4 Fall Basics You’ll Need As the Temperature Drops

If any season has a uniform, it’s autumn. From chunky fall boots to versatile coats (and everything in between), our cool weather favorites merit nothing short of must-have status. Here’s a little tip: Because the season’s staples each serve a unique function in the wardrobe, it’s easy to notice gaps in your rotation. Missing something? Not for long! We’ve made it a cinch to fill in those blanks with our fundamental rundown of fall essentials. You’re just a quilted bomber, statement sweater or pair of distressed jeans away from the ultimate fall closet. Explore and shop these picks from brands you love — and brands you've never heard of.

Elevated Outerwear

As the days get shorter and colder, invest in outerwear that pairs with every outfit (and adventure). You can snuggle up in fleece — we love this zip-front teddy by Avec Les Filles — or dress up with a luxe shawl-inspired piece, like Unreal Fur’s Ecuador Wrap. Prepping for date night? Add a sleek leather jacket in an unexpected color, like this stunner from Women’s River, or a cool quilted bomber (a la Soia + Kyo) for a more casual look. A full-length silhouette, like this Apparis faux-fur coat, will amp up the glamour a touch.

Soft & Snug Sweaters

When it comes to fall sweaters, more is more. Opt for warm, fuzzy and fitted with Naadam’s striped cardigan, or show off your artsy side in Free People’s patchwork pullover. Go beyond basic in a boxy, colorblocked top by ParrishLA, or sport the name of your favorite boujee getaway with Ellsworth + Ivey’s Montauk sweater. If you’re looking for basics, Michael Stars has you covered with an understated pullover. These styles just need one accessory: a cozy beverage.

The Boldest Boots

The best-of-the-best boots aesthetically and functionally complement your look. We love a light-hued twist on an edgy silhouette, like this combat boot from Coconuts by Matisse. Vagabond’s off-white Chelsea is a sophisticated pick. For footwear that does the most, try this knee boot by Dear Frances, which pairs back to jeans, skirts and dresses. From rainy festivals to hilly orchards, Ganni’s recycled rubber rain boot will conquer fall’s tricky landscapes in style. All that’s left to do is step lively!

Double Take-Worthy Denim

Whatever plans you pencil in this season, there’s a staple you can count on: a tried-and-true pair of jeans. Go out on a limb in Warp + Weft’s flare leg or add some edge in distressed high-rise denim by RE/DONE. Marvel at just How. Many. Tops. you can pair with AGOLDE’s 90s inspired straight leg silhouette (this Moussy vintage straight leg has the same allure in a different wash). Oh, and whoever said skinny jeans are out haven’t seen these leopard print head-turners by Articles of Society.