Easy Mix-and-Match Outfit Ideas for Fall

You'll need a skirt and a pair of pants....

Easy Mix-and-Match Outfit Ideas for Fall
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Much as shopping is our lifeblood, fashion girls know you don't need to buy new clothes every season (opens in new tab) to appear more stylish. The trick to refreshing your outfits is to make what you already own seem new again. For example, that black sweater you wear every winter? Have you thought about layering it over a blouse or wearing the sweater under a pair of denim overalls? Small changes can elevate existing outfits, so you don't spend $85 buying another black Zara sweater.

Easier said than done though, right? Even the most fashionable among us struggle with mixing-and-matching the pieces already in the closet. To get out of a style rut, we'll need some outfit inspiration (opens in new tab), which is where the ensembles, below, come in. Each photo showcases how the top portion of an outfit can be worn two different ways, simply with a variation in accessories and a switch from skirt to pants. (Six outfits magically turn into 12!) Use it as a guide the next time you're wondering aloud to yourself, What the hell should I wear??

Kept It Neutral

Kept It Neutral

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Neutral colors such as cream and beige are usually the base for something bolder, but when you pair them together it creates an extra sophisticated effect. Notice how in the first look, the model wears a nude sweater with a white skirt and boots. In the second look, all you need is a pair of tailored trousers and some chic loafers to completely switch up the outfit. Who needs color?

Left: Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini beige sweater (opens in new tab)$695Fendi blouse (opens in new tab)$1,690Altuzarra skirt (opens in new tab)$1,125; Longchamp sunglasses (opens in new tab), $175; Fabrizio Viti boots (opens in new tab), $1,306; Simon Miller bag (opens in new tab), $590 Right: Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini beige sweater (opens in new tab), $695Fendi wool pants (opens in new tab)$950Kate Spade pearl earrings (opens in new tab), $68; Falke socks (opens in new tab), $24; Bally shoes (opens in new tab)$650Chloé handbag (opens in new tab), $1,950.

Load Up on Prints

Load Up on Prints

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Start with a bright blouse and build from there. A plaid skirt is the perfect replacement for jeans and, when paired with a silky button-down shirt, you'll look like you've just stepped out of The Devil Wears Prada (you're Andy Sachs, of course). Alternatively, a pair of paisley-printed trousers is the perfect way to spice up your office uniform on days you're feeling sick of your regular ol' black work slacks. (If this print is too wild for your company's dress code...maybe it's time to find a new job.)

Left: Marciano Los Angeles blouse (opens in new tab), $118Sacai at Cielo skirt (opens in new tab), $880Mounser earrings (opens in new tab), $225Valentino Garavani boots (opens in new tab), $2,775; Trademark bag (opens in new tab), $528 Right: Marciano Los Angeles blouse (opens in new tab)$118; Coach 1941 knit top (opens in new tab), $295; Michael Michael Kors pants (opens in new tab), $88; The Kooples hat (opens in new tab), $225; The Kooples belt (opens in new tab), $175; Bally Shoes (opens in new tab), $790; Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello bag (opens in new tab), price upon request.

Opt for Moody Tones

Opt for Moody Tones

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How to rework this printed blouse from Monday to Tuesday: Replace your pants with a skirt. Go the extra mile and switch up your footwear too, swapping a kitten heel for thigh-high boots. For those of you who just love to wear black, the monochromatic moody tones offer the same ease, but with a fashun effect.

Left: Tibi jacket (opens in new tab), $895Tibi pants (opens in new tab), $495; Marc Jacobs top (opens in new tab), $425; BaubleBar earrings (opens in new tab), $38; Francesco Russo shoes (opens in new tab), $760 Right: Marc Jacobs top (opens in new tab), $425Ulla Johnson skirt (opens in new tab), $575; Ulla Johnson boot (opens in new tab), $950; BaubleBar earrings (opens in new tab), $38; Proenza Schouler bag (opens in new tab); $2,795.

Make a Splash in Red

Make a Splash in Red

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The hue is a major fall trend (opens in new tab), so you'll find plenty of bottoms in this color from your favorite retailers. For lazy days when you're all about comfort, go for corduroys with white sneakers. On days when you want to feel a bit fancy, slip into a pair of knee-high leather boots and add a baby bag.

Left: Longchamp coat (opens in new tab), $2,670Marciano Los Angeles blouse (opens in new tab), $118Cinq à Sept knit top (opens in new tab), $295; Polo Ralph Lauren pants (opens in new tab), $245; BaubleBar earrings (opens in new tab), $58; Chanel scarf (opens in new tab), $475; Bally shoes, (opens in new tab) $395 Right: Longchamp coat (opens in new tab), $2,670Marciano Los Angeles blouse (opens in new tab), $118Carven skirt (opens in new tab), $990; Jonathan Simkhai x Eye M by Ileana Makri earrings (opens in new tab), $400; Altuzarra boots (opens in new tab), $1,495; Coach 1941 bag (opens in new tab), $450.

Rework the Button-Down Shirt

Rework the Button-Down Shirt

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Can you spot the button-down? This piece practically gets buried in the avalanche of layers, but that's what makes both looks work. Don't make the blouse the center of attention. Instead, layer it under or over another knitted shirt. Once you have the top portion of your outfit figured out, alternate between pants and skirt, color and monochrome to complete the ensemble.

Left: Yves Salomon jacket (opens in new tab), $2,700; Salvatore Ferragamo blue top (opens in new tab), $760; Cinq à Sept knit top (opens in new tab), $295; A.L.C. pants (opens in new tab), $425; Dior sunglasses (opens in new tab), $415; Gucci shoes (opens in new tab), $890; Chloé handbag (opens in new tab), $1,850 Right: Yves Salomon jacket (opens in new tab), $2,700; Salvatore Ferragamo blue top (opens in new tab), $760; Adam Lippes knit top (opens in new tab), $750, Adam Lippes knit skirt (opens in new tab), $750; Salvatore Ferragamo boots (opens in new tab), $1,590; Michael by Michael Kors bag (opens in new tab), $378.

Live in Your Slouchy Sweater

Live in Your Slouchy Sweater

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This season, instead of instinctively reverting to my classic sweater-and-jeans combo, I'm swapping the denim out for a midi skirt or plaid trousers. The first outfit is one I've seen on some of my favorite bloggers—the boho look is perfect for brunch or a night out. So as not to appear frumpy, make sure the sweater doesn't overwhelm your frame. The second look is professional yet comfortable, a win-win.

Left: Ulla Johnson sweater (opens in new tab), $465Cinq à Sept knit top (opens in new tab), $295; Sies Marjan skirt (opens in new tab), $1,295; Coach 1941 boots (opens in new tab), $650; Fendi bag (opens in new tab), $3,980 Right: Ulla Johnson sweater (opens in new tab), $465; Isabel Marant top (opens in new tab), $845; Gucci pants (opens in new tab), $1, 500; Jennifer Fisher earrings (opens in new tab), $500; Dior shoes (opens in new tab), $1,750; Loewe bag (opens in new tab), $1,190.

Credits: Hair, Tommy Buckett for Garnier at Traceymattingly.com; Makeup, Christopher Ardoff for Clé de Peau Beauté at art department; Manicures, Kayo Higuchi for Chanel at Bryan Bantry; Models, Ziayla at New York Models, Zaira Gonzalez at Supreme, Taylor E at State MGMT. 

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