By Caitlin Burnett
If you can believe it, fall is on the horizon. Although it feels like summer started an hour ago, somehow we’re already nearing the end of August and fall is officially around the corner. While it’s always sad when summer comes to an end, there is so much to be excited about for the season ahead. Cooler temps, changing leaves, cozy nights, and spiced drinks are of course some of the highlights to look forward to, but today we’re here to discuss an aspect that’s even more alluring: Fall fashion.
Fall is arguably the best season in terms of dressing—the layering options are endless, cozy knits and cool textures are on heavy rotation, and your favorite jeans and boots are back in action. This year there are a few key pieces we recommend adding to your wardrobe that feel both perfectly on-trend and totally timeless. Whether you’re leaning into the high-saturation color trend or jumping on the loose jeans bandwagon, there’s a fall 2021 trend for everyone to look forward to. From the knit set you’ll wear on repeat to the Zara jeans people will mistake for designer, we’ve scoured all your favorite retailers for the best fall items. So if you’re looking to update your wardrobe with a few new items, below are the best buys to head into fall with.
Fall 2021 is all about all-knit-everything, and a matching sweater set is the perfect way to get in on the trend. This coordinating Ref set adds a nice pop of texture to your outfit while being ultra-cozy for cool fall days ahead. It comes in three gorgeous neutral color options and each pair perfectly with denim and your favorite ankle boots.
The ultimate third piece to any fall ‘21 outfit is an oversize button down—throw it on over your go-to jeans and t-shirt for a look that suddenly feels directional. It’s a classic piece that’s having a major resurgence, adding a touch of polish and cool to any outfit. The oversize fit is ultra-flattering and this particular Frankie Shop style provides an unexpected pop of color.
Cutouts and unique exposed skin details were a major summer trend and they’re carrying through to fall with cool sweater options. This Camila Coelho Collection sweater is a classic mock turtleneck—with a twist. The cutout at the neckline provides a bit of sexiness while remaining super wearable. Just add your favorite jeans and boots and consider your outfit set.
Speaking of jeans, this fall is all about loose silhouettes. If you’re ready to add jeans back into the rotation after a long hiatus you’ll want to make it a baggy, wide-leg, loose-fitting style for the upcoming season. This Zara pair combines all of fall’s biggest denim trends into one perfect pair of jeans—and for a wallet-friendly price tag.
Let’s just admit it—none of us are ready to give up our sweats yet. After living in them for so long the idea of going back to uncomfortable outfits just doesn’t sound appealing. So instead of giving them up let’s upgrade them to chicer alternatives, like this A.L.C. sweatshirt. The collared neckline and rich fabric provide an elevated feeling, so you can remain comfortable while looking polished.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term “shacket” allow us to introduce you to the shirt jacket—the silhouette that looks and functions like a traditional jacket but is made of more typical shirt material and can be worn as either. Throw one over everything from t-shirts to turtlenecks for an outfit that feels instantly modern and cool. This workwear-inspired one from BlankNYC is perfectly oversized and we love the feminine pop of pink to mix with the masculine style.
Vests are a major 2021 trend and so are coordinating sets, so this cute Free People set marries the two perfectly. Whether you’re still working from home or heading back into the office, this chic set provides equal parts comfort and polish. Plus each piece can be worn together or separately, providing even more styling options for your fall wardrobe.
Sleek, knee-high boots are always a chic choice and they just happen to be having a major moment this year. The knee-high height pairs well with dresses and skirts, adding a sophisticated vibe. This IRO pair are the ultimate investment boots as they’re the perfect mix of classic and on-trend, guaranteeing you’ll return to them year after year.
Fall color trend alert! This gorgeous purple shade is poised to be huge for fall and we couldn’t be more excited. It complements jeans perfectly and is a breath of fresh air amongst the sea of neutrals that typically make up a fall color palette. The zipper detailing and wide-rib knit texture make this Staud sweater stand out, and you can just tell it’s cozy.
Dress for the mood you want this fall by adding a bright, happy color to your wardrobe. High-saturation hues have been trending the past few months and are just poised to get bigger for fall—from lime green to hot pink and bright orange. This fuschia cashmere sweater screams fun and is sure to lift your mood every time you pull it out of your closet.