yoga Mom
While we’re on the topic of colors, a monochromatic dress over pants over slides embodies that nouveau Eileen Fisher aesthetic of right now. Love the shot of yellow with a croissant bag from The Row. Mmm, flaky.
The Row, $990
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Theme for the season: everything, everything, which here translates to prints on prints and texture and heels and earrings and hair. Give it your all.